BeCA was represented at the Federal Member Andrew Wallace’s NBN Forum in Caloundra on Wednesday. The hall was well attended with predominately older citizens in attendance. There were high ranking representatives from NBN Co, Telstra and Optus along with teams to help out answering questions.
Most questions were pertaining to residents from Pelican Waters who are in the process of having their NBN connected now.
As an overview of the day’s happenings it seems many people were apprehensive of joining the NBN after hearing many horror stories. Representatives from Telstra, Optus and NBN Co took several personal situations under their wings to get to the bottom of concerns.
There was a question on the poor mobile phone service in Bellvista and we were able to update the questioner and the Federal MP that at this stage, the new mobile phone tower to built behind Baringa School was supposed to be in service come the third quarter of 2019.
Another very obvious fact that arose from many of those asking questions was the disappointment they had had with the information and service supplied from the Telstra Shop in Caloundra.
In a private chat after the meeting, Andrew Wallace mentioned he was keeping a close eye on the Bells Creek Arterial (BCA) and the Pelican Waters Blvd/ Aura Blvd connection road issues. Though they are state controlled roads and therefore not under his control, these roads impact on the quality of life for residents of his Federal Seat of Fisher.
BeCA has a private meeting planned for Wednesday of next week with Mark Bailey, the Minister for Main Roads in the state Government. BeCA had hoped to have Minister Bailey speak at a BeCA Public Meeting but it was all but impossible to tie him down on a Monday night, our Public Meeting night. We seek a commitment from the minister to begin planning on the Pelican Waters Blvd, Aura Blvd link road so it is in existence before the completion of the Bells Creek Arterial.
The pressure arising with the incredible rate of land sales in Caloundra South is possibly causing Stockland to consider fast tracking the completion of the BCA. This would be to ensure residents in the still to be built areas are not forced to drive away from Brisbane to Caloundra Rd and hence to the Bruce Hwy before again turning south to work in Brisbane.
A completed BCA would allow these residents faster access to the Bruce Hwy and Brisbane. If the new connection road between Pelican Waters Blvd and Aura Blvd was built, this would provide an alternative east-west link road between Caloundra and the Bruce Highway and hopefully ease traffic on Caloundra Rd!