Last night (Monday Aug 5th) BeCA conducted its Annual General Meeting for 2012/13.
Attendance was down but those in attendance were kept up to date with the latest happenings around the estate by our Councillor Rick Baberowski and Mark Stephens from Stockland. Representatives from local Bellvista businesses including Dave Newberry from the Bellvista Tavern were also present.
Mark Stephens introduced Josh Sondergeld who will be replacing Hannah Madill who is about to go on Maternity Leave. Josh will be our contact person for all things dealing with Bells Reach. Dave Newberry introduced us to Sara Bliesner who is taking over the Duty Manager’s role at the Bellvista Tavern in a month or so when Dave moves to the company’s new Brightwater Hotel.
The BeCA President reported on a busy 2012/13 year and on issues to be addressed for the upcoming year. These 2013/14 issues include concerns such as the missing footpath in O’Reilly Drive, improved foot access between Bellvista and Little Mountain, shade over the play equipment in Rawson St, bus seat covers, adequate road access into and out of Bellvista and Bells reach, ongoing concerns over the condition of Bellvista Blvd and the Land Sales Office as a future Community Centre. The President also reported on the need for involvement of the Bells Reach Community within the Community Association.
The Landscaping Committee Chairperson reported on the wonderful job being done by our local “SCRC Gardening Team”. He went on to say that he still conducted regular face to face meetings with Council Supervisors ensuring our parks and gardens concerns were being addressed. Finally it was reported that recent maintenance had been carried out on many biopods across the estate. The parks and gardens are looking at their best thanks to the work of the ‘SCRC Gardening Team’.
All those who had previously nominated for positions on the BeCA Management Committee were then elected unopposed. There wasn’t a nomination from the floor for the one vacancy so measures will be put in place to attract a representative from Bells Reach.
Councillor Baberowski reported on his recent ‘road’ trip to investigate issues facing other Councils and Shires. He visited Councils in NSW and Victoria and noted their concerns reflected concerns also confronting the SCRC. Cr Baberowski mentioned that he would initiate discussions with Stockland on the current unacceptable condition of Bellvista Blvd. He reported that an ‘in principle’ agreement had been reached with Stockland on the future of the old Land Sales Office as a Community Facility subject to satisfactory financial costings affecting both Council and Stockland.
Stockland’s Mark Stephens spoke of the SCRC and Stockland’s upcoming “Tough Mudder” endurance event to be staged on the future Caloundra South site. This endurance event is expected to attract 15,000 participants on Saturday August 17th and a further 7,000 participants on Sunday Aug 18th. The event is expected to pump in excess of $30,000,000 into the local economy. You can read more about the Tough Mudder Event here. Access to the event is via the Caloundra Industrial Area and will not affect local residents.
Mark Stephens went on the say planning for Caloundra South was well underway with announcements on ‘agreements’ and future stages to be announced during 2014. He described some of the design features currently being investigated as quite innovative, especially discussions with Education Queensland on a government school site to the south of Lamerough Creek.
Planning on future roads is underway. In due course this could include the partial duplication of Bellvista Blvd. However the major road planning development would most likely be an extension to Kawana Way.
A future major shopping precinct is to be situated to the south of Bellvista and would be larger then “Chermside”. This too is still some time away. We can expect to see lots released for sale in Caloundra South when the Bells Reach lots have all been sold.
The meeting closed at 8:00pm.