A summary of the major topics of discussion raised at the recent Bellvista Community Association appear below for the information of all Bellvista residents.
1. Councillor Rick Baberowski’s Report.
New SCRC Division 1 Councillor, Rick Baberowski was welcomed to the meeting. He gave the residents a bit of an insight into what has been happening in the newly elected SCRC. Almost half of the SCRC has new Councillors representing the different divisions across the Coast, along with new Mayo, Cr. Mark Jamieson at the helm.
The new SCRC is being presented as a unified, progressive group who are getting on with the job of governing the Coast through a challenging economic period, making tough, responsible budget decisions for 2012/2013, and prioritising major project work and maintenance. They have already undertaken an organisational review internally in to ensure they are saving funds where possible. There is also a planning scheme review happening which looks at development for the next 3-5years. Regional development such Maroochydore Airport and Horton Park (Major Business District) were also covered.
Cr. Rick then spoke of his own portfolio which is Transport Strategy, and how it would progress over time with the planning of road/rail/bus infrastructure around the coast, especially with new developments such as Caloundra South & Palmview and the new health precinct at Kawana. He spoke of the long term funding needed from all levels of government.
Bellvista access was an issue that Cr. Rick talked to residents about, putting in place the best possible designs and outcomes to suit our community into the future. He suggested that BeCA do a survey of resident’s opinions, in our newsletter, on how the new intersection at Caloundra Road/Bellvista Boulevard/ Old Caloundra Road (East and West) is working. This should also include the new roundabout at Bellcarra Place and Bellvista Boulevard.
The Little Mountain Pathways that BeCA suggested to SCRC have been signed off on by Cr. Rick in week 4. These connections to Bellvista are an interim measure to allow residents from Little Mountain better access to Bellvista Market Place and Unity College. More permanent pathways are a couple of years off, as funds become available.
Caloundra Airport was also a topic for discussion. Businesses/Tenants at Caloundra Airport will be offered 20-30 year leases by SCRC. Community Friendly Business, ground based maintenance, some of which will be offsite, and responsible flying practices would all be encouraged. Solutions for noise issues created by rotary aircraft over flights of Bellvista/Bells Reach Estate will need to be further investigated. Hopefully to everyone’s satisfaction in the future.
Further work will have to be done by all parties to investigate the best way to have signage erected around the estate and its entry, so as to make it easier for people to negotiate their way to Bellvista Market Place.
Cr. Rick made a commitment to have an answer from all parties involved with the Old Sales Office (Lake Park), by the end of 2012. This will then allow it to eventually be used as a community centre.
2. Bellvista Tavern Proposal.
Scott Armstrong and Dave Newbury were both present at the meeting. Scott spoke at length about the proposed extension of trading hours at Bellvista Tavern. He gave everyone a good overview of how trading was going. By seeking an extension of trading hours to midnight, Monday to Sunday, it will allow them to book bigger parties in for dinner, or for special occasions such as “State of Origin” night, Christmas parties etc. They don’t anticipate trading after 10pm, Monday’s to Thursday nights, but by having trading times extended to midnight every night, this allows them some leeway.
The same level of behaviour and responsible service of alcohol will be adhered to. The residents, who attended the meeting, who live close by the Tavern, had nothing but praise for the way it is being operated, and had no objections to the extension of trading hours. All agreeing they have not had a single issue with noise or drunken behaviour. Everyone praised the cleanliness, service and atmosphere offered at Bellvista Tavern. Scott and Dave were very appreciative of the wonderful feedback received.
3. Stockland Update:
Fleur Thresher (Community Engagement Officer) for Stockland’s Caloundra South development spoke to the meeting. Fleur explained some of the processes involved in the Caloundra South Development, the approximate time frames for development applications, approvals, public consultation, environmental planning and protection of the Ramsar Listed Pumicestone Passage.
Infrastructure has been a big issue, with SCRC, media and ratepayers questioning just who will be paying for all of the sewerage, water & road/transport services etc. Fleur assured those present that Stockland will be meeting the cost of the infrastructure needed to accommodate the impending influx of new residents who will eventually call Caloundra South their home. The figure was estimated in excess of $1 Billion dollars overall. All of the services one could expect to have access to will be included within the site.
Hannah Madill then gave the meeting and update on what has been happening with the Bells Reach Development. There are currently 18 display homes being built at Bells Reach, with a predicted gala opening date of 12th October 2012. There will be a big celebration for the opening which will include fireworks, family fun activities and possibly a special surprise appearance by a well known Australian hip hop dance group.
It is estimated that this event will attract a crowd of over 5000 people on the night. Stockland will be running four buses to and from the venue from Caloundra’s main Stockland shopping centre, and Bellvista Market Place car parks. It will be advertised as no onsite parking available. Further details of the preparation for this event will be forth coming.
Hannah advised the meeting that the first residents should be moving into their new homes in Bells Reach around the end of October. Residents ask for a time frame of when Bells Reach should be completely sold by. Hannah advised that it was expected to be completely sold out by around 2017, depending on market influences.
Stockland also has a newsletter to be delivered to residents very shortly.
4. Airport Forum.
It was noted in the President’s report that the Caloundra Airport Forum will recommence in the near future. BeCA will send two representatives to these meetings when they are scheduled.
5. New Chairs for BeCA Meetings.
Acting President John Lehmann thanked Unity College for the use of their chairs for our meetings over the last couple of years. John also thanked Stockland for providing 40 new chairs for our continued use at BeCA meetings. Letters of appreciation will be sent to both Unity College and Stockland.
6. Next Public Meeting.
The fourth and final BeCA Public Meeting for 2012 will be conducted on November 5th at the old Land Sales Office, Lomond Cres at 6:45 pm. The main speakers at this meeting will be local MP Mark McArdle and Unity School Principal Rudy Goosem. BeCA looks forward to residents from both Bellvista and Bells Reach attending this meeting.