At a meeting today both BeCA and representatives from the Sunshine Coast Regional Council agreed the former Land Sales Office at Canavan Gracie Recreational Reserve would make an excellent Community Centre for Bellvista and neighbouring areas.
Stockland has considered providing the facility to Bellvista in lieu of a space it would need to provide under current planning agreements in line with the further extension of Bells Reach.
Though not reaching the standard of a purpose built facility, Council believes it could make an adequate Class 9B Community Centre with modifications.
BeCA has indicated the building would probably need to cater for 2 areas, a larger area and a meeting room area. There would need to modifications made on several aspects, lighting, power, disabled toilet access, uninterrupted access to from either space to toilets and kitchen facilities. Floor surfaces would need to be considered as well. Some building protection (awnings etc) would be needed to further weather proof the building and it would need to meet all Health and Safety requirements of a Community Centre.
The building was initially designed as a purpose built land sales office with a limited lifespan. It would need to become a longer lasting community facility robust enough to handle the everyday use by gym groups, play groups etc.
BeCA is interested in ascertaining any feedback from groups both locally and neighbouring which would be interested in using the facility. This would be desired so as SCRC can ensure the upgraded building could effectively cater for those groups. Email your interest or feedback to our secretary HERE.
SCRC will make a presentation at the August 5th Bellvista Community Association Public Meeting where more information will be available on the process and on the formation of a Management Committee, its duties and responsibilities.
Several hurdles remain to be overcome before the Bellvista Community Centre becomes a reality. These steps may take some time. However there is confidence that if Stockland agree to the Council’s proposal, the appropriate documentation could be completed sooner rather than later as Stockland is pursuing finalization of planning for an extension of Bells Reach.
Following an agreement between Stockland and Council, the current building would need to be brought up to an appropriate standard.
Stockland will also need to consider that any financial outlay required to bring the facility up to standard is viable for them.
The Bellvista Community has remained supportive of Stockland and its initiatives. At the time, a 21% return rate on Stockland’s recent liveability survey was a record. The Community Association has enjoyed a long and friendly partnership with Stockland and to see the old Land Sales Office become a Community Centre would be a wonderful gesture by them and a great facility for this community.