A major item of discussion at the April BeCA Management Committee Meeting were concerns raised by residents regarding a spate of recent acts of vandalism involving people’s wheelie bins. It appears this activity regarding wheelie bins is not restricted to Bellvista and Bells Reach but according to reports, incidents are occurring around the Caloundra Area. It is a good time therefore to suggest that residents put their bins away after they have been emptied.
BeCA has passed general information onto police and we have been told patrols will be increased. However some photographic or first hand eye witness evidence and the ability to name the offenders will allow the police to move on these incidents.
Note that BeCA is not a Police Force, we are a group of unpaid community volunteers. In the first place, residents should contact the Caloundra Police to report inappropriate behaviour, driving, parking and acts of vandalism, rather than contact BeCA.
From experience we know police require ‘concrete’ evidence so please don’t get upset if there is little response to your complaint without some sort of substantiation.
Over the years BeCA has built a reputation as a highly credible community organisation, a group that when it says something there is most likely a concern which requires attention. This is a level of responsibility we wish to maintain for the benefit of all Bellvista and Bells Reach residents. So please don’t be upset if there is a little action from BeCA on an incident you wish addressed without substantiation.
Thanks to the Caloundra RSL, our Newsletter Printing Paper costs have been covered for 2017. We have now placed orders for the 2017 A3 photocopy paper supply.
BeCA has changed banks for its funds. Our funds are now under the control of Caloundra NAB. Previously our internet banking experience had not worked as well as we had hoped. Note there will also be a change in account details for the Bells Reach Community Garden whose funds BeCA oversees.
The traffic passing through the BeCA website is increasing all the time. Each month we receive emails saying our monthly limit is getting closer and closer to being reached. BeCA will again increase the limit to ensure there are no problems with our online presence.
Regretfully Cr Barberowski is unable to currently attend BeCA Management Committee Meetings owing to a clash of dates. Therefore BeCA will consider alternative dates which would allow Cr Baberowski to attend. One proposal which has been put forward to the Councillor is to have bollards installed all around Canavan Gracie Recreational Park to keep motorists off. The latest proposal we had was that there be a mixture of trees and bollards to create the barrier. Regretfully we cannot update you on where this proposal is up to.
It seems our communities ‘dodged a bullet’ when the remnants of Cyclone Debbie passed through recently. Some homes and businesses were without power for around 18 hours while other local homes had a 5 second blip in the power before the lights flickered back on. Quite a few limbs and smaller trees were damaged by the strong wind, but overall we escaped any serious damage.
BeCA again urges residents to become familiar with the Sunshine Coast Council’s “MyCouncil” website. This website allows residents to make immediate online requests for action on fallen trees, potholes, possible limb chopping and other tasks to be done. You will receive an email in response to your Service Request and quite often a phone call when the work has been done. This should be a resident’s first port of call for action rather than contacting BeCA.
The situation regarding water lilies and mosquitoes are being closely monitored by Council. The recent spell of wet and cooler weather seems to have stalled the creep of lilies across the two Bellvista Lakes. BeCA expects some cleaning out of the lakes to occur as required.
BeCA representatives will attend an Airport Forum Meeting on Wednesday April 5th at the Caloundra Council Offices. Items we will be raising include an update on the permanent Helicopter Training Facility solution, and the strange behaviour of a new aircraft to our skies over recent weeks. Several Committee members remarked that the pilot of what appears to be a Sky Diving Aircraft could have safer flying practices that what is being experienced at the moment. The recent loss of a light aircraft taking off from a Melbourne Airport and then slamming into a shopping complex is a reminder to us of how close we live to an airport.
Finally, BeCA welcomed 8 new “members” at last night’s meeting. New member applications must be presented at a Management Committee Meeting before being accepted. Being a member means your email address will be added to our BeCA Email list and you will receive updates on news items on the website and on the BeCA Facebook page. BeCA now has 238 ‘members’.