Mark Stephens provided BeCA with an update on major plans for the use of the extensive Environment Protection and Conservation areas in Aura. There are two approaches which Stockland believes can be made to the wider conservation areas of Aura, one is to fence them off completely and keep people out. Or the other is to create spaces where flora and fauna can thrive in harmony with some public access and use, similar to the wonderful Mary Cairncross Rainforest reserve at Maleny.
Of the many hundreds or hectares of conservation areas designated for Aura, Stockland has exciting plans for a 10 hectare section. Stockland wants to see an area become a major environmental feature with access to walking trails, fitness tracks, on leash dog areas, playgrounds and picnic and other family areas. The plans are to create wonderful places where families can go to relax and enjoy time in the outdoors and some of the wonderful experiences nature has to offer. An area where they can walk, play, run or ride together. Areas around the Blackbutt Forest area near the new Elements land release would be carefully selected for their suitability with the least impact on local flora and fauna.
Stockland envisage nature based play equipment areas, eco tour trails, picnic areas and a 5000 square metre off leash park for dogs. There would be walking trails of various distances with some connecting with the future Aura City Centre. There would be board walks and various activities catering for all ages.
All would be carefully positioned away from sensitive conservation areas.
BeCA was excited by the plans which were tabled and the artist’s impression sketches of various recreation areas and activities. There would be several parking areas, strategically placed toilet blocks and a major Eco Centre. Overall it seems a magnificent feature benefiting all across the Sunshine Coast.
Stockland planners will ensure a balance between preserving environmental areas but with Public Access and use. There is an obvious need to ensure walkers, bike riders and local flora and fauna remain separated and protected to ensure sensitive areas remain preserved.
On a different issue, Stockland has now passed control of most parks in Bells Reach over to Sunshine Coast Council. Cr Baberowski noted BeCA’s concerns regarding several play areas with a sand base which currently have received a daily sweeping whilst under Stockland’s control and how these parks would be maintained into the future. BeCA understands sub-contractors will be appointed to maintain the Bells Reach area, unlike Bellvista where Council workers do the work.
This news now means the way is clear for the new and rapidly growing Caloundra West Lions Club to take on the management the Bells Reach Community Garden. There are some enthusiastic people involved who are keen to see this new responsibility grow for the benefit of all residents. Caloundra West Lions have been successful in winning a grant to purchase a trailer BBQ for use in future fund raising activities. With just a few more members they will be ready to become a fully fledged Lions group! The Lions are awaiting appropriate documentation from Council which will allow the transfer of management of the Bells Reach Community Garden. Stockland have planned for another 7 or so Community Gardens to be provided in Aura.
Parking issues remain a concern for some residents in Bells Reach but with the support of Council’s By Laws Officers and the use of the “MyCouncil website”, the situation is improving.
BeCA continues to await final action on the removal of the time restriction on the Indigo Rd and Bellvista Blvd intersection but noted the request for an audit and updating of road signage in Bells Reach has been completed and implemented.
Temporary repairs have been carried out on toilet door locks in the toilets near the Bellvista Meeting Place. Council has been informed that a proper fix is required via the MyCouncil website.
It was reported that there has been extensive mulching of Bellvista Parks gardens over recent weeks. Some monitoring of the bore water pumps feeding the Canavan Gracie Recreational Park Lakes is to be undertaken following a lowering of the water level over the last month or so.
BeCA will carry out a Bells Reach Park Audit so it can more effectively monitor maintenance of these areas. It was noted that night lighting at Quinn’s Park seems to be turned off at the moment. BeCA will monitor this situation and if necessary lodge a “Service Request” via the MyCouncil website. BeCA will request Council thin the shrubbery at Quinn Park permitting better vision for passers by to better monitor activity in the park after dark.
Council is to install bollards all around Canavan Gracie Recreational Park at BeCA’s request to keep vehicles off the area. The shortage of bollards to install should be overcome late in August allowing the work to be completed.
Yet again the Airport Forum Meeting was cancelled at the last moment. Cr Baberowski will seek an explanation for the convenors and suggest the meeting be rescheduled.
BeCA has requested bus shelters be provided in Stornaway Avenue and in O’Reilly Drive by Council. The Stornaway Avenue bus shelter is particularly important because a reasonably large number of school students use this stop to catch the school school bus in the morning. Site inspections have occurred and when the funding issues have been sorted we can expect to see the installation completed.
The next BeCA Meeting is a Public Meeting to be conducted at 6:45pm in the Bellvista Meeting Place on Monday September 9th. Speakers include Council Parks and Gardens, a presentation from Unity Water and an update from Stockland. BeCA suspects we will learn some exciting news regarding further improvements to Bellvista Blvd at this meeting. All are welcome to attend.
BeCA extends an invitation to all residents of Baringa to attend BeCA Public Meetings and to participate in all of BeCA’s activities. Stockland are keen to see Baringa eventually have its own Resident’s Association when more of the planned 1600 homes for Baringa have been built and occupied. At this stage a rough estimate is that around 1,000 of the 1600 lots have been ‘sold’.