BeCA welcomed several guests to its Management Committee Meeting on Monday Aug 3rd. Two new BeCA Management Committee Members were elected to the Management Committee to fill 2 vacancies which had recently arisen. They are Nathan Hill and Mike Smith, both of whom are residents of Bells Reach.
BeCA also welcomed Sunshine Coast Airport Management Team Member, Frank Mondello and our Councillor Rick Baberowski. Mr Mondello has recently taken up his position on the Sunshine Coast following numerous years of experience at Sydney Airport.
BeCA Management Committee members spent some time outlining the history of problems residents had experienced from repetitive circuits by helicopters, especially after being targetted by Becker Helicopters during 2014 to Mr Mondello. The history included the development of Bellvista and the original rejection of approval by local council to build the estate, the overruling of council by the State Government, the emergence of problems with Chopperline, onto the recent problems with Becker Helicopters.
Cr Baberowski raised the development of the Sunshine Coast Airport Master Plan and the recommendation to build a Satellite Helicopter Training facility.
Mr Mondello outlined recent developments regarding the proposed interim Satellite Helicopter Training Facility and was delighted to inform BeCA that Becker had signed off the access sub lease over the weekend. Council was still to sign off the document but that wasn’t expected to be any major impediment. There should be no reason why the use of the area cannot commence immediately once council sign off is received.
When finalized, this is expected to remove 70% of the repetitive circuits by helicopters from above homes. The remaining 30% of circuits will be controlled and limited to 90 minute sessions available to two aircraft. There is to be a maximum of 2 sessions per day. These circuits are ones where touch n go’s at an airport are an important part of a pilot’s training.
Becker Helicopters next extensive training program is still several months away.
Mr Mondello expressed his availability to attend future Management Committee Meetings to discuss issues face to face with BeCA. He would also be prepared to speak at BeCA Public Meetings.
BeCA will continue to push for a permanent solution and is hopeful of a meeting with the Labor Government’s Minister for Forestry.
Cr Rick Baberowski
Cr Baberowski reported on various issues effecting the Sunshine Coast including light rail proposals and the recent launching of the Invest Sunshine Coast initiative.
Invest Sunshine Coast is an initiative designed to encourage businesses both local and international to move to the Sunshine Coast. This initiative attracted extreme local and international interest at a recent Expo in Brisbane.
This video provides an overview of the Invest Sunshine Coast initiative.
Cr Baberowski spoke of his desire to complete several projects put forward by BeCA from previous years. Projects include the completion of the missing footpath from Maroon Ct to Huntley Place, extension of the shade cover for playground equipment in Rawson St and the creation of a footpath between Crater St and Ghostgum Close in Little Mountain.
There is a possibility an upgrade to bus shelters in Stornaway Avenue (to provide weather protection for children waiting for the school bus) and others, may be completed under a different Council initiative.
BeCA is now ‘officially’ The Bellvista and Bells Reach Community Association. All instances of Bellvista Community Association on the website and the Constitution have been updated to the new name. All paperwork on the name change has been completed and forwarded to the relevant authorities. The updated Constitution was passed at this meeting.
BeCA is to forward a request for a “Keep Clear Zone” on the Bellvista Blvd/Dumbarton Drive roundabout to permit easier access for Dumbarton Drive traffic to Bellvista Blvd during school pick up times to Cr Baberowski for Council consideration.
Hannah Williams provided an informative update on the progress at Bells Reach Community Garden. There are no current issues.
Many of the refurbishments have been completed at Bellvista Meeting Place. Current management procedures will continue for the immediate future.
If approved by Council, any changes to the Indigo Rd/Bellvista Blvd intersection will occur in conjunction with sewerage works during the upcoming school holidays.
The final BeCA Public Meeting due for November 2nd will be preceded by a presentation and sausage sizzle by Queensland Fire Services beginning around 4:30 to 5 pm (still to be confirmed). There will be fire brigade vehicles and demonstrations for all to enjoy. All are welcome to attend. You may wish to stay on for the BeCA Public Meeting at 6:45pm with guest speaker Federal member Mal Brough. This meeting will also be BeCA’s AGM.
Residents are encouraged to take the date and time of incidents involving noisy trail bikes or 4WD vehicles occurring on Fire Trails on the northern and western edges of the Bellvista Estate and pass these details on to police. Photographs and registration numbers are ideal, but as a minimum, the date and time of incidents would be valuable as well.
The meeting closed at 9:20pm.