The BeCA Committee had its monthly meeting last night. A summary of discussion points arising from the meeting appears below:
There was general discussion on the various emails BeCA had received recently covering topics such as the airport (pros and cons), Bellvista Blvd, access into and out of the estate and some resident concern over lights staying on much later now at Bellvista Market Place since the opening of the Bellvista Tavern. Some work may be required to redirect lighting at the rear of the IGA as it shines directly into resident homes. It is expected this issue should be solved in the next day or so.
Discussion then turned to the incredibly positive effect the Bellvista Tavern has had on Bellvista Market Place. Sales at the IGA have had a “marked increase” since the Tavern has opened according to the IGA Store Manager. The Chemist has also reported a boost in sales as patrons have arrived at the tavern for a meal, have seen the chemist close by and have had their prescriptions and other needs filled. General consensus from members and their neighbours is the tavern has some great meals at affordable prices and most reports are positive. It can be so busy there that there are times when people have to wait to get a table for their meal. All good news for the our small shopping centre. The reputation is spreading out of the estate as well. One member was asked where they lived and after answering “Bellvista” came the response, “That is where that great new Tavern is!” Members commented on the Tavern’s great service.
The Landscaping representative reported that issues we had raised had been or were on the way to being addressed. The lawn mowing has received praise from many residents especially with all the rain we have recently had. Weed growth is a major problem which the SCRC hopes to keep under control with regular spraying and increasing the level of mulch on the gardens. An ongoing task is the cutting back on plant growth around Bellvista’s extensive pathway network. The pathway along the western side of the estate was mentioned as being in need of attention. SCRC has reported it is a ‘work in progress’ and residents could expect to see further pruning around pathways occurring over the next few weeks.
The recent flooding of Dumbarton Avenue was put down to the exceptional amount of rain we have had. It was reported that Killbride Crt, which can flood heavily after consistent day long rain and leads to the flooding across Bellvista Blvd near the new Land Sales Office, has not experienced the same degree of flood problems despite the heavy rain. This has been put down to the improved storm water drainage being constructed at Bells Reach.
Shade sail cover for play equipment in Rawson Avenue, the missing footpath in O’Reilly Drive, shelters for some of the bus stops on the estate and the future of the old Land Sales Office will remain on the agenda to be followed up in due course after the new Division 1 Councillor has been elected.
It was decided to make the condition of Bellvista Blvd and surrounds between the new roundabout and the Dumbarton Drive roundabout a major focus for BeCA in 2012. BeCA will draw up a policy document on this issue to be presented to the ‘new’ Div 1 SCRC Councillor for attention. Improvements to include a total resurfacing of the Bellvista Blvd, better maintenance and design of the western grassy verge, improved drainage, an all weather pull off point, removal of the vegetation south of the new bus stop to improve driver ‘line of sight’ and a concrete footpath connecting Dumbarton Ave and the bus stop near Bellcarra Place.
BeCA will draw up a series of Policy Statements on other issues. These could include BeCA’s position on Helicopter Noise, Entering and Leaving the estate (2nd Access Point), Landscaping, The Newsletter & The Website and the future of Caloundra Airport.
BeCA will continue to be represented at the CalSafe meetings and the missing toilet signs from the public toilet block near the tennis court are to be replaced.
The Caloundra Police will be approached to supply a guest speaker at our next Public Meeting (May 14th) to discuss procedures residents can take when confronted by inappropriate behaviour and vandalism. We would expect to have our new Division 1 Councillor at that meeting as well.
The meeting closed at 8:20pm.