The Bellvista Community Association Management Committee conducted its first meeting for 2014 last evening (Monday Feb 3rd).
Cr Baberowski also attended and was able to bring BeCA up to date on numerous issues.
A full summary of discussion on the current helicopter crisis effecting Bellvista and other areas around Caloundra can be seen in the post above this one.
It was with regret that BeCA accepted the resignation of foundation committee member Kerri Baxter. Kerri’s family responsibilities have increased markedly and regretfully, this along with her work commitments, prevent her from being an active committee member. BeCA is on the lookout for a replacement for her.
Also in attendance last evening were Nigel and Mandy Marsh, new Bells Reach residents who were interested to see how BeCA works. One of them may consider being involved on a full time basis in the future. BeCA is hopeful that this does occur. It is crucial that a Bells Reach voice be heard on the committee.
Landscaping Co-ordinator Bob Smith reported the Bellvista Gardening team was up and running for 2014 with pruning occurring on several large areas around Canavan Gracie Recreational Park. There has also been a recent visit by the council mowing sub-contractor and the parks and gardens were looking great. Mulching had occurred over the recent December January period. Cr Baberowski reported that following the success of the Bellvista Gardening team, similar teams had been formed for other areas of Division 1.
It was also recommended that BeCA pursue the issue of the implementation of Caloundra Aerodrome landing fees which had been recommended in the recent Caloundra Aerodrome Master Plan. A letter will be forwarded to council on this issue requesting a date on which residents can expect this initiative to be implemented. Currently no fees are charged to land or take off from Caloundra Aerodrome and this applies to Becker Helicopters and their numerous touch n go’s.
A variety of speakers were suggested for BeCA’s 4 Public Meetings during 2014. The current Helicopter issue will be the major focus of the March 3rd meeting with invitations being extended to Sunshine Coast Airport Management and our local MP for this meeting. Cr Baberowski will also provide an update on this issue at the March Public Meeting on March 3rd.
Another suggestion was someone from Main Roads to bring the community up to speed on plans to better manage traffic between Bellvista and Bells Reach with Caloundra South and future access to the Bruce Highway.
BeCA is to seek a sponsor for a “Sandwich Board” to be placed near the doorway to the IGA. This sandwich board would be used to promote meetings and issues that BeCA is pursuing. Ideally further sandwich boards would be sort for placement at the Old Land Sales Office and The Pod Cafe in Bells Reach.
Cr Baberowski reported that negotiations were slowly continuing on the old Land Sales Office as a future Bellvista Community Centre. Negotiations continue and it is hoped a final decision is closer than some people may expect.
The missing footpath in O’Reilly Drive was raised again. A disabled resident using a wheel chair was seen negotiating traffic islands and the roadway recently as there was no footpath. Cr Baberowski will investigate this situation and, as long as costs are within reason, he could see no reason why the footpath could not be built.
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Residents could expect their first newsletter for 2014 later this month. It may be a bit of a rush but BeCA is keen to include a report on the MP’s Helicopter Forum this Friday at 10:00 am at the CCSA Hall, 1 Nutley St Caloundra on Friday 7th February. All residents are invited to attend.
It was reported that there was some concern over the behaviour of a group of teenagers at Bells Reach’s “Blue Park”. BeCA will report this to Caloundra Police who will be requested to keep an eye on this area.
The Meeting concluded at 8:45pm.