Today BeCA was invited to be present at a pre-opening of the specially designed Community Facility built by SCRC on Stockland land at Kawana Forest. Kawana Forest is a newer estate than ours and was developed by Stockland under different arrangements with Council. Cr Babarowski along with representatives from Council, Stockland, a representative from Pacific Lutheran College ourselves and the builder attended. The facility is purpose built and will fit in with new shops and a cafe also being constructed on the same piece of land. The facility should be ready for community use by May 2013.
The Kawana Forest Residents Association (KAFRA) was established by Stockland under the same guidelines as Stockland established BeCA.
The facility is larger than what is proposed for this community with a possibly refurbished Old Land Sales Office. Being larger it would carry larger running costs meaning more money is to be raised by KAFRA. It is in a prime position, a feature which one SCRC representative remarked was a bonus compared to the vast majority of other SCRC Community Facilities. The two photos below show the presentation by Cr Babarowski on the left and the front of the building under construction.
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Recently BeCA President Les Thomas happened to accidentally meet up with two SCRC inspectors carrying out a preliminary unofficial inspection of the old Land Sales Office to determine its possibilities as a future Bellvista Community Centre. They were taking photographs and notes. They commented that the facility may require some work to bring it up to SCRC Community Centre guidelines. They felt it was small and not being ‘purpose built’ would not be entirely suitable. The tennis court area was seen as a definite disadvantage. Without any deep discussion they felt waiting to see what would arise from Caloundra South and the need for Stockland to provide ‘community facilities’ could be a preferred option.
A comment from a resident on a post below this one reflects those exact views, let us wait and see if there is a better offer (HERE).
Or should we proceed with the old Land Sales Office? Though the size may limit the hiring out potential of the building for larger gatherings, by being smaller means lower running costs and less funds for BeCA to cover each year. The position is magnificent, not far from the Market Place, ready access to parking and beautifully situated in the middle of Canavan Gracie Recreational Park overlooking the top lake. Wouldn’t a Wedding Reception set up under a Marquee on the tennis court be a sensational spot for that special day?
So as you can see we have some consideration to do. Stockland would not readily give away a prize piece of ideally situated real estate with plenty of parking for a Community Centre. If the building funds were to come from SCRC, how long would we as a community have to wait until those funds became available?