At a special BeCA Management Committee Meeting it was unanimously agreed not to join forces with the Caloundra Rd Action Group (CRAG) on ‘common issues’. CRAG is protesting over the loss of ‘direct access’ to Caloundra Rd by the installation of a raised traffic island on a remodelled Bellvista Blvd/Caloundra Rd roundabout. BeCA is sympathetic with CRAG and their loss of direct access to Caloundra Rd.
BeCA was contacted by local MP Mark McArdle to consider that the two groups work together on issues of mutual concern. Representatives met with Mark McArdle mid last week to discuss a possible joint effort, especially on the question of a second entry/exit to the Bellvista Estate. Maps indicate that in future a second access from Caloundra Rd running behind Bunnings and joining Bellvista Blvd is to be built in due course (see left). Cost for this second entry/exit is estimated at between 7 and 12 million dollars. Bringing this project forward would alleviate many of the concerns of Berkey Place and Bellvista residents.
The proposed road can be seen on the top right of this map. Click on the image for a larger view.
A second access behind Bunnings would relieve pressure on the Bellvista Blvd/Caloundra Rd roundabout intersection and provide a second entry/exit point for Bellvista. It would then be possible for traffic exiting Berkey Place to drive south on Bellvista Blvd to the ‘new’ road, make a left turn and gain direct access to Caloundra Rd.
This second access would be welcomed by Unity College Principal Rudy Goosem and ensure emergency access for his students.
BeCA prides itself on its integrity level and always endeavours to provide a true and factual representation of events. Comments which have appeared in the local press regarding CRAG’s concerns appear to lack crediblity. Some comments such as “devalue their homes” “$50,000 knocked off its asking price”, “would move out of Pelican Heights”, a 5 minute car trip to Meridan Plains College would now take 20 to 30 minutes, residents would now have to drive “almost a kilomtre, make a u-turn at the roundabout and return on Bellvista Blvd”, and others appear at best to be an exaggeration of the true situation.
BeCA arranged for CRAG to meet with Stockland on the issue and these meetings took place some time ago.
Some BeCA Management Committee members have spoken with residents on this matter and there seems to be some thought that the current intersection of Berkey Place and Bellvista Blvd is an accident waiting to happen. Vehicles have been seen to exit Caloundra Rd at speed and enter Bellvista Blvd making the current situation extremely dangerous for Berkey Place residents. Bellvista residents spoken to have indicated that, though sympathetic to Berkey Place residents’ concerns on direct access to Caloundra Rd, those concerns are not really anything to do with our estate. However when the issue is linked to a second entry/exit to Bellvista then the issue gains some relevance.