BeCA welcomed the new Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski to its monthly committee meeting on Monday June 2nd. This was an ideal opportunity to discuss issues on a face to face basis with the Councillor.
BeCA receives numerous emails on a variety of issues each month. Issues in this month’s list of emails included the condition of Bellvista Blvd. Everyone was pleased with the patching which had been done after BeCA followed up with the SCRC on these resident concerns. BeCA would be lodging a further Service Request on the ‘new’ pothole in the outgoing lane towards Caloundra Rd first thing on Tuesday. Rick suggested an accompanying photo was a great way to bring the level of the problem to Council’s attention. Other incoming emails related to issues which BeCA had raised with SCRC and possible follow up action, e.g. the need to prune roadside trees, improved road signage, hidden School Zone signs, etc.
There wasn’t any correspondence over the recent month arising from issues with over flights from Caloundra Airport.
It was decided the Councillor will meet in the near future and tour the estate with BeCA’s President to further update him on issues previously raised by BeCA. Several issues which have been on BeCA’s long term request list were then discussed with the Councillor.
The issues included shade over the new Rawson St Playground equipment, the mysterious ‘missing’ footpath near Maroon Crt on O’Reilly Drive, bus stop shelters, improved liaison between SCRC and Stockland especially in regard to planting issues. For example, Stockland create gardens etc only to have them ripped up and replaced with turf when the development is ‘handed over’ from Stockland to the SCRC. The main reason for doing this is that the maintenance cannot be afforded by the Council. Turf is much cheaper to maintain than a garden bed. And in many cases turf is a more practical solution.
There was also the issue of improved all weather pathway between Bellvista and Little Mountain (near the Little Mountain Skate Park) as well as a future suggested pathway to enable access to the estate from southern sections of Little Mountain. This would improve access to Bellvista Market Place, The Tavern and Unity College.
Councillor Rick Baberowski commented that the SCRC was experiencing a funding ‘reality check’ and it would be impossible for it to fund all of these issues. BeCA would need to prioritize its requests.
There was some discussion on the format for the AGM. A motion to amend the BeCA Constitution would be need to be passed at the AGM to allow full voting rights to new residents to Bells Reach.
There was more discussion on a preferred outcome to the three available options regarding further access to the estate raised by the UDA before there would be any final decision on Caloundra South. In due course, all three options will be implemented. However the timing of them and possible population trigger points would be determined by Stockland. Stockland is expected to complete its number one preferred option prior to any major undertaking of Caloundra South.
The three options are, 1. duplicate Bellvista Blvd, 2. build the Bunning’s Rd from the lights at Latcham Drive and join Bellvista Blvd at the foot of the hill or 3. extend the Kawana Link Rd south from near Caloundra Racecourse and have Bellvista Blvd sweep around to the south and then join it. There was a lot of crystal ball gazing with various options and combinations being discussed. All three options would eventually be done. However the order and timing of when they would be done would be determined by Stockland . Bellvista residents would have an opportunity to voice there preferences via consultation with Stockland.
Stockland’s decision on which option it will construct first would be based on market forces, the development’s needs and community consultation.
The Meeting closed at 8:20pm.
A reminder to all residents that the 2012 Annual General Meeting of the Bellvista Community Association will be held on Monday August 6th at 6:45 pm at the “old” Land Sales Office. Speakers will include, Mark McArdle, MP, Stockland (Caloundra South Update), Cr Rick Baberowski as well as Bellvista Tavern’s Scott Armstrong.
Currently nominations are being called for election to the Bellvista Community Association Management Committee comprising 8 members. If you wish to become involved please complete a nomination form (available HERE) and email HERE for your nomination to be collected. All nominations need to be lodged 14 days prior to the AGM (August 6th).