On a chilly evening it was great to see around 30 residents and guests attend our June Public Meeting. There were many apologies reflecting the cool night during the midst of the colds and flu season.
Councillor Rick Baberowski attended and provided a report to the meeting on recent Council and Division 1 issues. Rick noted that Neighbourhood Watch was to be an issue for the meeting and suggested forming a sub-branch of a nearby Neighbourhood Watch group would be the best and most efficient way to enter the program.
The new City Hall to be constructed in Maroochydore would become the central hub of the Sunshine Coast Council into the future, an exciting time for all involved.
The State Government has provided funding for Council to create an Integrated Transport Plan for the Coast as the population here continues to grow. The plan would provide a template for the integration of rail, bus, road and light rail planning into the future. By being formally planned this should ensure the best and most efficient planning and funding for transport needs into the future.
Cr Baberowski addressed the recent closure of bus stops here and in Little Mountain. Rick cited convenience, reliability and frequency as major factors in any transport service. It seems that convenience and consideration for the public was not an important consideration with the recent closure of convenient bus stops. Several tales of 30 minute bus service delays and poor information to the public were related by residents who were at the meeting.
BeCA continues to wait for a response to its acceptance to host a meeting with Translink and BeCA Members as outlined by Minister Bailey in recent correspondence via Mark McArdle’s office regarding recent Bus Stop closures. BeCA has not been contacted directly by either the minister or Translink.
It seems the trampolines in the park in Violet Street Bells Reach are no longer compliant with safety regulations. Council will ascertain how popular this equipment was with residents and either upgrade them to meet with recent safety requirements or find more suitable equipment to replace them.
Snr Constable Peter reported on crime issues for our area. The Sunshine Coast is being targeted by a North Brisbane Crime Gang which drive to the Sunshine Coast to commit car and other thefts. Stealing number plates is another common crime. These vehicles are then driven to Brisbane where they are involved with break ins and other crime related incidents.
A car load of prospective thieves drive from Brisbane to areas such as ours. Then street by street and house by house the thieves try to find any unlocked vehicle, usually with the keys left inside. When one such vehicle is found it is driven off into the night much to the owner’s distress.
The simple lesson is to lock your car and ensure the keys are put into a safe place inside your locked home. 2 such car theft incidents have occurred locally over the last month or so.
It appears telephone scammers are now able to hide their true phone number and pretend to be from Telstra, Police, the Tax office and others and seek cash from unsuspecting residents. You should be especially concerned if a scammer seeks your bank details or asks you to pay into a suspicious service to transfer funds. Be aware!
BeCA had been requested to provide information on the formation of a local Neighbourhood Watch group from a resident indicating an interest from people in Bells Reach. BeCA had urged these interested residents to attend this Public meeting. Regretfully, none were in attendance. Snr Const Peter made the point it would be a time consuming role for any group and would require quite a level of commitment to see a group formed.
Janet Scott from Caloundra SES outlined many of the services supplied by Caloundra SES volunteers to assist locally and across the State in times of emergency. They are often the first line of help during a disaster and can provide a basic first response service following a serious storm or weather event.
Volunteers are trained to cover various events with the Glasshouse volunteers specializing in mountain rescues. Call 07 5420 7524 if you would like more information about being an SES Volunteer.
Janet mentioned the SES phone app now available for your phone. It was the perfect first port of call to keep up with SES services and upcoming weather events. She also mentioned the Sunshine Coast Council’s Disaster Hub website as a wonderful tool for public information on a whole range of possible emergency and day to day information.
During General business a resident told the meeting that she had missed the daily mail box pick up from the box outside Bellvista Market Place. At that time there wasn’t any notice as to when the post box was cleared each day. It now seems the post box is cleared most days just before midday.
The meeting closed at 8:25pm