Over 40 people attended the June Public Meeting of the Bellvista Community Association. There were some non Bellvista residents in attendance to listen to and take part in discussion involving the Caloundra Airport. Some of these people were residents from Little Mountain and there was representation from a company which operates out of the Caloundra Airport.
Councillor Anna Grosskreutz was in attendance and produced a summary for residents to take home. The summary addressed an update on discussions BeCA had had with her in early March 2010. You can download her update HERE. It is a 143kb pdf document.
Much of Anna’s report appears below:
This issue is out of Council’s jurisdiction, as the land is owned by the State Government. Please direct all complaints to: Mark McArdle MP, Member for Caloundra 118 Bulcock Street, Caloundra 4551 Ph: 5491 2780 Fax: 5491 1801 or email Caloundra@parliament.qld.gov.au
Keep Clear areas for Caloundra Rd Service Rd and Bellcarra Place
A Keep Clear area for the Caloundra Road service road is a Department of Transport and Main Roads issue as the operation of the intersection directly relates to the operation of their roundabout on Caloundra Road. Bellcarra Place is a Council issue and Council Traffic Engineers have advised that taking into consideration the requirements for Keep Clear line marking in the MUTCD (Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices – Australian Standards) it is not recommended to install Keep Clear line marking. The MUTCD standards say:
22.214.171.124 Keep Clear marking
A Keep Clear marking when used to control the blocking of entrances and exits at side streets or property access points by queued traffic, shall only be used in the following situations:
a. To allow emergency vehicle access from it’s depot or station.
b. Where a blockage would create a safety problem elsewhere in the system e.g. vehicles stopping to turn right into a driveway causing a blockage at a nearby intersection.
The Marking shall not be used primarily for the purpose of facilitating access/egress to a side street or driveway
My response as your Councillor is to wrap this issue up into the whole of intersection solution which is currently being negotiated with Department of Main Roads and Stockland Traffic Consultants, as part of the Bellvista 2 planning application.
Better arrangements for the School Bus Stop area at Bellcarra Place and Bellvista Blvd
Council Traffic Engineers agree that the location of the existing bus stop is not the best outcome for patrons of the school bus. They are happy to hear of any suggestions from the community. Please forward your suggestions to Rodney.firstname.lastname@example.org
Rawson Street Park – Playground Equipment
Council Parks staff have completed the play equipment audit for the Rawson Street Park. I am currently awaiting the report on the audit which will contain any recommendations for additional play equipment and the cost involved. If equipment is required, it will be included in next years Capital Works Program.
Toilet Facilities, Lake Bellvista Park
The funding for this $175,000 project is still being finalised and we also need to bed down the exact location for these facilities in the Park. Once these details are ironed out the project will be added to the 10/11 Capital Works Program, and the works will be completed in this coming financial year.
Re-naming of Bellvista Lake Park to Canavan/Gracie Park
As the request for feedback from the community on the renaming of the Bellvista Lake Park, has brought no negative responses, we are ready to proceed to the next stage of the process.
The next step is to apply in writing to the Council. As a general rule the following principles apply:
Parks are named by the road from which the water supply is drawn unless a request is received to re-name the park.
Preference is given to park names that have an historical, cultural or environmental context within the area.
Commemorative naming particularly using a personal name only proceeds in exceptional circumstances.
The Bellvista 2 application is in Council and expected to be there until late this year. Currently Stockland are responding to a number of further information requests from Council Planners about Open Space, Traffic and Density. Stockland Plan to include the construction of a Neighbourhood Shopping Centre and Retirement Village in Bellvista 2
Airport – Update
Clearly there has been a spike in noise complaints as a result of the discussions surrounding the closure of Caloundra Aerodrome; however, there has been a drop off in complaints since the last meeting held with Aerodrome Businesses and operators.
Of the 27 complaints since January 2010, 4 have been fixed wing and the remainder helicopter related. 12 complaints have come from Bellvista with the next highest number (2) from Golden Beach and Caloundra West. 6 left messages with no contact numbers and described their location as Caloundra. The revised Fly Neighbourly Agreement will be presented to the Caloundra CAF at the end of the month for approval thence to industry for sign off. We anticipate this will be concluded within the next month.
Discussion Following The Councillor’s Report:
1. The airport issue raised the most debate from the meeting. It appears the behaviour of helicopters over the estate is the major area of frustration for residents, the council and Airport business operators. The Airport Business owner spoke and said the behaviour of some pilots was a major concern for them as well. He said that inappropriate pilot behaviour drew public response which in turn threatened the future of the airport. He was just as keen to see Bellvista resident’s concerns addressed to ensure the future of his business and the airport.
Throughout some of the debate an aircraft circled around the estate, its engine noise intruding on to the meeting! Some residents spoke of the apparent disregard some helicopter pilots appeared to have to the residents and the “Fly Neighbourly” policy. A revised draft was available as a handout to the meeting. It can be downloaded HERE. It is a 53kb pdf scan of the Draft helicopter ‘Fly Neighbourly’ document distributed at the meeting.
Much of the Airport Business’ case rests on a “Deed of Trust” document which appears to ensure the airport’s future. However SCRC has approached the Federal government seeking clarity on the legality of this document.
2. Other items arising from the report included traffic concerns in and out of the estate, especially during school drop off and pick up times and suggestions to overcome the congestion at the Caloundra Rd roundabout (extended left hand turn lane as 40% of traffic heads west at Caloundra Rd and the possibility of installing traffic lights). Stockland is currently preparing a proposal for SCRC on how it plans to improve access to and from the estate in light of Bellvista 2.
Other Concerns Raised At the June Public Meeting:
1. We are entering “Burning Off” season so we can expect to see smoke over the estate during the next few months.
2. Nomination Forms to join the Bellvista Community Association Committee are available. The new committee for 2010/2011 will be elected at the Annual General Meeting to be conducted at the Land Sales Office on September 6th. Nominations should be forwarded to the Secretary 14 days prior to the AGM date. A nomination form can be downloaded HERE.