Bus Stop Closures were a major talking point at BeCA’s May Management Committee Meeting. Cr Baberowski was in attendance and brought along correspondence he had received from Translink in response to his letter protesting at the closure of 6 local bus stops in Bellvista and Bells Reach. This is the only response anyone has received at this stage from the numerous pieces forwarded protesting over bus stop closures.
Basically the response argued that the increase in bus services to Baringa by 50 trips per week, as well as shorter travel times, was enough to overlook the removal of services for the benefit of local elderly residents. The response pointed out (without any figures) that adults, then students and finally elderly passengers were the major users of the bus service.
The letter said that at this stage no review of the Caloundra 606 service was being considered.
A BeCA Committee member said he thought there had been major changes to the bus service in Little Mountain/Pierce Ave with bus stops being closed there as well. Cr Baberowski planned to investigate the Pierce Ave situation.
BeCA expects a response to its letter on bus stop closures from Translink within the next two weeks.
Both BeCA and our Councillor will take some time to digest the contents of the response before coming up with further action.
On the same issue this is a reminder to all of the Mark McArdle Bus Stop Closures Forum, 10 am May 18th at the Caloundra Power Boat Club, all are invited. And don’t forget the petition on the same issue which can be signed at the office of The Positive Property People and at the Bellvista Medical Centre, both at the Bellvista Market Place.
Graffiti was again on the BeCA Agenda with a noticeable increase in Graffiti over the last week or so. Again BeCA will approach Council to conduct an audit across Bellvista and Bells Reach and carry out repairs as required.
There was discussion following the meeting some BeCA Committee Members had with senior members of the Parks and Gardens team on raingardens. At their invitation, BeCA has followed up with two concerns regarding Service Requests.
In early April, a Management Committee member had requested a meeting with Council Officers on the condition of their raingarden. There had not been a response to their knowledge around a month later.
A request was received from the floor at the February Public Meeting regarding a line of sight issue at a bus stop in Arbour. BeCA followed up with a Service Request to which it received a call back saying the situation had been inspected and it was agreed some substantial clearance work was required. It seems the work has still to be completed.
However on the Service Request website, the request is labelled as “Completed Request” and dated March 7th. Up until just recently, the line of sight issue remains and it appears no clearing has been undertaken.
It was reported that BeCA’s request for the inclusion of bike access between Aura and Golden Beach will be a part of the proposed Pelican Waters Blvd/Bellvista Blvd connection road. However there hasn’t been any further action on this as the State Government hasn’t commenced any planning for this road.
Council has fenced off several small trampolines in the Bells Reach Violet St park while Council confirms from Stockland that the equipment meets all safety compliance requirements. If the equipment is found to be non-compliant, Council expects Stockland will replace the the trampolines with play equipment which does meet safety regulations.
BeCA noted there is a keen group of residents in Bells Reach who wish to create a Neighbourhood Watch Group for their area. Senior Constable Peter will address the requirements for such a group at the upcoming BeCA Public Meeting on the first Monday in June.
The Caloundra Community Centre group will manage the new Baringa Community Centre on behalf of Council. This group has a wonderful reputation for doing such roles and Council is excited to see them in the management role. An opening date for the Baringa Community Centre should not be far away.
Late 2019 is the current latest tip for the new mobile phone tower to be built in Baringa. This construction cannot come quickly enough for many residents suffering from poor mobile coverage across our area.
BeCA officially welcomed several residents as new members.