The President welcomed all back for 2015 and introduced three guests to the first Management Committee Meeting for 2015, local resident Kim Polistina, Cr Rick Baberowski and Jason Hunt.
Kim Polistina had approached BeCA to discuss a study she had applied to undertake at the University of Central Queensland. She was looking to study local businesses and companies and the impact their business would have on a local community.
Kim was seeking BeCA support for the project, especially in light of the effect that local Helicopter Pilot Training Operator, Becker Helicopters has had on the residents of Bellvista and Bells Reach. BeCA committed to any assistance it could provide for the study and looked forward to the final report.
Kim’s study will be multi-faceted with the issue relating to Becker Helicopters and others taking up just one section of the overall work. The study should be completed prior to the end of this year.
Cr Baberowski brought the Management Committee up to date with progress on the establishment of the Interim Satellite Helicopter Training Facility. It appears stakeholders continue to jostle with several relatively minor sticking points still to be negotiated.
Management Committee members reported the current helicopter repetitive circuits situation was a vast improvement on what was happening in January/February 2014.
It was expected a final agreement on the Interim Satellite Helicopter Training Facility would be in place before the end of February. Cr Baberowski reported the current Becker Helicopter training schedule was due to be completed by mid February so any final agreement on an Interim Satellite Helicopter Training Facility would be too late.
The possible fall out from the recent State Election results is the possibility that the long term Satellite Helicopter Training Facility permanent solution would be delayed owing to the possible change of government. Our local member may no longer be on the side of the party in power and this may hamper his ability to implement the long term solution. Recent ALP candidate Jason Hunt assured the BeCA Management Committee that should the ALP assume power, that he would use his influence to take up the issue with the new Minister responsible.
Cr Baberowski sought feedback from BeCA on the establishment of the Bells Reach Community Garden. At its April Meeting, the BeCA Management Committee will likely formally accept the Bells Reach Community Garden as an official Sub-Committee of BeCA. This will assist the Bells Reach Community Garden to become legally established and with the possibility of it becoming an identity on its own in 2016.
Cr Baberowski raised the issue of the management of the Bellvista Meeting Place. Currently the facility is managed by the Lake Kawana Community Centre. This arrangement does not seem to be in the best interest of facility and local groups who may be considering it for their activities. BeCA is seeking to have the management handled locally.
The general consensus was that 2015 should be viewed as an establishment year to encourage the full use of the Bellvista Meeting Place. Ordinarily a Management group would be expected to raise income to cover all the facility’s running costs. It is felt this would place undue pressure on any prospective management group and deter them from becoming involved in the first year. A full year to establish the facility without the burden of the responsibility to cover all costs would be more likely to attract a local group to take on the management role.
Cr Baberowski reported he was hopeful that the final section of missing footpath from the bus stop on O’Reilly Drive near Maroon Crt to Huntly Place will be finished in the near future.
The meeting continued with updates on several local issues. These included the Indigo Rd/Bellvista Blvd intersection, the line of sight issue at the intersection of Bells Reach Drive and Indigo Rd, local roadworks including additional lanes in roundabouts (see photo above) and other minor issues and updates.
It was reported that the updated website should be ‘live’ by Wednesday Feb 4th at the latest.
A report was received from the Landscaping Committee on some staffing issues for the Bellvista Gardening Team.
BeCA has been assured the team will continue as is but as one of the team members approaches retirement, a change would be required. BeCA sees overhead tree pruning was seen as a priority.
BeCA identified its Sub-Committees for 2015 and welcomed new blood into various roles around the Committee.
Speakers for 2015 Public Meetings were discussed. BeCA would approach Sunshine Coast Airport Management for speakers for its March Public Meeting. The subject would be the Interim Satellite Helicopter Training facility implementation and the planned major upgrade to the Sunshine Coast Airport.
Discussion was had on advertising rates in the Newsletter with a new round of several 6 month agreements to be negotiated. It was felt that the rates outlined in the document titled 2014-2015 Newsletter Advertising Rates would be maintained until mid year when a new round of rates could be considered. Advertisers get access to almost 1800 local homes 8 times per year for a relatively inexpensive amount via the BeCA Newsletter.
The meeting closed at 9:20pm.