At the suggestion of our Councillor Rick Baberowski, BeCA invited representatives from the Sunshine Coast Airport Management Team to attend this Management Committee meeting and report on proposed changes to the rules governing the operation of aircraft around the Bellvista/Bells Reach estates, especially in relation to the use of Caloundra Aerodrome by non Caloundra Aerodrome based aircraft and training touch n go’s.
BeCA toiled long and hard to eventually have Sunshine Coast Airport Management team representatives nominated to attend our small ‘in-house’ meeting and bring those most effected by the situation up to date on the latest proposals. The names of representatives attending the meeting were not set in concrete until a few days prior to to the meeting. So BeCA was extremely disappointed to be informed at 4pm on our meeting day that the Sunshine Coast Airport Management team had forwarded an apology.
BeCA immediately forwarded a request that representatives attend our August Management Committee Meeting.
The BeCA Landscaping Committee Convenor has spoken with the interim Council Parks and Gardens Supervisor on a crossing safety issue in Rawson St. The problem was solved within 24 hours and pruning occurred.
The format of the Connector newsletter was discussed with the possibility of it being reduced in size to A4 to help conserve costs. The format would remain the same but the overall size could change. This was seen as a possible fall back position for BeCA should the current printing procedures be terminated. Currently 8 newsletter issues per annum on double sided A3 paper are produced at no cost to BeCA. BeCA estimates this saves the Association approximately $1600 each year. BeCA expects to meet with the organisation which produces the newsletter and discuss a range of possibilities. There will be no change to the newsletter format for the foreseeable future.
Councillor Baberowski was an apology for the meeting but provided a detailed written report below.
In relation to Bellvista Meeting Place he reported that Council’s property management team are attending to the following: the installation of awnings over the current framework, the installation of hardwood battens to the steel framework, the repair/repaint of original battens. the installation of painted pine fascia, gutter and down pipes, the installation of roof sheeting and flashing to match the Eastern elevation, the installation of battening to ends of framework to deter birds form nesting and the installation of mesh to horizontal battens on base of framework
This work will commence early in the new financial year. Once this is completed, the cleaning of the deck and windows from the bird droppings will also occur, however future costs of this cleaning will be considered operational and not funded by council. A work order has also been raised to repair the blinds and this should be attended to in the near future. The facility officer is visiting the site to further investigate the request for the door latch – if this door is a nominated fire door, it is unable to be latched back.
Council does not recommend any further expenditure on furnishings and fittings for this facility until it has have established a clear management model and way forward. It is Council’s experience that any incoming management group will have their own set of needs and wants and will usually they bring in their own furnishings. Cr Baberowski is meeting with council officers in the near future to consider going out to tender and seeking a not for profit organisation to run and manage this facility.
Regarding the number of bollards in place along Bellvista Blvd, Cr Baberowski reported that the number was increased to prevent damage to the road shoulder by vehicles. Due to the low-lying nature of the area, there is significant drainage works under the verge and therefore the shoulder is not conducive to being trafficked at all.
BeCA thanks Cr Baberowski for his informative report.
It was decided that BeCA would press Federal MP Mal Brough to have Bellvista reconsidered for inclusion in the NBN program. Local services and industries are suffering because of the inadequate and unreliable internet services available in Bellvista. A reliable fast internet service is required for these businesses to prosper. Mal Brough is a speaker at our November Public Meeting. There are some Bellvista residents unable to connect to the internet because of a shortage of available ports.
At this stage there has been no further action on the Indigo Rd/Bellvista Blvd ‘No Right Turn’ intersection. BeCA understands the officer tending to this situation has gone on leave.
Hannah Williams from the Bells Reach Community Garden is delighted with the way things are progressing and that the plants are growing splendidly.
BeCA has put out a request via its website and Facebook pages for more volunteer newsletter deliverers and Management Committee members. With the passing of Management Committee member Peter Passant and the future sale of another Management Committee member’s home, BeCA has one current and another future vacancy for Management Committee members.
You can read more about this situation here.
The meeting closed at 8:30pm