Councillor Baberowski was in attendance at BeCA’s October Management Committee meeting to bring BeCA up to date on several issues. He reported on the line of sight issue at the corner of Indigo Rd and Aqua Cct in Bells Reach. The greenery planted there by Stockland has become overgrown and currently blocks the view for pedestrians and motorists crossing Indigo Rd. The problem extends into Bells Reach Drive around the “Blue Park” area.
Council has carried out an extensive check of the area and will adopt a phased approach until a suitable outcome is reached. Firstly low lying shrubs will be pruned and the lower limbs of trees removed. If the result is still unsatisfactory every second tree may be removed. If the problem still exists after the initial tree removal phase, there will be a complete replanting of the entire area.
Our Councillor will seek further advice from Stockland regarding the new dedicated cycleway. At what stage will the dedicated cycleway revert back to a footpath or is it planned for the dedicated cycleway to run all the way from Arbour up to the bus stop near Bellcarra Place? Line markings on the current pathway indicate it will be used where possible. If this is so where will the dedicated cycleway revert to a normal pathway?
Some further investigation is required prior to work commencing on the connecting pathway between Grampion Drive/Crater St and the western edge of the Arbour development. The current ‘dirt track pathway’ exits onto a nasty bend at Crater St/Grampion Way. A safer alternative, possibly utilising a car parking bay in Grampion Way may be required. The photo shows the area in question.
During the early stages of the development of Bells Reach, a proposal to build a new road (known then as the Bunnings Rd) was included in planning. This road was to connect Latcham Drive and travel behind Bunnings to Bellvista Blvd as a way of relieving traffic along Bellvista Blvd during school pick up and drop off times. The cost to build this road was extremely high. BeCA is seeking an update as to whether this road is still contained within agreements between the Government and Stockland as a requirement prior to approving Bells Reach and Caloundra South developments. It appears the need for this road no longer exists as the new second entry/exit road to the estates will be a superior solution.
BeCA relayed its concerns onto Councillor Baberowski regarding a proposed child care centre and housing development planned for the western section of Old Caloundra Rd. Traffic at school pick up and drop off times would be further compromised by this development.
BeCA receives numerous communications from residents regarding dogs off leashes, children playing in the street, parking infringements, noisy cars etc. BeCA advises residents to contact the relevant authority (usually Council or the police) regarding these concerns. The Council’s MyCouncil website makes lodging service requests and concerns quite easy.
It was decided to have an after meeting end of year “Wine & Cheese” celebration at the final BeCA Public Meeting scheduled for November 7th. BeCA allocated funds for this event so it could be provided at no cost to those wishing to stay back.
Line marking has been completed on the soon to be opened “Aura Blvd” (the Bellvista Blvd extension). The dedicated cycleway can be seen to the left of the road. The dedicated cycleway comprises a two way bitumen cycleway and a narrow footpath. There is a wider footpath on the western side of the road. This cycleway is to be extended along Bellvista Blvd up beyond Bells Reach and connect with the ‘Bunnings Footpath’.