Hannah Madill from Stockland provided an informative update on the duplication of Bellvista Blvd and the latest news from Aura at the recent Public Meeting.
Later this week, the ‘new’ side of Bellvista Blvd will be in use while work continues on the current piece of roadway. Hannah reported that despite the recent rain, the duplication project was ‘on schedule’ for completion in May.
Stockland have ‘Introduction Activities’ so prospective residents have a chance to meet and get to know one another even before they move into their new home.
Stockland will paint the dangerous lip separating the veloway from the footpath, especially around the Baringa School. As the current veloway conforms with TMR guidelines, the painting is being undertaken as a ‘beautification’ exercise.
In relation to verge parking issues, future homes will have a 5m setback from the front boundary providing more space for driveway parking. Stockland will look to house design to create more storage options to ensure garages can be used for car parking rather than as a storage space.
The roads in Baringa are generally wider than those in Bells Reach. Stockland will continue this trend through the roll-out of home sites in Aura Central.
In response to a question regarding ‘off-leash areas for dogs’, Hannah reported that an off leash area for dogs was planned for a future area near Blackbutt Forest. This off leash space would be available during 2020.
Stockland is subsidizing the current school time bus service for three years. With 20% of new Baringa residents being employed at the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Stockland is negotiating with Bus lines for a Baringa to the Hospital bus route.
The retail site to be built on the corner of Aura Blvd and Baringa Drive should be open for business by early 2019. It will house a supermarket and speciality shops.
A new “Baringa Town Square” should be open around July or August this year. The “Town Square” will be a major facility to accommodate important Civic Functions such as Australia Day Celebrations. It will also be the site of a “Youth Activity Plaza” catering for 16 to 20 year olds.
The “Youth Activity Plaza” is being especially constructed to be a ‘skate board’ friendly area allowing young skate boarders to develop and show off their skills. The area will also have a “Giant Table”. Rather than have tables spread around an area, the “Giant Table” will encourage residents to sit down together and enjoy a bite to eat or a relax in the sun
Much is being done to promote the “sense of community”, a major pillar behind Stockland’s philosophy to create communities, not just homes.
We can expect to see technology play a big role in the new suburb. Bins around the Town Square will have sensors to tell the administration they require emptying. BBQ’s will have sensors notifying that they require cleaning.
There will be electronic signs giving out the latest weather report and other news of the day.
Caloundra Men’s Shed
Jim Lombard from “Caloundra Men’s Shed” sought permission to say a few words at the recent BeCA Public Meeting.
Jim started the Caloundra Men’s Shed several years ago with a handful of members. They worked from a small building on a piece of land which they were given the use of.
Today the Caloundra Men’s Shed has 81 members. Unfortunately their home is on a small piece of ‘borrowed land’ and the owners require the land back, making the Men’s Shed now homeless.
Jim was at the meeting to ask people to sign his petition to have a piece of land made available for his group. Keep your eye on the newsletter and the website for where you can sign that petition.
At the close of the Meeting, Jim was spotted in deep discussion with Federal MP Andrew Wallace, Cr Rick Baberowski and Stockland’s Hannah Madill.