A smaller than usual group attended last evening’s BeCA Public Meeting at the Land Sales Office. Consistent rain and cool weather made attending the meeting less attractive.
Sunshine Coast Regional Council representative Jason Deller spoke about the Sunshine Coast Sustainable Transport Strategy policy. The aim of this strategy is to encourage residents and visitors to travel more on foot and by bicycle. The aim of the strategy is that foot and bicycle travel percentages should double in the next decade or so.
Currently travel by car accounts for 86% of all movements on the Coast. With an expanding population this rate will lead to traffic concerns and could create huge, unsightly and expensive road interchanges (eg the proposed Mooloolah River Interchange).
Jason spoke about a more clever use of land near beaches for carparking and the provision of buildings on some carpark areas. These buildings would then make their underground parking available to the public.
The strategy aims to retain our Sunshine Coast lifestyle and still be able to cater for more cars and roads.
You can read more about the strategy HERE.
BeCA President Paul Harrison reported on issues the committee has been attending to since the last Public Meeting. Those issues and current action can be found throughout “News & Events”. Issues included the upcoming meeting with the ULDA, the need to finish off the new crossing point and the new toilet block. It was then President Paul Harrison announced he and his wife Linda (a fellow BeCA Committee member) were leaving the area and would be resigning from the BeCA Management Committee. John Lehmann will be the new acting President until the AGM in August. John thanked Paul and Linda for their contributions to BeCA.
John Lehmann presented a report on the Bellvista 2 Open spaces Forum. All the details and outcomes arising from this forum can be seen HERE including a download of the recommendations.
The Landscaping Sub Committee (Linda Harrison) reported on many issues including grass mowing and the work being done on bipods across the estate. Information on both of these issues can be read here on the News & Events page.
The meeting was opened to General Business.
A group of residents had attended the meeting to voice their concerns over the duplication of Bellvista Blvd. They were concerned that the current Petition (see HERE) was being produced by BeCA. Their concerns were that duplicating Bellvista Blvd would add to traffic noise to where they lived and could in turn devalue their properties. They were unaware that Bellvista Blvd had always been planned as a dual 4 lane carriageway. Had they have known it was planned this way they would not have bought their blocks of land.
BeCA forwarded notices of the petition with the last Newsletter as a service to the community on behalf of a concerned Bellvista resident. This was an issue often raised at BeCA Public Meetings.
There was some discussion of a counter petition not have Bellvista Blvd duplicated. BeCA has offered to distribute a notice on this possible petition as a community service if this group desired.
It is BeCA’s understanding that Bellvista Blvd has always been planned as a dual 4 lane carriage way and the purpose of the original petition was to bring the completion date forward in time. Other residents had pointed out the current dangers of the road in its current configuration for children crossing.
Another resident has been placing continual telephone complaints on helicopter activity over the estate. Other residents who share this concern should call (07) 5453 1501 to register their concerns. Residents are also reminded of the SCRC Service Request Form (available HERE) for other concerns such as graffiti, vandalism etc. The more people who use this service the more likely we are to have concerns attended to.
BeCA will follow up again on the Public Notice Board to be placed at Bellvista Market Place.
The next Public Meeting will be held on Monday August 1st and will be BeCA’s AGM. With the loss of two members of our our 8 member Committee, there are definite vacancies to be filled. You can download a nomination form HERE.