BeCA representatives Bob Smith, Les Thomas and Deb O’Reilly met onsite with Jonathon Presswell (SC Council’s Supervisor Parks and Gardens) and Elliot Lacy (Contract Officer) to discuss BeCA’s concerns over the condition of parks and gardens in Bells Reach and Arbour.
Until recently, these parks and gardens were maintained by the developer Stockland. Over recent times, the maintenance of the parks and gardens has been handed over to Sunshine Coast Council. Residents have since noticed a decline in the condition of Bells Reach and Arbour’s parks, gardens and pathways.
BeCA appreciates that Council’s Parks and Gardens does not have the financial resources which were available to the developer Stockland. Stockland would always provide regular funding to its parks and garden contractors to ensure the parks were always maintained in pristine condition to support the sale of residential blocks in the new estate.
BeCA was able to raise its concerns over many issues in relation to the condition of parks, gardens and pathways to Jonathan and Elliott first hand and onsite.
An area of discussion was that of biopods. It is the responsibility of Council to maintain all biopods. However Council officers did recognize some biopods have become overgrown and have become both dangerous and an eyesore. There is always a fear of snakes, debris and other nasties inhabiting a biopod. Council will monitor all biopods and carry out maintenance where possible within strict environmental guidelines.
Biopods are designed as a natural filter of stormwater to ensure rain water run off entering the Pumicestone Passage is in as clean a condition as possible.
BeCA has agreed to assist Council with the distribution of literature via its website and newsletter on the care and maintenance of biopods. For its part Council will look at what it can do to support home owners in returning a biopod to a manageable condition to better permit a home occupier to maintaining their biopod.
BeCA is hopeful a deeper understanding of each other’s issues will result from the meeting. Hopefully as resources become available we will notice a lift in the appearance of the parks, gardens and pathways across Bells Reach and Arbour.