BeCA has been invited to meet with representatives of the SCRC and Cr Baberowski next week regarding a possible future Bellvista Community Centre. It has long been assumed the Old Land Sales Office situated on the lake at Canavan Gracie Recreational Park currently owned by Stockland would eventually be gifted to Council as a future Community Centre for Bellvista.
Stockland and Council have been in discussion on a possible transfer but a problem has emerged following recent inspections by SCRC on the building’s suitability.
Council has a range of criteria it requires for its Community Centres and the current old Land Sales Office falls well short in many areas. Community Centres require several meeting areas, large spaces, concertina divider walls, toilet facilities etc. It needs to be a versatile building and suit a variety of needs.
The current building does not meet some of these standards. However Stockland has indicated it would be prepared to make some contribution to ensuring it meets some of the criteria.
What the building lacks in some criteria it more than makes up with its wonderful position, right in the middle of the Bellvista Community and within easy walking distance of the Market Place, schools, retirement resorts etc.
An alternative purpose built structure would be built on land to be provided by Stockland sometime into the future. Needless to say this piece of land would not be in a ‘prime’ situation and may not see the light of day for many years to come.
If the old Land Sales Office was to become a future Bellvista Community Centre it would need to be managed by a local residents. Management would entail taking bookings, raising ongoing funds, ensuring the facility is maintained, and generally looking after the resource. The Bellvista Community Association Management Committee is made up of 8 volunteer members. Many of these volunteers are already stretched with commitments. It may not be practical for BeCA to take on the full management of a Community Centre.
KaFRA (the Kawana Forest Residents Association) will open its new purpose built Community Centre in a few weeks time. This new facility was funded by Stockland as a part of an agreement it had with Council when the residential area was first planned. Unfortunately there was no such agreement between Council and the developer of Bellvista. The new facility needs to ensure it can cover its running costs and is to be managed on a joint basis by KaFRA and other local bodies.
BeCA would be able to manage a similar arrangement only if local bodies or individuals were able to assist.
Contact BeCA HERE if you would be able to assist or know of a ‘group’ which would be prepared to be involved.