Two members of BeCA were invited to Stockland’s offices for a meeting to gather feedback and report on issues effecting Bellvista Residents. This meeting occurred today.
Secretary Tony Mohr and Committee Member Les Thomas shared BeCA’s views and residents’ concerns with Stockland.
The major issue raised by both parties was access to and from the Bellvista Estate, especially during school pick up times and the resultant congestion in Bellvista Blvd. It has been suggested that a 60 metre long left turn only lane be added to the intersection with Caloundra Rd. However BeCA argued that residents would be much happier with the duplication of Bellvista Blvd.
Other major issues discussed were toilet facilities for the park at Bellvista Lake, appropriate playground equipment for all age groups at parks throughout the estate, inappropriate trees planted which create fire risks for residents, problems associated with inappropriate aircraft behaviour from the nearby airport, a second emergency exit from the Bellvista Estate, traffic concerns raised by the new shopping complex in Rawson St, the lack of a Keep Clear area for residents of Little Mountain entering Bellvista Blvd from Bellcarra Place and the dangerous crossing area for pedestrians across Bellvista Blvd heading to the pathway behind Bunnings.
Stockland was especially interested to hear some feedback on the nearby airport. BeCA reported that generally most aircraft seem to behave reasonably over the estate. However residents have mentioned there appear to be rogue pilots who frequently and apparently deliberately disregard regulations and use inappropriate flightpaths which bring them in right over the top of houses. Sometimes this can happen up to 6 times in a row as aircraft practise landings and takeoffs.
All points raised by BeCA were duly noted. The meeting was quite convivial and Stockland were extremely keen to hear the views of residents. It was hoped there could be more meetings like this to air issues. However many of these issues now fall under the responsibility of the SCRC (Sunshine Coast Regional Council). But they were of interest to Stockland as SCRC may ask Stockland to address these issues when the Bellvista Estate is extended.
Stockland have submissions before Council to extend the Bellvista Estate by a further 500 lots. This area would be to the left behind the airport on a continuation of Bellvista Blvd beside the school. This explained Stockland’s earlier interest regarding feedback on the airport. A further residential area would be built behind the school. In a best case scenario, construction would begin in late 2011. This extension could include another ‘retail area’ about half the size of the current retail project being built in Rawson St and two more medium density complexes.
In due course, Stockland would be extremely keen to speak with residents at Bellvista Community association Public Meeting when more planning is further finalized.