The attendance numbers were down but the debate was quite lively at last night’s BeCA Public Meeting at the Old Land Sales Office on Lomond Cres.
The President opened the meeting and welcomed the residents in attendance as well as guests from SCRC and Stockland.
Stockland’s Mark Stephens and Hannah Madill opened the evening with a report on Bells Reach. It is expected the Bells Reach Display Village (20 homes) will be open during September, the first private home construction should begin in July with the first Bells Reach residents moving in before Christmas. Hannah reported on construction of the “Blue Park” which was designed with input from students at Unity College. This park will be centrepiece of the development.
Facing onto the park will be 11 units from “The Bower Series” which are homes on small blocks of land but with a variety of features. Homes will be energy neutral and include water tanks, the use of natural light and cooled by cross ventilation. Water tanks will be built under the homes to conserve space. The homes are designed by award winning Queensland architect John Mainwaring and will suit a wide range of homebuyer budgets and lifestyles.
Double bedroom, single garage homes started around $205,000 while larger three bedroom and double garage homes will be closer to the high $200,000 range.
These designer homes are for the unit buyer who wants something a little more and they have sold out quickly. More sets of these homes are to be built as Bells Reach develops and all will face onto parks. Prospective purchasers can be added to a waiting list as required. Later in the meeting a question was raised on car parking availability for these smaller homes.
A sceptical audience at the meeting soon developed into one of immense interest.
A question for Stockland was raised from the floor regarding road access to the estate. It was felt that a powerful company such as Stockland could bring pressure to the SCRC to add other access routes for current and future residents. Connections through to Rosegum St or Flamingo St were raised as ideal and inexpensive solutions. SCRC has baulked at these suggestions as the through traffic into this area of Little Mountain would create major problems for residents and vastly increase traffic through quiet residential areas.
Regretfully the access problem we all experience will only be solved with the development of Caloundra South. A decision on Federal Government approval for the go ahead on Caloundra South was due for later this year, but has now been put back to mid 2013. It would be expected that appropriate infra structure would need to be in place prior to any homes being built on the northern edge of Caloundra South. This infra structure may include access to roads yet to be built and provide several ways for residents to access Bellvista.
The meeting welcomed Stephne Hambrecht and Cindi Coinix who spoke on their roles at Council. Stephne assists with the Positive Aging portfolio which helps co-ordinate groups for older residents across the coast. They also act as a contact for residents seeking to be involved with Art Craft Associations and other groups for older residents. Cindi is involved with the Youth Services portfolio which seeks input from groups involved with providing services for young people. Stephne has another role which involves co-ordinating SCRC Community facilities. She was asked how the Old Land Sales Office building would be as a Community facility. If the building were to be handed over to SCRC it would be her role to make arrangements for the facility to be managed by a community group.
The President reported on recent dealings with SCRC on Bellvista Blvd, an all weather pathway connecting Bellvista and Little Mountain, a possible foot crossing for residents to access Bellvista Market Place, the Tavern and Unity College from the southern reaches of Little Mountain, and the problem of litter.
The BeCA Landscaping Chairperson reported that pathway pruning had been done as requested, that a further pruning of roadway trees was to occur, a winter mulching program would be implemented, sooty mould on some trees was earmarked to be removed and that numerous shade trees had been planted by Council around the estate.
BeCA’s next Committee Meeting is due for June 4th and the next Public Meeting (the AGM) will be on August 6th. Mark McArdle our local MP will be attending the next Public Meeting in August as will our new Councillor Rick Baberowski.
BeCA has obtained 50 Picitup Bags which it hopes to make available to residents via the Tavern or the IGA. Residents will be notified ASAP when these will be available. If you would like a picitup bag sooner rather than later email BeCA here and we will make arrangements for you to get one. A small registration card is to be completed by anyone wanting a picitup bag.
Hannah Madill from Stockland will be meeting with engineers this morning to try and sort out a problem for Old Caloundra Rd western side residents so they can legally make a right turn from Bellvista Blvd onto Caloundra Rd. Currently it is illegal to cross the single white line and enter the right turn lane at the top of Bellvista Blvd. Ideally when travelling into Caloundra, they should use the left turn lane onto Caloundra Rd and then make a U-Turn at the Sugarbag road traffic lights and drive into Caloundra.
A short length of broken white lines may overcome this problem for these residents.