Stockland’s Project Development Manager Adrian Allen, provided an informative presentation at the recent BeCA Public Meeting Apart from the new primary school which is expected to open for the beginning of the new 2018 school year, building sporting facilities will take on a major focus with 3 new soccer pitches (one lighted) and change rooms to be constructed prior to the end of 2017.
Another sporting/play area will be built with a focus on older children’s cycling and basketball activities. Construction may begin in May 2017. Planning is well underway for a Village Hub, an area where various services will be available on a shared basis between the community and schools.
Stockland expect to be able to announce the major tenants for the new Shopping Centre around May of this year with the Centre being open sometime mid 2018. The new Secondary College may be up and running by 2020. Mr Allen also announced that duplication of some northern sections of Bellvista Blvd should begin within 12 months.
Cr Baberowski’s Report.
Cr Rick Baberowski provided an update on new happenings for Bellvista and Bells Reach at BeCA’s recent Public Meeting. Bollards could be installed to keep motorists off the park areas at Canavan Gracie Recreational Park. Council will investigate the best way to fence the area most likely with a combination of trees and bollards to form a boundary around the park. Using trees is a highly cost effective way of solving the problem.
Council has removed the concrete strips at the northern end of Bellvista Blvd following concerns from motorists. Planning is all but complete and ready to go for quotes on the pathway linking Arbour and Crater Street. It should be completed mid year and provide the final all weather link between the two areas. Some final planning is required for the Crater Street end of the pathway. The photo above shows the Arbour end of the proposed new pathway.
Cr Baberowski spoke of his confidence in having a solution found regarding the reclaiming of their land space currently used as an interim helicopter touch n go facility by Stockland. Cr Baberowski believes either the State Government will come to the party, or another interim site will be found. He urged BeCA to be patient Cr Baberowski does not believe the State Government will call for a new election in the near future. He believes there is ample time available for a team approach to finding a suitable solution.
An issue was raised from the floor of the BeCA Public Meeting concerning traffic leaving carparks attached to Unity College and the two Child Care Centres. The resident believes the situation could be made safer if all traffic (perhaps buses be excepted) leaving the school or Child Care Centre carparks face a left turn only sign. In all cases it is short detour for traffic turning left and a roundabout where a safe turn can be completed. This would improve traffic movement as traffic turning right out of carparks can block “through traffic” as they ’jockey’ to complete their turn.
The Unity College School Safety Crossing in Lomond Circuit may be a problem with traffic exiting Unity College, but probably no more of a problem than the disruption caused by right turning traffic exiting the College carparks. A proposal from BeCA will be put forward to Cr Baberowski for consideration by Council.
Bellvista Lakes Cleanup
About this time each year, Council steps in to clean up the lakes. This usually means rowing around the two lakes in Bellvista and collecting any rubbish hidden away in plant growth. Then the lakes are ‘mowed’ and removing many of the water lilies. Recently Council stepped in and completed its surface cleanup but the mowing of and removal of the lilies has been postponed because of the current warm weather conditions. Council says with the current warm weather, they expect any cut lilies would regrow within just a few weeks.
The lilies will be mowed and removed when the weather cools off and any regrowth can be kept to a minimum.
Former BeCA Secretary Tony Mohr has now turned his attention towards fostering the development of Army Cadet Units in our area. Tony made a presentation at the recent BeCA Public Meeting and very quickly provided great examples of the talents and personal growth which can be fostered in our youth. Catering for youngsters between 13 and 20 years and under the full umbrella of the ADF (Australian Defence Forces) Cadets provides a great environment for the development of leadership and personality skills.
If young Marcus and Caitlin are examples of just what can be achieved the Caloundra Cadets should grow and become a wonderful asset for the Caloundra and Sunshine Coast Community.