Venue: Bellvista Community Meeting Place, Canavan Gracie Recreational Park. Lomond Crescent Bellvista.
Apologies: Les Thomas, Peter Passant, Lani Ogilvie, Terry Dunstan.
Minute Taker: Debye O’Reilly (Secretary)
Item 1 – Introduction of invited guests Acting President John Lehmann.
IDCare.org- Christine Jackson, Cr. Rick Baberowski, Stockland Representatives – Hannah Williams & Mark Stephens.
Item 2 – Guest Speaker.
Christine Jackson from IDCare.org gave a very informative visual presentation on Identity Theft and how to best avoid becoming a victim. Attendees at the meeting were informed that the first 72 hours after a victim feels they have had their personal details compromised is the most crucial period to take action. Christine also spoke about the possible financial toll taken by each breach of someone’s identity being stolen. The average amount most victims are out of pocket is around $4,000, ID Care currently assists almost 9,000 people a year.
We were advised to make a list of the cards we all keep in our wallets in case of theft. Store it in a safe place such as a locked filing cabinet, and not on our computers. Be computer savvy, make sure all antivirus software is up to date, use only strong secure passwords etc. and be aware of the possibility of scam type emails tricking people into giving out their information, don’t click on links in emails. Christine also suggested that people do regular credit checks, with three different agencies offering free credit checks via the idcare.org website.
Councillor’s Report – Cr. Rick Baberowski.
Cr. Rick gave a power point presentation on the drive to encouraged regional development and investment around the Sunshine Coast. Rick also tabled a document titled “Invest Sunshine Coast Australia” which can be obtained by residents via his office. He also gave an overview on the refurbishment of Beerwah Town Centre and how well it has been developed to cater for the future.
On the local scene, Cr. Rick has been busy with the official openings of the Bells Reach Community Garden and the new childcare facility “Petit Early Learning Journey” on Lomond Crescent. Cr. Rick updated everyone on the investigation of a possible pathway between Little Mountain Estate and Bellvista via Ghostgum Close across the creek to the bend on Crater Street in southern Bellvista. This pathway would assist Little Mountain residents and their children to commute to and from Unity College, Bellvista Market Place and the nearby childcare centres in Bellvista. It is hoped that this project will be actioned by mid-September.
Budgetary items to be actioned for the end of this financial year are – the replacement of the shade sail/cover over the Rawson Street Park playground, and the finalisation of construction of the missing footpath along O’Reilly Drive to the Huntley Place/Dumbarton Drive roundabout. This will also go ahead this budget by mid-September. It’s been a long wait for both of these items, but we are now confident they will go ahead shortly. Thank you to our Councillor.
Questions and discussions took place on the new bollards that have been installed on the western side of Bellvista Boulevard between Dumbarton Drive and Bellcarra Place. Council officers have advised the road shoulder is not suitable for vehicles to be pulling over on and this is why the extra bollards were installed.
Meeting attendees questioned how large emergency vehicles are to get down Bellvista Boulevard when both lanes are choked with traffic, and there is no longer anywhere vehicles can pull over to give them right of way. In the case of an accident or vehicle breakdowns in the area, there is nowhere for them to get off the road now, so the traffic will be immediately impacted in both directions which has a flow on affect out onto Caloundra Road – east and west as well as clogging up the whole of the road network in Bellvista and Bells Reach.
Item 3 – Guest Speakers – Mark Stephens & Hannah Williams.
Mark Stephens spoke about Bells Reach being in its final stages, the focus now is on going ahead with the start of Caloundra South. Mark pointed out that Caloundra South is a 30-40year plan. The first precincts will include a commercial site of approximately 8,000sqm – which will include a shopping centre with a major tenant, medical centre, tavern, commercial hub, community and sports prescient. It is also hoped that a new school will be opening for the 2017 or 2018 school year, this all depends on how quickly everything progresses development and approval wise. Some discussion was had on the extension of Bellvista Boulevard to the south to meet up with the new Kawana Arterial Road. Future school traffic was also high on peoples agenda, with an Eastern Link needed out to Pelican Waters area to relieve some of the pressure off the northern end of Bellvista Boulevard/Caloundra Road. Mark did assure people that the Eastern Link Corridor on the existing maps has to be preserved for future roads, just as the Camcos Rail Corridor has to be preserved for the future of rail transport. However the Eastern Link road is not a priority for Stockland but rather a State and Council issue.
Hannah Williams gave everyone a rundown on the Grand Opening Day for the Bells Reach Community Garden on Saturday 31st May. It was a successful day with approximately 50 people attending, most garden plots were taken up, and planting went ahead on schedule. B.E.L.L.S Church celebrated with a fun day in the park on the Sunday with kid’s activities and scarecrow building competitions. Unity College also have a plot which will be looked after and used for educational purposes by their hospitality students.
Hannah was asked about security of the Community Garden, to which both she and Pastor Phil replied it is a matter of trust and no matter how many fences or how high they are constructed around it, residents need to be considerate of their neighbours and the garden in general and not just help themselves.
Both Hannah and Mark fielded questions from residents about the provision of toilets in the new parks in Bells Reach and Arbour. Toilet facilities are being investigated for the Active Park subject to cost, Council approvals and conditions. Further news to come on this issue.
Item 4 – Reports.
John Lehmann reported that BeCA had an opening balance of $3452.32 in the account with the only outgoing for the month was $29.70 for payment of an account from Leading Edge Business Options for an upgrade of disk space for the BeCA website, leaving a closing balance of $3422.62. Bells Reach Community Garden’s balance was sitting at $8160.00 after all of the cost for setting up the garden were deducted. No other reports were presented.
As Bells Reach is growing at a rapid rate, it is now time for them to become officially included into the Bellvista Community Association’s name.
Renaming of Association Special Resolution.
The members of Bellvista Community Association (BeCA) Incorporated Association number: IA36625- wish to include Bells Reach into the official name of the Bellvista Community Association (BeCA), thereafter becoming known as the Bellvista & Bells Reach Community Association Incorporated (BeCA) as the official name.
Resolution moved by: Phil Smith
Seconded by: Gail Koh.
Resolution- Carried Unanimously.
Secretary to prepare and send of relevant forms to the Office of Fair Trading.
Item 6 – Next Meetings.
Public Meeting: Monday 7th September 2015 @6.45pm.
Committee Meeting: 6th July 2015 @7.00pm.
Item 7 – Meeting closed – 8.20pm.