An above average period of rain earlier this year has created a problem for construction of the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion project, according to Ross Ullman who spoke at BeCA’s recent Public Meeting.
A small amount of chemical remnants has been discovered in the ground from previous Airport Fire fighting activity. The left over chemical is now being mixed with the captured rain water being kept onsite to ensure there is no environmental damage.
In comparison to other airports, this left over chemical is minimal here on the Sunshine Coast. But this hasn’t deterred the Airport Expansion team from treading warily on the issue and ensuring there is no damage to the environment
The effect this issue could have on the environment is considered minuscule, but it demonstrates the care and attention which has gone into all facets of the airport’s expansion project.
Despite some unsuspected hurdles, all is progressing to plan with the opening still scheduled for the end of 2020.
Cr Baberowski has acted on resident concerns with the park in Arbour. Some plants and trees have now been replaced. Teams have also been put to work to tidy some of the rain gardens and improve the overall look for the area. Any move to improve the appearance of parks and gardens is welcomed.
A forum is to be conducted involving stake holders (Stockland, Retirement Resort, Police, Council, Businesses, BeCA etc) for an audit of measures to be undertaken to ensure any inappropriate behaviour around local parks and venues remains at a minimum. According to Queensland Police, our area is not seen as a hot spot problem area for inappropriate behaviour and the aim of the Forum is to ensure the area remains that way.
Some consideration is being given by Cr Baberowski to the construction of a half-court basketball court in Canavan Grace Recreational Park. A possible site is an area just to the south of the public BBQ’s and Cr Baberowski is seeking feedback on the suggested site and whether such a facility would be welcomed by the community. BeCA is happy to take any feedback.
The troublesome and now considered dangerous trampolines in the Violet Street Park in Bells Reach will be replaced by safer equipment which would fit readily into the area.
Cr Baberowski has welcomed any input BeCA can have as Stockland moves to create a community residents’ association body similar to BeCA for Baringa. Public meetings are to be conducted to facilitate the creation of a new association.
Senior Constable Peter praised Stockland and Council for their prompt response to vandalised trees at the top end of Bellvista Blvd. Despite the recent arrest and charging of a 15 year old for graffiti, there continues to be a spike across local communities. Residents should contact Council to ASAP to report incidences of graffiti to have it removed. Either call (07) 5420 8200 or use your MyCouncil account.
131444 is a number to call to report such instances to police.
The government has announced a revised set of rules in response to an increase in people using electric scooters and bicycles. Owners of such vehicles should familiarise themselves with this update. (See Below)
BeCA was delighted to introduce the Federal Member Andrew Wallace to the meeting. A rejigging of the tendering process has seen a saving of some $400,000,000 on the current stage of the Bruce Hwy upgrade. The saving will be poured into the next stage of the upgrade, the addition of a 3rd lane.
Funding is still being finalised for the 3rd Stage of the Bruce Hwy upgrade, extending the extra lane all the way to Caboolture. Andrew reported that confirmation of the State Government’s 20% contribution to the third stage is still being negotiated.
Andrew continues to push for the duplication of the train line through to Nambour. The Federal Government will support this project by supplying 50% of the funds while the State Government believes it should be supported with 80% of the funds, as per the deal with the Bruce Hwy. Negotiations continue.
A fast rail solution for the area from Brisbane, both to Maroochydore and to Nambour could reduce travel time to under an hour. However we would be talking ‘mega dollars’ for such a project, an amount which is a “mountain to high to climb” at this stage.
Problems with Caloundra Rd were next on the agenda with the Federal Government footing $5m towards a $10m study to best address the issue. The State Government’s $5m share to fund this study has not been announced as yet.
Andrew suggests that 2023 could be a better bet for when the Bells Creek Arterial could be pushed through to the Roy’s Rd intersection on the Bruce Hwy as market issues become a concern for the developer. It would not be desirable for Aura to be perceived by prospective buyers as a one way in, one way out community.
And finally Andrew had little joy for those in attendance when he read a prepared statement from Telstra on the proposed new Baringa phone tower following inquiries his staff had made that day. The news was that 2020 was seen as the probable date for that new mobile phone tower to come online.
During questions to Andrew Wallace, several residents raised the issue of an increase in light aircraft activity recently from Caloundra Aerodrome. Caloundra is a ‘public aerodrome’ with minimal restrictions on who can and who can’t use it.
BeCA will raise the observation when it attends the next Caloundra Aerodrome Forum Meeting.