Sunshine Coast Council’s Mel Ferguson gave a presentation on the Sunshine Coast Council’s “Disaster Hub”. The disaster “Hub” is actually a website setup by Council as its major source of information to residents should a disaster occur. It would be the first port of call for residents in such as situation.
The website has the latest information on Road Closures, Current warnings, Evacuation centres, Useful Contacts and a wide range of information.
There are extensive maps showing rainfall totals, road closures and warnings. These maps can be overlayed to provide a comprehensive view of any local disaster situation.
Take a few minutes and check out the Sunshine Coast Council Disaster Hub.
President Les Thomas brought those in attendance up to date on BeCA’s plan to attempt to bring forward the construction of a link road between Bellvista Blvd and Pelican Waters Blvd via the State Government. A meeting has been sought with the Department of Main Roads advisors and planners in Maroochydore to seek more information on where a proposed road would go. The State Government has a road reserve in place but any construction is not expected to begin before 2028.
BeCA is hoping to join with Sunshine Coast Ratepayers and Golden Beach Progress Association to provide a combined community voice on this issue.
Following presentations from two of the Division 1 candidates present (see below), Bill Gissane the ALP candidate for the Federal seat of Fisher was presented to those in attendance.
Bill Gissane spoke of his time on the Sunshine Coast and how he came to be the ALP Candidate. He was a member of an entrepreneurial team which created a Workplace Safety Company which became one of the leading companies world wide in its field. This gave him the opportunity to work and live world wide and presented him with a range of life experiences from the Middle East, S.E. Asia and the USA among others.
He sees technology as a major influence into the future and is an advocate of Very Fast Trains, technology based industries, of working with the Sunshine Coast University to develop technological industries, solar power and the like.
He sees his experience with an entrepreneurial company and his vision for the future making him a valuable contributor to the future of the Sunshine Coast and the country.
He retains his commitment to basic Labor values such as that no child should be held in offshore detention centres, equal pay for equal work and the rights of all to live together in harmony and peace.
Bill Gissane took questions from the floor and remained after the meeting to speak with residents.
The President Les Thomas thanked Cr Baberowski for his efforts while Councillor over the past three years. Cr Baberowski’s efforts in assisting with the removal of the vast majority of repetitive circuits by helicopters from above our homes, the Bellvista meeting Place facility, his contributions to the planning of Caloundra South and the eventual construction of a second/entry exit for the estates as his major achievements for this community.
Smaller issues such as missing pathways, bus stops, shade over play equipment and new pathways were also acknowledged. Then there were the occasions when he had assisted residents with individual issues and these efforts had been greatly appreciated.
Cr Baberowski is seeking re election at the Council elections on March 19th
Council Baberowski provided a quick update on issues from Council and made a presentation to those in attendance on his achievements while Councillor.
He predicted that the new Bells Reach Arterial road (or an alternative) would be built through to the Bruce Highway sooner rather than later. He believes that as Caloundra South grows, new residents wishing to travel to Brisbane will not accept driving north to Caloundra Rd, along that road to the Bruce Highway, and then turning south. When this has a detrimental effect on house lot sales, Stockland will be encouraged to build a new connection through to the Bruce Highway.
The meeting closed at around 8:30pm and many residents stayed back to enjoy a hot drink and a chat with presenters or other residents.