Around 50 residents and guests attended BeCA’s first Public Meeting for 2020 at the Bellvista Meeting Place on Monday March 2nd.
The planned opening of the meeting by some fine young netball players didn’t occur as the date clashed with their first match for the season. It seems netball is booming again on the Sunshine Coast.
Stockland’s Hannah Madill was the first presenter for the evening and she started by giving an update on the new Mobile Phone Tower planned for a spot between Arbour and Baringa. BeCA has already forwarded an email to Telstra pointing out the poor mobile phone reception in this area. We have known for some time final approval was close but now it seems that Council has to tick the final construction approval off.
Residents need to keep the pressure on Telstra to ensure the tower now moves to the top of Telstra’s list of tower rollout and construction.
Stockland is continuing to monitor traffic numbers along Bellvista Blvd. Counts will be conducted every 6 months from now with recent counts of around 7,000 vehicles per day getting close to the required 9,000 to see the next stage of Bellvista Blvd duplicated.
There are a further 9 kms of the Bells Creek Arterial to be completed and eventually connect Caloundra Rd with the Bruce Hwy at the Roys Rd Interchange. It now seems construction could begin sooner rather than later with preliminary planning for funding now underway.
It is expected the new Medical Centre and Swim School which will complete the Baringa Shopping precinct should be operational by the end of this year.
Planning is now well under way for a new dog park near the Blackbutt Forest in Baringa. It is expected there will be two parks segregated for large and small dogs.
It is expected a further 20,000 home sites will complete the Aura Development.
It is now 90 days until the new runway at Sunshine Coast Airport will be in use reported Cr Baberowski. This is a major step forward and will allow for the more effective use of local passenger aircraft. Further construction of other facilities will be required before we will see the hosting of overseas carriers.
Council will partner with the State Government with a $15m ‘Business Case” for planning of the Camcos corridor to bring a rail connection to the Sunshine Coast. Other local public transport options will be included in the plan.
Council has upgraded its plan to maintain a clean and clear fire break between the northern edge of Bellvista homes and the Jill Chamberlain Reserve. Work has already commenced on the project which will see annual maintenance increased to 7 times per year. This a major improvement for Bellvista residents.
The small strip of ‘garden’ separating the footpath and veloway along Bellvista Blvd will be removed over time (‘staged replacement’) and the strip garden area will be replaced with low maintenance river pebbles. BeCA has been seeking this work to be done for some time and we are delighted that the upgrading will now be undertaken.
Recent heavy rain has meant plant growth has boomed over the last month or so placing a strain on Council’s maintenance resources. Many rain gardens are rapidly becoming overgrown and will require cutting back. Contact Council either online (HERE) or on (07) 5420 8200 (this number can be used 24 hrs per day, 7 days per week) if you require Council to cut back a rain garden near you.
Some play equipment at Active Park in Bells Reach requires maintenance. Council will remove several pieces for repair. It is expected the repaired pieces will be back and available in the near future. The trampolines in the Violet St park in Bells Reach have been replaced with safer play stations.
Senior Constable Peter spoke about using the Police Link service for the report of non life threatening issues. 131 444 is the number people should use to report behaviour concerns. One resident was on hold for 24 minutes prior to her call being taken. Police concede that the PoliceLink phone service is not the most user friendly. However there is an ‘online’ facility available to report minor crime.
000 is for major life threatening issues and not for the reporting of vandalism and other non life threatening issues.
Police continue to be amazed at car owners who leave their cars unlocked with keys left inside or other valuables. Teams of criminals or youths from outside our local area prowl the streets going from car to car to find and steal property from unlocked vehicles. ALL incidents should be reported to Police. Currently it is estimated only around 10% of all crime committed around Caloundra is reported.
When asked about police action to deter youths in areas such as our own Canavan Gracie Recreational Park, Snr Constable Peter said it was difficult for police as there were virtually unlimited escape routes for offenders to use making any apprehension all but impossible.
Traffic issues were seen as a major concern around our area. Queensland Police do not make the traffic laws, their role is to enforce them.
The tight roundabout at Bellvista Blvd and Bellcarra Place was raised by several in attendance. The roundabout does meet State Government requirements and was considered a better solution than traffic lights which were originally planned for the intersection. Residents have learnt to be careful when using this roundabout because some motorists approach it too quickly or cut across lanes.
Jason Hunt summed up the process for regaining the dedicated bus service 604 which provides a great speedy service for Bellvista and Bells Reach. Around 12 of those in attendance had used the service and remarked on the speed of the trip and how handy it was to many spots across the Caloundra shopping precinct.
It was Jason and his ALP State Government contacts which eventually sealed the deal following strong community support. Jason thanked everyone involved. He did remark that hopefully the service is utilized by residents and thus prevent Translink from again removing it.
With new shops and facilities becoming available in the Baringa Shopping Centre it is crucial all residents continue to support businesses such as the IGA, Bakery, Tavern and Pizza businesses at the local Market Place.
It may be a case of “use it or lose it!”
A concern was raised from the floor of how a resident almost missed his 604 bus to Bellvista from the Caloundra Bus Station. He said you need to be on your toes as buses seem to arrive and depart from various bays. It may arrive at the station as a 606 but then leave as a 604. You need to be alert as the bus could just change its route number, move into reverse and head off leaving you floundering.
Residents would need to be on their toes when departing the staion. A quick question to a driver “Is this the 604 to Bellvista?” should ensure whether you are on the correct bus or not. BeCA would have a concern for elderly and less mobile residents who could be left floundering as a bus quickly changes it route number and heads off. Keep on your toes is the best advice.
The meeting closed at 8:25 and residents and presenters headed off for some face to face chat and a warm drink with a biscuit.
Welcome to 2020!