BeCA had managed to have both of the major party candidates for the upcoming state election attend.
The current member, LNP’s Mark McArdle, spoke of his concerns for the proposed Landsborough overpass. The proposal is aimed to remove Landsborough’s troublesome railway crossing. Mark’s concern focused on the financial effect the current proposal would have for some local Landsborough business owners.
Of the other options available he believed lowering the train track would have the least impact and greater good for that community.
Mark believes Current Mooloolah Community Centre should be given a 75 year lease thus allowing the possibility for the centre to seek funding over the longer term. The Community Centre provides a crucial range of volunteer support services for the Mooloolah including a future Men’s Shed, casual meeting facilities and other volunteer services. Effective funding over the longer term would ensure the centre’s future viability.
With local traffic expected to increase markedly, Mark believes the upgrading of the Caloundra Road/Nicklin Way roundabout would assist in the solution of the road’s traffic issues and entry into Caloundra. He advocates slip lanes being built to facilitate smoother traffic movement.
Mark believes the Bells Creek Arterial completion can be brought forward and would alleviate some of the local traffic issues at the Bruce Hwy end of Caloundra Rd. He believes the current capacity of Aura Blvd and a completed Bells Creek Arterial would not provide substantial relief for Caloundra Rd in the shorter term if an East/West link road between Aura Blvd and Pelican Waters Blvd was built.
The ALP candidate Jason Hunt took a different stance with his presentation and focused his thoughts on the provision of jobs for region. Stuart Pascoe of the Lake Victoria Ferry Service told of how his company’s expansion and growth (with financial support from the government) had provided hundreds of employment opportunities for that community. Jason believes this provides a template for creating jobs here on the Sunshine Coast.
When speaking of roads he said his investigations had revealed that the Department of Main Roads preferred option for the Caloundra Rd/ Nicklin Way roundabout was for traffic lights.
Jason’s preferred option is to bring forward the construction of the East/West Corridor road. That road would connect Pelican Waters Blvd with Aura Blvd and the completed Bells Creek Arterial and provide a second East/West link between Caloundra and the Bruce Hwy.
Stockland’s Mark Stephens outlined the details of the duplication of Bellvista Blvd from Caloundra Rd to Dumbarton Drive. Work is due to commence on or around November 24th and is expected to be completed late may 2018.
The bulk of heavy earthworks should be carried out during school vacations. Stockland can now confirm that traffic will be able to negotiate the Bellcarra Place roundabout throughout the upgrade. However motorists can expect delays at times.
Motorists will have the longer travel option of using Aura Blvd and Bells Creek Arterial throughout the roadworks.
Mark went on to outline Stockland’s plans for its major Eco Parkland development, an exciting concept hopefully finished by mid 2019. It is expected the completed project will rival Mary Cairncross Reserve as a Sunshine Coast tourist destination
BeCA President Les Thomas thanked all of the Management Committee members for their contributions during 2017. A special mention was made of the BeCA Secretary Deb O’Reilly and the volunteer newsletter deliverers.
At the end of the meeting, The Positive Property People provided a range of nibbles, snacks and drinks for all those present. A great night was had by all!