Earlier this week BeCA President Les Thomas met onsite with the SCRC Officer given the responsibility of evaluating BeCA’s requests for an upgrade of Bellvista Blvd. The same person was also investigating BeCA’s request for an all weather foot connection pathway between Bellvista and Little Mountain.
The opportunity was taken to provide feedback and information on other BeCA issues. The ‘missing footpath’ in O’Reilly Drive between Samson Circuit and Maroon Ct was of particular interest and left both with their heads spinning as to how this could have happened. Photographs were taken and further investigation would be undertaken back at Council Offices.
A major upgrade several years into the future is due to occur to address the dry weather pathway issue linking our estate with Little Mountain. However there was a need to do something in the interim to ensure there was an adequate crossing. Ownership of the gravel road was one matter which required further investigation as was the question from which budget could money be drawn from to pay for a couple of culverts and a minor upgrading of pathway aprons.
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A future issue may be the provision of foot access between the Crater St section of the estate and Little Mountain. School children attending Unity College sometimes use a shortcut through this area to get to school.
A footbridge over the waterway in the Crater St area would improve foot access from Little Mountain to Bellvista Market Place and the Bellvista Tavern as well as provide a safe pathway for Unity College students.
An inspection of Bellvista Blvd was the final stage of the visit. BeCA was asked to prioritize its requests for the road upgrade. There is already a footpath which takes a roundabout way up to Caloundra Rd so gaining funds for a new footpath beside Bellvista Blvd would be less likely.
BeCA prioritized its requests in this order, (1) resurfacing Bellvista Blvd, (2) improving the western side of the road’s drainage, (3) an all weather pull off area and (4) better all weather crossing (installation of culverts) at the crossing point. SCRC already has a request to remove some of the growth from the eastern side of the road received from Glasshouse Buslines. It was hoped a little more clearing may be done to improve line of sight.
BeCA was pleased it had the opportunity to discuss the issues on a person to person onsite basis. THE SCRC Officer now has a clearer idea of the needs of Bellvista and in particular Bellvista Blvd.
The President commented that one Division 1 Council candidate had made “Fixing Bellvista Blvd” a major election issue. This candidate narrowly won the Unity College Polling booth tally with 34%. That in 6 other polling booths this candidate had not gained more than 15% of the votes indicated the condition of Bellvista Blvd was a major issue for Bellvista residents.
But then it was back to Council Offices to further research BeCA’s requests. BeCA will await a response. Where possible quick fix action may occur on some issues. For other issues the SCRC Budget process will produce of timeline of what work is to be done and when it is to be done as funding becomes available.