Bells ….Bellvista, Bells Creek, Christmas Bells (significant local flower). Reach ….everything in reach …. Caloundra (including beaches), Bellvista community, Caloundra South, affordability, sustainability….
Residents will notice the new name on the ‘shadecloth’ fence being erected around the site within the next few days. Click on the photo for a larger view.
The weekly publication “Caloundra News” is to have an article covering the graffiti issue we have at the new toilet block. The item was picked up from the website. The article will ‘push the line’ that Bellvista is a great place to live and residents will not tolerate this sort of behaviour. It will also recommend residents keep an eye open for inappropriate behaviour, report any concerns to the local police, and that parents need to be aware of where their children are at all times.
BeCA has been informed that SCRC is looking to ‘beef up’ security surveillance in the toilet block area.
BeCA received a call from WIN News on Wednesday regarding the removal of trees from beside Bellvista Blvd. The removal of vegetation is required for preparation of the Bells Reach worksite. Stockland will carry our extensive revegetation of the area as each stage is developed.
At Wednesday’s meeting with Stockland a concern was raised by one of the audience members on ‘affordable housing’ and in particular the 200 square metre blocks. It was explained that extensive study had gone into the demographics of the Sunshine Coast. The current Sunshine Coast population sees a large number of older residents. For the area to prosper there needs to be an influx of younger professionals. In turn there needs to be work opportunities to encourage younger professionals to make this area home. Currently Sunshine Coast industry centres around Tourism, Services and Construction industries.
The building of the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital will provide employment for up to 5,000 professional workers. Younger professional workers will require smaller modern housing options and it is expected the smaller blocks will be most suitable for these people. Smaller 200 square metre blocks will comprise somewhere between 6% and 7% of the total lots for sale. So of the 700 new lots, somewhere between 40 and 45 of the blocks will be of the smaller size.
It is expected that an environmentally friendly Caloundra South will encourage new industry to build on the Sunshine Coast. Provision for new industry has been catered for in the Caloundra South project.
A Caloundra business owner was excited about Caloundra South. She said any new exciting development would only boost current Caloundra business. One of her businesses in Bulcock St was finding the current economic climate difficult but was confident developments such as Caloundra South would be create an optimistic future for her and her employees.
Other attendees voiced their concern on environmental issues, particularly those relating to the Pumicestone Passage. Stockland’s Mark Stephens has a special interest in environmental issues and he believed that Stockland would be employing the latest developments to ensure Caloundra South was an environmentally friendly project. Stockland had visited many similar projects worldwide and it believed the Caloundra South project would be ‘world’s best practice’ environmentally.
As a matter of course road access to Bellvista and Bellvista Blvd was again raised. Stockland’s Mark Wilkinson said there may be a need to continue monitor the Bellvista Blvd in light of community concerns. However Stockland believed the current proposal (rework the Caloundra Rd Bellvista Blvd roundabout, a 60 metre designated left turn lane and a slip lane u-turn facility) would address any concerns. The currently under construction “Haulage Road” would remove heavy traffic from the road.
Helicopter noise and proximity to Bells Reach was raised. Stockland said houses close to the airport would be built to withstand an 80db sound rating (“similar to being near a highway”). Unfortunately any required sound proofing does not extend to the back yard.
The Bells Reach project is now in full swing, but the major new area of Caloundra South still requires Australian Federal Government approval before any work can commence. Stockland anticipate this approval could be granted around the end of 2012.