Bellvista Estate was originally developed by Lensworth who later sold the development to Stockland. As Lensworth slowly developed the estate, the maintenance of the parks and gardens was done by Peter Hayes. Peter was a private contractor, originally employed by Lensworth. Peter became a popular character around the estate and always found time for a chat with residents. But most importantly he and his team did a great job for the developers and maintained the garden areas beautifully. Peter is still contracted from time to time by Stockland to clean up areas they still own at Bellvista and other Stockland estates.
Stockland own and maintain the area around the Bellvista Land Sales Office and tennis court as well as the large block of land between the end of Lindesay St and Bellvista Blvd. It was commented by many people that they wished Peter and his team were still looking after our parks.
Though on the SCRC list of preferred contractors, Peter believes he is not near the top of the list.
As the estate was developed the role of maintaining the parks and gardens reverted to SCRC. The gardens are largely maintained by SCRC workers while the lawn mowing is contracted out. BeCA has been told there is more than one contractor maintaining different park areas around the estate.
Most contractors do a good job as seen in the photo (taken this morning) above and to the left. This area was mown yesterday and the edges and whipper snipping around plants and poles etc. has finished the job off nicely.
This coupled with warm weather has made for ideal grass growing conditions as can be seen in this photo to the left taken this morning at Little Mountain Common. As you can see the grass there badly needs mowing.
With more wet weather predicted for next week, the Little Mountain Common area will again become saturated making any mowing more difficult if not impossible.
Some concern has been raised by some Bellvista residents on the quality of the mowing at the main park area. Though the area has again been mowed by one of the contractors and looks much better than other areas around the Sunshine Coast, the finishing off by whipper snipping around bushes, tress poles and posts hasn’t been done on either of the last two cuts. Some local residents actually whipper snipped areas in front of Unity College to tidy it up themselves prior to the school re opening for 2011.
The final edges and whipper snipping needs to be done so the main park area (which is the central focus of the estate), to ensure it is looking at its best. The grass has been cut but whipper snipping around the goal post hasn’t yet been done as this photo shows. The edges, around light posts and around plants needs doing. At the moment the job looks half done.
BeCA will pursue this issue with their contacts at SCRC.
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