This is a perfectly healthy and fully operational biopod or rain garden like many others situated throughout Bells Reach, Arbour and a few sections in Bellvista. They are purposefully designed to naturally cleanse storm water before it enters local waterways and eventually find its way to the pristine Pumicestone passage. They were a major investment by Stockland when they created our new environmentally safe and secure housing development, a design for which Stockland has been awarded Environmental Awards recognized world wide.
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It is crucial biopods be allowed to stand as they are so they continue their wonderful work and naturally remove impurities contained in storm water and protect the Pumicestone Passage.
Regretfully they can become an eyesore, a receptacle for trash, and a possible haven for snakes and vermin.
Residents are forbidden from interfering in any way (except the occasional cleanup of debris) with their biopod. For some people biopods can take much of their front yard.
Would you like this along your entire front fenceline?
You can imagine the concern parents with a young family may have with a rain garden right on their doorstep and taking up all of the land between their property and the street.
One of the most vocal opponents who voiced their opinion strongly at BeCA’s last Public Meeting was The Positive Property People’s Dave Cooper. Dave sells a lot of real estate in this community and one suspects that in some cases, getting the best deal for a client is made more difficult with a poorly maintained rain garden out the front.
There must be something that can be done. The biopods are Sunshine Coast Council’s responsibility.
Currently BeCA and the community’s voice are slowly being heard. There is a team of contractors tidying up biopods around Arbour. Once finished they plan to move onto Bells Reach and continue the tidying up work there.
Are there alternative plants which can be used to as effectively remove impurities from storm water? BeCA understands they can be cut back to around 30 cms without hindering the plants from doing their work. Do the bipods need to be as heavily populated with plants as they are currently or can the be thinned out?
BeCA has been told that as the current plants naturally die off, new more attractive looking growth takes its place. BeCA also understands that following some feedback to Stockland, the prevalence of biopods in Baringa is being reduced.
But Bells Reach, some of Bellvista and all of Arbour have them. For the benefit of all, Council must regularly clean and tidy them up.
Our final Public Meeting for 2018 is set for November 5th, 6:45pm at Bellvista Meeting Place. Speakers will include Council’s Contractor Supervisor Elliott Lacey, Parks and Gardens Mark Francis and Stockland’s Mark Stephens. Biopods/Rain Gardens will be a major topic.
All are welcome.