At the recent Extraordinary Management Committee Meeting, BeCA formulated its next steps in endeavouring to have bus stops closed on the old Caloundra 603 route re opened. Representatives from the local community, Bellcarra Retirement Village (Dave Thomson), Sunshine Coast Council and BeCA were in attendance to discuss the situation, what action had already been taken, to consider offers for further discussion on why the stops were closed from Translink, and where to next.
It was agreed there was a need to take the campaign to a level where decisions can actually be made and the where the power to reopen bus stops would be possible.
There was a vibrant round the table discussion on actions already taken and where to next.
BeCA is in the process of putting a document forward which contains the thoughts of all in attendance at last night’s meeting to an area of Government or Translink where the document can have the greatest influence.
The document is currently being edited and updated as required. It seeks specific information from Translink on the number of users from Bellvista and Bells Reach from a recent period using the Caloundra 603 bus service to the number of Bellvista and Bells Reach users on the revamped 606 service.
The document will point out the demographic issues of original home buyers (51% were 50 years or more) into Bellvista who bought in this area because of access to Public Transport, the difficulties some residents with special needs will have with crossing Bellvista Blvd, especially when it is extended to 4 lanes, and the funds spent by Council in upgrading seating, bus shelters and the lighting of bus stops, especially those in Bellvista.
It also remarks on how many elderly residents are now required to find alternative transport as the nearest bus stop is now so much further away, especially on days of wet weather or extreme heat.
In due course the document will be made available to representatives with the best access to people who are decision makers and have influence with the relative authorities.
A copy of the document will be posted here on the BeCA website when it becomes available and accurately reflects the views of all in attendance at the recent meeting.