President Les Thomas was sought by local Channel 7 News for an interview on the current Bellvista Blvd situation relating to traffic hold ups during school drop off and pick up times. Les spoke of the increase in traffic across Caloundra, especially Caloundra Rd and how this had impacted on the situation during the Bellvista Blvd roadworks. The increase in Caloundra Rd traffic is a mitigating circumstance which impacts on traffic being able to exit Bellvista Blvd quickly and safely.
Hopefully the extended left turn only lane will be in full operation in the very near future alleviating the problem to a certain extent.
What is required is a fully functioning second entry/exit to the estates. BeCA understands progress on the extension of Kawana Link Way has been delayed while Stockland awaits State Government Infrastructure Agreement Approval to commence the new road. Stockland had planned to commence construction in late 2014 but the delay in the approval has stalled any work beginning on the new road.
Later this morning (Wednesday) BeCA met with local MP Mark McArdle. This meeting was meant to address the latest situation on the interim Helicopter Training Facility and where progress was up to. BeCA understands the final signatures and full agreement are extremely close.
BeCA also raised the road situation on the estate and Mark McArdle has promised to follow up to see what was holding up the final approval for the new entry/exit. As the LNP is no longer in power, Mark McArdle’s ability to impact on this situation may be limited but he did give a commitment to follow up on the current impasse and see if pressure can be brought to have the approval fast tracked.
Mark McArdle also indicated he too was following up on the current interim Helicopter Training Facility. BeCA asked about the ‘permanent’ solution which was being planned by the previous Liberal Government and where it was up to. It seems that much of the ‘spade work’ has been done on this and with the support of the Labor Party Government should still be able to be achieved relatively quickly.
BeCA will seek the support of the ALP Candidate for the seat of Caloundra, Jason Hunt, to use any power he may have to have the permanent solution followed through by the current government.
Finally Mark McArdle congratulated the Bellvista/Bells Reach communities for the Community Garden concept being developed at Active Park in Bells Reach. Mark believes a Community Garden project is a great way to develop increased community involvement and commitment. He is delighted at the Community Garden concept.
Further correspondence has passed from BeCA on permitting a right hand turn from Indigo Rd onto Bellvista Blvd except for the usual school hours limit. A right hand turn would be permitted all day except for 7am to 9 am and 2pm to 4pm daily if the proposal is accepted.