Residents and motorists again were slowed to a crawl as traffic was gridlocked in and out of the estate this morning. It appears it was decided to retrieve a bus which had broken down somewhere on Bellvista Blvd which brought about the havoc. Residents with appointments or a need to get a child to school on time would have been gnashing their teeth because of the holdup. Why anyone would consider retrieving a bus on Bellvista Blvd during school drop off time defies the imagination!
The line of traffic extended from the front gates of Unity College. Bellvista Blvd, Stornaway Drive, Dumbarton Drive and Balmoral Blvd were all at a standstill.
See the photo below left for conditions on Stornaway Drive at 8:30 am this morning.
Fortunately there was no ’emergency’ on the estate this morning which required the attendance of ambulance, police or the fire brigade as entry in and out of the estate was virtually at a standstill.
BeCA has argued for years with SCRC, Stockland and the State Government to provide a second entry exit point to the estate, and every time the call has fallen upon deaf ears. There is a provision for the Haul Rd to be provisioned in an emergency but this is designed for natural disasters such as floods or fire and not for bus breakdowns on Bellvista Blvd.
Your local Community Association has argued it would be so easy to put a gravel roadway ‘only to be used in emergencies’ at the northern end of Widgee Place through to Rosegum Street. Bollards could be used to block the way to everyday through traffic. However BeCA understands a nearby Bellvista resident complained loudly at this proposal and the SCRC shelved it.
BeCA understands that Stockland proposes a second entry exit road around behind Bunnings to connect with Bellvista Blvd ‘at the foot of the hill’ or 200 metres north of the Bellvista Blvd/Dumbarton Drive roundabout. This will be done following the approval of the Caloundra South project by the Federal Government which is due at the end of this year.
BeCA understands the second entry exit point is a high priority with Stockland. Ideally BeCA wants Bellvista Blvd to be extended all the way through to the Bruce Highway as matter of urgency in the interest of public safety.
With our State MP now being a part of the new State Government, some steps can be taken to improve access to and from the estate as a public safety priority.
And finally there is some news on shade trees (see below) which have been planted around the estate by the Green Army and the SCRC. These trees are deemed suitable for the task and are appropriate for the climate. The delay in planting has been caused by the recent wet weather.
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