Recently BeCA conducted its final Management Committee Meeting for 2018. The President welcomed newly elected Kerri Baxter to the Management Committee. Kerri had previously been with BeCA as its inaugural Treasurer. BeCA is delighted to have Kerri on board again.
Despite being a shorter than usual meeting, BeCA still managed to cover a wide range of issues.
BeCA still has concerns on the quality of work being performed with the maintenance of some parks and gardens in Bells Reach and Arbour. Following a recent mow there were still instances where long grass and plants were ‘missed’ by the mowing team. Some fine grasses were just whisked over and missed in the cut as well, giving the appearance the area may not have been cut at all. Click on the photo above for a larger view.
However one (and possibly more) unsightly roadside garden has been returfed. The new area does require watering to ensure the returfing establishes some growth.
BeCA discussed several of the options put to the recent Public Meeting on raingardens. BeCA was keen to see residents invite Council to visit and discuss a raingarden beside their property. This is done via a “Service Request” on the MyCouncil website or a phone call to Council Offices (07) 5475 7272.
Following a concern from a resident on the condition of the lakes at Canavan-Gracie BeCA had contacted Council and achieved an immediate response. The lakes are to be cleared of rubbish by a Council team and then the area sprayed to reduce water lilies and azola. Some water lilies and azola are required to maintain the water quality at the lakes.
Rather than have formal “Sub-Committees”, BeCA will have informal ‘interest groups allowing management Team members to better represent their own section of Bellvista, Bells Reach and Arbour in 2019.
The newsletter goes to 2,500 homes across the 3 estates. This provides advertisers with unprecedented access to the entire community at what is described as very reasonable rates.
Creating, producing and delivering 2,500 newsletters 8 times per year is a huge task and requires enormous commitment from the Committee and the wonderful volunteer deliverers. Printing that number of newsletters and preparing them for distribution is a 3 person job with the printing alone taking well over 4 hours to complete.
The vast majority of the news is lifted directly from the website and copy/pasted into the newsletter. Now there is an even greater number of families having improved access to the internet and the latest happenings via the BeCA website and Facebook page. It seems the effort required to produce the newsletter is better served via the website and Facebook page.
With this in mind, BeCA will reduce the number of newsletters for 2019 from 8 down to 6 editions. BeCA will not be increasing its charges to advertisers for 2019. The Management Committee still believes advertisers will get a great deal having access to so many homes 6 times each year.
Management Committee members compared before and after NBN connections to their homes, especially those living in Bellvista. One member reported her internet had gone from anything up to 3 or 4MB (sometimes even much less) up to a consistent 45MB, a 1000% improvement.
Mick, the leader of Council’s Bellvista Gardening Team, has moved from our area to Moffat Beach. At this stage BeCA has not been able to make contact with his replacement. Mick was great for Bellvista and he will be missed.
The huge spike in graffiti across our area continues unabated. BeCA has lodged several Service Requests to have the graffiti removed and will continue to monitor the situation and lodge more Service Requests when required. Residents are encouraged to lodge Service Requests as well. It may be a ‘numbers game’ again, the more Service Requests, the quicker and more effective Council’s response should be.
The President wished all Management Committee members the best for the upcoming festive season and for a great New Year in 2019.