A large crowd of around 50 people attended the final BeCA Public Meeting for 2012 in the ‘old’ Land Sales Office, Canavan Gracie Recreational Park last evening (Monday Nov 5th). Soon after welcoming guests Mark McArdle, Peter Pallot, Simon Kinchington, Snr Cons Peter Dickens, Cr Rick Baberowski and residents, President Les Thomas suspended Standing Orders and moved directly into presentations from guests.
Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Peter Pallot ran through an outline on the Caloundra Airport Draft Master Plan. (Download a pdf of the presentation HERE 3.7MB download) Public feedback on the plan is sought from Sunshine Coast residents with a closing date of Monday November 26th. Public Feedback forms were available from the meeting or online at the SCRC website.
Peter spoke about a forecast increase in air movements in and out of Caloundra Airport. He had charts illustrating sound levels and the effect on nearby Bells Reach and Bellvista. He also mentioned planned increases and extensions of current facilities at the airport. There would be a major increase in the size of facilities for the Aircraft Museum, a point that was welcomed by everyone at the meeting. Questions arising from the floor included a possible Helicopter Satellite Training Facility, why do helicopters land at an angle similar to aeroplanes, and another question seeking clarification on helicopter circuits. The Satellite Training Facility was being considered and was seen as a possible strategy to restrain any increase in air movements and be a solution for operators and residents.
The audience contained a fair representation of views, with some residents believing helicopters and aircraft noise was not a major problem to residents who felt their lifestyle was badly affected by repetitive circuits overhead and the behaviour of aircraft.
Peter encouraged anyone with a concern to complete a Community Comment Submission Form available at the meeting or visit the SCRC website HERE and give their views by email or by reply paid mail. Submissions close Monday Nov 26th.
Senior Constable Peter Dickens then spoke on avenues available to residents to express concerns over neighbour’s excessive noise, hoons or other problems such as trail bikes. The phone number he suggested people call was to Police Link, 131444. Police Link is for non-urgent issues. When you call Police Link ensure you have some facts to relay to the person who answers on your concern. For example a description of the vehicle, any registration details, where the incident occurred. Even incomplete details are valuable. One caller may have only noticed the first three numbers of the registration while a second caller may only have the final three letters. Any information helps.
If you don’t receive any satisfaction from your call to Police Link, contact BeCA with all the details and we will pass any information on to the “Officer In Charge”. This is especially relevant to repeat offences, e.g. every Sunday some of the locals get together on their trail bikes in the bush to the north of the Bellvista estate around 2pm. This sort of detail makes an attractive option for local police.
Peter was asked to define “Hooning”. For a charge to be laid there must be excessive noise and their must be burning! It was an interesting answer to a fair question. His presentation was entertaining, thought provoking and enjoyed by all.
Regarding Bellvista he believed the Caloundra Airport was an important issue. He believes planners need to ask themselves “What do we want the Caloundra Aerodrome to be in ten years?” Should the focus be on increased flights or should the focus be on increased business? Mark believes there shouldn’t be an increase in flights in and out of the airport and he believes that the vast majority of businesses there don’t want flights increased either. Increased flights would lead to increased complaints which would in turn put the future of the airport and their businesses into jeopardy. On Bells Reach he believes the estate is too close to the airport boundary and the blocks are too small. Affordable housing should not be linked to block size and proximity to less desirable locations.
Regarding Caloundra South Mark is adamant it should not become just another northern suburb of Brisbane. He believes the cost of infrastructure should not be a future burden for Sunshine Coast rate payers. Current discussions with major stake holders are closing these differences and he is quite confident that in due course with further discussion the gap will be covered totally. A major environmental concern in the development of Caloundra South is to retain the pristine condition of the Pumicestone Passage. It is believed a second entry to Bellvista and Caloundra South is expected to be in operation from 2015. The current Bellvista Blvd would continue south to connect with another major road to be built south from the roundabout near the Caloundra Racecourse. Mark believes this will not be incentive for drivers to travel out of their way when the more direct route is north along Bellvista Blvd to the roundabout with Caloundra Rd. The duplication of Bellvista Blvd could solve this problem. However the proposed “Bunnings Rd” would provide the second entry to the estate with further possible frontage by the Caloundra Aircraft Museum onto a major road.
Finally Mark spoke on the effect the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital could have on the Coast and Caloundra South. The hospital is to be a teaching and research facility and will require educated high earning staff. Other young families will be encouraged to come to the Coast to work there as well bringing highly educated and wealthy young families. The Sunshine Coast Industrial estate will provide a range of services for the new hospital including maintenance, catering and cleaning. The arrival of the new hospital will see the cusp of the biggest change in the Sunshine Coast’s history.
Councillor Rick Baberowski believes the Satellite Training Facility for helicopters is a high priority for inclusion in the Caloundra Aerodrome Draft Master Plan and he encourages all residents to visit the SCRC website (see link above) and forward an email or letter seeking its inclusion in the Plan. Rick is extremely impressed with the current Aircraft Museum and sees it as a major tourism asset for the Coast. The Caloundra South Development will have an impact on hinterland towns. Beerwah businesses may be in for a difficult time as Beerwah residents travel to the major shopping centre envisaged for Caloundra South. This has a detrimental impact on Beerwah light industry and businesses. In some ways hinterland towns may have to re invent themselves to a certain degree. Rick used Maleny as an example of a town which had created a niche for itself and ensured its survival as the Sunshine Coast developed.
The President then quickly reported to the meeting on other issues BeCA has been pursuing. There are other posts below on these issues: relocation of the mail box, the future of the Land Sales Office, the naming of Canavan Gracie Recreational Park and possibly late January or early February 2013 as possible official naming ceremonies, BeCA’s regular attendance at Cal Safe Meetings, improved road signage around the estate and the existence of a proposed Business Register for local businesses.
As it was the final Public Meeting for 2012 the President wished the best of Christmas wishes to all residents and looked forward to seeing everyone again on the first Monday in March 2013 for the next Public Meeting.
The meeting was closed just after 8:30.
BeCA’s Landscaping Chairperson has reported that the many ‘biopods’ (see photo left) around the estate will be regularly cleaned by a contractor beginning shortly. The biopods are an environmentally friendly method of cleaning storm water before it flows into drains and creeks and eventually into the Pumicestone Passage. Recently the body of a dead domestic pet was found in a biopod which further highlighted the need for some immediate action to occur. Using appropriate rubbish disposal avenues (the tip, weekly rubbish collections, litter bins) also assists in keeping all areas of the estate looking their best.
The Bellvista Gardening team are keen to discover the proposed date for the official opening and naming of Canavan Gracie Recreational Reserve. They want to do a major spruce up of the area and that there is a lawn cut to ensure the newly named park is looking its best for the big day.
Sunshine Coast airport CEO Peter Pallot has requested he be invited back to speak on further updates to the Caloundra Aerodrome Master Plan at our March 2013 meeting.
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