Around 50 people attended the final Public BeCA Meeting for 2011 last evening. The agenda was set to address a couple of contentious issues which created some interesting exchanges.
Local Councillor Anna Grosskreutz presented her final report for 2011. You can download a full copy of her report HERE. Anna needs to present BeCA’s request for further improved signage around the estate to a full meeting of Council as currently the level of signage around the estate is “to standard”.
Anna explained the financial situation on a couple of BeCA’s requests (complete O’Reilly Dve footpath & sunshade for Rawson St Park play equipment) and re assured everyone these works would be carried out in due course as funding became available.
Anna provided details her next (and final) Free Tree Day, all you need to do to collect your free tree is to bring along a copy of your SCRC Rates Notice.
Bellvista’s for Free Tree Day is at the Main Park on Saturday December 3rd, 8 am to 10 am.
Reports were provided to those in attendance on BeCA’s decision not to join with Caloundra Rd Action Group and BeCA’s response to the helicopter problem over the estate. Everyone agreed that last week had been an especially bad week for helicopter activity. BeCA is to forward a letter to Paul Lucas MP requesting that any extension of leases for current lease holders at Caloundra Airport be restricted to “Community Friendly Industries”.
BeCA also announced that long time Management Committee member Colin Murphy was returning to New Zealand to live. BeCA wished Col and his family all the best for his return to his homeland.
Landscaping Chairperson Bob Smith reported on the returfing of old street side garden beds by sub-contractors. Bob was disappointed with the standard of work done and liaised with SCRC to have the job done again. They certainly look better second time around.
It was interesting to listen to 4 candidates for the SCRC Division One Vacancy arising in March 2012. Each prospective candidate was offered an up to 5 minute time slot to present themselves to the audience Rick Baborowski, Kel McNamara, Rhys Reynolds and Ann Ross all spoke. Residents will have an interesting time selecting the candidate who will best represent the views of Bellvista residents.
Stockland presented an update on the happenings at Bells Reach. There were people at the Public Meeting who were not Bellvista residents. Despite this Stockland representative Mark Stephens took questions from everyone, not just Bellvista residents. Representatives of the Caloundra Road Action Group were in attendance.
Another group present appeared to be residents who had been upset by Stockland’s decision to sell the parcel of land in the main park area on the southern boundary of the Bellcarra Retirement Resort. They had always believed that parcel of land was parkland and therefore not for sale. They were concerned that Stockland would ‘sell’ some of the designated park areas in Bells Reach for future housing. After making their point the group departed the meeting!
There were many questions asked from the audience. These questions covered environmental issues and the opportunity to make Bells Reach as environmentally sustainable as possible. Stockland reported that there were many environmental innovations planned for Bells Reach which would be evaluated for later inclusion in Caloundra South. Parking which would allow for families to easily access parkland was another query along with stimulating play areas. Mel Luke was interested in the commercial precinct at Bells Reach and was seen in deep discussion with Stockland representatives after the meeting closed.
Another question was asked on the future of the Land Sales Office. Currently Stockland owns the Land Sales Office, the tennis court and the carpark area along with some surrounding park space. A proposal is currently being forwarded to Stockland Management on the future of this parcel of land. BeCA and SCRC are hopeful that this space will be passed onto Council as a Community facility to be owned by Council but managed by BeCA.
Maps of Caloundra South were available for audience members which showed the future road plans for Caloundra South. The Caloundra South development still requires Federal Government approval before it can go ahead. Once this Federal approval is received (late 2012?) Stockland will be in a better position to acquire land to provide a further entry/exit point for Bellvista. The second entry/exit (behind Bunnings?) would then be a major priority to be completed as soon as possible.
Timelines were given for Bells Reach. With a little crystal ball gazing it is estimated that Bells Reach could be all sold around 2016 depending on market forces.
Finally the meeting moved onto General Business and the President brought everyone up to date on strategies being employed to address vandal damage around the estate.
The President thanked everyone for attending, wished all Bellvista residents a Merry and Safe Christmas and closed the meeting.
Many people stayed behind to ask further questions of Stockland representatives or to meet and speak with future Division One candidates.