There was confirmation of the final 2015 meeting minutes.
The President updated all on developments which had occurred since the group last met in Nov 2015. BeCA is seeking a meeting with representatives of the Sunshine Coast Ratepayers Association (Southern) and the Golden Beach Progress Association to form a single community based group to approach various political parties to seek a commitment to building the first stage of a new East/West corridor road which would eventually create a new connection from the southern Sunshine Coast to the Bruce Highway. This would remove traffic from Caloundra Road and ease congestion at the Caloundra Rd/Nicklin Way roundabout.
A new road is already on the Department of Main Roads plans but no action to build this road is planned for the next 10 years or so. The proposed State government road would travel from Pelican Waters Blvd to Bellvista Blvd. With the completion of the Kawana Way Link Rd Extension and a connection to Bellvista Blvd expected by the end of this year, the proposed new road would then create a second route for traffic travelling from Pelican Waters and exiting at the Caloundra Rd roundabout near the Corbould Racecourse.
With the eventual completion of the Kawana Way link road extension through to the Roys Rd/Bruce Highway Interchange, the final stage of a new East/West corridor connection road would be completed.
Other issues which created interest at the Management Committee Meeting was dogs off leashes and the pruning of ‘street’ trees on residents’ front nature strips. There was some general discussion on these issues between Committee members.
It was decided BeCA would use its Facebook page to seek suggestions from Bellvista and Bells Reach residents on an appropriate dogs only ‘off leash’ area in our area. Suggestions would then be passed on our Councillor for consideration.
Some time was spent on discussing the first issue of the “Connector” newsletter, new advertisers and items to prioritize in this edition.
There has been a second nominee for our Division 1 Council area. Cr Rick Baberowski has been door knocking our area seeking concerns from residents. The two most pressing items appear to be domestic cats prowling around at night and poor internet access for Bellvista residents.
BeCA will seek feedback on residents who have connected to the internet via “Flashfibres” and seek feedback on the quality of the service for the information of residents who seek better internet access. At this stage, Bellvista will be one of the last areas of the Sunshine Coast to be connected to the NBN. NBN connection for Bellvista residents is still three years away.
Cr Baberowski also invited BeCA Committee members to attend a “Councillors Only” meeting at Bellvista Meeting Place on Wednesday Feb 3rd. There would be a brief opportunity for BeCA to speak to all Councillors on issues effecting our area. At Wednesday’s gathering, BeCA President Les Thomas raised the issues of traffic, the airport and helicopter touch n go’s, poor signage for businesses around our area and the need for some ‘permanency’ of Council’s gardening maintenance staff.
The newsletter is currently being printed and should be available for distribution over the next couple of weeks.
BeCA has been informed the current arrangement of having the Newsletter produced at no cost was no longer available following budget cuts after the February issue. BeCA is investigating other arrangements but it is certain we will need to incur costs to the Association to continue to produce the Newsletter. Helpful suggestions are always welcome.
It costs around $125 per edition for paper and photocopying costs. We have 8 editions each year. Suggestions are welcome!