BeCA conducted its first Management Committee Meeting for 2013 last night. Much of the discussion was spent bringing all Committee members up to date on what has been happening.
Bells Reach continues to develop with the new adventure playground proving to be a great spot for local youngsters. There are different types of accommodation for buyers available on the estate such as these ‘units’. On another nearby block a double storey home is under construction. BeCA believes there are over 20 homes now occupied at Bells Reach with more new buildings commencing daily.
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Some concerns were raised by Committee members regarding topics from the BeCA Facebook page. BeCA urges any resident with any concern over inappropriate behaviour by any person across our estate to immediately contact the police and report the incident. Either call Police Link on 131444 or 000 for serious life threatening concerns.
The BeCA website continues to receive positive anecdotal reports and the Facebook page now boasts 121 “Likers” and is a wonderful method for BeCA to communicate with a section of our community.
Committee member Ian Eather is beginning to put the first 2013 edition of the Bellvista Connector together for distribution in February. Ian is on the lookout for people of interest to include as a feature in newsletters across the year. Let us know if you have a suggestion.
Bob Smith reported on two dead palms near the tennis court which required attention. These have already been mentioned to the Bellvista Gardening team. However recent severe storm damage across the region means local gardening teams have been called in to help tidy up other badly affected areas. Therefore it could be some time until BeCA’s requests are attended to. President Les Thomas reported on several service requests BeCA had forwarded to Council for attention following the recent heavy rain and blustery winds.
The question of the installation of bollards to prevent cars being driven onto the park in O’Reilly drive was raised following a concern from a resident. It appears some people are driving cars onto the park area where they enjoy each other’s company. There are signs asking people not to drive there but some people still do so.
BeCA has had a discussion with local MP Mark McArdle relating to Becker Helicopters from Maroochydore using Caloundsra Airport for helicopter pilot training. It was decided to continue to monitor the situation with the proviso some action would occur should the flights become too disruptive.
BeCA has decided to have a brief naming and opening ceremony for the newly named Canavan Gracie Recreational Park, possibly at 11:30 on Saturday March 23rd. It was proposed that it be a small ceremony possibly with Cr Baberowski being the Master of Ceremonies. BeCA would give a brief report on why the names ‘Canavan’ and ‘Gracie’ were selected. Hopefully family members or friends of June Canavan and Keith Gracie would be in attendance and jointly cut the ribbon. The time and date is yet to be confirmed.
Around 20 local businesses have expressed an interest in the Bellvista Business/Trade Directory. Closing date for expressions of interest in being included in the directory has been set for early February. BeCA would then arrange for the production of the directory and eventually a magnetized A4 copy of the printed directory would be delivered to all Bellvista and Bells Reach homes.
BeCA was pleased with the outcome of the Christmas Carols in the Park carried out mid December 2012. Numbers could have been higher but as a first effort it was amazingly successful with all attendees having a great time.
Though unable to attend the meeting because of illness, Cr Rick Baberowski wanted to report on several issues.
He toured his complete “Division” over the weekend to see any flood or storm damage first hand. He visited Bells Reach and spoke with several residents there about any possible flood concerns. Residents reported that despite the very heavy and continuous rain and though the levels did rise somewhat, there was no damage at all from the stormwater. The water appeared to clear extremely quickly. Cr Baberowski believed Division 1 had escaped serious damage.
Rick reported on ongoing meetings he was having with Stockland over issues effecting Bells Reach and Bellvista. Stockland had applied to Council for some signage to be placed along Caloundra Rd to advertise Bells Reach. These applications had been rejected by Council. Cr Baberowski suggested that perhaps any further application be for ‘permanent’ signage promoting Bells Reach and its close access to Bellvista Market Place, Bellvista Tavern, Unity College and Bambini Childcare Centre. Cr Baberowski believed this sort of ‘Application” would be more likely to be successful and would be of benefit to local businesses as well.
Cr Baberowski was keen to see Stockland commit to the second access to the estate as a matter of high priority and that early stages planning should be in the pipeline. The photo left shows work already completed on the extension to Bellvista Blvd heading south.
Cr Baberowski has requested SCRC shorten its timeline on the possible approval of the Old Land Sales Office being considered as a Community Centre for Bellvista. He has requested a meeting with the relevant Council officers to quickly decide on the facility so it can be brought into line with as many Council requirements as possible. Though the facility may lack some requirements that other Community Centres may have, its position right in the middle of the estate with easy access for all residents is a major advantage.
The final item discussed was the poor and dangerous condition of the tennis court fence. The loose wire ends were a concern for youngsters using the ready made access to and from the tennis courts. BeCA has forwarded another request to Stockland to attend to the fence.
If BeCA were to become managers of the the Old Land Sales Office as a Community Centre, the tennis court area would then come under its control and BeCA would be responsible for its maintenance. The tennis court net is a constant target for vandalism which would be an expense BeCA could not support. This would unfortunately mean removing the net. This would be a last resort situation as many residents enjoy the occasional and free use of the courts.