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Bellvista to Have Emergency Exit
Nicole Fuge 6th October 2010
BELLVISTA residents at Caloundra have been campaigning for an emergency access point since a bushfire broke out nearby in 2006, cutting off access in and out of the estate.
The Bellvista Community Association has proposed the emergency exit will run through the park at Widgee Place and Rosegum Street.
But a resident in Widgee Place has expressed concerns her quiet street will become a thoroughfare and asked that another option be considered.
The association has explained the entry will only be available to residents and emergency vehicles in extreme emergency situations, if Bellvista Boulevard is blocked.
“This situation is even more critical now with Unity College catering for well over 1000 students. An emergency exit is imperative for Bellvista and the safety of residents and the Unity College students,” the association wrote in a recent newsletter.
Councillor Anna Grosskreutz backed the residents’ concern and said she had been weighing the options, but said it was a matter of timing.
“There’s one way in and one way out. It’s one big cul-de-sac in the way Bellvista has been designed,” Cr Grosskreutz said.
“It definitely has been on the residents’ radar for some time, but these things can’t be resolved overnight, particularly when we’re looking for things to be linked with development applications.”
Cr Grosskreutz said while the option to extend an existing road in Bellvista for emergency access only would be the logical decision, it would be fairly costly.
“We can achieve the same result with Bellvista 2 … timing would be the same,” she said.
Association president Paul Harrison said: “When there were fires, Bellvista Boulevard was closed for some considerable amount of time.”