Shopping Complex Construction Underway, Feb 16th 2010:
Construction is underway on the new Shopping Centre in Rawson St, just near its intersection with Lomond Cres.
The Approved Plans can be downloaded HERE It is a 3.61MB pdf file, just right click on the HERE link and and select “Save Link/Target As” and save the document to your desktop.
More information can be found on the Photo Gallery page of this website or click HERE.
Heavy trucks are currently carting excavated soil out of the estate so beware when using Bellvista’s roads.
The soil is being excavated for the Shopping Centre’s underground carpark.
Revamped Newsletter, Feb 9th 2010:
The revamped newsletter should be delivered during week ending 20th February 2010 in an A3 format. We look forward to feedback from residents on ways the newsletter can be further improved. Any volunteers willing to fold and/or deliver our newsletter please contact the Secretary. You can do that HERE.
BeCA is also seeking a sponsor for the Newsletter so we can have it photocopied in color. Currently the Association’s resources do not allow us the cost of color photocopying. Contact the Secretary at the above link if you know of someone who may be able to help.
February BeCA Management Committee Meeting, Feb 2nd 2010:
1. Councillor Crosskreutz:
BeCA is pursuing many issues which effect the residents of the Bellvista Estate. Many of these issues require the support and action of our local Councillor, Anna Grosskreutz. The BeCA Management Committee has sought an urgent meeting with the Councillor prior to its next meeting (March 1st) to pursue the issues below:
a. Renaming local Parks in the Bellvista Estate,
b. Funding for the proposed toilet facilities at the main park near Lake Bellvista (funding to be sought in the next Council Budget),
c. Funding for more appropriate playground equipment in the park in Rawson St (funding to be sought in the next Council Budget),
d. Emergency road access to the Bellvista Estate,
e. The “Pick Up” time traffic issues from Unity College and the intersection between Bellvista Blvd and Caloundra Rd,
f. The proposal for a ‘Keep Clear’ area to allow traffic on to Bellvista Blvd at the intersection with Bellcara Place,
h. The future of the Land Sales Office.
i. Traffic issues which may occur between the new “Medium Density” area and the proposed “Retail Centre” in Rawson St.
The Management Committee’s urgently requires the support of the Councillor to solve these issues which effect us. These issues cannot be solved without her support.
Paul Harrison reports that Council has provided him with draft documents detailing our Estate’s areas for Council’s Parks and Gardens Maintenance and the allocation of days per month to each area. When finalized, these documents will be available for download from this website.
The newsletter is to be revamped and the next issue should be a 4 sided publication including more news, much of which will be copy/pasted from the website and Blog pages. Feedback indicates that not all interested residents have access to the internet, the website and the blog page. The newsletter will continue to be produced in black and white and now will be printed on A3 paper. To print a color version would cost about 5c per copy and we print over 1200 copies. Mark McArdle’s Office allows us to print the Newsletter at no cost which is a considerable cost saving for the Committee.
A “Draft” copy of the revamped Newsletter can be downloaded from HERE. It is a large 2010 kb pdf download.
However if a generous sponsor for the printing of a colored version of the Newsletter became available the Committee would quite readily produce colored newsletters. Contact the secretary here if you know someone interested in sponsoring the production of a colored newsletter.
4. Unity College:
The College enrollment now sits at 905 students.
The secretary will produce a draft Calendar of BeCA Management Committee meeting times and dates for 2010. The Calendar will also show proposed Newsletter delivery dates as well as Closing Dates for newsletter inclusions prior to publication.
Caloundra Aerodrome Community and Aviation Forum, Jan 22nd 2010:
The next meeting of this group will be conducted on Wednesday February 23rd in the Caloundra Council Offices.
Agenda items include Airport Business Update, Community Issues – Noise and Feedback process, Replacement Aerodrome Update and issues to do with the Air Museum.
BeCA will be represented at the meeting by Bern Johnson. Bern has forwarded a copy of the previous meeting’s Minutes and they have been posted HERE. It is a 35kb pdf document.
Bern also reports that residents can now voice their concerns but we will need to re investigate this contact number.
Water Restrictions, December 8th 2009:
The Sunshine Coast is now experiencing Water Restrictions. A copy of the document detailing these restrictions can be found HERE. It is a 220kb .pdf document.
Nebo Street and Northbrook Street Playground Equipment Update, December 7th 2009:
Landscape Sub Committee Chairman Paul Harrison has made representation to the SCRC re more appropriate playground equipment to suit younger children at the Nebo Street and Northbrook Street park (see below). After extensive discussions between Paul and a representative of the Council, the only way funding can be approved to install appropriate equipment for younger children will be via an approach to our Councillor. BeCA will discuss this more formally at its first Committee Meeting in early 2010.
December Public Meeting, December 5th 2009:
A small but active group met at the main Bellvista Lake rotunda for a Christmas Public meeting. The onset of Christmas and associated events meant the number of Committee Members and residents was down on previous gatherings.
There were brief reports on The Web Page, The Airport Forum and a Landscaping Sub Committee update. The Airport Forum has produced a process where Bellvista Residents will be able to voice concerns of inappropriate aircraft behaviour over our estate directly to Airport Management. Look out for this when the ‘official’ minutes of the meeting are posted here.
The Landscaping Committee reported the Lake had been cleaned again, the Do Not Feed signs were in place and steps were in place to address graffiti in the main park area.
Our Councillor has recently had treatment on an eye so her work for BeCA was currently on hold.
The meeting was then opened for residents to raise concerns:
1. The playground equipment in the park on the corner of Nebo Street and Northbrook Street as seen in the photo to the left is not suitable for under 5’s. This park is popular with local residents with the BBQ area there frequently used, However the installed playground equipment seems to be for children above 5 years of age.
2. There is a need for a Keep Clear area on Bellvista Blvd where it intersects with Bellcara Place. At Unity College pick times it is extremely difficult for residents to make a right hand turn from Bellcara Place into Bellvista Blvd as traffic can be backed up down from the roundabout at Caloundra Rd.
3. A Fund Raising Monster Garage Sale was suggested. Details will be passed on to the Secretary.
These issues will be placed on the agenda for the next BeCA Committee Mtg early 2010.
The Chairperson wished all residents the best for the new season and closed the meeting.
From The November Newsletter “Bellvista Connector”:
The piece below is printed in the November Newsletter. SCRC approached BeCA to print the article to further educate residents and visitors who visit the lake at the main Bellvista Park.
Sunshine Coast Council has received a number of reports relating to activities of concern around the Bellvista lakes, and would like to offer the following advice.
If you notice anyone disturbing wildlife on the lakes, please contact council on 5475 7272. Reports of children throwing rocks at swans and other wildlife on the lakes are of great concern and under the Nature Conservation Act is considered an offence.
Please refrain from feeding birds. This simple act of apparent kindness creates a number of problems as birds may be fed multiple times each day. Human intervention of this nature can cause an increase in the lakes nutrients, aggressive bird behaviour and a reduction in the bird’s natural resistance as well as encouraging over population of certain species.
Educational signage with these messages will be installed in the coming months.
Fishing, while not prohibited, is not encouraged in any council managed lakes. Discarded fishing line and hooks can cause danger to birds and other animals in the area.
If you have any concerns about the lakes or require more information please contact Councils Customer Service Centre to speak to the Lakes & Wetlands Technical Officer- Kate Mackenzie
Committee Meeting, November 2nd:
Les Thomas reported the ‘new’ website is up and running. There still needs to be some finetuning to do with Contact Us and Membership ‘forms’ within the website. (These issues have now been fixed – Nov 11th)
Landscaping Sub Committee:
1. The drain cleaning between Dumbarton Drive and Lindsey Street appears to have stalled. Paul Harrison, Landscaping Sub Committee Chairperson, (photo to the left) will follow it up with SCRC Parks and Gardens. Paul has developed some valuable links with SCRC Parks and Gardens and liaises with them regularly.
2. BeCA now has a 4l can of paint supplied by SCRC to get rid of any graffiti on park seats and tables. There was discussion on resiting tables in the small park between the Landsales Office and Belcarra to a spot where more residents could make use of them.
3. Mulching of roadside gardens is continuing.
4. Need to follow up on the inappropriate “No Trespassing” sign at the end of Lindsey St.
5. New signs have appeared around the park at Lake Bellvista forbidding vehicles from being driven onto the park areas.
6. All Requests For Service from BeCA Committee members will be made via Paul Harrison to prevent further duplication.
1. Key personnel from SCRC Councillor Anna Grosskreutz’s office have been on leave. This has meant no further action has been taken regarding the renaming of the main Bellvista Lake Park. This has also meant no Councillor’s Report has been available thus delaying the printing and distribution of the latest Bellvista Connector Newsletter. The Newsletter is now expected to be delivered by Sunday November 14th.
2. The School Crossing at Unity College is operating well with its 8 volunteers. School Crossing Supervisors have been instructed to remain on the school side of Lomond Cres as that side of the road provides the only 50m each way clear line of sight requirement for School Crossings.
3. The installation of Beware Of Animals signs will now be pursued via Paul Harrison and his contacts with SCRC Parks and Gardens. Our request via our Councillor several months ago has not been successful at this stage.
4. The next meeting of the Caloundra Airport Forum will be conducted on November 12th and will be attended by our representative Bern Johnson. Several Committee members referred Bern to the behaviour of some aircraft which appear to have a blatant disregard for arrangements between the Airport and SCRC.
5. The next General Public Meeting will be held on Saturday December 5th at 4 pm in the main park near Lake Bellvista. The meeting will be short and will be followed by a Christmas breakup gathering for residents and BeCA Committee members. BeCA will provide a sausage sizzle while you will need to bring a seat, nibblies and any drinks.
Committee Meeting, October 5th
- An inappropriate sign placed in the park at the end of Lindesay St sign to deter trail bike riders riding through our streets is to be replaced by a more appropriate sign. Click HERE to see a photo.
- Mulch has been placed around trees at the main roundabout and in Dumbarton Drive. Ground cover will be planted there in due course. However the immediate aim is to ensure the trees get water to ensure they grow unhindered. A photo of the work being done can be seen HERE.
- The irrigation pipes have been removed from Bellvista Lake and two water retention ponds have been drained to help fight against mosquitoes.
Signs urging motorists to be aware of wildlife on the streets are to be erected at the entrance to the estate.
- A Maintenance Request will be forwarded to SCRC re the condition of the picnic tables (from vandal damage) and the rotundas near Lake Bellvista.
Turtles have been sighted living in the lake.
BeCA believes a name such as The Canavan/Gracie Park is an excellent suggestion for the main Bellvista Lake Park. They were two Sunshine Coast identities that recently died in a plane accident near the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea.
A local Community Notice Board to be requested for inclusion in the plans for the new Shopping Complex and Tavern in Rawson St.
- The BeCA Newsletter should be delivered to all homes in the estate by mid-October. BeCA is now responsible for printing of the newsletter. Previously Stockland had printed the color newsletter at no charge. This issue is expected to be printed at Mark McArdle’s office and will not be colored.
There was discussion on Emergency Access to the Bellvista Estate. If Bellvista Blvd is blocked, there should be emergency access available.
Unity College Staff Car Park is almost completed and the extra parking now available in the Public carparks should aid traffic congestion during school drop off and pick up times. The Pedestrian Crossing should be fully operational by mid October and No Parking signs during pick and drop off times are about to be erected in some streets around the school. A photo of the carpark can be seen HERE.
The Minutes of this meeting can be downloaded HERE.
- Landscape Sub Committee News:
Paul Harrison, spokesperson for the BeCA Landscape Sub Committee, reports the Sub Committee has officially requested the irrigation pipes washed into Lake Bellvista be removed by SCRC Parks. You can see the irrigation pipes in the photo below. The Sub Committee has also received word that the waterway from the footbridge before Huntley Place along to Bellvista Blvd will be cleaned out by mid October. This is the direct result of several snakes being reported in the Gated Community Complex in Lindsey Street.
- Lovely Lake Bellvista:
- It is easy!
Stop feeding the local wildlife at the lake! Birds and other wildlife are attracted to the lake by the bountiful supply of food, some of which is supplied by residents. If residents stop feeding the birds, not as many birds will come to the lake and it won’t become overcrowded. Overcrowding of the lake will inevitably lead to pollution problems. Signage will be erected shortly to fully inform all lake visitors on appropriate behaviour to maintain this glorious spot.
We all need to be vigilant and ensure the wildlife at the lake can survive comfortably. Broken fishing lines left by unthinking anglers are a major cause of death to birds when ingested.
- Landscape Sustainability:
The three estates developed on the Sunshine Coast by Stockland (Bellvista, Kawana Forest and Kawana Island) have each their own “Community Associations”.
We have BeCa, Kawana Forest has KAFRA and Kawana Island has KIRA. Recently the three organisations met to share information on how each association was working to maintain and monitor various landscaping issues since maintenance had been handed over to the Sunshine Coast Regional Council (maintaining local gardens and parks). The purpose of the combined meeting was to arrive at a unified approach to successfully sustaining the gardens and parklands at each of our estates.
The meeting was attended by our President, Phil Williams, Colin Murphy and local resident Paul Harrison. The minutes of that meeting can be seen or downloaded from HERE.
- BeCA Landscape Committee Meeting:
Last week the BeCA Landscape Committe met to discuss issues it would monitor during 2009-2010. Here are the points which were raised:
1. A Maintenance Schedule for Bellvista Parks and Gardens.
2. What is each Park’s Classification?
3. What Budget Money is allocated to Bellvista?
4. Maintenance is required for bush reserves and walkways surrounding open drains.
5. Some garden areas require regular spraying of weeds and general garden mulching .
6. Different mowing heights required to allow grass to thicken up and therefore less weeds in lawns.
7. Contacts details for people in council for our area responsible for parks and gardens.
8. Adopt a park forms and volunteering forms for working bees.
9. Can BeCA arrange working bees if council supply us with mulch and plants to replant areas?
10. Safety aspect of types of subs and plants on roundabouts and islands around the estate. Seem to be growing too high and restrict line of slight, also some have died off and now look dead and an eye sore.
11. Maintenance of lakes and water ways. Weeds and large trees growingin water ways. Lilies over grown in lake and will all this be a problem into the future.
12. A need for Council to consult with BeCA before any major works are undertaken.
Further Recommendations And Needs To Improve Bellvista’s Parks:
1. More shade sails around Main Park.
2. Picnic tables and seating in park.
3. Designated dogs off leash area for residents.
4. Toilet facility in Main Park.
5. Bird’s boxes or houses in lake so when lake is flooded the bird’s nets aren’t washed away.
- Landscaping Sub-Committee
As areas of our Estate are handed over to SCRC for maintenance, BeCA needs to ensure Bellvista remains well maintained!
The landscaping sub-committee was elected at the general meeting on June 13th 2009. If you have an interest in this issue please come and join. Contact the secretary at email@example.com
- Naming Local Parks
Our Local Parks Don’t Have Official Names!
It has been decided that BeCA will concentrate on Naming the Main park Area only as very few naming suggestions have come forward. The current suggestion is the park be called “The Canavan/Gracie Park”.
- Future of Stocklands Sales Office:
The former Land Sales Office would be a wonderful asset for this Estate!
At the first BeCA general meeting Cr Anna Grosskreutz said she was in discussions with Stocklands on this issue. It was decided to write to Anna to see what has developed since that meeting.
- Parking Issues Around Unity College
Parking issues affecting residents around Unity College….
At a meeting between representatives of the community, SCRC and our Councillor it was decided to put up “No Parking” signage in effected areas around the school during drop off and pick up times. Hopefully this will overcome residents’ concerns.
- SCRC News
BeCA invites the Local Councillor Anna Grosskreutz to address Public Meetings. If unavailable, Anna supplies a written report.
- BeCA Newsletter
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The next BeCA Newsletter should arrive in your letterbox late September or early October Watch out for it and then visit BeCA’s Blog Page for all the latest news! Download the latest newsletter Bellvista Connector (November) here. This is a large document and could take time to open. It is better you right click on the link and save it to your computer.