Sunshine Coast Council’s Covid19 restrictions meant Cr Rick Baberowski was unable to attend BeCA’s recent Management Committee Meeting held early in July. The easing of Public Covid19 restrictions allowed the full Management team to meet together for first time in several months.
Much of the meeting was spent discussing recent issues and bringing all team members up to date.
The closing down of the printing of BeCA’s Newsletter “The Connector” has put quite a strain on the BeCA’s projected income for 2020. BeCA covers all of its expenses from funds raised from Newsletter advertising so the loss of several issues of the Newsletter during the first half of 2020 will lead to a ‘hit’ on 2020 income. The major expense is for compulsory Public Liability Insurance cover which amounts to over $1500 per year.
The next edition of “The Connector” will be printed in mid-August now that Covid19 restrictions have been lifted.
Online traffic across both the BeCA website and Facebook page has seen a steady rise over recent months.
With the beginning of the new Financial Year, BeCA is hopeful for some positive news in relation to the construction of the new mobile phone tower between Baringa and Arbour. BeCA will contact its Telstra connection for an update a little further down the track. Comments were made by Management Committee members of an apparent worsening drop off in the quality of mobile phone service from all carriers.
BeCA will seek Council action to repair various bus shelters across the area and to repair the Bells Reach Drive road sign on the Bellvista Blvd/Bells Reach drive roundabout. The bus shelter sign in Stornaway Drive requires attention as well.
Council now turns off the public lighting at Canavan Gracie Recreational Park a lot earlier in response to some behaviour issues and vandalism which have occurred there after dark. Residents need to report all and any incidents of inappropriate behaviour. Some of these incidents include illegal behaviour around the park areas.
Whether we like it or not, police respond to the number of reports affecting an area. 4 or 5 reports may lead to an area being designated as a hotspot and thus attracting increased police attention. 000 should only be used in cases where a person’s safety is affected. Other reports can be made via Crime Stoppers or Police Link. “EVERY” report that goes to Crime Stoppers/Police Link is recorded and passed on to the police for their attention. Call Police Link on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000.
Some concern was raised over the condition of the lake at Canavan Gracie and BeCA will follow up with Council. Much of the maintenance of the lake is cyclic with works being carried out across an annual program.
Residents are urged to use plastic bags to collect their dog’s droppings with many of our pathways now seeing an increasing number of unsightly droppings left on footpaths. BeCA will approach Council to have the Ranger increase his presence in the area and fine people who are not obeying Council By-Laws regarding their pets.
BeCA is pleased to report that Council has tidied up the footpath around Bells Reach giving walkers and riders improved access along the pathway. Low branches have also been removed along the pathway around Arbour. BeCA has requested Council look at tidying up and removing encroaching growth along the long pathway which runs along Bellvista’s western boundary.
The spreading of mulch across many public garden areas has improved the sight of many local Council maintained gardens as well.
In light of the current Covid19 restrictions, the BeCA September Public Meeting will be cancelled. If restrictions allow, BeCA is hopeful that its November Public Meeting and AGM will go ahead.