BeCA conducted its first Public Meeting for 2013 last night (Mon) in the ‘old’ Land Sales Office. Around 40 guests and residents were in attendance including our first Bells Reach resident. A round of applause ensured them of a warm welcome.
Councillor Rick Baberowski reported on a range of broader issues affecting the Sunshine Coast. Noosa’s de amalgamation issue was one which could cause financial strain for the Council. Cr Baberowski also spoke on the SCRC Masterplan and its aim to redress the current growth trends. Currently the Sunshine Coast has a growth rate of 1% whereas traditionally this rate has been 3-4%. It is expected the Sunshine Coast University Hospital development will be a major stimulant to growth on the coast and hinterland. On the question of growth, Stockland’s Hannah Madill reported that their recent sales figures had been extremely positive and beyond expectations.
Discussions continue to address the cost to SCRC of the Caloundra South Development.
One resident queried Cr Baberowski on the apparent recent practice of returning cut and fallen trees to the bushland. This practice could lead to a future increased fire hazard. It was felt this was a temporary practice by Council employees in their effort to keep up with the vast number of fallen trees and bushes following recent storms. However Cr Baberowski would keep the matter in mind.
Cr Baberowski spoke of the new traffic inter change planned for construction at the Roy’s Rd/Bruce Highway beginning mid-2013. This would be the future second entry exit gateway for Bellvista residents. Stockland’s Hannah Madill reported that this would eventually cut around 10 minutes from a Bellvista resident’s trip to Brisbane. It would also be a major link for Hinterland residents.
Later in the meeting Cr Baberowski was queried over the poor condition of Bellvista Blvd following recent heavy rain in light of SCRC’s commitment to maintain the road in good condition. Cr Baberowski would be driving home along Bellvista Blvd that evening and would investigate the concerns, and if necessary, support BeCA’s request for urgent action to repair the potholes.
Unity College Principal Rudy Goosem spoke on the development and growth of the school. He spoke of its early history and growth over recent years. Unity College enjoys in excess of $35,000,000 worth of buildings and is expected to cater for a maximum of 1500 students. There are plans for a further 3 classrooms in 2014, a future 200 seat lecture theatre and an amenities block for the school oval area.
He spoke of his concerns for traffic around the school and his attempts to communicate with parents regarding appropriate driver behaviour. He believes the traffic issues would be eased enormously with the building of a second entry exit road to the south.
Sunshine Coast Airport’s Simon Kinchington reported on the Caloundra Aerodrome’s Masterplan which has been prepared for presentation to SCRC in late March. A major inclusion affecting Bellvista residents was the proposal to construct a Helicopter Satellite Training facility. This would remove much of the helicopter air traffic from over our estate and would provide an area where helicopters could train pilots for their ‘touch n go’s in a space quite separate from residential developments.
When the opportunity arose for comments on the report or any other issue regarding Caloundra Aerodrome, questions were raised regarding the recent behaviour of Becker Helicopters over our estate, especially the behaviour on recent consecutive Sundays. Sunshine Coast CEO Peter Pallot was available to answer any questions. He reported that he responded quickly to concerns in emails he received from BeCA. He communicated the community’s concerns and the Fly Neighbourly Policy which encouraged Becker Helicopters to modify their behaviour over the estate.
Peter Pallot believes the open communication channels between all groups lead to the issue being addressed. The outcome isn’t perfect for the residents or for Becker Helicopters but adopts a position where both parties can ‘live’ with the outcome. You can read more about the response from Becker Helicopters HERE.
Discussion continued with several residents voicing their concern over the behaviour of some fixed wing planes as they descended into land over their homes. These comments were ‘taken on board’ by SC Airport management.
Representatives from Stockland reported on the “Open Shed” program. Residents will learn more about this program in the next week or so. A letter drop will be conducted to ensure all Bellvista residents are aware of this program. You can learn more about the “Open Shed” initiative HERE. Open Shed’s motto is “Why Buy When You Can Share?”
The Bellvista resident response to Stockland’s “Liveability Survey” was described by Stockland’s Hannah Madill as ‘amazing’. A 21% response rate was the best rate achieved by any of Stockland’s previous surveys conducted in all of their new developments across Australia. BeCA has received a $500 donation from Stockland as thanks for its part in promoting the survey.
President Les Thomas reminded residents of the ‘Official Opening and Naming’ of Canavan Gracie Recreational Park on Saturday March 23rd at 11:30 am. The Gracie family and representatives of the June Canavan Foundation have indicated they will be in attendance. All Bellvista and Bells Reach residents are invited to attend. The opening will be conducted near the bus stop in Lomond Cres.
Bellvista Tavern’s Dave Newbury was in attendance at the meeting seeking further community feedback on the Tavern’s new ability to remain open until midnight as required. Residents in attendance had no concerns over the extension to the Tavern’s opening hours. The Tavern strives to ensure its operations have a minimal impact on nearby residents.
BeCA’s Landscaping Committee Convenor reported on steps being taken to address the current condition of the lakes in Canavan Gracie Recreational Park. Recent storms had washed a lot of debris into the lake and the warmer weather has led to a break out of “Red Azolla”. SCRC has been approached on both issues. Hopefully the issues can be addressed by SCRC Lakes and Waterways prior to the “Official Opening” of Canavan Gracie Recreational Park later in March.
The President thanked everyone for attending and declared the meeting closed at 8:30pm.
The next BeCA Public Meeting will be held on Monday May 6th at 6:45pm in the old “Land Sales Office”. All Bellvista and Bells Reach residents are welcome to attend.