Introductions, Caloundra Police and Andrew Wallace Federal Member for Fisher:
On a hot and humid night and with the strong possibility of rain, BeCA was delighted to welcome over 40 people to its first Public Meeting for 2018 at the Bellvista Meeting Place on Monday March 5th.
The President welcomed Jarrod the new Bellvista Tavern Manager, and speakers, Cr Rick Baberowski, Senior Constable Peter from Caloundra Police, Andrew Wallace Federal MP for Fisher and Hannah Maddill from Stockland.
Cr Baberowski spoke of his personal views arising from the Verge Parking Forum (see page 3). There was a wide spread of views presented at this meeting which provided everyone with a deeper understanding of the issue.
Note that the planning for our area is under State Government Guidelines which differ from most other developments across the Sunshine Coast.
In his personal opinion, Cr Barberowski now believes that 7.5m streets be the minimum for housing developments.
On the upgrade to Sunshine Coast Airport, Cr Baberowski forecast international flights should depart the new airport from around 2021. The new Maroochydore City Centre will cover around 50 Hectares and will be a major development for the Coast.
More bollards around Canavan Gracie Recreational Reserve should be installed in the very near future. Cr Baberowski said Council planning for improved traffic management along Caloundra Rd was well underway and improvements will be implemented as funds become available.
Caloundra Police officer Snr Constable Peter provided an overview of recent happenings. A spate of car thefts from car yards along Caloundra Rd has been stopped following the arrest of a criminal group from Brisbane’s northern suburbs.
Of concern to Caloundra Police is the number of open vehicles left parked in driveways with their keys in the ignition. As most cars nowadays require a key to open and start them, residents are must keep car keys in a less conspicuous spot in their home. Intruders are targeting car keys so they can steal vehicles parked in streets or in driveways. The table just inside the front door is not a good place to leave your car keys.
Our area is not considered to be a major call out area for Caloundra Police. The Snr Constable pointed out that police receive a wide range of callouts for mental health issues, noise complaints, minor traffic issues and drugs and alcohol offences.
A recent rubbish clean up around Canavan Gracie Reserve found much less rubbish than previously including a minimum amount of drug related paraphernalia. It was a pleasing result!
There has been some concerns resulting from thefts from construction vehicles in Baringa. As a result, Stockland have installed more surveillance cameras which have reduced theft instances.
Federal MP Andrew Fisher was welcomed to the meeting where he spoke of the importance of creating a sense of “Community” in an area. This he believes is developed in part by parks and sporting facilities for residents.
The Bruce Highway Upgrade is being funded Federally to around 1.6 billion dollars. The first stage is the upgrade of the Bruce Hwy from Caloundra Rd to the Maroochydore turn off and will take between 2 to 3 years.
The following stage is to widen the highway to three lanes each way from Caloundra Rd to Caboolture. This is a long term plan and will require more funding.
The only Queensland submission to the Federal Govt’s National Rail Funding initiative is “North Coast Rail”. The aim is to improve rail travel time to around 1 hour between Nambour and Brisbane. This will require line duplication as well as some major track realignment.
The second part of this North Coast Rail proposal would be the construction of a ‘spur’ line from Beerwah to Maroochydore.
Andrew went on to report on local programs for which he has gained Federal Funding. Two of these include the upgrading of the Caloundra Events Centre and 5 million dollars to the “Thompson Institute” based at USC. The Thompson Institute group is dedicated to Mental Health Research.
Each and every and everyday 8 people take their own lives across Australia. For each person who is successful in taking their own life, 30 others attempt to do so.
Andrew Wallace is proud of being a Sunshine Coast resident and is committed to improving the quality of life for all.
See the post above for more reports from the March Public Meeting.