The President welcomed all who had braved the extremely wet weather conditions to attend the meeting and then introduced the speakers and guests to the audience. The guests included the five candidates for the upcoming SCRC Division 1 Council Election.
1. The President welcomed Dave Newberry (part owner of Bellvista Tavern) to the meeting. He spoke on various issues on the opening of his establishment and the aims they have to support the community and its residents. Some issues regarding noise, pokies and opening hours were raised from the floor.
2. The President then welcomed Mick Graham (President Golden Beach Progress Association) to the meeting. Mick spoke on his vision for the future of Caloundra Airport.
a. A P.P.P. approach (Private/Public Partnership) should be negotiated between SCRC, State Government, Federal Government and various private enterprises to fund the airport relocation.
b. There is a need to preserve jobs and create permanency for the current tenants.
c. To ensure the viable future preservation it should be relocated to a site to the south of Caloundra and near the Pumicestone Passage. It could be built on flood prone land.
d. There is a need for ‘people power’ to facilitate the relocation, i.e. co-ordinated pressure from local community groups to pressure SCRC and the Govt into considering relocation.
e. The opportunity for a private developer to relocate the airport to create a business involving fly in/fly out facilities and to be a centre for the export of tropical Queensland fruits and seafood to the Asian market should be a focus.
f. The Queensland Air Museum must be retained at all costs. It too should be relocated to an area possibly opposite Corbould Park where it could be developed into a major Tourist Attraction. The Caloundra RSL has a substantial collection of wartime memorabilia and it too should be encouraged to relocate its collection and combine with the Queensland Air Museum to create a unique Tourist attraction and social hub on the main road into Caloundra.
3. The International Rally Of Queensland (IROQ) “Super Stage” at Caloundra Airport Proposal. The President outlined a proposal received from SCRC on its plan to conduct a “Super Stage” of the IROQ and its possible impact on local communities. Feedback from Bellvista residents is being encouraged via its Facebook page. There was some trepidation to the timing of this consultation, as several in the audience felt the Super Stage was already fully planned and ‘set in stone’. Another view expressed was that it is impossible for Bellvista residents to know what it will be like until after the 26th May event has occurred. If there was a negative impact for Bellvista residents, then they would want to re assess their options.
There was not any negative feedback from the audience on the proposal as it stands, only positives as many saw it as a wonderful tourist opportunity for our area.
4. All five candidates for the upcoming SCRC Division 1 Councillor Election were introduced: Steve Attrill, Rick Barborowski, Bob McLean, Rhys Reynolds, and Anne Ross. Steve Attrill and Bob McLean addressed the meeting. The other three candidates had previously addressed the November Meeting.
BeCA will provide a post on its website with web page or Facebook link for each of the candidates for Bellvista resident information.
1. Treasurer: The report was received.
2. President: The president reported that BeCA had received several concerns from residents over vandalism issues, hoon activities and Airport Noise Complaints. BeCA shouldn’t be the first option when these complaints are made. Complaints with full details should first be directed to Caloundra Police, SCRC By-Laws or various bodies at the Caloundra Airport of Air Services Australia. If there are still concerns, then contact BeCA.
3. Newsletter/Website: It was reported that some use is being made of the BeCA Facebook page to give feedback on various issues. A new page had been added to the BeCA website regarding Airport Noise Complaints. This page sets out some of the history regarding Bellvista and the Airport and has documents available for download. These documents explain some of the airport procedures and policies of the current arrangements. The website page supplies contact phone numbers on which residents can raise concerns and the information they should have prior to lodging a complaint.
4. Airport Forum: No Meeting
5. Landscaping: The Landscaping Chairperson reported on recent meetings conducted with the SCRC Parks and Gardens Supervisor and the needs of the residents. Since that discussion a group (The Green Army) is being utilised by Parks & Gardens to carry out work around the estate, e.g. removal of dead plants, cutting back pathway overhang etc. It was reported that a tree planting exercise would be carried out to provide appropriate shade trees in around parks. It was noted the lakes had been cleared of much of the lilies and other plant growth.
As there was no General Business, the President invited residents to remain and speak with SCRC Division 1 Council election candidates. The meeting closed at 8:00pm.