The Stockland “Aura Summer Newsletter” was recently delivered to all homes. It announced yet another new park being constructed in the Baringa Estate, the new park to be named “Frog Park”. Frog Park should be available for the public to use sometime early in February and is situated in Banks Crescent. At the traffic lights as you enter Baringa, turn left. Banks Crescent is then the first street to the left.
Frog Park is aimed at young families. and will be a more intimate space for local families, incorporating play equipment most suited to little members of the family. The great location next to Lamerough Creek conservation area will make Frog Park the perfect spot to enjoy a family picnic or some quiet time in the sun reading a good book and relaxing.
We can expect more new and exciting parks and sporting facilities in Baringa to come online as the 2018 progresses.
Roadworks along Bellvista Blvd continue with Stockland now forecasting the heavy work will need to continue into early February and may cause some traffic issues when Unity College opens again on Jan 23 for P-6 and Jan 24 for all students. Parents are reminded there is a now second entry/exit via Baringa and the Bells Creek Arterial. Stockland still expects the final construction of the road duplication to be finished around May.
Following a request from BeCA, Stockland has asked the contractor to consider painting the dangerous edge separating the veloway and the footpath throughout Baringa be painted in a high vis color to prevent further accidents. We are still awaiting a response.
One of the BeCA Management Committee noticed the water level was falling in the Bellvista lakes. The lakes are fed by pump from an underground bore. This pump has only recently been replaced. The concern was investigated by Council and it was discovered the pump’s timer wasn’t operating. The timer has since been replaced and the water level is now back to normal.
BeCA has been successful in gaining 3 places on a Public Forum arranged by Sunshine Coast Council to discuss resident concerns over the recent spate of parking fines for cars being illegally parked on grass verges (nature strips). This forum is to be conducted on Monday February 12th. Local street parking has been discussed by BeCA on many occasions and we look forward to presenting a case where common sense prevails to keep our streets clear for emergency vehicles without residents being fined for illegal parking.
Council has reconsidered its current grass cutting policy regarding the long grass separating Bellvista to the Jill Chamberlain Bushland Reserve. This area is cut several times throughout the year but following a request from BeCA and inspection by our Councillor, the timetable for grass cutting has been reviewed to allow for more frequent cutting. This area can quickly become a fire hazard if the grass isn’t cut regularly.
The summer ‘rest’ period for BeCA is almost over with its first Management Meeting scheduled for early February, the first Newsletter for 2018 a few weeks later, and our first 2018 Public Meeting on the first Monday in March.
Yet another busy year is in front of us with the creation of a permanent Satellite Helicopter Training facility again high on the agenda for 2018.