The most recent Committee Meeting (May3rd) BeCA was spent covering the following Sub Committee Reports and community issues.
Landscaping Sub Committee:
1. Rubberized moulding has been installed along the eastern side of the playground near the tennis court (See photo left), probably to divert water running from the Land Sales Office/Tennis court areas through the playground and thus washing the tan bark from the playground area into the lake.
2. A proper drain is to be installed running under the pathway which runs between the Bellvista Shopping Village and the waterway behind Bellcarra Retirement Resort (Photo, below left). If necessary further ‘aggie’ pipes could link to this drain to stop further seepage across the pathway. “Slippery When Wet” signs are only for roads and therefore will not be placed at either end of this area.
3. Trees have been planted at the roundabout on Dumbarton Drive.
4. Garden areas of many street corners are being removed and replaced with turf for easier and more effective maintenance.
A lively discussion was had and views were aired on the current Caloundra Airport situation. BeCA has to be conscious that closing the Airport was not totally supported by all residents and that opinions were divided. Some possible scenarios were vigorously debated. Possibilities stretched from closing the airport to the status quo with many options in between. None of the options listed below is Bellvista Community Association policy!
BeCA sees its role to facilitate healthy discussion on issues and provide forums and communication channels for residents to present their views and receive opinions and information from others. The most aired complaint (and there has been a recent surge in the number of complaints) relates to the behaviour of helicopters over the estate. Possible options for the future of the Caloundra Airport could range from:
1. Close the Airport.
2. Relocate the Airport to an area which is away from all residential areas.
3. Close the Airport and negotiate with the State Government and other agencies to ensure all businesses can be successfully relocated to other current facilities where ever possible.
4. Ban aircraft from landing or carrying out training overhead of any residential community. (Close the East/West runway?)
5. Relocate the Helicopter Schools.
6. Stop Helicopter School aircraft from landing or training over residential areas.
7. Renegotiate the Fly Neighbourly Policy to ensure helicopter noise does not impact on local residents, (e.g. possibly triple current minimum heights, renegotiate flying hours, limit repeated takeoffs and landings to an area that does not overfly residential developments, and for helicopters to exclusively use the north/south runway).
8. Status Quo
Discussion was had following the release of the Government’s review of SCRC plans. What was originally listed as ‘maximum’ (e.g. buffer zones) were now listed as ‘minimums’. Provision of a water supply for Caloundra South was also discussed.
Bellvista Shopping Village:
The current rumour around town is that the new Supermarket will be approximately the same size as the IGA Beerwah Supermarket and that it would open to the public in August/September 2010.
The Next BeCA Public Meeting, 6:45 pm June 7th, Land Sales Office. ALL WELCOME