Almost since its inception, BeCA has been fighting to have improved access to the estate. As was common practice of the former Caloundra Council, new developments were regularly built with just the one entry/exit road. Just ask the residents of Ridgewood Rd who still to this day have only one entry/exit. Other local residential estates suffered the same shortfall in their planning.
To further complicate the situation in Bellvista/Bells Reach, Council approval was given to build a 1400 student school on the estate despite there being but one entry/exit roadway. One shudders to think what the situation could be like in an emergency!
So roadways and access to the estate have been hot topics for BeCA. Now Stockland is at last building a second entry access to our estates. That they are unable to sell one block of land in Caloundra South until this access road is built (to allow for Caloundra South construction vehicles) This is a strong incentive for Stockland to complete this road as soon as possible.
Eventually the Bells Creek Arterial Road will travel all the way from the Corbould Park roundabout to the new Roys Road interchange on the Bruce Highway, regretfully this extension is not due for completion until around 2025 or later and is staged according to land sales trigger points. This is all part of an agreement hammered out between Stockland and the State Government. Being a ‘state’ road, the Sunshine Council had minimal input into this section of the agreement.
That this road could have been completed earlier would have meant some traffic could have been removed off the busy Bruce Highway sooner rather than later and allowed many residents to shorten their daily commute by car between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.
As Caloundra Rd reaches saturation point, any move to upgrade that road sends the dollar cost signs spinning.
A connecting road between Pelican Waters Blvd and Bellvista Blvd is also mooted to be eventually built by the state Government in approximately 12 years. Then Pelican Waters/Golden Beach travelers could drive along the proposed road, connect into the Bellvista Blvd and connect with the first stage of the Bells Creek arterial road, or eventually turn left and follow the still to be built Bells Creek Arterial Road and enter the Bruce Highway at the Roys Rd Interchange. Only then (in 12 years time) would there be a second east west corridor road connecting the southern end of the Sunshine Coast with the Bruce Highway.
If the connecting road between Pelican Waters Blvd and Bellvista Blvd Extension were built now, an interim solution to removing traffic from Caloundra Road sooner rather than later would allow Pelican Waters/Golden Beach traffic to travel the proposed road, then Bellvista Blvd Extension and link into the soon to be completed Stage 1 of the Bells Creek Arterial and emerge onto Caloundra Rd at the Corbould Park roundabout in the short term.
This would be an advantage to Bellvista, Bells Reach and Arbour residents and provide an alternative to Caloundra Road either heading east or west.
Earlier this week there was an informal meeting involving representatives or BeCA, Jason Hunt, The Golden Beach Progress Association and the Sunshine Coast Ratepayers Association (Southern) to discuss the merits of a new road between Bellvista Blvd Extension and Pelican Waters Blvd. If the project was welcomed by the three groups then they would consider what pressure could be brought to bear on both major political parties and have the construction of a Pelican Waters Blvd/Bellvista Blvd Extension brought forward.
As an outcome of this informal meeting it was proposed that a meeting be requested with Regional representatives and planners from the Department of Main Roads to determine what kind of impact such a proposal would have on Pelican Waters Blvd traffic movements. The creation of yet another roundabout on that road was not seen as desirable if the impact was likely to cause even more congestion there during peak periods.
If the three local community groups believed this new road was a worthwhile issue, they could join forces to bring the issue to the attention of both sides of State Government and seek a commitment.
Jason Hunt has previously arranged meetings with State Government representatives and BeCA to have discussions both locally and in Brisbane relating to traffic issues on Bellvista Blvd and Caloundra Road.
Cr Baberowski is a supporter of bringing this project forward, however this is a State Government road issue and does not come under the Sunshine Coast Council area of responsibility.