Motorists can no longer use Baringa Drive/Steiner Cres to access the Bells Creek Arterial following the opening of the extension to Aura Blvd. Motorists now need to negotiate a further set of traffic lights before getting on to the Bells Creek Arterial (BCA). The photo above shows what greets motorists if the try to access the BCA as was available previously via Baringa Drive and Steiner Cres.
Stockland have also opened some sections of the new Aura Central with a residential precinct available for lot purchase off Park Ave and Central Avenue. BeCA believes there was an ‘official’ opening of the bridge that leads into the new precinct today.
Residents should take a drive down into the new area, it is a huge development.
There remains some delays to the opening of Council’s new Baringa Community Centre.
Meanwhile construction surges ahead on the Baringa shopping complex. The new Tavern seems to be taking shape as well. There are exciting times ahead for all.
Federal Member Andrew Wallace has secured a grant for 50% of the funds required toward a comprehensive business case and design work for congestion-busting improvements to the road network around Caloundra and Kawana. The funds would be used to undertake a Network Planning Study to identify what projects would make the biggest difference right across the local network and then do the detailed design and approvals work required to get those projects shovel ready.
The other 50% of the funds would need to be provided by the Queensland State Government. Wallace has gained these funds despite the roads under consideration do not fall under the Federal Government’s area of responsibility. This is something that BeCA has been advocating for some time, an area wide plan to address the current issues. A second east/west corridor road would be a major feature of any future plan, a connecting road between Pelican Waters Blvd and Aura Blvd eventually connecting to the new Bells Creek Arterial and exiting onto the Bruce Hwy at the Roys Rd Interchange.
It appears that the many pleas from Council and numerous members of the local community for the reinstatement of Bells Reach and Bellvista bus stops onto Route 603 have fallen on deaf ears thus putting immobile and elderly residents at a distinct disadvantage in gaining access to Public Transport.
BeCA will continue to push for the reinstatement of bus stops at every opportunity.