BeCA understands the Bellvista Tavern will remain in the hands of the current owner with an “all ahead as you were” situation. There was some thoughts that the Tavern may change hands but this is no longer the case.
The Baringa Tavern remains on target to open on October 30th. Some BeCA representatives are meeting with the Tavern’s owner Scott Armstrong for an update later this week.
When BeCA was informed that a dedicated bus service would be re introduced for the 6 closed stops in Bellvista and Bells Reach, BeCA had hoped for at least 4 services per day at something like 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. At the June Public Meeting with Translink, several requests were raised from the floor for a connection service to buses heading for the train at Landsborough and to allow local residents to access the bus service to SC University Hospital during Visiting Hours.
Translink came back to BeCA with its suggested timetable and sought BeCA’s feedback on the revised timetable. The revised timetable allows connections with SCUH during afternoon visiting hours. Timetabling was too difficult to connect directly with services to Landsborough station.
The revised timetable is something like arriving at Bellvista around 9:30 am, 11:30 am, some time after 2:00 pm and a final service around 5:30 pm which would allow residents to get to and from SCUH during visiting Hours. BeCA sought feedback from Bellcarra residents on their thoughts and canvassed the new timetable with several Bellvista residents. All feedback supported Translink’s suggested revised timetable and they have now been advised of this.
Regretfully the new service will not begin operation until early 2020. Translink sought the January 2020 time to begin the new service to fit in with revised driver rosters and other Sunshine Coast bus route modifications. Translink traditionally adjusts this sort of thing at the beginning of each new year.
There are no details on a proposed weekend timetable but BeCA understands costs will impact on when the service can be provided. The weekend involves drivers’ penalty rates which impacts on the new route’s budget.
Following the recent weekend storm when we received over 80 mls of rain in a thundery and windy downpour, numerous trees were lost with the wind. Service Requests from BeCA have now seen fallen trees removed.
BeCA has also asked Council to do something with the narrow ‘garden’ strip separating the veloway and the footpath. In many areas the garden has either totally or partially disappeared. Anything Council does will be an improvement!