Yesterday some members of the BeCA Landscaping Committee had an extensive meeting with the SCRC officer responsible for the maintenance of Parks and Gardens here on our estate. This meeting was in response to concerns BeCA had raised over the maintenance of the major park areas.
BeCA was told there are in fact two contractors responsible for the grass mowing. The recent spurt in the growth of grass and exceptionally wet weather means the major focus has been to get the grass level down to manageable heights. Extra long grass leaves lots of extra long cuttings on the surface. The cut grass then looks extremely untidy. Cutting the grass shorter cannot be done as the cut grass would clog the mower causing even more problems.
The added time taken to cut the grass means less time has been available for ‘finishing off’. This situation is not ideal but is the best under the circumstances. Patience from Bellvista residents will eventually see all park areas returning to their pristine best as the weather improves and the year continues.
The major Parks & Gardens concern from the SCRC viewpoint is the garden weed problem. There are some weeds in gardens that just shouldn’t be there! They are not weeds you usually see here on the Sunshine Coast! It is possible the weeds were imported when the original developers of the estate brought soil in to create parks, gardens and even house blocks.
This problem has been made worse by the recent wet weather creating ideal growing conditions and restricting the time SCRC workers can be in the field. Over the last two days a further 60mls of rain has fallen on Bellvista.
SCRC were reminded about the blocked water inlets to the top lake and again our concerns will be passed on to the powers that be. Residents will need to be patient. SCRC
Parks & Gardens will also look to remove the bushes restricting vision as drivers enter and leave Bellvista Market Place carpark.
BeCA enjoys extremely good relations with SCRC Parks & Gardens and these meetings ensure there are excellent communication channels between BeCA (and the residents it represents) and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council (SCRC).