Over 40 residents and guests attended the Bellvista Community Association Public Meeting in the Land Sales Office building on Monday April 19th. Reports were provided to residents regarding the following issues, Finance, an update on the production of the Newsletter “Bellvista Connector”, BeCA’s website and Blog page, a report on our involvement with the Community and Aviation Industry forum and a report from the Landscaping Committee. President Phil Williams brought residents up to date on any other BeCA activities.
Residents also heard presentations from Peter Dickens of the Caloundra Police and Di Kirkland, Sunshine Coast Crime Prevention Unit. A summary of what they had to say is in the post below.
General Business was thrown open to residents and covered many issues. One was an update on the Telstra Pit at the corner of O’Reilly Drive and Cougal Circuit. A report on this can be seen two posts below.
BeCA had received a request from a resident regarding Unity College and the Learning Tools for Schools Competition conducted by the Stockland Shopping Centre in Caloundra. Residents were asked to present any receipts from purchases to the customer care desk and request that the points be allocated to Unity College. The receipt is then stamped and returned to the customer. A ‘score’ is then added to Unity College’s total. Currently Unity College is running second in the competition, the first prize being a Computer for the school. It was also mentioned there were triple points for purchases made on Thursday nights! BeCA is always keen to support local organisations and we hope residents do too!
The future of Caloundra Airport was the next topic raised. Feelings on this issue were mixed. People with concerns were angry with the behaviour of some helicopter pilots and their apparent disregard for residents. Some helicopters seem to repeatedly wheel overhead for what seems incessant landings and takeoffs. Another resident was concerned over the behaviour of some pilots when they ‘gun’ their engines when coming in to land. One person had contacted CASA and had been told that CASA’s policy was that planes should be gliding in to land if they were approaching over houses. It seems the sooner a new Fly Neighbourly Agreement is renegotiated, the better some residents may feel.
Bellvista Lakes are certainly looking a little shabby right now. There is a build up of algae which doesn’t look at all pleasant. This is not helped by the amount of rubbish which has been thrown (or made its way) into lake. There are shoes, polystyrene containers, balls and all sorts of things floating around in the lake right now. The photo to the left shows a polystyrene package floating near the shore. BeCA Landscaping Committee will pursue this issue with SCRC.
Queries were raised on the future of the Land Sales Office, currently the property of Stockland. It is believed the Land Sales Office may be required by Stockland when Bellvista2 comes online in September 2011. SCRC is particularly keen to acquire the property in due course and then make it available for Community Use. However this is unlikely to happen in the near future. In the meantime BeCA has wonderful access to the facility which is kindly and freely supplied by Stockland.
Other concerns were raised regarding the condition of the tennis net at the public tennis court and the frequent flooding of the tan bark from the playground area at Lake Bellvista into the lake following heavy rain. The Landscaping Committee will pursue this latter issue while the resident who raised the issue will use the SCRC Request for service form (HERE) to lodge the concern with the Council.
A query was asked regarding the Tavern at the Bellvista Shopping Village. It is expected the Tavern is a part of Stage 2 and will be happening in due course. Evidently licences for the sale of alcohol and the provision of poker machines have been obtained.
There is water covering the pathway which runs between the Bellvista Shopping Village worksite and the creek behind the Bellcarra Retirement Resort. This is from workers pumping water out of the undergound carpark site at the new shopping centre. With recent heavy rains BeCA was hesitant to raise this issue in case it caused problems and put the new shopping village further behind schedule. Residents using this pathway may need keep it can be wet along here if walking.
BeCA has a casual vacancy and Russell Walkerden (a Bellcarra resident) was nominated to fill the vacancy until the next Committee election in September 2010. Nomination forms for BeCA 2010 -2011 can be downloaded from the Handy Links Page (HERE).
The meeting closed at 8:40pm.
The two posts below this one cover other areas of the Public Meeting. Take a minute and scroll down.