A resident has expressed concerns at the AGM over BeCA’s request for an emergency entry point to the estate via the park which connects Widgee Place with Rosegum Street. BeCA’s proposal is that this entry would only be available to residents and emergency vehicles in extreme emergency situations e.g. if Bellvista Blvd was closed.
This did occur some years ago when a bushfire closed Bellvista Blvd cutting off all access to the estate. Residents were either ‘trapped’ within the estate or were locked out when returning from work. This situation is even more critical now with Unity College catering for well over 1000 students. An emergency exit is imperative for Bellvista and the safety of residents and the Unity College students. More community feedback and suggestions are welcome. Let us know if you have other suggestions for consideration as an entry/exit to the estate in times of extreme emergency.
It is expected bollards would be installed to ensure any emergency access to the estate is in cases of extreme emergency only and that there would be no unauthorised access.
At this stage this is only a ‘suggestion’ BeCA has put forward to SCRC for investigation as a possibility to provide access to and from the estate in times of extreme emergency. It is not desirable that another situation occur as did with the bushfires and the closure of Bellvista Blvd sometime ago. Council will consider all issues relating to this request, the concerns of residents in all nearby streets as well as the safety of all Bellvista Residents. There may be a better proposal than this one which Council is considering.
BeCA has noted wheel tracks from vehicles entering Bellvista from the dirt road which borders the north western edge of the estate. This concern will be raised with Council.