Following are responses BeCA has received from residents and others on the SCRC decision not to do anything about the Bus Stop where students alight at the junction of Bellcarra Place and Bellvista Blvd.
BeCA emailed all resident members yesterday with a link to the entry below, “SCRC Responds To BeCA’s Bus Stop Request”.
1. Thankyou for forwarding this info on. We as parents of a child who used to go to and from school on this bus, fully support Beca and all the residents from Bellcarra, who are trying to have this situation addressed. This was one of the reasons we removed our son from the bus. A little bit of background on this Buslink service, these buses used to do the loop of the estate along Lomond, Minker Rd, O’Reilly Dr. Stopping at lake, Minker Rd (near park), and O’Reilly Dr (just at our back gate). When the public bus service started, and they made designated stops, they made the kids get on the buses at the designated public bus stops (which are signed). Last year, they changed the Buslink (school bus) stops making all the kids from all areas of the estate catch the express bus from the lake bus stop. For many families this is quite a hassle, especially if it is raining.
My feelings are, that if Buslink gets wind of any efforts to get a bus stop near Bellcarra Place, they probably will not allow the bus to stop there anymore, and make the kids catch it from the lake stop. Therefore parents will have to either drive down and pick them up, or the kids will have to try to walk back up Bellvista Blvd, during peak school traffic times, and with no real footpath in place. I think this would be an extremely dangerous situation. From my personal experience dealing with Buslink, I wouldn’t expect any positive outcome from them. Remembering they are owned and run by the state government. However, coming from the residents group, might get better response. Do you think, we as residents should start emailing, Mark McArdle (although, wouldn’t expect he will respond to my emails as I am still waiting for a response from him from April), and maybe Anna, and Dept of Transport etc?
I think the best resolution would be to duplicate the road. But that’s not going to happen in our lifetime. I am very concerned as to what is going to happen when BV2 starts being developed. Emergency vehicles can’t get in here now during school drop times. I just can’t believe the crap we have to go through to get anything done in this town now. Wonder what they would do if we all stopped paying our rates and water bills. Anyhow, that’s my thoughts on the matter. Let me know if we can help by lobbying the powers that be.
2. To BeCA,
I read this on the website this morning, and what a joke of a reply BeCA got from the council. I don’t think Kevin Boyd from the council understands what BeCA’s request is. I don’t believe the guy knows that this IS NOT a bus stop, but school buses are doing pick ups and drop off here. If council says and I quote ” potential worth or value to the community has been assessed” blah blah blah the outcome of this reply is that they don’t see it making them money from commuters (this stop is not designed for that, its a school bus stop zone), hence they don’t want to put any money into it.
A child will be hit one day, near misses have happened with cars running into the bus, and cars vs. children. If council don’t want to put in some asphalt down to make a bus stop somewhere along the road safer, then the council and the state government should tell the bus company to stop picking up children from this black spot, and find somewhere in the estate more suitable.
Please pass this onto council, and I would like BeCA to keep up the fight on this, this is one that we should win. Maybe help from Stockland or when and if they start on the new development goes in that they should upgrade this area. Imagine the early morning trucks when construction starts down in the estate again. Its a recipe for carnage.
3. BeCA has had a response from Councillor Anna Grosskreutz who has requested this decision be reviewed by SCRC.
4. BeCA has been offered a meeting with Mark McArdle next month to discuss this issue.