BeCA welcomed local resident Lani Ogilvie to the Management Committee where she was elected to fill the 8th vacancy on the Management Committee. Lani is younger resident who shall effectively represent the views of younger residents on the Management Committee.
The Treasurer reported a current balance of almost $2,000. At this stage only one account for a newsletter advert is outstanding and if payment is not completed by Friday of this week we have a prospective advertiser waiting to fill the spot. BeCA recorded a profit of around $500 from the recent Business Directory distributed to all residences in Bellvista and Bells Reach.
BeCA has also decided to revamp its structures for any advertising so all payments are completed prior to any advert appearing in the newsletter (The Connector) or in a future Business Directory. There will be a small rise in Newsletter advertising charges beginning July 1st 2014 moving from $90 p.a. to $96 p.a. (or $12 per newsletter edition).
The de amalgamation of the SCRC leaves some of the team members on the Council’s Bellvista Gardening Team in limbo. BeCA believes one of our gardening team members has been earmarked to move to the new Noosa Council and it appears this person will not be replaced. Processes and the finalization of this situation are due to be completed by the end of September. Mulching of gardens continues around the estate to keep weeds down and to stop the area drying out any further. The lack of rainfall during August has not assisted.
Replacement trees are to be planted as the weather improves where trees have not survived. The lawn mowing sub-contractors are hard at work giving the whole area a mow and cleanup.
Concern was raised regarding the lower than expected turnout to the BeCA August AGM. A range of options to encourage attendance were discussed. These included moving the meeting to November to enjoy better weather for going out, removing “AGM” from the title, giving a Christmas flavor to the evening, having end of year drinks and nibbles available for after meeting Christmas end of year celebrations, and having the announcement of the winner on a local family based competition. BeCA would also try to ‘lock in’ a speaker who would be a well recognized local identity. This year’s AGM saw cancellation or unavailability of the both the Mayor and Local MP to attend our AGM.
Though not a major current concern, the lack of facilities and activities for younger residents (10 to 13 years) was noted. In a few years time as these residents enter their mid teens Bellvista and Bells Reach will require a range of activities and facilities to cater for this group. This would form the basis for presentation and discussion at a BeCA Public Meeting in 2014.
The creation of a Bellvista Community Centre would be a major facility to address this concern.
Bellvista Management Committee Sub-Committees were then nominated for 2013/14. You can see them HERE.
Membership of sub-committees is not limited to BeCA Management Committee members but is open to all members of the community. Let us know if you wish to be involved. To express an interest in being involved on a sub-committee click HERE.