Between 30 and 40 people attended the BeCA September Public Meeting where they received presentations from Sunshine Coast Council’s Beau Heartshorn, the Nursery Co-ordinator, Angelo D’Costa from Unity Water and a team led by Adrian Allen from Stockland.
S.C. Council’s Parks and Gardens department’s Beau Heartshorn led the presentations and outlined Council’s Plant Nursery operation. The Parks and Gardens department provides new plants for Council areas and maintains Council’s trees and gardens. He answered questions on the various parks around the estates and pointed out that Bellvista would continue to be maintained by Council workers, whereas Bells Reach would most likely be maintained by a private contractor.
The trees on Council property (including at the front of your home) are all owned and maintained by Council. Residents are not to prune or damage these trees. If you have a concern over a tree in your street, contact Council via the MyCouncil website and arrange for the problem tree to be inspected and then a final decision can be made. Beau was accompanied by 160 free small tree plantings and these were welcomed by those in attendance.
Following the recent fires, a concern was raised regarding the wattle trees along the Bellvista side footpath between Stornaway Avenue and Dumbarton Drive.
Angelo D’Costa is from Unity water and outlined Unity Water’s services across an area servicing a total of 720,000 homes . A major role of the company is the essential treatment of sewage. Their Kawana Treatment Plant processes the equivalent of 48,000,000 toilet flushes per day. It treats sewage as well as the waste water from dishwashers, baths and showers. 99% of this waste is pure water.
There are two major products provided following the treatment, methane and nutrient. The Treatment plant produces 86 million litres of recycled water, 1000kg of nitrogen and 150kg of phosphorous per day. 90% of the waste products produced can be described as ‘natural’.
Angelo produced a thin slice of the rubberized pipe that Unity water uses in its operation. The rubber is around 15cms thick and Angelo says it is virtually indestructible. Finally there were questions from the floor. It had been an interesting presentation and Angelo was thanked by those in attendance.
Stockland’s Project Director Adrian Allen addressed the meeting on the progress of the Caloundra South Development. Planning is well underway for the next instalment of the project and will focus on the new Aura City Centre. It is expected that all blocks in Baringa will be ready for sale shortly, and that they could all be sold by April/May 2018. Planning is currently underway for the Baringa “Town Square” with Council to build a $4million Community Centre. Two new playgrounds will soon begin construction as will an area devoted to Terrace Style Housing. The new Baringa shopping centre should be available by early 2019.
Construction is underway on the new Aura Business Park. In Northlakes, Stockland achieved one new job for every new home constructed. Adrian is expecting to repeat this for Aura.
Adrian then spoke of Stockland’s role in the recent bushfire emergency. Stockland have a major Bushfire Management Plan which ensured property owned by them was best able to resist the bushfire emergency. He reported the major areas affected by the recent fire were not on Stockland controlled land. He was delighted with the role Stockland and Shadforth’s had been able to play to assist emergency workers fighting the recent fires.
Stockland’s Project Manager Paul Morgan then took to the floor and announced planning was well underway for the duplication of Bellvista Blvd between Caloundra Rd and Dumbarton Drive. Stockland expect work to begin in December 2017 (to take advantage of the school break), and is due for completion by May 2018.
A major feature will be the retention of the Bellcarra Place roundabout. Stockland has had to negotiate construction with SC Council regarding local Council roads as well as the State Government regarding Caloundra Rd. The photo above shows one of the many slides Paul Morgan had in his presentation.
The work will be staged over the 6 month project with clearing and roadworks planned for December through various stages to more roadworks, asphalting, landscaping and the construction of footpaths in March and April. A new footpath will be constructed on the western side of Bellvista Blvd. Current cycle pathways and the bus stop near Bellcarra Place will not be effected. Following a concern voiced from one of those present, Stockland will incorporate a safe crossing point somewhere near the current Bellcarra Place bus stop.
The meeting concluded with a chat, the final collection of free plants and a warm drink for those wishing to stay on.