The first speaker was Cr Rick Baberowski who outlined progress on a range of issues relating to the Sunshine Coast and the local area.
He reported that the the supply of renewable energy for the Sunshine Coast was no longer a dream, that the project was now happening with planning/construction beginning on a huge “Solar Farm”.
Civil Works had commenced on a reinvigorated City Centre project for Maroochydore.
Planning is underway for a new residential development at Palmview. An infrastructure agreement has been negotiated and is out for public comment for the new residential development, which would eventually accommodate another 8,000 homes.
An announcement on the long awaited infrastructure agreement on the Caloundra South major development is expected be made shortly by Stocklands, Council and the State, which will support the launch of the construction of Caloundra South.
Rick added Council welcomed concluding this agreement as its aim is to ensure the impact and costs to the sunshine coast residents would be minimized.
Planning for Public Transport arrangements are underway for the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital precinct. It is planned that a Light Rail connection is one long term option being investigated.
The State Government approval of the Environmental Impact Statement is delaying progress on further development of the Sunshine Coast Airport expansion.
Locally Cr Baberowski reported the ‘missing footpath’ in O’Reilly Drive has been completed. Additional shade for new playground equipment in the park in Rawson Avenue is expected to be installed prior the end of November. Planning is in place for a new footpath connecting Bellvista’s Crater St with Little Mountain’s Ghostgum Place. This pathway will ensure a second all weather pedestrian access will be in place to connect the two estates and support effective access for students to Unity College.
Cr Baberowski expressed his support to assist any group wishing to conduct a series of public sessions at Bellvista Meeting Place. Current rentals of the facility almost cover Council’s annual costs but Cr Baber0wski is keen to see more local groups use the facility. Cr Baberowski has experience with gaining grants for local interest groups and can assist groups seeking funding via grants.
Jason Hunt of Queensland Correctional Services provided an overview of how the service works across Queensland. Currently the service houses around 7,500 inmates in facilities designed to accommodate 5,500. When the annual total cost of running the service are divided by the number of inmates the cost comes to $80,000 per person.
Jason described the various conditions inmates had depending on their sentence and the type of crime for which they were sentenced. These conditions are highly dependent on the sentence.
Jason took questions from the floor and after the meeting hosted a display of various intimidating items confiscated from inmates. The display was a real eye opener for those in attendance.
Stockland’s Fleur Thresher and Paul McDonald provided an update on the ‘new’ second entry/exit road for the estate. This information has already been made public by BeCA. It is currently expected the new road will be in full operation around December 2016. BeCA suggests residents who wish to see a map of the proposed roadworks should visit the Bells Reach Sales Office and see the large map on display there.
There was some general discussion on traffic issues across the local area. It is felt a connecting road between Bellvista Blvd and Pelican Waters Link Road was a more effective way to lessen traffic issues around the estates as well as Caloundra Rd. Residents were encouraged to maintain pressure on both State and Federal government representatives to have any construction brought forward as a matter of urgency.
Finally Lorraine Williams from the Lake Currimundi, Kawana Lions Club spoke of the new Caloundra West Lions Club and spoke of various activities Lions Groups undertake in supporting community needs. She introduced Penni Nulty (0422292785) who will be the new Caloundra West Lions President who spoke of her involvement with Lions.
4 people at the meeting expressed interest in becoming involved with the new club. Contact Penni if you seek more information or pop into the Positive Property People Real Estate office for further information.
The President reported the final BeCA Public Meeting on November 2nd at 6:45pm will host Local MP Mark McArdle and Federal member Mal Brough as speakers. Planning is underway for a display by various Emergency Services groups including a sausage sizzle. All residents and their families are invited to attend the demonstration. You may stay on for the Public Meeting if you desire.
There was plenty of chat after the meeting as many enjoyed Jason Hunt’s display or asked questions of various speakers over a warm drink and a biscuit.