Last night, (Mon Sept 1st) an enthusiastic group of residents attended the 3rd BeCA Public Meeting for 2014. The meeting was conducted in the new Bellvista Meeting Place. There were many complimentary comments about the new building and its facilities.
Some even took time to venture onto the deck to enjoy the night air before the meeting.
Our major speaker was local MP Mark McArdle. As the Minister for Energy and Water Supply, Mark spoke about future developments residents could expect on the efficient use of solar power. A major advance would be the use of batteries to ‘store’ solar generated power for use overnight, thus further cutting electricity costs. Though expensive to install nowadays, as technology improves it is expected there will be a sharp fall in these costs in the near future.
Users had experienced major electricity price rises recently owing to an extensive program to build poles and wires to carry the electricity system across the state. The vast majority of the cost of people’s bills was to fund this expansion. It is expected that as this phase of construction is completed there will be a marked drop in electricity costs to homes. Currently 48% of the total costs of the electricity system is taken up by this program.
Mark McArdle is interested to get people’s feedback on their preferred option for the future expansion of Caloundra South, whether the government should focus on Beerwah East or Halls Creek. Mark implored residents to seek out information and provide him with feedback on their preferred option.
Mark then produced a document which he said all but tied up the proposed Satellite Helicopter Training Facility. It all now hinges on just one final piece of correspondence which requires a couple of signatures. This short term solution is designed to last for three years. A longer term solution is almost tied up as well and extends for a further 15 years. When questioned about whether or not a company such as Becker helicopters could be trusted to abide by a decision, the meeting was told that serious pressure would be applied by both the government and the SC Council to ensure it did.
Finally Mark encouraged residents to attend a Forum on Prostate Cancer to be conducted this Friday Sept 5th at The Beerwah Community Centre. Residents are very welcome to attend.
Phil Smith was introduced by the President to the meeting. It is Phil’s Group “B.E.L.L.S” which has expressed an interest in managing the Bellvista Meeting Place. Phil spoke of his group’s desire that if granted the right to manage the Bellvista Meeting Place, how they would strive to ensure a broad range of Community based interests would be encouraged.
Councillor Rick Baberowski then spoke. He lauded the new Bellvista Meeting Place and all involved in seeing the project through to a reality. He spoke in glowing terms of the outcome and how, despite a difficult process, many hurdles had been overcome.
The refurbished Bellvista Blvd also received favourable comment and Cr Baberowski said he would follow up on further upgrading the green verge of the road and also the replacement of the bollards.
Rick reiterated Council’s position that the preferred option was for further residential development on the Sunshine Coast was at Beerwah East. This was the more appropriate choice due to its proximity to current transport and other commercial infra structure. There was some discussion that the green belt separating outer Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast could be lessened if there was an alternative sought.
It was later pointed out that most likely cost would be the major influence on which way the government went on this development. As the vast majority of the Beerwah East project land was currently under a 99 year Forestry lease, the cost to government to buy out the leases could be exorbitant.
A major concern arising from the floor of the meeting during General Business, was the number of nasty dog incidents we have had in our community recently. There were stories of elderly persons being charged by dogs off leashes, of children being terrorized and of the increasing amount of dog droppings walkers are being asked to step over. On the Sunshine Coast ALL dogs in public must be on chains. Concerned residents were advised to immediately contact SC Council and report any incident.
Residents should take notes of when and where the incident occurred and use their phone to take photos of offending off leash animals and use this information when alerting Council.
You can download/open a copy of the SC Council Dogs Exercising Dogs Policy document HERE.
Stockland will be requested to monitor the left turn only intersection from Indigo Rd into Bellvista Blvd as the no right turn sign there was being openly and defiantly ignored.
The meeting closed at 8:15 pm and many people stayed around after the meeting to continue their chat.