The attendance number was a little down but the angst level was at fever pitch when General Business rolled around with heavy discussion on Airport Noise, Pedestrian Crossings and Rain Gardens (or otherwise known as biopods) at the recent Public Meeting.
And the strong message from it all was to let Council or the relative authority know of your displeasure via the Council MyCouncil website or via Air Services Australia. And if there is minimal response, go to the Councillor if a Council issue or repeat your concern to Air Services Australia.
Strong concern was raised over the ‘look’ of many of the “Rain Gardens” around both Bells Reach and Arbour with many appearing to be well overgrown with grasses sometimes up to 1.5m in height.
Residents who had attempted to ‘beautify’ the Rain Garden at their front door by planting other plants in the Rain Garden have been directed by Council to remove their introduced plants immediately.
Rain Gardens (or Biopods) were installed by Stockland as method of cleaning storm water prior to it entering the system before emptying into the pristine Pumicestone Passage. Special varieties of grasses which return a high rate of nitrogen into the sail which aids in removing impurities from storm water have been selected to be planted in the Rain Gardens.
Over time some Rain Gardens have become cluttered with rubbish and the grasses are now up to 1.5m high. This creates a wonderful habitat for snakes and mice but an eyesore and a danger for residents.
Some Rain Gardens stretch up to 15 to 20 metres in front of resident’s homes and appear to have been barely maintained by Council.
So if you have a concern with a Rain Garden near your home get onto the MyCouncil website (if you are a ratepayer), create your account and lodge a service request for Council to attend to the problem.
Council will respond with a reference number so if your concern isn’t attended to, follow up with a call to Council and quote the reference number. If you are still dissatisfied, contact Cr Baberowski and make him aware of your concerns and provide the relevant reference number.
A resident raised the issue of noisy fixed wing aircraft and repetitive circuits. Again contact Air Services Australia with plane identification details and let them know. If another noisy aircraft becomes a problem, again let Air Services Australia know. Every complaint affecting Caloundra Aerodrome finishes up on the desk of Glenn Paine at Sunshine Coast Airport. In this case Glenn has followed up with the resident in person to discuss the concerns.
Again if you feel there is a need for an ‘official’ pedestrian crossing, raise your concerns with Council. There are strict guidelines and requirements for a pedestrian crossing and if your situation meets those requirements, Council will take steps to create an ‘official’ pedestrian crossing.
In each case keep the Councillor ‘in the loop’ with your concerns and actions.
Snr Constable Peter reported on incidents of concern for residents in this area. The greatest concern is criminals from Brisbane head to the coast to find ‘easy marks’. So the advice is keep it locked and keep the key s in a safe place.
The BeCA AGM is to be conducted at the next Public Meeting and for 2019, BeCA is wanting to extend the Management Committee to a maximum of 10. So there are definite vacancies for residents who wish to be involved. If insufficient nominations are received by the due date, nominations can be taken from the floor at the AGM.
And while mentioning the upcoming AGM, guest presenters at the November 5th Public Meeting will be the Council’s Parks & Gardens Manager and also the person responsible for Parks & Gardens Contractors. Needless to say, Rain Gardens will be high on the list of interests.