Of interest to many was the installation of a new mobile phone tower to be constructed in bush land between Arbour and Baringa. Because of the proposed safe location of the tower in native bushland, extra permissions have to be sought before the construction goes ahead. Stockland is conscious of the mobile phone reception problems across the area and is keen to see this problem addressed.
The majority of permissions have now been granted and construction should progress. The earliest time for the tower to be in service is now suggested as June 2019. It is to be constructed by Telstra and Hannah was unable to confirm if the other carriers would be granted permission to use the tower as well.
More information is to follow.
Some final construction is continuing along the Bells Creek Arterial with a lengthy bridge under construction that is delaying the official opening. When the bridge is completed the extension to Aura Blvd will be opened as well. The opening should occur late in March. Stockland is keen to see the extensions opened as they have sold 200 lots in this new section and owners are keen to see building commence.
Stockland continue to investigate funding options to complete the Bells Creek Arterial (BCA) through to the Roys Rd Interchange and the Bruce Hwy. The need to complete the BCA would have financial benefits for Stockland as Caloundra South continues to grow. A completed BCA allows residents improved access to the Bruce Hwy and benefits for industry in the developing Aura Industrial area. A completed BCA would help to reduce traffic on the Bruce Hwy around the Caloundra end and thus may qualify for Federal Funding consideration. Currently the BCA is planned to be open in 8 years.
September is now seen as the possible opening date of the new Baringa retail centre. The centre will contain specialty shops, an IGA, a Newsagent, a Medical Centre and a Tavern. Local Tavern owner Scott Armstrong will join with the owners of the Storey Bridge Hotel in Brisbane to build the new Tavern.
Caloundra Community Centre has won the contract to manage the new Community Centre building in Baringa and it should be open around the end of March. It will provide backup services for the schools, the sporting precinct and all residents of Baringa, Bellvista and Bells Reach.
The premier has announced 2021 as the opening date for the new Secondary School in Baringa for years 7 and 8.
It is anticipated bus services will be extended into Baringa in the near future. Stockland has been requested to supply many Bus Timetable and Bus Stop poles for proposed bus stops in the area.
There is a trigger point of 9,000 vehicles per day before Stockland is to duplicate Bellvista Blvd between Dumbarton Drive and Stornaway Ave. Current usage has been measured at 5,500 vehicles per day.
The veloways are taking off across Baringa with 55% of students using them or local pathways to ride or walk to school. The state average for Queensland is 12%.