The BeCA Committee met on Wednesday with representatives from Stockland to be brought up to date on developments with Bells Reach.
The current sewerage works occurring in Stornaway Avenue will continue into the first week of school but works and traffic control will not occur during school pickup and drop off times.
Workers have discovered unexpected conduits and pipes below the surface which has delayed progress markedly. Once school resumes, sewerage works will be limited to between 10 am and 2 pm daily. Stockland will be updating residents via a mail box newsletter to be delivered over the next couple of days. A copy of the newsletter is available for download HERE.
Unity Water has demanded Stockland construct a large pumping station in conjunction with the Bells Reach development. The works currently being undertaken on Stornaway Avenue will allow Bellvista to be connected to the new pumping station. It is hoped this could have a positive effect for residents in Grampion Drive who may experience sewerage backflow during times of extremely heavy rain.
Stockland are about to begin work on the Bells Reach Neighbourhood Centre consisting of parklands, a permanent Land Sales Office and a cafe. The cafe would be open between 7 am and 10 pm and would back onto a “Toddler’s Area” of the parklands creating a spot where cafe patrons may keep an eye on toddlers at play. Further development of the Neighbourhood Centre will be staged adding further shops and facilities as Bells Reach grows. The initial buildings should be up and running by December 2012.
Work has commenced on the Bells Reach Display Village with some display homes expected to be open late in August. Building of new homes is expected to get underway around July of this year with the first new Bells Reach residents moving in around October. Work has also commenced on landscaping works on Bellvista Blvd between Dumbarton and Stornaway.
Feedback was provided to Stockland by BeCA Committee members on the new Bellvista Blvd roadworks. Comments were made about the sudden beginning of the designated left turn lane rather than a gradual beginning. Stockland answered there were certain standards on this sort of construction and the designated left turn lane was ‘to standard’. BeCA reported on the dust problem with the recent strong south easterlies. Stockland has already request water trucks be used to settle dust raised especially by heavy trucks using the “Haul Rd”.
BeCA reported to Stockland on its vision for Bellvista Blvd. This work would need to carried out by the SCRC.
BeCA wishes to see all of Bellvista Blvd from Caloundra Rd to Dumbarton Drive resurfaced to get rid of all potholes and ‘crocodile’ cracks. Crocodile cracks are a sympton of more severe pothole problems to follow. BeCA also wants a concrete pathway to follow the road all the way up to the new bus stop. BeCA wants the earth storm water drain on the western side of Bellvista Blvd replaced with a concrete spoon drain and the gravel vehicle pull off area replaced with an all weather area. Proper culverts need to be installed so the new crossing point near Dumbarton Drive can be used in all weather conditions. The crossing is impassable during times of heavy rain.
BeCA also wants the vegetation on the eastern side of Bellvista Blvd between the new bus stop and the new crossing point removed to facilitate the building of the footpath and to greatly improve line of sight for drivers.
BeCA has requested SCRC investigate BeCA’s concerns and have works programmed as a matter of urgency. BeCA has forwarded copies of its letter to all SCRC to Division 1 candidates.
BeCA again reiterated to Stockland resident concerns regarding a second entry/exit point to the estate. BeCA is aware nothing can happen from Stockland’s perspective until the Caloundra South project has the green light from the Federal Government expected late 2012. Stockland again repeated they are fully aware of the need and intend to address it when approval is given. Further entries and exits would be pre requisite for any approval before construction could begin on the northern precincts of Caloundra South.