Bellvista has received in excess of 200mls of rain in the last 10 days. In the ‘old’ terms, this is over 8″. Generally the estate copes with this sort of rainfall quite well with any flooding disappearing quickly. After such rainfall the playground near the tennis court loses much of its tanbark as it is washed away.
This creates a dangerous play situation for children, an expense for SCRC to replace, a mess to tidy up, and the need to cope with tanbark being washed into the bottom lake. The rubberized low retaining wall is being extended so as to redirect rain water away from the playground and lessen the flooding away of tanbark.
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Poor or no internet connection has been a problem for some areas of our estate. The estate is served by a number of Telstra owned “RIMS” which act as smaller telephone line distribution centres. This means the only access to ADSL at Bellvista is via Telstra owned equipment (RIMS). Therefore ISP’s other than Bigpond need to ‘rent’ lines from Telstra to supply services.
This means Bellvista residents are denied access to cheaper bundles many ISP’s can supply when they can use their own telephone exchange equipment. Telstra owned RIMS are usually locked at a maximum of 8Mbps (ADSL). ADSL 2+ is over 20Mbps and can be accessed by many living in larger cities. The ALP NBN promises speeds to all of 100Mbps, while the cheaper Liberal version of the NBN will offer 25Mbps.
When connected Bells Reach residents will be on the NBN and be able to access internet speeds of 100Mbps.
Telstra RIMS can be ‘upgraded’ by a process called “Tophat”. One of the poorer areas for ADSL at Bellvista is the area around Kinross Crt. It appears this area has been ‘tophatted’. So residents connected to this tophatted Telstra RIM on our estate theoretically should have much improved quality and quantity of internet connections. One resident from that area who is connected to Bigpond has recorded a download speed in excess of 17Mbps. Needless to say he is delighted!
BeCA is unaware of any other areas of the estate to receive the “Tophat” upgrade.