The refurbished Land Sales Office will become the new “Community Meeting Place”. It will be ‘owned’ by SCRC (Sunshine Coast Regional Council) and hopefully will be in full operation later this year. The SCRC will then seek a body to ‘manage’ the facility and to be responsible for its general everyday running costs (power, water and general upkeep). They will be the contact group for other public hiring, for closing up etc.
It is expected BeCA will have a role to play in the operation as well.
At Kawana Forest Community Centre, a volunteer group which conducts several programs for residents, also ‘manages’ the centre. Other groups then liaise with the ‘Managers” for bookings and time slots to run their own programs.
Any management group would need to be fully aware of the needs of its community to ensure it is profitable enough to cover costs as agreed with SCRC. It will also need to meet SCRC guidelines.
BeCA had an informal meeting with a representative of a group which would be keen to ‘manage’ the new facility. This group expects to have a Community Worker available in the near future. In the meeting the representative sought feedback from Bellvista, Bells Reach and wider Caloundra communities as to the type of activity residents would like to see available from the nw Community Meeting Place.
In the near future residents will have the opportunity to provide their thoughts on what programs they could provide, or would like to see provided at the new Community Meeting Place, Feedback will be sought via the “Connector”, the BeCA website, Facebook pages, online surveys and other avenues. It is time for all residents to get their thinking hats on and let the prospective managers of the new Community Meeting Place know what the community wants.
The new Community Meeting Place is entering an exciting phase.
BeCA has received some feedback from the CASA Meeting conducted in Brisbane on Wednesday. An agenda item was the Caloundra Aerodrome Noise situation. BeCA believes representatives from Sunshine Coast Airport and Becker Helicopters along with many others were in attendance.
The need for a satellite helicopter training facility was seen as the answer to the problem. However CASA will conduct an aircraft noise monitoring service for the next few months. BeCA believes this to be a waste of time and money as the major culprit in the noise problem no longer uses Caloundra Aerodrome extensively for touch n go’s as this phase of training has been completed.
CASA will re visit the Fly Neighbourly Agreement for Caloundra Aerodrome and consider modifications to ensure helicopters are required to use a steeper landing path to reduce noise to residents.
EDIT: You can read the Sunshine Coast Daily report on the CASA Meeting HERE.