- Monday 01 September 2014
The communities of Bellvista, Bells Reach and surrounding suburbs now have a new meeting place perfectly positioned for community use now and into the future.
The new community meeting place, centrally located on Lomond Crescent, was officially unveiled at a ceremony today.
“Following a refurbishment of what was a 2003 sales office for the Bellvista development, the building has now been transformed into a great meeting place,” Mayor Mark Jamieson, who attended the opening, said.
Divisional councillor Rick Baberowski said the new meeting place was achieved through a land/asset swap negotiated by council with developer Stockland, which meant the centre would be just that – at the centre of these still growing communities.
“Council and the community always thought this park and lakeside setting was an ideal site for a community hub, being co-located next to a playground and public amenities, at the same time as being geographically central to the suburbs,” he said.
“We worked well with Stockland to achieve the right specifications for the new fit-out and council added further funding to improve the design and to ensure it was more cost-efficient and would reduce the ongoing operating costs.
“The centre features a kitchen, a deck overlooking a lake, and can accommodate 60 people for a variety of activities, and will be able to host events for a broad and growing residential area.
“The ‘up-purposed’ centre will now provide an excellent indoor/outdoor, multi-function space for locals to use as they enjoy participating in a range of community activities.”
Cr Baberowski said it had taken some years to get here “but it has been worth everyone’s effort”.
“It is a particularly well located and attractive facility, which will not only draw in locals, but also build on a great and growing Caloundra West community spirit,” he said.