Sunshine Coast Council – Media release
Sippy Downs Albany Lakes District Park
The Sippy Downs community is invited to comment on the Draft Sippy Downs Parks Master Plan, which outlines plans for a new major, district level playing space along with improvements to existing parks and the addition of sports facilities such as basketball courts.
Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson said the Sunshine Coast Council plan identified opportunities and priorities for future upgrades.
“This draft plan has been developed following previous consultation with our community,” Cr Dickson said.
“Our residents helped us understand park use, key issues and demand for park activities so I’m excited to be presenting a plan that incorporates their ideas and priorities.
“The main feedback from residents was that they wanted to see newer and more user-friendly parks in the Sippy Downs area and they often travel to other communities to use play spaces.
“Over the years we have completed smaller upgrades in the existing local parks by adding shade sails and new play equipment.
“The Sippy Downs Parks Master Plan now focuses on the need to construct new district-level park facilities and larger play spaces.
“This is a long-term plan with easy short-term outcomes that will really make a difference for our community, particularly in terms of safety and easy access.”
Artist Impression Albany Lakes District Park – Claymore Road
Residents are invited to review the draft master plan and provide feedback by completing the online survey on council’s website before 5pm on March 26, 2018.
You can also email feedback to ParksBusinessTechnical@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
Once feedback on the draft master plan has been received, council will develop a final master plan.
The final plan will provide the basis to seek funding for development and renewal of park infrastructure at Sippy Downs.
It will be delivered in stages and implementation will be dependent on future funding.
Top priorities for Sippy Downs parks
- Deliver a major district level play space with shelters, picnic and barbecue facilities for group gatherings similar to the Buderim Village Park.
- New park recreation facilities such as basketball courts, and combination soccer and rugby posts.
- Additions to existing parks including trees and shaded spaces for children to play, pathways, lighting, parking, drink fountains and toilets.
In November 2016, the Sippy Downs community was invited to undertake a park user survey and provide feedback to help shape the future of the park network.
Feedback from the park user survey has been used to guide the development of the draft Sippy Downs Parks Master Plan.
The plan has been prepared to address the lack of parks infrastructure and to guide the management and renewal of parks and open space at Sippy Downs.
Sippy Downs is a master planned community that has grown rapidly over two decades following on from delivery of the court-ordered (i.e. not approved by council) Chancellor Park development. The now heavily populated area is deficient in park infrastructure and community facilities.
The $2.1 million expansion of Maroochydore Basketball Stadium is already opening opportunities for sport on the Sunshine Coast and helping local clubs to grow. Read more about this project and other happenings in my divisional newsletter. Expect to see it in your letterbox in the next few days or jump online to view an electronic copy: http://bit.ly/crNewsletter
Today I had the pleasure of attending a site visit to the Coles development project in the Sippy Downs Town Centre.
I was joined by Coles representatives, the building foreman, a council planner and one of our civil engineers.
During the tour I had the opportunity to walk inside the building and see the progress being made to date.
So what’s happening?
– The walls and roof beams are up.
– Roofing and insulation is being installed.
– Plumbing is occurring along with site drainage.
– A new right turn lane has been installed on Sippy Downs Drive.
The project is progressing well despite the weather with areas of the site holding water showing the need for adequate draininge.
A few questions raised by the community:
Q) When will the centre open?
A) Early 2017.
Q) When can residents apply for jobs?
A) Recruitment will occur during November 2016. Please checkout www.coles.com.au to raise your interest in working for the store.
Q) Will there be enough parking and how will it be regulated to stop students parking there?
A) There will be 170 parking spaces and the centre will have timed parking which will be monitored by parking regulators.
Sunshine Coast CouncilMedia release
June 3, 2016
Visit Disaster Hub website for all weather updates
The latest weather forecasts remain consistent with earlier predictions that the Sunshine Coast may receive rainfall of up to 250mm or more within 24 hours, abnormally high tides, dangerous surf and damaging winds.
The Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) will remain activated throughout the weekend.
Acting Local Disaster Coordinator John Gallina urged the community to prepare their homes and businesses for possible flooding.
“With the possibility of an east coast low situation like this, the weather can change very quickly and so it’s important the community is prepared in advance,” Mr Gallina said.
“If we do see 250mm of rain in a short period of time it is very likely there will be some flooding – water levels on the high tide on Saturday night and Sunday morning are likely to exceed the highest tide of the year.
“If you know from previous similar weather events that your home or business may be inundated with water, please be prepared.
“If you are concerned about the possibility of flooding please consider DIY sandbagging to help keep the SES available for those who are not able – there are instructions and a list of hardware stores who sell sandbags on the Disaster Hub website.
“Disaster Hub also has all the information needed to be prepared before, during and after a severe weather event – including weather warnings and road closures.”
At this stage the weather has not impacted flights at Sunshine Coast Airport.
Further updates will be issued as required.
· Move your car under cover or away from trees
· Secure loose outdoor items
· Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees
· Beware of fallen trees and powerlines
· Keep clear of creeks and storm drains
· Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that you stay out of the water and
stay well away from surf-exposed areas
· Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items. For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.