Parks Masterplan Concerns Taken On Board

Parks Masterplan Concerns Taken On Board

The Sunshine Coast Council has reached the final stages of a development plan that aims to improve the park network around the Sippy Downs region.

Having recently undergone a period of public review and feedback, The Sippy Downs Parks Master Plan is set to be finalised and adopted by the council in August – September 2018.

Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson said the Sunshine Coast Council plan was being implemented to counter previous issues that came to light when Chancellor Park was approved by the courts 15 years ago.

“The developer got away with a lot of things like not building local parks and delivering things that really are substandard,” Cr Dickson said.

“My idea at the recent election was to do a parks plan for Sippy Downs so people can actually look at their unique, individual parks and [give their] comment.

“So instead of us just walking in and putting in a new swing or a water bubbler, we actually went to the community and asked them in 2016 what they would like to see.”

Cr Dickson emphasised that community concern surrounding the future upgrade to Claymore Rd was being addressed after residents were concerned that a new development could disrupt traffic flow.

“People are raising concerns about us putting a lot of activity and car parking on that road,” he said.

“So we’ve actually looked to withdraw that and actually take a lot of those embellishments away.”

Sippy Downs and District Community Association (SDDCA) president Matthew Druce said that while communication had been present, it had been exclusive in a variety of ways.

“From a consultation perspective, the process meets engagement expectations,” Mr Druce said.

“Despite this, there was limited community engagement which would statistically suggest that the current draft plan meets the expectations of the majority of those who have participated however may not meet the expectations of the vast majority of locals who have not.”  

While concerned with the level of engagement, Mr Druce said that the plan was “an extremely valuable project” and that the transition to the current process was “a definite win for the community.”

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