As a component of the fire management program for the University of the Sunshine Coast, a small area within the Compensatory Habitat translocation site has been identified as requiring a prescribed burn.
Happening Wednesday, Aug 1 9.00am to 12.00pm
The burn will be undertaken by Officers from Rural Fire Service Queensland. During the burn access will be restricted.
We recently had the opportunity and pleasure to catch up with Des Cooper a local Sippy Downs resident who in August of 2013 set up the Village FM Radio Station at 80 years young. Now 85 Des is still going strong sharing his astounding music collection with the local and wider community.
We asked Des how all this came about and he shared with us, “It took me some 2 years to get all the music together and another 2 to get the licence sorted out”
“With my love of music and knowing a lot of people in my area are vision impaired – who can’t watch television or read papers – I thought I’d get a station started,” Des said.
“A lot of music gets lost and wasted, and it’s nice to bring it all back to life.”
So far Des has converted more than 7000+ songs from old records including 45’s, LP’s and 78’s and also, cassette tapes and videos into MP3s which he then plays on the air for listeners.
Des lives in the Bellflower retirement village here in Sippy Downs and operates Village FM from his home playing an eclectic mix of music for every taste with a full Programs & Schedule list available on his website.
“At breakfast time I love to play happy loving music for couples having breakfast and that sort of thing, for 9 till 12 I play a little bit more upbeat stuff and easy listening and then I do two hours of quieter stuff and that goes through early afternoon and then from midnight to about 4 am I do orchestral sleepy music, soft stuff which is nice.” Des Said.
But in amongst all that Des is introducing some 70’s and 80’s music as the demographics of the retirement village and wider community changes over time.
The station is licensed to transmit on the FM band frequency 87.6 MHz with an aerial power limited to an ERP of 1000 mW. Therefore the station services listeners within an estimated radius 2 kilometres from the approved transmitter site at the Des’s private residence, however with the online streaming service listeners can tune in from anywhere in Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast or anywhere in the world.
Village FM may well be the only station in Australia, if not in the world, broadcasting 24 hours a day and streaming on the net, from a retirement village.
Village FM aims to provide a variety of musical entertainment of a genre palatable to the residents of the Bellflower and Hibiscus Retirement complexes and the wider Sippy Downs Community. Village FM also to relays messages to residents in regard to social, sporting or leisure activities being organised or conducted by the retirement village management, village residents’ association, community website news and information and also community updates and opportunities for action by the Sippy Downs & District Community Association.
Des has a limited opportunity for local businesses to submit paid advertising which helps Des keep the station running and equipment maintained and when need be replaced and upgraded so if you are a local business who may be interested please do contact Des via his website linked throughout this story.
Des Cooper – Village FM
SCD – “Des becomes DJ at 80 to spin the classics”
ANRA – Village FM
Health notification regarding a confirmed case of measles
The University of the Sunshine Coast has been notified that a person with a confirmed diagnosis of measles visited USC’s main campus at Sippy Downs on Monday 25 June 2018, between 9am and 3pm.
Queensland Health advised that measles is an acute, highly infectious illness that can cause serious complications. Anyone experiencing signs and symptoms of measles should visit their doctor, advising the doctor’s staff in advance that they might have the illness.
Information about measles, including signs and symptoms, is available at Queensland Health’s website at: http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/HealthCondition/media/pdf/14/217/91/measles-v6
Measles outbreak on Coast: Where the infected went
THE Sunshine Coast Public Health Unit has confirmed a case of measles in a person on the Sunshine Coast.
The person is believed to have visited the following locations while unknowingly infectious:
- Monday June 25, between 9am and 3pm – the Sippy Downs campus of USC
- • Thursday June 28, between 8.30am and 10am – the Maroochydore Medical Centre in Horton Parade Maroochydore, including the QML Collection Centre
- • Friday June 29, between 10.30and 11.30am – the Maroochydore Medical Centre in Horton Parade Maroochydore
- • Sunday July 1, between 7.40pm and 8.15pm – the Department of Emergency Medicine at Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
Public Health Physician Dr Margaret Young said the SCPHU was working with the health care facilities and venues where the person had visited, and urged anyone who was in those areas around the same time to ensure they are immune to measles.
“Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and is spread by tiny droplets through coughing and sneezing,” Dr Young said.
“Symptoms usually start around 10 days after contact, but can occur between seven and 18 days after contact with an infectious person.
“Vaccinations are recommended for anyone born during or since 1966, who has not had two documented doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or had a proven case of measles.”
The MMR vaccine is funded and anyone requiring vaccination should arrange this through their family GP.
Dr Young said anyone who develops measles-like symptoms within the next three weeks should stay home and contact their doctor for advice.
“The initial symptoms of measles include fever, lethargy, runny nose, moist cough and sore and red eyes. This is followed a few days later by a blotchy, red rash,” Dr Young said.
“The rash often starts on the face then becomes widespread over the body.
“If you do need to seek treatment, it is important to call the medical practice first to say you could have measles, so that staff can take precautions to avoid spreading the disease further to others.”
Welcome to Part 2 of our information piece on Sippy Downs and the Town Centre – The Destination, following on from yesterday’s Sippy Downs and the Town Centre Part 1 – Birth & Growth.
What is the destination?
The proposed Sippy Downs Town Centre, located adjacent to the University of the Sunshine Coast, is a major regional activity centre and is intended to provide significant retail, commercial and community activities to service the needs of its resident population as well as the needs of surrounding communities, including the emerging community of Palmview located to the south of the local plan area.
When will the clearing end? What about the wildlife?
Referring to the map above, as a general rule if it falls inside the Pink Residential Area, Blue City Centre Area or the Orange Business and Technology Areas it appears that it will be cleared for construction. In addition the non transparent Yellow Area within the Yellow Education Precinct will also be cleared for future construction. As can be seen via the additional maps and plans at the bottom of the page there will be 2 small parcels of land delivered as parks.
During collating the vast amount of information contained in the SCC Planning Scheme we identified a commitment in the planning documents it is stated that “Development retains, protects and enhances existing mature trees and character vegetation contributing to the setting and character of the local plan area…..”. We have passed this onto the Sippy Downs & District Community Association asking them to contact council for clarification on interpretation and how this is being applied.
As can be seen, by the map below there are some small parcels (Shown by the Red Areas) of natural Bush land that will ultimately be partially or fully cleared in order to deliver the Sippy Downs Town Centre. There is no doubt that fauna within these specific areas will be affected.
It is essential to remember that Sippy Downs itself was once all pasture land and bush very much resembling the National Park vegetation meaning the very houses in which we all live, the education providers we attend and the shops we frequent all displaced wildlife and involved the clearing of natural vegetation.
With recent reports of severe diminishment of local kangaroo populations along with concerns for other fauna we certainly hope that support organisations take a proactive approach to the upcoming land clearing and relocate existing wildlife to either the National Park, the University Wildlife Sanctuary or another suitable location sooner than later.
One of the difficulties faced however even potential relocation is the fact that the while the National Park is either fenced or bounded by natural waterways providing a very safe haven for wildlife it is connected to the university wildlife sanctuary via an underpass on Claymore Road. Unless the university boundaries are animal proofed, there will always be the potential for kangaroos and other wildlife to make their way to local roads.
Easy to access Master Plan Documents as images
Sippy Downs Town Centre Master Plan 2014 – 6
Sippy Downs Town Centre Master Plan 2014 – 5
Sippy Downs Town Centre Master Plan 2014 – 4
Sippy Downs Town Centre Master Plan 2014 – 2
Sippy Downs Town Centre Master Plan 2014 – 3
Sippy Downs Town Centre Master Plan 2014 – 1
For more information including reference material and access to the full Sippy Downs Master plan documents labelled in plain English please see the links below.
Master Plan Documents in Plain English – https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ex0ja8rkot7ra43/AAAlcf45J__TpZh9v_yod75Ca?dl=0
Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 – Sippy Downs Local Plan Area – Sunshine Coast Council
UPDATE: Sunday, Jul 8, 2018
Thanks to feedback from community members we are adding the following information for your information and consideration.
The SCC Planning Scheme 2014, Sippy Downs Local Plan Area Documentation from which we produced the content herin can also be found at https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Development/Planning-Documents/Sunshine-Coast-Planning-Scheme-2014/View-the-Sunshine-Coast-Planning-Scheme-2014-Text/Part-7-Local-Plans, Specifically sub document Part 7 Section 7_2_25 Sippy Downs Plan Code https://d1j8a4bqwzee3.cloudfront.net/~/media/Corporate/Documents/Planning/Planning%20scheme%20text/Part7/Part%207%20Section%207_2_25.pdf?la=en
On the 5th page (Listed as page 7-277) under the Acceptable Outcomes (A04) it listed the quote referenced in the original story. It is the intent and application of points a, b, c & d that we have passed onto the SDDCA to investigate for compliance.
Further updates will be published in a new post.
In 1993 Sippy Downs was established as suburb following the decision by Shire of Maroochy to rezone the area. 1996 saw the opening of the Sunshine Coast University College with 524 students, then renamed the University of the Sunshine Coast in 1999. Fast forwarding a few years and Shire of Maroochy Council had transitioned into the Sunshine Coast Council delivering the Sippy Downs Town Centre Masterplan in 2006.
(Images Courtesy USC Early Years | The Power of and Idea)
The Masterplan and it’s delivery then languished for quite a few years resurfacing based upon our research in early July 2011 with the Buderim Chronicle reporting “Coles to sell units in Sippy Downs” closely followed “Woolies’ bombshell stuns Mayor” and just hours later. “Retailer, council to meet again” was published in September 2011 whereby Woolworths sought State Government intervention to allow their planned Town Centre Development despite Council objections.
Artists Impression of the early stage design for the Sippy Downs Town Centre
This dispute was reported on again in November 2011 notifying locals “Decision deadline draws nearer” with a yet another story released in January 2012 stating “All up for Sippy Downs” reporting Woolworths was to start work mid-2012 on its $100 million Sippy Downs Town Centre development after the State Government approved the project. This of course never came to fruition, and the Coles development fizzled out as well. Come January 2013 and “Sippy Downs Town Centre ready for action” reports the Chronicle based upon the release of a temporary local planning instrument (TLPI). Cr Christian Dickson was reported as saying “”The purpose of the TLPI is to kick-start development of the Sippy Downs Town Centre, including the Business and Technology Park,” with yet another report just 6 days later stating “Shovels ready to start Sippy Downs town centre” however due to a range of factors including the harsh economic climate of that time nothing eventuated again.
Between that time and the present Sippy Downs saw the first real activity within the town centre precinct with the delivery of Stage one of the $4 million Sippy Downs Drive upgrade project delivered, Ochre Medical Centre delivered in March of 2014, closely followed by the 305-apartment Atrium residential complex commencing in November of the same year. Early 2016 saw the long-awaited Coles development began along with Youi Group turning the first sod on their site in August 2016 with Coles opening in January 2017 and Youi opened for operation in late 2017. The Suncentral site next to Coles also kicked off in 2017 in turn opening in 2018.
In recent months and weeks media has reported the commencement of works between Coles and Stringybark Road with a story titled “Five high-profile sites in a row at rapidly-growing precinct” and most recently the announcement that Nambour RSL plans to deliver a Community Club here in Sippy Downs with even more development to come before the Sippy Downs Town Centre is fully realised.
What is the destination? When will the clearing end? What about the wildlife? Keep an eye out tomorrow for our follow up story “Sippy Downs and the Town Centre Part 2 – The Destination.”