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
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.
Please be advised the annual general meeting of the Sippy Downs & District Community Association Inc (SDDCA) will be held on Wednesday 13th of September 2017, commencing at 7 pm.
The venue will be the Chancellor State College Primary Campus Hall, Scholars Drive, Sippy Downs.
All residents are welcome to attend the AGM, but only financial members of the SDDCA are able to vote.
Household Membership is $20 per household per year or $10 for concession holders. To become a member now click HERE.
Guest speakers information will be sent out and announced over the coming weeks with invited speakers representing a diverse range of community stakeholders and representatives set to provide an informative update on the local area.
Call for nominations for the 2017-18 SDDCA Management Committee
Any financial member of the SDDCA is eligible to nominate – nomination forms are available by request by simply emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, by download HERE completion and submission by clicking HERE or simply complete the online form below.
Nominations close at 5 pm on 30th August 2017.
The following positions of will be declared vacant at the AGM – President, Secretary, Treasurer, Webmaster and Committee members.
A number of current members of the management committee will be renominating however we call out to the community for anyone interesting in building upon the great work done by the SDDCA over the last 13 plus years by joining the management team for the 2017 – 18 year and beyond.
‘On Tuesday the SDDCA had the opportunity to tour the brand new Coles Sippy Downs store and with just over 10 days to go until the store opens we would have to say that is certainly shaping up to be a refreshingly new and exciting shopping experience.
We would like to thank the Coles management team for the opportunity to take a look at the store today and we are very much looking forward to attending the community carnival family festival on Friday the 20th of January from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on site at Coles Sippy Downs.
Coles invites the entire community to come on down for the community carnival evening with sideshow alley games and rides, animal farm and jumping castles plus MKR live cooking with Chris and Cookie, Hot 91.1 in attendance plus lots more! And, a fireworks display to finish off the evening.
The store officially opens for trading at 8 a.m. the following morning, Saturday the 21st of January and we are told that there will be a whole range of amazing specials available in store to celebrate.
Coles Sippy Downs has been a long time coming but it’s finally here! Make sure you don’t miss out on their amazing FREE launch event!
PS free parking will be available on the street and at USC from 4:30pm.’
This is a unique opportunity for every resident of the Sunshine Coast – Division 6 Electorate to ask your Councillors elect anything you like.
2016 Sunshine Coast Regional Council Mayoral / Councillor Elections will be held on the 19 March 2016 and we are inviting you all to submit a question to be posed to each of the candidates.
This year’s candidates are:
To submit your question please completes the form below. We will be accepting one question per resident.
Entries will close on Midnight, Sunday the 28th of February 2016. Correlation of similar or same questions will occur on the 29th of February. Relative to the responses submitted either all questions will be asked or we will offer you all the opportunity to vote on all questions submitted to form a shortlist of 8 questions.
Candidates will be contacted shortly thereafter and invited to answer the questions in an interview format with no editing to be done to the footage whatsoever, our commitment to open and transparent engagement with your councillors elect. The interviews will be published from this website as soon as each candidate has participated.
Councillors elect we look forward to speaking with you all soon and asking the questions your constituents would like to hear your responses to.
SDDCA Management Team
ERROR [Video states “Next two days”] – Submissions will in fact be open until Sunday the 29th. Our Apologies.
$907.2 MILLION OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING AT RISK
The alarming news from last night’s Sippy Downs & District Community Association’s public meeting was that $907.2 million could be lost if the Sunshine Coast community does not unite and support the Bruce Highway upgrade project – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway.
New SDDCA President Peter Kinchin said, “Approximately 100 people attended the meeting last night and we were pleased to offer residents the opportunity to view a presentation on the Bruce Highway upgrade project by Amanda Yeates, Regional Director for North Coast and Wide Bay/Burnett, Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Project Director Gavin Soward. The presentation was very informative and included directional arrows for various travel route so that the audience could clearly understand the proposed new traffic flow.
“In addition to the presentation, residents had the opportunity to ask questions on the project to four senior Main Roads staff and also Federal Member for Fisher Mal Brough.”
The outgoing SDDCA president stated “What is deeply concerning is the current campaign to “Save the exit 190 ramps”. We would like to ensure that everyone understands that this project is a $1.134billion project which is funded on an 80:20 basis. This equates to the federal government contributing $907.2 million. During a briefing on this project, the Department of Transport and Main Roads advised that federal government funding is contingent on the federal government identifying sufficient benefits to warrant the investment. The return of a 110km/hr speed limit will improve travel times and contribute to the overall benefits from the upgrade. Other key benefits include increase traffic capacity, road safety and bringing this section of the highway to the current standards. It would not be possible to achieve these benefits if all of the 190 ramps were to remain.”
Mal Brough, Federal Member for Fisher said: “It is essential that the community supports this initiative. The project represents significant infrastructure spend that will alleviate major traffic and safety issues. We must ensure that there is no reason for this funding to be lost or delayed.”
(Continuation of outgoing president’s report): The SDDCA is also concerned about information being circulated stating by the “Save Exit 190” Facebook group stating that the removal of the 190 ramps would generate traffic onto the local road network of Sippy Downs. The fact is, we have known for several years that the Palmview greenfield development was NEVER going to get direct access onto the national highway. The only way for the future 17000 residents to access the Bruce Highway without going through the streets of Sippy Downs is via a connection to the Western Service Road of the highway.
Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie said, “I have supported the SDDCA lobbying for a connection to the western service road and want to assure residents that this upgrade will not increase traffic through Sippy Downs from the future Palmview greenfield development.
(Continuation of outgoing president’s report): Mr Mr Blejie also raised the option of leaving one ramp out of the four 190 ramps open. That being the southbound entry ramp on the eastern side of the highway. For the benefit of businesses in the Aussie World precinct, the SDDCA supports the further investigation of this proposal providing:
It meets the current safety standards of DTMR.
2. It would not place funding of this project in jeopardy.
3. It allows for the complete project delivery, including expansion to 6 lanes.|
4. It would not delay the connection to Palmview due to increased costs of construction or cause any impediment.
Mr Kinchin said, “Interestingly, only two questions from the floor relating to the project were asked, and both related to hydrology. As the presentation was so thorough and residents also heard of the project benefits from the Federal and State Members, Councillor and the SDDCA committee, it appears that no further questions were necessary. DTMR also provided details on ongoing community consultation.
“What is most concerning is the risk of having this $1.134 billion dollar project placed in jeopardy.”
Councillors’ Office – Nambour Division 6 – Media Release
Councillors’ Office – Nambour
6 August 2015
Councillor Dickson reassures residents that Bruce Highway upgrade will not negatively impact the Sippy Downs and future Palmview communities
Updated plans for the future upgrade of the Bruce Highway are supported by Sunshine Coast Council.
Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson reassures residents that Council supports the current plans by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) for the future upgrade of the Bruce Highway between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway.
“DTMR has consulted with Council’s technical officers and undertaken extensive community engagement to provide a solution with the best safety outcomes,” Cr Dickson said “I echo the position of the Sippy Downs and District Community Association (SDDCA) and publicly validate their views that the Bruce Highway upgrade is good news for the Sippy Downs community.
“In recent years, the SDDCA supported by State Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie successfully fought to save the on/off ramps at Sippy Downs.
“The current plan retains these ramps and also caters for the projected 17,000 new residents of the Palmview Greenfield site.
“I have worked alongside the community and support the need for a connection to a western service road to service this new development.”
“There has been recent media attention regarding saving the Exit 190 ramps and I would like to clarify that any possibility to connect the Palmview development to Pignata Road (Bruce Highway underpass) could only be considered when the ramps were closed and the connection would be to the western service road,” Cr Dickson said.
This is ultimately a requirement of the State Government in terms of highway access locations and the need to improve safety in traffic merging environments.
“This connection would reduce the amount of traffic from Palmview using the local streets in Sippy Downs as it provides a more direct route to the Bruce Highway without having to go through lower speed residential areas and signalised intersections such as University Way and Sippy Downs Drive.
“Any assumption that Sippy Downs will be directly impacted by the closure of Exit 190 is not based on fact. “The Infrastructure Agreement for Palmview provides for the following trunk road connections to/from Palmview in the following order:
Southern Road (2 lanes) to Caloundra Road/Racecourse Road intersection
Springhill Drive/University Way/Sippy Downs Drive
Duplication of Southern Road to Caloundra Road/Racecourse Road
DTMR’s revised planning layout includes an indicative location for “possible future access to the western service road (Frizzo Road) subject to future upgrading of the Bruce Highway”.
Cr Dickson said he believed the current plan that includes the western service road is crucial.
“Under the current plan, construction of the western service road and the expansion to six lanes would not proceed if the ramps were to remain,” Cr Dickson said
“Many residents understand that the removal of the ramps provides safer vehicular movement onto the Bruce Highway and I strongly support any change that will improve safe travel for residents.
“I have played a key role in securing over $20 million dollars in local road upgrades from Dixon Road to Sippy Downs Drive and I am confident that future planned works around the entrance to Chancellor Park and University Way will only strengthen the safety and effective flow of traffic in the precinct.”
For further information about the DTMR project, please contact the project team:
Phone: 07 5451 7055
Post: Bruce Highway Upgrade Project (CRI to SSMW)
Department of Transport and Main Roads North Coast District
PO Box 1600
Maroochydore Queensland 4558
MEDIA RELEASE Councillor Dickson reassures residents that Bruce Highway upgrade will not negatively impact the Sippy Downs and future Palmview communities