Council OM will determine the fate of Proposed Community Facilities Precinct
Dear Members and Residents,
Tomorrow (Thursday 20 June 2019) at the Sunshine Coast Council Ordinary Meeting (OM), Sunshine Coast Councillors will vote on the final determination of the Palmview Urban Investigation Areas with the northern portion (UIA B North) on Peter Crosby Way, Sippy Downs including the proposed and much anticipated Sippy Downs Community Facilities Precinct.
At this time we would like to thank the 351 community members who completed “Letters of Support” which have formed an integral part of body of information submitted to council for consideration and a very sincere thanks to Cr Christian Dickson for his enthusiasm and support for the proposed facilities precinct.
Below for your information and in the interests of transparency is copy of the SDDCA Management Committee’s Letter to all Sunshine Coast Councillors:
Click this link to download the SDDCA’s Letter to all Sunshine Coast Councillors re Proposed Sippy Downs Community Facilities Precinct.
The Ordinary Meeting commences at 11am on Thursday 20 June at the Nambour Council Chambers. Residents are encouraged to attend to show support.
For those community members unable to attend, we will provide an update Thursday evening.
SDDCA Management Committee
SDDCA Inc to Councillors 16.6.19
Referenced Letter from State Government
Through town planning consultant Innovative Planning Solutions, the Sippy Downs & District Community Association Inc (SDDCA) has been engaging with the landowner re a parcel of land bordering Chancellor Park Estate, located on Peter Crosby Way, Sippy Downs. The late Peter Crosby farmed the land for almost 50 years and had a vision to see community facilities delivered on this land for the benefit of Sippy Downs residents. The SDDCA has been engaging with Ben Crosby, who continues to have a contractual interest, and new landowners Living Choice Australia.
To paint a clear picture of the development site – it is mainly cleared farmland. All of the mature trees bordering Red Cedar Street and Sippy Creek would be retained. Of the 50ha site, only 13ha is proposed for development.
Related Community Notices
I am very excited to announce that my office has fully funded some major park upgrade works at Eaton Park here in Sippy Downs.
These upgrades come directly from the priorities raised by the Sippy Downs community in the development of the Sippy Downs Parks Master Plan: https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Council/Planning-and-Projects/Council-Plans/Sippy-Downs-Parks-Master-Plan
I am thrilled to advise that works at Eaton Park, Sippy Downs are due to commence on the 24th June (weather permitting).
Works will include:
- installation of a multi-purpose court and sports wall.
- relocation of the existing netball post onto a new concrete slab.
- removal of existing BBQ units (end of life asset and failing) and replacement with a brand new modern double unit.
- Installation of rugby/soccer goal posts.
- drainage improvement works.installation of 2x park entry signs.
I’m positive these park upgrades will be a welcomed addition to our awesome Sippy Downs community.
Works are expected to be completed early to mid-August.
Good morning all,
Please see the attached incoming and outgoing correspondence relating to pickup and drop-off facilities and improvements at Chancellor State College.
Safe school travel (SafeST) program
The safety of students travelling to and from school is one of the most important issues for school communities. One way this is achieved is by providing the safest possible journey to and from Queensland schools. The Department of Transport and Main Roads supports safe school travel with the SafeST program and resources.
Addressing school safety issues
Establishing a SafeST Committee is the first step in identifying and addressing school safety concerns. The SafeST Committee will develop a school road safety action plan for implementing strategies and solutions.
Ideally an action plan would outline:
- what the school is planning to do to improve road safety
- how it expects road safety will improve
- how the school will monitor and evaluate the success of the plan
- when it will be done
- who is responsible for making it happen.
School road safety is a matter that requires whole of community awareness and commitment. Improving the safety of school travel for all children relies on the involvement and engagement of schools (including parents associations), local government and state authorities such as Education Queensland, Queensland Police Service, TMR and TransLink and/or bus operators as required.
Our campaign to seek State Government assistance in rectifying school related traffic and parking issues on Scholars Drive has again ramped up with requests made to provide parents with a safe pickup and drop-off area for students.
The current school bus zone outside Chancellor Primary is of interest to parents in terms of creating a potential shared zone in accommodating this space as a kiss and go area.
After becoming aware of these concerns last night, I have immediately written to the Government seeking their assistance in providing their school facility with better outcomes for parents here in Sippy Downs.
Please see the attached letter which outlines concerns raised on behalf of parents.
9 November 2018
Attn: Department of Education and Training
Via email: email@example.com
Re: Pick up and drop off area at Chancellor State College – Primary Campus
I write to request the Department of Education consider ways to improve traffic flow and improve safety at the Chancellor State College Primary Campus in Scholars Drive, Sippy Downs.
I recently provided feedback to the Department of Housing and Public Works in regard to their proposal to expand the school. My feedback suggested options on how to improve road infrastructure around the College due to the lack of parking and extreme traffic congestion faced by the school community, particularly over the last few years.
I am highly concerned about any expansion of the College which does not address the already insufficient road infrastructure to cater for such a high traffic generator all within a cul-de-sac. I am aware of parents/care givers queuing for up to 40 minutes in Scholars Drive in the afternoon school traffic.
In early 2017, parents of the school initially requested that I seek to have a pick up and drop off facility installed on Scholars Drive to help ease the traffic congestion. I arranged for Council’s Traffic Engagement Officer to meet with the School Principal to discuss the idea. At the time the Principal indicated that he was supportive of council’s suggestion to convert two of the three bus bays into a pick up and drop off facility as only 50 students were using the bus transport. With due consideration of buses, we thought the pick-up/drop of zone may work with signage indicating that it would only be operational during certain times of the morning and afternoon on school days.
Council officer’s approached the TransLink Division of the Department of Transport and Main Roads and were referred to the Operations Manager of BusLink. BusLink advised that they were not in favour of the removal of any bus bays due to the need to ensure these bays were available for the buses that arrive in the afternoon – two at 3.10pm and three that arrive at 3.52pm. These buses meet and transfer students to other buses for their final destination.
From the information provided to my office, I am told it is not possible to use the bus bays, my personal belief is that the government should try and accommodate the needs of parents in respect to picking up and dropping off their children and I would encourage you to urgently revisit a possible location for the installation of a pickup and drop off facility at Chancellor State College (Primary), particularly as part of the proposed development work as the safety of students is paramount.
Cr Christian Dickson