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.
After more than two years of planning, Nambour RSL Club has lodged a development application to build a new Community Club in the heart of the thriving Sippy Downs area.
The Club has been successfully operating in Nambour for over fifty years and has won many awards for its community giving, services, facilities and industry leadership by staff.
General Manager, Suzanne Long, says the club has achieved many milestones and is looking to invest in another growth area of the Sunshine Coast by building a new, not for profit community club to offer high-quality facilities, dining, entertainment and family gathering options.
“Our Board and team is very proud of the well-recognised club we have provided for Nambour and we’d like to offer our experience in community club management to support the growing community at Sippy Downs, which has many new commercial and residential offerings but very limited hospitality or club options for local families, students and people who live and work locally,” Ms Long said.
“Our community consultation so far indicates that local people would welcome a new community club that’s focused on sports, education, arts and entertainment and can generate long-term economic, environmental and social benefits to the community through an iconic club and venue,” she said.
“The club’s completion will be a staged development in keeping with Council’s codes and the local area plan and it will include a Community club that caters for the needs of members and guests providing facilities such as café, restaurants, bar, car parking and accommodation.”
To date, the Nambour RSL Club has given back over $3.1 million to the Sunshine Coast community, for commemorative services, schools, charities and community organisations, through its annual giving and sponsorship programs.
Council is considering the development application and an outcome is expected to be advised in late 2018.
Suzanne Long, General Manager
As the old saying goes, “When Opportunity Knocks, open the Door!”
Recently Joyce Mayne Sippy Downs reduced it’s floor size including frontage, in turn, creating a brand new retail opportunity here in Sippy Downs. It’s always interesting looking at a vacant store and wondering what could be coming next but thanks to a tip-off from one of our locals we will wonder no longer as we have found out whats happening and we think it’s “beautiful” 😀
While the location as pictured is still showing for lease signs, opportunity knocked, and Beautiful You Funky Op Shops have opened the door securing the site in recent days.
Over the coming weeks, Beautiful You Funky Op Shops will be opening it’s doors at this prime Sippy Downs retail location offering a full range op shop format including clothing for men women and children along with knick-knacks and household furniture and more.
Beautiful You Funky Op Shops are the prime fundraising wing for Beautiful You Program, a wonderful Sunshine Coast Non-Profit supporting women and their families with practical, financial and emotional assistance on their cancer journeys.
Want to find out more about Beautiful You Program and their amazing Op Shops?
Beautiful You Program
Funky Op Shops Website
Update on recent developments in the Sippy Downs local area.
I have received a few enquiries via social media and subsequent emails to my office regarding recent clearing and development activity within the Sippy Downs area. Specifically I refer to two blocks of land, one being on the corner of Sippy Downs Drive and Stringybark Road and the other being next the Police Station on Sippy Downs Drive.
As many of you would already know, the Sippy Downs Town Centre has been in the planning stage since the early 2000’s as recognised in the previous Maroochy Planning Scheme. Since then, the goal of delivering a University Town has been reinforced by the introduction of the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014. Both of these Planning Schemes have been widely publicised and consulted on during their development phases before being adopted by council.
The vision over the last 18 years has been to see the creation of a University Town centred around the University of the Sunshine Coast which would ultimately provide for a mix of opportunities for people to live close by to services whilst also offering employment opportunities for locals.
Over the early years we have seen a very slow movement of development with mostly the implementation of a Police Station and major upgrades to old single lane roads around Sippy Downs Drive to the tune of $20+ million.
In recent years we have seen things move a lot faster with the construction of a Coles supermarket, residential buildings opposite Siena Catholic College and the positive reinforcement of job opportunities by way of securing the global headquarters of Youi Insurance right here in our own backyard.
Future and upcoming developments include a second fuel station location, an RSL, a tavern, additional residential and other retail/commercial uses.
From my point of view it is important for us to consolidate development and stop the rollout of major Greenfield estates by allowing densities and people to live within our existing communities close by services as described above. Giving students the opportunity to live, shop and work close to the University is important in reducing the amount of cars on the road network whilst also connecting them with improved public transport in our area.
Continuing to allow widespread and disconnected developments from our centres will only increase traffic and the need for infrastructure on a wider basis.
The delivery of the above plan and continued spend on infrastructure is a key objective for council and will continue to receive my support as it has over the years.
Before I close on the points above, it should be noted that there are several major projects on the go to aid in improving the place we live and to assist in dealing with population growth and congestion. Some of these projects being delivered or planned for are:
- The upgrade of the Stringybark Road pedestrian bridge. This year I secured and installed $80,000 in LED lights to improve safety for access after-hours. My next objective is to provide a new dedicated walkway to improve connectivity and safety. This project is currently being planned for and will cost in the vicinity of $2 million.
- The final stage of the Sippy Downs Drive 4 laning project will see council spend over a total of $20 million in road improvements to the area. This last leg of the project will take the 4 lanes from outside Siena Catholic College and deliver a full upgrade to University Way to cope with current and future traffic volumes.
- The current $1 billion Caloundra to Sunshine Motorway upgrade being delivered by the State and Federal Government to 6 lane the Bruce Highway, improve traffic flow and will connect Sippy Downs with off-road cycling facilities. Another huge but necessary project which couldn’t come soon enough. This project also fixes the dangerous Wilson’s Road give-way which is widely known as a major hazard.
- The Sippy Downs Parks Master Plan which will guide the delivery of over $8 million worth of improvements over several years. I know this sounds like it may take some time, but I’m already planning to spend $200,000 starting July 1 this year to start upgrading local parks with the things locals asked for during the consultation period. Over the years I would like to see council step up its funding and deliver further on this project just as it has on the Buderim Village Park which has received millions in funds to deliver a great park for that community. We need the same types of facilities here in Sippy Downs and the Master Plan will assist in achieving the infrastructure for our community.
- Scholars Drive parking and traffic. From July 1, I will be making a budget announcement in conjunction with our State MP, Brent Mickelberg, to up the fight for the State Government to step in to fix traffic and parking issues around their State School. For those of you who don’t know, the State Government plan to increase student numbers at Chancellor State School and our council has asked them how they intend to fix existing issues before increasing numbers. We are yet to receive a response, but we will continue to raise the issue and work towards a solution. Keep an eye on this as we will be making an announcement in the coming weeks to shift some positive focus on solutions.
As always, more things are happening behind the scenes than you know. I am always focussed on getting things done and I hope the above shows my commitment and that of council’s towards making a positive difference in our community.
103 Sippy Downs Drive – Corner of Sippy Downs Drive and Stringybark Road (next to Coles)
The site at 103 Sippy Downs Drive has an existing approval for a subdivision to establish 5 management lots (5 new lots from 1 existing lot) and the roads required by the Sippy Downs Local Plan code (new roads into the development to improve traffic).
The site is located within the Town Centre Core sub precinct of the Sippy Downs Local Plan area. This lot must facilitate the outcomes sought by the Sippy Downs Town Centre Master Plan which includes components of the road network for the town centre. This includes part of Central Drive and its intersection with Stringybark Road as well as the frontage works to Mawson Street which is the current entry road to Coles. The requirement to deliver the roads has been imposed through conditions on the subdivision approval which obligates the developer to deliver these at their cost.
In terms of land uses for this site, there are a number of uses that are consistent with the intent of the Sippy Downs Local Plan Code for this zone. This includes retail shops, offices, food and drink outlets, health care services, educational establishments, hotel, bar and supermarket. This precinct supports a number of other uses where developed in accordance with the Sippy Downs Local Plan Code, which identifies the design criteria and built form outcomes required for all development throughout the town centre. It is important to note that any development is required to be mixed use and include a residential component in order to integrate people into the town centre so the area doesn’t become a ghost town after business hours.
The works occurring on the site at the moment including vegetation removal and earthworks are in accordance with an Operational Works approval.
The developer has been required to comply with strict environmental controls to minimise disturbance in the local area and ensure that any erosion does not impact on waterways. A fauna spotter catcher was employed by the contractor and the developer has been required to provide vegetation offsets for the clearing. This ultimately means that any tree removed is generally replaced by several others at a specified location determined by council. Typically the aim is to revegetate wildlife corridors and vacant sites across the region in lieu of such clearing that is occurring at Sippy Downs. Council will ensure that the development conditions are complied with during the construction time.
The plans can be found by clicking on this link: REC17/0054
227-237 Sippy Downs Drive – Next to the Police Station
The site beside the Sippy Downs Police Station, 227-237 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs has an approval for a Caltex Service Station, McDonalds and a KFC. This approval was granted in 2016 and was widely advertised and engaged on by locals at the time. Obviously having the site recently cleared has sparked conversation and enquiry on the matter. It is important to note that whilst council controls the type of land use (fuel station and food outlets) we don’t have any control about who or what goes into these spaces. Whether or not we see a shell service station, BP, McDonalds or KFC is entirely up to the developer.
The plans can be found by clicking on this link: MCU16/0111
Council is actively working with partners in known problem areas such as in proximity to the University of Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, and has:
- Completed the installation of wildlife signage works on Sippy Downs Drive in 2016.
- Removed roadside vegetation in problem areas to improve visibility of kangaroos in 2017
- Delivered education programs at USC
- Progressing the installation of more prominent kangaroo signage in proximity to USC
- Is investigating the suitability and effectiveness of acoustic wildlife deterrent fencing
- Financially contributed to USC student led research into kangaroos on the Sunshine Coast as recently as 2015 and 2016, with further research planned for 2018/19.
- Council adopted the Environment and Liveability Strategy in September 2017, recognising that liveability and the region’s natural assets are key priorities for Council and the community.
- Council continues to expand and (importantly) connect priority habitat areas through the Environment Levy land acquisition program. I am pleased to advise that Council’s Environment Levy Program has to date funded 80 land acquisitions securing 3,434ha of land for environmental purposes.
- Council is also working with over 1,000 Land for Wildlife landholders who are collectively protecting over 7,500 hectares of habitat. The Sunshine Coast Land for Wildlife program has been recognised as one of the most successful in the country and is due to the collaborative effort between Council and landholders involved.
- In recognition of the valuable service provided by wildlife carers across the Sunshine Coast, Council currently provides $90,000 through the Environment Levy Partnerships Program in support of five wildlife care groups including Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors.
I trust that the above assists in bringing you up to date on the most recent developments occurring in Sippy Downs.
If you wish to discuss any of the above matters please email me directly at work via Christian.Dickson@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au. Unfortunately your comments can sometimes be missed on social media due to the large amount of daily interactions and a quick email to my office will ensure you receive a reply.
Cr Christian Dickson
Division 6 Councillor
Sunshine Coast Council
Local Resident John Manson has set up a Sippy Downs Fire & Smoke Alert Facebook Page so that local residents are more comfortable and prepared if bushfires or hazard reduction are noticed or impending.
As reported on the page John states “I have had discussions with the Council Bush Fire control officer, I have been to a meeting with the Ilkely Rural Fire Brigade (just joined up as a volunteer), I have been in discussions with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, and all are very supportive of what I am trying to achieve. This (Facebook) page is an information page and not a discussion page like most others. The information I am given is only accurate on a day to day basis and predicted hazard reduction burning will be controlled by weather conditions.”
Here at the community website we think this is a fantastic community resource and urge local residents to visit John’s page and give it a like to receive updates as John posts them.
Like John we are passionate about providing information and resources to the local community in the easiest way possible. We all lead busy lives, empowering locals like you to find the information that matters when we need it is our primary goal.
As this community website now disseminates automatically to 6 local Facebook groups in Sippy Downs, Mountain Creek & Buderim we urge locals to submit their local news and information anytime they need. We have spoken to John and made him aware of this standing offer giving him the ability to publish directly from the community website as Sippy Downs Fire & Smoke Alert anytime he needs. We look forward to supporting John to do that in the future.
General Emergency Info
Another great community information outlet which also covers news regarding fires but goes way above and beyond including all natural disaster events and road closures is the Sunshine Coast Council disaster hub website located at https://disasterhub.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/