If you’re looking for a great day out with the kids this summer, the Maroochy Botanic Gardens in Tanawha offers an exciting program of holiday workshops just for children kicking off tomorrow the 15th of Jan through to Fri the 18th.
Join local artists and educators to learn all about the curious creatures of the Sunshine Coast these school holidays.
Registration is essential, and spots will fill up fast so be sure to visit the website and book your spot today: https://buff.ly/2E9ZgF0
Header Image courtesy of Lizzie Connor vis Eventbrite Listing
This event is by Sunshine Coast Council
It’s hard to believe, but the 2019 season is just around the corner!
Registrations are now open.
Click to register: https://registrations.sccsa.org.au/login
Fees for next the next season will be as follows;
U6 to U8 – $150
U9 to U10 – $170
U11 and over – $190
Register and pay online before January 30, 2019 to enter our lucky prize draw!
We have worked hard to keep the registration fees as affordable as possible to ensure we keep kids active and out there participating in soccer. This has been achieved through everyone’s hard work volunteering and fundraising through the season. Our club has one of the most affordable fees – even within our Churches association.
Not only that but next year the kids will be running around the paddock in brand new jerseys – thanks to a generous sponsorship agreement with Banjo’s Bakery, Sippy Downs.
Can’t wait to see you all on the fields in the new year.
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.
Re: TEMPORARY CHANGES TO TRAFFIC CONDITIONS SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER, 6AM – 5PM.
Temporary closure of a section of Sippy Downs Drive (between University Way and Siena Catholic College) and traffic detour via Service Road.
Dear Sippy Downs Residents and interested stakeholders.
Thank you for your ongoing patience regarding construction of the Sippy Downs Drive Upgrade Project. We will soon be issuing another construction update which will include news of the construction break over the Christmas and New Year period and details regarding next year’s 2019 construction program.
In the interim and as part of the project, Council must dig trenches across Sippy Downs Drive to install stormwater pipes.
To safely undertake this work a section of Sippy Downs Drive, between University Way and Siena Catholic College, must be temporarily closed to vehicle traffic for a period of one day, Saturday 24 November from 6 am – 5 pm (weather permitting).
On this day, light vehicle traffic will be redirected along the Sippy Downs Drive Service Road as one-way traffic. Buses and heavy vehicles will be detoured via an alternative route. University Way will remain open.
Please refer to the map below for more details.
The speed limit along the Service Road will be posted as 40 km per hour and signage and traffic control will help to redirect motorists.
The entry to Siena Catholic College will also be temporarily closed during this time. The project team thanks the School Principals and Parish Council for their assistance.
We thank you in advance for your understanding of these mandatory works and request that all motorists exercise additional caution when driving along the Service Road this Saturday.
Should you have any questions about this work, please feel free to contact us via the details below.
Sippy Downs Drive Upgrade Team
Got questions about Local Issues, Development or anything at all? We have answers!
Sippy Downs and District Community Association (SDDCA) volunteers are offering residents the chance to receive a local area update whilst enjoying a complimentary sausage sizzle, outside Coles at Sippy Downs on Saturday 10 November from 9am to 2pm.
The Association will provide information on current matters of interest including:
- Restoration of University Way Fence
- Sippy Downs Drive Upgrade
- Bruce Highway upgrade timelines
- Proposed Community Facilities Precinct
- Community Land proposed for Library
- Sippy Downs Town Centre
- Proposed Sippy Downs Community Club by Nambour RSL
- Scholars Drive Update
Representatives from Innovative Planning Solutions will also be on hand to show maps and plans of the proposed Community Facilities Precinct on Peter Crosby Way and Cr Christian Dickson will be in attendance from 9 till 10am.
For updates and contact regarding this event please visit our Facebook Page Event
The Queensland Government has plans to increase student numbers at Chancellor State College and its vital that they take accountability and deliver upgrades to improve traffic and parking on Scholars Drive.
Please see a copy of the letter I sent the Government this morning regarding my thought’s which include solutions and a cash offer to assist In fixing these school related issues.
Dear Ms Rowe
I write to you in my capacity as the Division 6 councillor on the Sunshine Coast Council regarding the planned expansion of the Chancellor State College and its facilities which are located at Scholars Drive, Sippy Downs.
As you may be aware, there is a long history associated with the development of the Chancellor Park estate in which the school is located. The original estate was a court ordered approval and therefore our community lacks a range of sporting fields, parks, road, pedestrian and other infrastructure related items. As time progresses it is council who continually invests ratepayer dollars into upgrading such issues to ultimately provide local residents with a much more enjoyable place to call home.
Flowing on from previous errors of the past that date back some 15-20 years, the Chancellor Primary Campus was built and approved by the State Government on a cul-de-sac. As the years have passed the school has been caught short with a lack of parking for parents whilst also forcing parents to sit in traffic gridlock for periods of up to 40 minutes in some instances. Ultimately the school has continued to grow without any infrastructure upgrades by the Government in respect to traffic and parking. Outside of school hours the traffic and parking situation is one of no concern to locals and the precinct functions appropriately as it should.
Over the years there has been a key message from the Government and that rings true for all state schools throughout Queensland; the message is that school traffic and parking matters (although caused by the State Government) is the responsibility of the local councils. I find this extremely difficult to accept and yet time and time again councils are forced to spend what limited funds we have in solving State Government issues on their behalf. To this end, the Sunshine Coast Council has spent many hundreds of thousands of dollars in reconfiguring parking and centre medium treatments on Scholars Drive over the years. Council is also tasked with delivering crossing upgrades, footpaths and regulating timed parking to assist the school directly in its operations.
I would like to make the point very clear that I do not support the continuous population growth and facility expansion at the Chancellor State College without a strong degree of attention being paid by the Government in coming to the table and providing infrastructure upgrades to cater for their parent, teacher and student body.
To this end, I wish to identify what I believe to be some solutions to the current problems which have been created by the Government:
- The delivery of a single lane exit road from Scholars Drive into Columbia Street for the strict use of parents during the hours of 8am-9am and 3pm-4pm Monday to Friday. It is possible to construct a link here which will provide a limited secondary access road to vent traffic gridlock from Scholars Drive.
- The upgrade of the roundabout on the corner of Scholars Drive and University Way to assist in providing equitable traffic distribution in peak periods whilst also making it safer for people to cross the road by way of utilising traffic crossing signals. This may also remove the need for crossing personnel to be at this location.
- Deliver additional schools to take pressure off the Chancellor State College precinct. A new State school at Palmview to the south of Sippy Downs should be a high priority and should be delivered as soon as possible.
Whilst I may have identified the concerns and solutions above, I would like to make the following public offer on record to the Government.
As you may know, Brent Mickelberg the State MP for Buderim and I have recently released a media statement regarding traffic and parking issues at Scholars Drive which are inherently a result of the School and its growth pressures. As Brent and I are working closely on local issues, we have agreed that the above situation is of the highest priority from a local resident perspective and a high priority for us both as elected representatives of the people. To this end, I have made a $200,000 cash announcement to assist the Government in fixing the issues that have plagued Scholars Drive over the years.
I genuinely ask that you work with Brent and myself to utilise these funds in bolstering the Government’s commitment in fixing the above outlined issues within the school precinct as part of your future expansion endeavours.
I look forward to your reply and feedback in due course.
Cr Christian Dickson
Sunshine Coast Council