For those who have been following the creation of the Sippy Downs Parks Masterplan, there were a number of fantastic outcomes for the community to be delivered as a result of the plan.
Some of these new upgrades for our area include playgrounds, shade sails, a new dog park, basketball courts and additional footpaths. These are just a few examples of the awesome new things coming to Sippy Downs. For a comprehensive understanding of the document please head over to https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Council/Planning-and-Projects/Council-Plans/Sippy-Downs-Parks-Master-Plan
I am jumping right in and delivering some great new footpaths to fill the missing links towards the ends of both Albany Street and Fitzwilliam Drive here in Sippy Downs. These new footpaths are fully funded and will be in place before the end of November 2018. Please see a copy of the project news releases below which detail the works occurring soon.
I’m really excited to be delivering on the promises I make to the local community and I’m extremely passionate about making our area a place we can be proud of.
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
Friday 19th October 2018
Mickelberg’s campaign to upgrade Scholars Drive ramps up: Premier needs to stump up
Yesterday in State Parliament Member for Buderim Brent Mickelberg again called on the Premier to put her money where her mouth is and fund Scholars Drive.
Mr Mickelberg tabled a petition to the Labor State Government and called on Premier Palaszczuk to: work with the Sippy Downs and Chancellor State College community; stump up the cash to fix Scholars Drive congestion; and prevent the unthinkable from happening before it is too late.
“As I reminded her yesterday, the Premier said on the 15th of May this year: ‘I always say that government works best when all levels of government work together.’ I couldn’t agree more Premier,” Mr Mickelberg said.
“Last week I stood beside Sunshine Coast Councillor Christian Dickson when he announced Council’s $200,000 investment to upgrade Scholars Drive and now I call on Premier Palaszczuk to step up.
“I urge the Premier to prove she meant what she said and work with the Sunshine Coast Council to fix the problem that is Scholars Drive and release the Sippy Downs community from their daily nightmare.
“It was a Labor Government that built a large school on a dead-end street and it’s time Premier Palaszczuk stumped up the money to fix the congestion caused by Labor’s own poor planning decisions.
“This is a great opportunity for Premier Palaszczuk to show the people of Sippy Downs that politics can be put aside when the safety of our kids is at stake. Scholars Drive is a disaster waiting to happen and Sippy Downs residents deserve better,”. Mr Mickelberg said.
“I will not stop fighting until Labor accept their part of this mess and fix Scholars Drive. The LNP committed $1 million dollars to a solution if elected to Government so why can’t Labor?
[ENDS] Media Contact: Cherie Beaumont-Tyson 0431 484 570
SDDCA AGM – Community Meeting
Chancellor State College Primary Campus Hall, Scholars Drive, Sippy Downs
Presentations for the evening will include updates on both Sippy Downs Community Facilities Proposals and progress, Sippy Downs Community Club Proposal, Sippy Downs Drive Upgrades, Sippy Downs Parks Master Plan Results in addition to updates for Division 6 and Buderim electorates from Cr Christian Dickson and Brent Mickelberg MP.
SDDCA President Matthew Druce said “We cannot urge the community strongly enough to get along to this community meeting and SDDCA AGM to get a true and accurate snapshot of exactly what is happening locally, especially the two presentations on proposed community facilities for Sippy Downs.
Establishment of much needed community facilities for Sippy Downs is welcome news. We are calling on residents to come along and be involved in the progression of these facilities.
Open to each and every member of the community from visitors to residents and business representatives, this evening always presents a fantastic opportunity for locals to stay up to date with what has, is and will be happening locally.
The Sippy Downs Districts Community Association has been supporting and representing the best interests of locals in the Sippy Downs, Tanawha and Palmview area for over 13 plus years with the support of members and the community.
This is a FREE event!