The Sunshine Coast Council has reached the final stages of a development plan that aims to improve the park network around the Sippy Downs region.
Having recently undergone a period of public review and feedback, The Sippy Downs Parks Master Plan is set to be finalised and adopted by the council in August – September 2018.
Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson said the Sunshine Coast Council plan was being implemented to counter previous issues that came to light when Chancellor Park was approved by the courts 15 years ago.
“The developer got away with a lot of things like not building local parks and delivering things that really are substandard,” Cr Dickson said.
“My idea at the recent election was to do a parks plan for Sippy Downs so people can actually look at their unique, individual parks and [give their] comment.
“So instead of us just walking in and putting in a new swing or a water bubbler, we actually went to the community and asked them in 2016 what they would like to see.”
Cr Dickson emphasised that community concern surrounding the future upgrade to Claymore Rd was being addressed after residents were concerned that a new development could disrupt traffic flow.
“People are raising concerns about us putting a lot of activity and car parking on that road,” he said.
“So we’ve actually looked to withdraw that and actually take a lot of those embellishments away.”
Sippy Downs and District Community Association (SDDCA) president Matthew Druce said that while communication had been present, it had been exclusive in a variety of ways.
“From a consultation perspective, the process meets engagement expectations,” Mr Druce said.
“Despite this, there was limited community engagement which would statistically suggest that the current draft plan meets the expectations of the majority of those who have participated however may not meet the expectations of the vast majority of locals who have not.”
While concerned with the level of engagement, Mr Druce said that the plan was “an extremely valuable project” and that the transition to the current process was “a definite win for the community.”
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.
Sunshine Coast Council – Media release
Sippy Downs Albany Lakes District Park
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
Residents are invited to review the draft master plan and provide feedback by completing the online survey on council’s website before 5pm on March 26, 2018.
You can also email feedback to ParksBusinessTechnical@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
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.
This morning the Avid Property Group officially opened Peter Crosby way which is the brand new connection road into Harmony at Palmview.
It has been some 15 years since Palmview was originally envisaged and today marks one step closer to delivery of this brand new master planned community at the very Heart of the Sunshine Coast.
The Sippy Downs and district community association and the volunteers that have driven it along for the past 13 years played an integral part in ensuring that this development had the best possible balance with the least possible negative impact upon the Sippy Downs community.
Councillor Christian Dickson from Division 6, Sunshine Coast Council said of this brand new opening ” This is a fantastic new residential community right in the heart of the Sunshine Coast providing over 20 hectares open space for recreational purposes forming part of the total 100 hectares of open space for the community. This will serve as further community access areas for the existing Sippy Downs community and will provide many new road access points both North to the Sunshine Motorway and South to the Caloundra interchange at Caloundra Road and direct access to the Bruce Highway so in terms of Road access this is good for the community.”
The community association would like to thank have a property group for inviting us to attend and we look forward to forging strong relationships between the entire Palmview community and the Sippy Downs community as a whole.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads wishes to advise you of upcoming preliminary construction activities for the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway.
From 5.00am on Tuesday 18 April 2017
For the safety of motorists and construction workers, it will be necessary to remove on-street parking on a small section of Pignata Road as part of preliminary construction works. More detail of the ‘no parking zone’ is in the construction notice attached.
This will allow for construction to begin on a new car pool facility and work to occur on Pignata Road to provide safe access into and out of the facility.
Parking will be removed from the remainder of Pignata Road once the new car pool facility is opened to the public and construction work moves into these areas. Construction of the car pool facility is expected to take approximately six months to complete.
These no parking arrangements will remain in place until construction is completed in late 2020, weather permitting.
What else to expect:
Work in this area is expected to be undertaken
Monday to Friday, from 6am to 6pm.
As construction ramps up, the community should expect:
- Increased construction traffic: The number of construction and heavy vehicles will increase on Pignata Road. Please take care when travelling on this road.
- Audible noise: Audible noise from construction activities and heavy machinery can be expected.
Reversing beepers are a safety requirement and will be used at all times during work hours.
- Changed traffic conditions: Reduced speed
limits will be in place in this area. Traffic
controllers will also be present at times during working hours.
PDF File Here – http://sippydowns.qld.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/CN05_Removal-of-on-street-parking-Pignata-Road_Apr17_FINAL.pdf
If you have any questions about these activities, please contact the project team on 1800 749 022 or by emailing email@example.com.
Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway
North Coast District | Program Delivery And Operations | Department of Transport and Main Roads
PO Box 1600 | Maroochydore Qld 4558
P: 1800 749 022 | F: (07) 5451 7098
Temporary eastbound ramp closures – Sippy Downs interchange
(See PDF FLYER HERE)
Preliminary construction is continuing on the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway in preparation for major construction to begin in mid-2017.
As part of preliminary construction activities, the location of underground services need to be confirmed so that detailed planning for construction can progress.
Pot holing techniques and a vacuum truck are typically used to locate, identify and confirm the depth of existing underground utilities.
Due to the proximity of the water main to the eastbound entry and exit ramps at Sippy Downs interchange, the ramps will need to be temporarily closed while service location works are undertaken.
Please note, access to and from Tanawha Tourist Drive will be maintained via the signalised intersection on the northern side of the Sippy Downs interchange during the ramp closure. The changed traffic conditions are shown on a map overleaf.
These service location works will be undertaken at night, from 8pm to 5am, to safeguard construction workers and motorists.
Works on the entry and exit ramps will commence on Sunday 9 April 2017 and are expected to be completed over two separate nights.
Please note this schedule is subject to change due to weather and other site conditions.
What to expect
• Temporary ramp closures: The eastbound entry and exit ramps at the Sippy Downs interchange will be closed to all road users over two separate nights to facilitate these works.
• Access: Access to and from Tanawha Tourist Drive will be maintained via the signalised intersection on the northern side of the Sippy Downs interchange.
• Audible noise: Audible noise from construction activities and heavy machinery can be expected.
Reversing beepers and flashing lights are a safety requirement and will be used at all times during work hours.
• Traffic control: Traffic control will be in place with reduced speed limits near the work zone. Motorists should expect short delays during these works.
Subscribe to the free SMS and email service to receive regular updates about project activities and construction. To register, please visit the project website at www.tmr.qld.gov.au (search for ‘Caloundra Road interchange’).
Detailed design work is continuing to prepare a final design for construction. Preliminary construction works are on track for major construction to begin in mid-2017.
Other preliminary construction activities include:
• survey and other monitoring and investigation works
• site preparation works for the main site compound and satellite offices
• vegetation trimming and removal
• building demolition works.