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.”
We are thrilled to inform you all that yesterday we met with Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson and shared our vision for empowering locals with a collaborative approach to the dissemination of community news and information under the banner of the SDDCA‘s UNITY in CommUNITY program via the community website and the community email newsletter service.
Councillor Dickson will now be regularly sharing a range of community updates, information directly from the community website which will in turn automatically trigger the content to be sent out via the Community Email Newsletter service.
Have you also got something to say that you think the community could benefit from hearing and live in Sippy Downs and the Surrounding District? You can submit stories, editorials, community notices, in fact, you can share anything you like provided it’s community relevant. Make a submission now or pop back anytime you like!
History and Changes to the Email Newsletter
In approximately 2011 the Sippy Downs and District Community Association created an email newsletter service to assist in keeping the community up-to-date with community information.
When this service began information was sent out on an ad hock basis as news came & volunteers were able to find the time. Approximately 2 years ago due to a limited number of volunteers, we reconfigured this service to email out a monthly summary of all news and information posted on the community website. To date, this summary has been sent out on the last day of the month.
Recently we have had contact from a number of community members complaining that the email summary of news and info for the past month meant that the information they were receiving was historical and didn’t give them an opportunity to engage with the information received.
We have taken this feedback on board and re-examined the system along with exploring some technological opportunities to have the community website news and information sent out via the email newsletter system as it is published meaning that rather than get a monthly summary community members who are subscribed to the email newsletter service will receive news and information as it is happens.
Yesterday’s Flurry of Emails to existing Subscribers
Yesterday existing email subscribers received a test post email (and 3 error emails caused by a technical error during configuration) from the community website, a big thanks to all the wonderful community members who have replied to that email letting us know the test post worked (and those of you who gave us a holler about the errors that followed).
If you are registered and did receive the test post you may have noticed that it was listed as being published by our local Councillor, Christian Dickson. This post was published by our admin team to confirm that the account we have set up for Cr Dickson was in working order.
Life is Busy Enough, Our aim is to simplify Local News and Information
We would like to re-extend our standing invite to all local nonprofits, sporting and education based organisations along with elected representatives to join Cr Dickson in taking up this offer so that as a community we only need to look in one location to find out what is happening locally without the need to scan across a plethora of Facebook Pages, Web sites, and other digital media streams.
If you’re not currently subscribed to the newsletter please do register below or in the sidebar to the right on a PC so that you can ensure you have access to the latest news and information from across our amazing community as it happens.
SDDCA AGM 2017 – Public Date Notification
Please be advised the annual general meeting of the Sippy Downs & District Community Association Inc (SDDCA) will be held on Wednesday 13th of September 2017, commencing at 7 pm.
The venue will be the Chancellor State College Primary Campus Hall, Scholars Drive, Sippy Downs.
All residents are welcome to attend the AGM, but only financial members of the SDDCA are able to vote.
Household Membership is $20 per household per year or $10 for concession holders. To become a member now click HERE.
Guest speakers information will be sent out and announced over the coming weeks with invited speakers representing a diverse range of community stakeholders and representatives set to provide an informative update on the local area.
Call for nominations for the 2017-18 SDDCA Management Committee
Any financial member of the SDDCA is eligible to nominate – nomination forms are available by request by simply emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, by download HERE completion and submission by clicking HERE or simply complete the online form below.
Nominations close at 5 pm on 30th August 2017.
The following positions of will be declared vacant at the AGM – President, Secretary, Treasurer, Webmaster and Committee members.
A number of current members of the management committee will be renominating however we call out to the community for anyone interesting in building upon the great work done by the SDDCA over the last 13 plus years by joining the management team for the 2017 – 18 year and beyond.
Would you like to complete a nomination form online? Visit the SDDCA Website at http://www.sippydowns.org.au/sddca-committee-nomination-form/
Each Month the SDDCA Management Committee Meets to Discuss Local Issues and Challenges in order to deliver solutions that benefit the community under the guidelines of the SDDCA Constitution.
Our next meeting is this coming Tuesday the 15th of August.
All committee meetings are held at the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs, Queensland 4556 and commence at 6pm
We welcome attendance by community members and urge the community become members of the SDDCA and take an active role in the exploration and delivery of opportunities for growth, events and more.
Looking for more information?
Please visit the SDDCA Website at http://sippydowns.org.au/ or contact our president Matt Druce on 0406 991 402 or via email at email@example.com.
(Please note that only financial members of the SDDCA can participate in official organisational voting, ballots etc as stipulated in the organisational constitution. To become a financial member please click the link below. At just $20 per household yearly it is a valuable investment in your community.
(Just $10 p/a for Concession Card Holders)
Earlier today our President Matt Druce had the opportunity to meet with Member for Kawana, Jarrod Bleijie to discuss the SDDCA’s Unity in CommUNITY program.
Today’s meeting with Jarrod was an opportunity for us as a community organisation to start exploring UNITY in CommUNITY, a vision of what we see is the way forward for local community organisations to support, resource and assist each other in the best possible way.
We look forward to securing meetings with the rest of our elected representatives over the coming months and presenting the SDDCA’s Unity in CommUNITY program with the goal of having all our elected representatives as signatories to the Unity in CommUNITY foundation document.
To all local residents, community organisations and non-profits, we extend an offer to you to contact us at any time so that we may present SDDCA’s Unity in CommUNITY program to you as well. Once we have a clear and definite commitment from our elected representatives we will be setting up meetings to meet with each and every stakeholder in the Sippy Downs and District area as the next tier of community advocacy and service provision.
The SDDCA’s Unity in CommUNITY program is an exciting step for the SDDCA and for the community members we advocate for and with, and we look forward to any feedback, suggestions, or ideas that anyone has on how we can further improve our goal to deliver this program for the benefit of each and every one of you.
Suncoast Hosting and Web Solutions – SDDCA Supporter
Today I had the pleasure of meeting Neil McNulty owner of Suncoast Hosting and Web Solutions and I am very proud to announce that Neil and his business will be supporting the Sippy Downs and District Digital Community Network including the SDDCA Website, the Community News Website and the Community and Business Directory Website.
It’s only with the support of community minded locals like Neil that allows community organisations such as ours to grow our capacity and deliver even more value to the community ratepayers and residents that we represent.
Neil and his businesses are providing us with hosting, tech support and even online marketing guidance so that over the coming months and years we can further empower local businesses, non profit organisations and YOU the community top have a voice online and share with the wider community your services, products, views, praise and even concerns with your fellow community members.
We sincerely thank Neil and the Suncoast Hosting and Web Solutions team! If you are looking for any kind of Web Solutions at all please give them a call on 07 5479 3888 alternatively you can click or tap on their logos below and check out all they have on offer!
Suncoast Web Solutions – SDDCA Supporter
Suncoast Hosting – SDDCA Supporter
If you own or operate a local business and would like to support us to do even more locally you can checkout the SDDCA Corporate, Premium Corporate, Supporter or Sponsor Memberships or like Neil provide in kind support and or services by contacting us via out Contact Us page or simply give us a call and together we can explore how you too can support us to do even more!
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