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
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 year’s Christmas Eve Carols is free family-friendly event will be held on the oval behind the Chancellor State College Primary Campus Hall (See Map Below) and if the weather is inclement the event will proceed in the hall. This year’s Christmas Eve Carols thanks to, Chancellor Park Community Church who are, this year, supported by the Sippy Downs & District Community Assoc.
The Sausage Sizzle is free and Barista made Coffee will be available for a gold coin donation with some activities for kids available after 6pm.
Kicks off at 6pm with Sausage Sizzle and Fun for the kids
7 pm Carols and Christmas Eve Celebration
Free parking is available in Scholars Drive at the primary school and parking is also available at the nearest car parks at University however fees may apply. See picture below for more details.
Join in Monday afternoon fun at the Mons Playgroup Centre.
Join in Monday afternoon fun at the Mons Playgroup Centre. Run around on one acre of shaded, fenced land. Enjoy outdoor and indoor equipment, craft, water play, sand pit, stories, dress ups, trikes, scooters and cubby houses.
Playgroups are beneficial for children, families and communities.
Mons Playgroup Centre provides all children with the opportunity to learn, experience, investigate and interact with the environment. During play children create meaning from the world around them. It offers the child experiences to think, plan, create, do and find out.
For years, playgroup has empowered parents and encouraged them to recognise the role they play in their child’s development. Playgroup allows parents to take time out of a busy life, to slow down and enjoy playing with their child, to watch and delight in the amazing steps their child takes while making sense of the world around them.
For children the quality of their early relationships with trusted adults provides the framework for their development and learning.
Simply by being a part of a playgroup, children can experience these benefits.
The sense of community that results in participation in a playgroup promotes feelings of belonging and connectedness. This has been shown to have a positive effect on children’s and family mental health.
Given parents set up and run local playgroups, they benefit from development opportunities and greater community connection.
Community playgroups make a unique contribution to Australian society – and have done so for more than 40 years.
What kind of local community do you want for you and your loved ones?
Later this year the SDDCA will be having their annual AGM which always presents a range of community leaders and representatives sharing what has happened over the year gone by and what is coming in the year ahead in Sippy Downs!
The SDDCA are taking this opportunity to again reach out to you all as members of this vibrant, diverse and rapidly expanding community and ask you well in advance ……..
What kind of community initiatives, events and programs do you want to see and what part are you willing to play to make these a reality in the year ahead?
This community website built for the use of each and every community member and non profit organisation is just one of our past initiatives.
This photo was taken today in Brunswick Place Sippy Downs at 2:50 p.m. sent to us by local resident Britt Cook who stated in her message “Absolute joke when parents of the schools around Sippy Downs don’t understand that parking this way is dangerous, super dangerous.. something needs to be done asap or there will be an accident!”
We agree but following local social media we note that parents picking up kids simply don’t have enough parking available to them when picking up kids at Chancellor State School Primary campus.
Britt tells us that she has lived in Columbus Street and in Brunswick place for the last 5 years and this issue is getting worse and worse by the day
From her perspective the roads are just not developed properly for the amount of car congestion especially at school pickup and dropoff time, a point that is hard to argue with.
Brit went on to tell us that she has seen so many near accidents occur while she was walking home from uni and driving around the area at this time she finds it disturbing.
Britt went onto say that the issues caused by the lack of local parking also disrupt families living in the area.
We are aware that the areas local government Representative Counselor Christian Dickson has been working very hard on a number of potential solutions. We have spoken to Mr Dickson and we look forward to presenting this information including an interview with Cr Christian Dickson very soon.
‘On Tuesday the SDDCA had the opportunity to tour the brand new Coles Sippy Downs store and with just over 10 days to go until the store opens we would have to say that is certainly shaping up to be a refreshingly new and exciting shopping experience.
We would like to thank the Coles management team for the opportunity to take a look at the store today and we are very much looking forward to attending the community carnival family festival on Friday the 20th of January from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on site at Coles Sippy Downs.
Coles invites the entire community to come on down for the community carnival evening with sideshow alley games and rides, animal farm and jumping castles plus MKR live cooking with Chris and Cookie, Hot 91.1 in attendance plus lots more! And, a fireworks display to finish off the evening.
The store officially opens for trading at 8 a.m. the following morning, Saturday the 21st of January and we are told that there will be a whole range of amazing specials available in store to celebrate.
Coles Sippy Downs has been a long time coming but it’s finally here! Make sure you don’t miss out on their amazing FREE launch event!
PS free parking will be available on the street and at USC from 4:30pm.’