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.”
Health notification regarding a confirmed case of measles
The University of the Sunshine Coast has been notified that a person with a confirmed diagnosis of measles visited USC’s main campus at Sippy Downs on Monday 25 June 2018, between 9am and 3pm.
Queensland Health advised that measles is an acute, highly infectious illness that can cause serious complications. Anyone experiencing signs and symptoms of measles should visit their doctor, advising the doctor’s staff in advance that they might have the illness.
Information about measles, including signs and symptoms, is available at Queensland Health’s website at: http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/HealthCondition/media/pdf/14/217/91/measles-v6
Measles outbreak on Coast: Where the infected went
THE Sunshine Coast Public Health Unit has confirmed a case of measles in a person on the Sunshine Coast.
The person is believed to have visited the following locations while unknowingly infectious:
- Monday June 25, between 9am and 3pm – the Sippy Downs campus of USC
- • Thursday June 28, between 8.30am and 10am – the Maroochydore Medical Centre in Horton Parade Maroochydore, including the QML Collection Centre
- • Friday June 29, between 10.30and 11.30am – the Maroochydore Medical Centre in Horton Parade Maroochydore
- • Sunday July 1, between 7.40pm and 8.15pm – the Department of Emergency Medicine at Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
Public Health Physician Dr Margaret Young said the SCPHU was working with the health care facilities and venues where the person had visited, and urged anyone who was in those areas around the same time to ensure they are immune to measles.
“Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and is spread by tiny droplets through coughing and sneezing,” Dr Young said.
“Symptoms usually start around 10 days after contact, but can occur between seven and 18 days after contact with an infectious person.
“Vaccinations are recommended for anyone born during or since 1966, who has not had two documented doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or had a proven case of measles.”
The MMR vaccine is funded and anyone requiring vaccination should arrange this through their family GP.
Dr Young said anyone who develops measles-like symptoms within the next three weeks should stay home and contact their doctor for advice.
“The initial symptoms of measles include fever, lethargy, runny nose, moist cough and sore and red eyes. This is followed a few days later by a blotchy, red rash,” Dr Young said.
“The rash often starts on the face then becomes widespread over the body.
“If you do need to seek treatment, it is important to call the medical practice first to say you could have measles, so that staff can take precautions to avoid spreading the disease further to others.”
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.
In 1993 Sippy Downs was established as suburb following the decision by Shire of Maroochy to rezone the area. 1996 saw the opening of the Sunshine Coast University College with 524 students, then renamed the University of the Sunshine Coast in 1999. Fast forwarding a few years and Shire of Maroochy Council had transitioned into the Sunshine Coast Council delivering the Sippy Downs Town Centre Masterplan in 2006.
(Images Courtesy USC Early Years | The Power of and Idea)
The Masterplan and it’s delivery then languished for quite a few years resurfacing based upon our research in early July 2011 with the Buderim Chronicle reporting “Coles to sell units in Sippy Downs” closely followed “Woolies’ bombshell stuns Mayor” and just hours later. “Retailer, council to meet again” was published in September 2011 whereby Woolworths sought State Government intervention to allow their planned Town Centre Development despite Council objections.
Artists Impression of the early stage design for the Sippy Downs Town Centre
This dispute was reported on again in November 2011 notifying locals “Decision deadline draws nearer” with a yet another story released in January 2012 stating “All up for Sippy Downs” reporting Woolworths was to start work mid-2012 on its $100 million Sippy Downs Town Centre development after the State Government approved the project. This of course never came to fruition, and the Coles development fizzled out as well. Come January 2013 and “Sippy Downs Town Centre ready for action” reports the Chronicle based upon the release of a temporary local planning instrument (TLPI). Cr Christian Dickson was reported as saying “”The purpose of the TLPI is to kick-start development of the Sippy Downs Town Centre, including the Business and Technology Park,” with yet another report just 6 days later stating “Shovels ready to start Sippy Downs town centre” however due to a range of factors including the harsh economic climate of that time nothing eventuated again.
Between that time and the present Sippy Downs saw the first real activity within the town centre precinct with the delivery of Stage one of the $4 million Sippy Downs Drive upgrade project delivered, Ochre Medical Centre delivered in March of 2014, closely followed by the 305-apartment Atrium residential complex commencing in November of the same year. Early 2016 saw the long-awaited Coles development began along with Youi Group turning the first sod on their site in August 2016 with Coles opening in January 2017 and Youi opened for operation in late 2017. The Suncentral site next to Coles also kicked off in 2017 in turn opening in 2018.
In recent months and weeks media has reported the commencement of works between Coles and Stringybark Road with a story titled “Five high-profile sites in a row at rapidly-growing precinct” and most recently the announcement that Nambour RSL plans to deliver a Community Club here in Sippy Downs with even more development to come before the Sippy Downs Town Centre is fully realised.
What is the destination? When will the clearing end? What about the wildlife? Keep an eye out tomorrow for our follow up story “Sippy Downs and the Town Centre Part 2 – The Destination.”
Local Sippy Downs residents Indi (9) and Lexi (7) Baker have taken what they learnt at a recent demonstration at Brightwater State School, where the girls attend and are doing their very best to help locals reduce their impact on the environment.
When we asked Indi how this all came about she stated “We had an environmental day at the school for year fours, we learnt all of these new, different ways to reuse and recycle things and my favourite one the one where we made t-shirts into bags, it just popped out to me because it was fun.”
Image thanks to Sippy Downs Community – Connect Facebook Group, shared by Indi & Lexi’s Mum Ebony Baker
After a bunch of practising on old shirts at home, there was not an old shirt in sight at the Bakers residence. This inspired Indi & Lexi’s mum Ebony to put a post up on a couple of local social media groups looking for local to donate some old shirts but instead, they had some locals contact them to convert their old t-shirts into fashionable shopping bags which gave then an idea.
With the recent change over from plastic to recycle bags for shopping the girls, thanks to enquiries from locals have decided to kick off a little entrepreneurial endeavour and are now offering local community members the opportunity to have their old t-shirts turned into shopping bags for a gold coin donation per shirt for their efforts.
If you have some old t-shirts that you would like turned into shopping bags, please contact Indi & Lexi’s mum Ebony via her Facebook profile linked below.
On behalf of the entire community, we would like to congratulate Indi and Lexi for not only their passion for the environment but for their efforts to inspire other locals to share in their love for a sustainable future so that together we can have the most significant impact possible.
After more than two years of planning, Nambour RSL Club has lodged a development application to build a new Community Club in the heart of the thriving Sippy Downs area.
The Club has been successfully operating in Nambour for over fifty years and has won many awards for its community giving, services, facilities and industry leadership by staff.
General Manager, Suzanne Long, says the club has achieved many milestones and is looking to invest in another growth area of the Sunshine Coast by building a new, not for profit community club to offer high-quality facilities, dining, entertainment and family gathering options.
“Our Board and team is very proud of the well-recognised club we have provided for Nambour and we’d like to offer our experience in community club management to support the growing community at Sippy Downs, which has many new commercial and residential offerings but very limited hospitality or club options for local families, students and people who live and work locally,” Ms Long said.
“Our community consultation so far indicates that local people would welcome a new community club that’s focused on sports, education, arts and entertainment and can generate long-term economic, environmental and social benefits to the community through an iconic club and venue,” she said.
“The club’s completion will be a staged development in keeping with Council’s codes and the local area plan and it will include a Community club that caters for the needs of members and guests providing facilities such as café, restaurants, bar, car parking and accommodation.”
To date, the Nambour RSL Club has given back over $3.1 million to the Sunshine Coast community, for commemorative services, schools, charities and community organisations, through its annual giving and sponsorship programs.
Council is considering the development application and an outcome is expected to be advised in late 2018.
Suzanne Long, General Manager