Kangaroo Warning Signs At Sippy Downs A National First

Kangaroo Warning Signs At Sippy Downs A National First

Hi all,

Council has recently installed two Vehicle Actuated Kangaroo Warning signs on Sippy Downs Drive in response to concerns raised by the University of the Sunshine Coast and wider community about the kangaroo mortality rate in the area. 

The signs, which are an Australian first, have been installed at the locations shown in red circles on the attached plan. The signs have been tested and are operating as specified.

Council’s Graduate Engineer Alex managed the research, design and delivery of the signs and did a fantastic job. J1 LED was the successful tenderer and they worked closely with Alex to deliver the works.

These signs will work in partnership with the recently installed Kangaroo warning posts that emit both light and sound to keep Kangaroos away from our local roads in the precinct.

Kind regards,

Christian 

 

Sippy Downs and the Town Centre Part 2 – The Destination

Sippy Downs and the Town Centre Part 2 – The Destination

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 – 6

Sippy Downs Town Centre Master Plan 2014 - 5

Sippy Downs Town Centre Master Plan 2014 – 5

Sippy Downs Town Centre Master Plan 2014 - 4

Sippy Downs Town Centre Master Plan 2014 – 4

Sippy Downs Town Centre Master Plan 2014 - 2

Sippy Downs Town Centre Master Plan 2014 – 2

Sippy Downs Town Centre Master Plan 2014 - 3

Sippy Downs Town Centre Master Plan 2014 – 3

Sippy Downs Town Centre Master Plan 2014 - 1

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
https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Development/Planning-Documents/Sunshine-Coast-Planning-Scheme-2014/View-the-Sunshine-Coast-Planning-Scheme-2014-Maps/Local-Area-Maps/Local-Plan-Map-Tiles/Sippy-Downs-Local-Plan-Area-Map-Tile-33

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.

 

 

Planned Burn in USC

Planned Burn in USC

It’s that time of the year again and preparations are now underway for another controlled burn in the compensatory habitat at the University of the Sunshine Coast

This controlled burn will help to reduce the fuel load and  associated fire hazard risk and maintain the health of the vegetation community which contains  rare and endangered plant species.

The area to be burnt this year is Area 2 which is just under 1Ha in size and shown below.

The first date for the burn has now been set for Wednesday 23rd of August (conditions dependant), with a back up option  for Wednesday the 30th of August.

A decision to proceed with the burn will be made on Monday 21st August.

The planned burn will begin at approximately 9am and should be complete by 12pm.

Communications to University staff and students and adjoining local residents in Sippy Downs will be produced and delivered over the coming week.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact Gabriel McGhee directly.

Gabriel McGhee
Coordinator, University Grounds
Asset Management Services
USC

Ph 07 5456 5448
gmcghee@usc.edu.au
usc.edu.au

Sippy Swans and their cygnet’s are simply beautiful

Sippy Swans and their cygnet’s are simply beautiful

There is an abundance of wildlife in and around Sippy Downs including this beautiful family of Black Swans captured last week by one of our local residents.

If you have some photographs of local wildlife we would love to hear from you and share your images here. Simply upload your images via our Submissions Page

Images captured  22/07/2016

The black swan (Cygnus atratus) is a large waterbird, a species of swan, which breeds mainly in the southeast and southwest regions of Australia. Within Australia they are nomadic, with erratic migration patterns dependent upon climatic conditions. Black swans are large birds with mostly black plumage and red bills. They are monogamous breeders that share incubation duties and cygnet rearing between the sexes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_swan
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Sippy Downs – Wildlife Series – Frogs

Sippy Downs – Wildlife Series – Frogs

There is an array of frogs in Sippy Downs nature reserves and they have again been beautifully captured  by Gerard Mills. Have you seen frogs in your yard? Share your photos with us.

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Gerard Mills a Sunshine Coast photographer whose talent has created “Nature USC”  a visual record of the diversity and beauty of Sippy Downs wildlife which compliments the general diversity of Sippy Downs perfectly.

While Gerard has taken wildlife and insects all over Australia this “Wildlife Series” will showcase his work in the grounds of the USC. The following is an extract from his on-line catalogue located at natureatusc.weebly.com.

Sippy Downs – Wildlife Series – Dingo

Sippy Downs – Wildlife Series – Dingo

Yes believe it or not we have dingos in Sippy Downs nature reserves and they have been captured beautifully by Gerard Mills a Sunshine Coast photographer whose talent has created “Nature USC”  a visual record of the diversity and beauty of Sippy Downs wildlife which compliments the general diversity of Sippy Downs perfectly.

While Gerard has taken wildlife and insects all over Australia this “Wildlife Series” will showcase his work in the grounds of the USC. The following is an extract from his on-line catalogue located at natureatusc.weebly.com.

 

 

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