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.
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.
Christmas Eve Carols
This year’s Christmas Eve Carols is free family-friendly event w
ill 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.
Mons Playgroup Centre
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.
Located at 1 Mons School Road, Mons.
Runs from 2pm to 4.30pm.
Costs are $35 per 10-week term or $5 casual per family.
Contact Sippy Downs mum Meeka Bailey through Facebook, send Meeka and email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Meeka on 0476934105.
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.
Research shows children who attend playgroup are less likely to be developmentally vulnerable when they start school (2012 Australian Early Development Census).
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.
(Post submitted by Meeka, a Sippy Downs Mum. Do you have some local news you would like published? A community event? Visit https://sippydowns.qld.au/submissions/
Yesterday the SDDCA officially announced that the boundary fence line facing university way between Oxford Close and Scholars Drive, Sippy Downs will be repaired cleaned and repainted over the coming weeks as part of a joint project between the themselves, the Buderim Men’s Shed, Mr Steve Dickson MP for Buderim an Councillor Christian Dickson, councilor for Division 6 Sunshine Coast Council.
Residents who rear fence bounds University Way between Oxford Close and Scholars Drive Sippy Downs are having their fencce repaired, cleaned and repainted under this collaborative community project intern improving the visual aesthetics to this major access point in and out of the Sippy Downs area.
The SDDCA has for a number of years explored ways to engage residents to assist in delivering much needed repairs and maintenance to fencing along University Way Sippy Downs by conducting email and mailout offers to residents with limited success and engagement.
Recently SDDCA representatives have visited all of the residential properties along the section of fencing listed above and sought approval from them to have this project delivered free of charge with all but one resident taking part. Under the Dividing Fences and Trees Act of 2011 while residents who share a boundary fence with other residents are required to share the cost of fence replacement, residential properties whose fencing faces public land are solely responsible for the replacement and repair costs.
This creates an issue should individual residents begin to replace sections of fence that they own with different styles and colours of fencing as it can potentially lower the visual amenity of the main thoroughfare in the area.
The SDDCA, on behalf of the entire community, sincerely thanks the Buderim Men’s Shed, Steve Dickson MP and Cr Christian Dickson for their contributions assistance and support!