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.”
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.
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!
This POLL is designed to measure usage of the 3 proposed solutions being explored by Cr Christian Dickson:
A. The existing loop back to University Way to exit the area with the addition of Traffic Lights
B. The one way Bus Lane to get through to Sippy Downs Drive to exit the area
C. The one way road to get through to Colombia St / Parkville Street to exit the area
All data is available LIVE one the poll is completed!
NB: We are also working on the exploration of all of the potential additional solutions raised by you, the community.
This poll in no way precludes more solutions being explored and delivered. The more solutions that can be delivered the better the overall outcome will be in reducing traffic congestion.