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.
A private function is taking place in the Sippy Downs/University Way area on Sunday November 12th 2017.
Fireworks expected between 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Please take care of your pets at this time.
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/
WATER WISDOM – Free Public Information Day
Water Wisdom: Effective and sustainable management of water is one of the most crucial challenges facing our region. Water demand from our growing population is increasing at the same time as the yield of our dams is decreasing due to the changes we are experiencing in our climate.
Wednesday 27th September 2017
University of the Sunshine Coast
90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs
Lecture Theatre 2
Registration is essential by 22nd September
For more info: Susie Chapman 0400 910682
It is important that our community is informed about the urban water cycle in order that they can have informed opinions.
A free information day will cover topics including an overview of water sources, drinking water, what we put into water when we use it, how we take it out again and how we can be sure that it has been taken out. We will learn about membrane technology for desalination and water recycling.
This event is not to be missed, with clear and easily understandable presentations by some of Australia’s foremost experts in their fields including Ian Law, A. Prof Helen Stratton, Tony McAlister, Warren Traves, Peter Griffiths, Tim Odgers, Jenifer Simpson and Seqwater CEO Jim Pruss.
FULL FLYER and Detail HERE in PDF