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.
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.
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.
Following a lot of conjecture in the community about what is happening in relation to traffic & parking at Chancellor State Primary School (in Scholars Dr, Sippy Downs) and the overflow parking issues that plague the local community at pick up times for students, we arranged an interview with (Councillor) Cr Christian Dickson to see where he is at in delivering much needed solutions.
We urge all members of the community who may be affected by parking and traffic problems to watch this interview to ensure you are up to date with the current progress and fully aware of potential issues and possible action that may need to be taken to deliver real solutions.
As discussed in the interview we will present a progress update in a few weeks.
TO THE OWNERS/RESIDENTS along the section of University way, between Oxford
close and Scholars ave
Notice of Tree Works:
Removal of 9 x Trees. Located along the section of University way, between Oxford
close and Scholars ave, to facilitate footpath replacement.
We advise that it is necessary for Council to remove vegetation at the above location.
Footpath maintenance works will take place once the trees have been removed.
Works will include removing lifted sections of footpath and reinstating to correct height. Pedestrian
traffic control will be onsite for the duration of works, which will continue for several days.
Work is scheduled to commence shortly and replacement trees will be planted in the near
Should you require further information, please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on
(07) 5475 7272.
It is essential that as local residents we all take part in this survey to ensure that the upgrades to be included in this Master Plan are truly representative of community needs and wants.
We are very excited to not only see these upgrades on their way but thrilled to see the consultation for this master plan being delivered in a way that is truly collaborative, inclusive and available to each and every local resident including mail outs to residents letterboxes for those who do not use social media or local news and information websites.
Been wanting an upgrade to your local park? The more responses you harvest for your local park the greater the likely hood of it’s inclusion in the final plans so share this post as widely as possible.