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Exploring UNITY in CommUNITY with Christian Dickson

Exploring UNITY in CommUNITY with Christian Dickson

Yesterday our President Matt Druce and Secretary Jo Jenkins had the opportunity to meet with Local Government Division 6 Councillor,  Christian Dickson to discuss the SDDCA’s Unity in CommUNITY program.

Yesterday’s meeting with Christian was an opportunity for us as a community organisation to continue exploring UNITY in CommUNITY, the SDDCA’s vision of what we see is the way forward for local community organisations to support, resource and assist each other in the best possible way.

Having now met with Member for Kawana, Jarrod Bleijie MP and Local Government Division 6 Councillor, Christian Dickson we look forward to meeting with Federal Member for Fisher, Andrew Wallace MP in January 2017 and presenting the SDDCA’s Unity in CommUNITY program to him as well.

We are thrilled to announce that Cr Christian Dickson is the first signatory to the Unity in CommUNITY foundation document and look forward to securing Andrew Wallace’s and Jarrod Bleijie’s in the new year.

We extend an offer to all local residents, community organisations and non-profits to contact us at any time so that we may present SDDCA’s Unity in CommUNITY program to you as well. Once we have a clear and definite commitment from all our elected representatives we will be setting up meetings with each and every stakeholder in the Sippy Downs and District area and beyond linking all the tiers of community advocacy and service provision under the Unity in CommUNITY foundation document.

The SDDCA’s Unity in CommUNITY program is an exciting step for the SDDCA and for the community members we advocate for and with, and we look forward to any feedback, suggestions, or ideas that anyone has on how we can further improve our goal to deliver this program for the benefit of each and every one of you.

Planning, Safety and Development

Planning, Safety and Development

SCC – Community & Sport Newsletter – Edition 1


Welcome to the first edition of the Community Facilities and Planning’s Community and Sport Newsletter. Community Facilities and Planning is one of the branches of the Community Services Department and is made up of three teams; Community Strategy and Planning; Major Venues; and Sport and Community Venues. In this edition we introduce you to the three teams and provide a brief overview of their roles in council. Future editions will provide snippets of information from each of these teams on a range of topics including community and sporting events, development and training opportunities, facility management and maintenance and much more.

To continue reading please see the images below or download the PDF Version to your device.

Community & Sport Newsletter Edition 1

SCC fact sheet


SCC fact sheet SCC fact sheet



27 August 2015



The alarming news from last night’s Sippy Downs & District Community Association’s public meeting was that $907.2 million could be lost if the Sunshine Coast community does not unite and support the Bruce Highway upgrade project – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway.

New SDDCA President Peter Kinchin said, “Approximately 100 people attended the meeting last night and we were pleased to offer residents the opportunity to view a presentation on  the Bruce Highway upgrade project by Amanda Yeates, Regional Director for North Coast and Wide Bay/Burnett, Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Project Director Gavin Soward.  The presentation was very informative and included directional arrows for various travel route so that the audience could clearly understand the proposed new traffic flow.

“In addition to the presentation, residents had the opportunity to ask questions on the project to four senior Main Roads staff and also Federal Member for Fisher Mal Brough.”

The outgoing SDDCA president stated “What is deeply concerning is the current campaign to “Save the exit 190 ramps”.  We would like to ensure that everyone understands that this project is a $1.134 billion project which is funded on an 80:20 basis.  This equates to the federal government contributing $907.2 million.  During a briefing on this project, the Department of Transport and Main Roads advised that federal government funding is contingent on the federal government identifying sufficient benefits to warrant the investment. The return of a 110km/hr speed limit will improve travel times and contribute to the overall benefits from the upgrade. Other key benefits include increase traffic capacity, road safety and bringing this section of the highway to the current standards. It would not be possible to achieve these benefits if all of the 190 ramps were to remain.”

Mal Brough, Federal Member for Fisher said: “It is essential that the community supports this initiative. The project represents significant infrastructure spend that will alleviate major traffic and safety issues.  We must ensure that there is no reason for this funding to be lost or delayed.”

 (Continuation of outgoing president’s report): The SDDCA is also concerned about information being circulated stating by the “Save Exit 190” Facebook group stating that the removal of the 190 ramps would generate traffic onto the local road network of Sippy Downs.  The fact is, we have known for several years that the Palmview greenfield development was NEVER going to get direct access onto the national highway.  The only way for the future 17000 residents to access the Bruce Highway without going through the streets of Sippy Downs is via a connection to the Western Service Road of the highway.

Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie said, “I have supported the SDDCA lobbying for a connection to the western service road and want to assure residents that this upgrade will not increase traffic through Sippy Downs from the future Palmview greenfield development.

(Continuation of outgoing president’s report): Mr Mr Blejie also raised the option of leaving one ramp out of the four 190 ramps open. That being the southbound entry ramp on the eastern side of the highway.  For the benefit of businesses in the Aussie World precinct, the SDDCA supports the further investigation of this proposal providing:

  1. It meets the current safety standards of DTMR.
    2.  It would not place funding of this project in jeopardy.
    3.  It allows for the complete project delivery, including expansion to 6 lanes.|
    4.  It would not delay the connection to Palmview due to increased costs of construction or cause any impediment.

Mr Kinchin said, “Interestingly, only two questions from the floor relating to the project were asked, and both related to hydrology. As the presentation was so thorough and residents also heard of the project benefits from the Federal and State Members, Councillor and the SDDCA committee, it appears that no further questions were necessary. DTMR also  provided details on ongoing community consultation.

“What is most concerning is the risk of having this $1.134 billion dollar project placed in jeopardy.”


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The Eumundi Long Lunch is here again

The Eumundi Long Lunch is here again

event-92-heroOchre Health Long Lunch Katie Rose_2015Its on again folks,  the Eumundi Long Lunch and we have been nominated as the Charity of choice for this wonderful event, with proceeds going to Katie Rose Hospice in Doonan.

Sunday March 22nd is the day to enjoy a beautifully presented two course lunch created by Peter Wolfe and Max Porter of Old Dogs New Trix under the trees at Eumundi Market place and listen to The Do Wop Dolls.

If you have heard about this event but not been along its time to get a group together and enjoy this relaxing enjoyable occasion.

Sandy Wheat
Events Committee
P:  07 5479 0881
A:  PO Box 5603 Maroochydore BC QLD 4558

Invitation to participate in online survey about medical tourism on the Sunshine Coast

Invitation to participate in online survey about medical tourism on the Sunshine Coast

A feasibility study of medical tourism on the Sunshine Coast (Ethics approval no. A14645)


The purpose of this project is to conduct a feasibility study of medical tourism on the Sunshine Coast. This research seeks to explore different perceptions about medical tourism and to examine the attitudes surrounding medical tourism in light of the hospital developments at Sunshine Coast Public and Private University Hospitals located in Kawana Waters.


The Chief Investigator is Mr Aaron Tham (Lecturer in Tourism, Leisure and Event Management, Faculty of Arts and Business). Please direct questions to:

Aaron Tham
Phone: 07 5456 5071

Participant experience

If you agree to take part in this project, you will be asked to complete an online survey which will take approximately 20 minutes of your time. The survey will ask about your knowledge and attitude towards medical tourism on the Sunshine Coast. The online survey link is available at:

Risks and benefits

There are no foreseeable risks involved in this project. While you will not receive any direct benefits for participating, your information will help in steering the understanding of whether medical tourism will feature in conjunction with the new hospital developments at Kawana Waters.

Participation and consent

Participation in the review is voluntary, and you may discontinue at any time without penalty. As your survey responses will be non-identifiable, it will not be possible to withdraw your responses after you have submitted them online. Consent will be implied by completion and submission of the survey. Consent is for the use of your results in this project as well as future related research projects. A consent form will not be required for online surveys as completion of the survey will indicate consent.

Confidentiality and results

Your responses to this survey will be completely anonymous, and no member of the research team will know who has participated. A summary of findings will be available by request from the researcher after analysis of the data. Non-identifiable results may be presented at external or internal conferences or meetings, or by publication. Non-identifiable data may be made available for use by other researchers undertaking similar projects in a different context.

Complaints / Concerns

If you have any complaints about the way this research project is being conducted you can raise them with the Principal Researcher. If you prefer an independent person, contact the Chairperson of the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University: (c/- the Research Ethics Officer, Office of Research, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore DC 4558; telephone (07) 5459 4574; email

The researcher and the University of the Sunshine Coast thank you for consideration of this study.

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