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.
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.
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!
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.
Sippy Downs was one of the first master planned communities on the Sunshine Coast but being the first is not always a good thing, Sippy Downs is a suburb which experienced a lot of challenges in the early days and to this day still has challenges that are yet to be overcome with boundary fences high on that list.
These quite lengthy sections of residential boundary fencing that face onto major public thoroughfares, two of which are currently under investigation by the Sippy Downs and District Community Association with the help of local residents and landowners, are an issue that in essece falls between the gaps.
Over the last couple of years the association has been exploring and reaching out to affected parties to look at ways to approach this issue and it’s with great pleasure that we can announce that a number of the landowner community members attended a meeting last week forming and SDDCA sub committee dedicated to exploring boundary boundary fence issues for the entire area with University Way and Springhill Drive boundary fences identified as prime candidates for the initial exploration. These 2 stretches front onto highly visible community ingress and egress routes and as such are receiving initial attention with a view to identifying and progressing to locations relative to the successes of these initial explorations.
For more information or to get involved and support this iniative visit the SDDCA Website and read the update titled Community Fence Project Exploration Lifts Off