Please be advised the annual general meeting of the Sippy Downs & District Community Association Inc (SDDCA) will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, commencing at 7 pm.
Further information will be released in the coming weeks
The venue will be the Chancellor State College Primary Campus Hall, Scholars Drive, Sippy Downs.
All residents are welcome to attend the AGM, but only financial members of the SDDCA are able to vote.
Household Membership is $20 per household per year or $10 for concession holders. To become a member now click HERE.
Guest speakers information will be sent out and announced over the coming weeks with invited speakers representing a diverse range of community stakeholders and representatives set to provide an informative update on the local area.
Call for nominations for the 2017-18 SDDCA Management Committee
Any financial member of the SDDCA is eligible to nominate – nomination forms are available by request by simply emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, by download HERE completion and submission by clicking HERE or simply complete the online form below.
Nominations close at 5 pm on 13th August 2018.
The following positions of will be declared vacant at the AGM – President, Secretary, Treasurer, Webmaster and 3 x Committee members.
All current members of the management committee will be renominating, however, we call out to the community for anyone interested in building upon the great work done by the SDDCA over the last 13 plus years by joining the management team for the 2018 – 19 year and beyond.
What is the SDDCA?
The SDDCA (Sippy Downs & District Community Assoc Inc (SDDCA) was formed to foster a sense of identity and civic pride in our community, to represent the best interests of residents and ratepayers in our community, to protect the environment and lifestyle enjoyed within our community and most importantly to act upon those developments and decisions which would impact upon either our community as a whole or upon individual residents within our community.
SDDCA Urges Councillors to defer Community Facilities Draft Decision
Sippy Downs & District Community Association Inc (SDDCA) met with senior council staff today regarding a proposed community facilities precinct at Sippy Downs and urge Councillors to defer any draft decision at Council’s Ordinary Meeting on 19 July.
SDDCA President Matt Druce said:
“After identifying a range of serious concerns about the process and subsequent report for a proposed community facilities precinct at Sippy Downs, the SDDCA President and Secretary today met with senior council staff including, Warren Bunker, James Ruprai, Leah Bancroft, Cr Rick Baberowski and Cr Christian Dickson.
“After reviewing the 78-page document, I am deeply concerned about the glaring anomalies in the report that was presented to Councillors, who will, in turn, make their determination at Thursday’s Ordinary Meeting.
“The report was only made available to the public at midday on Friday, effectively giving us 3.5 working days (as volunteers) to digest the information and seek answers to the many questions that the report raises.
“For example, the draft reporting appears to be completely inconsistent with council’s approach to flooding and ecology, recently taken elsewhere in the region. You only have to refer to the recent approvals for Twin Waters West and the Pelican Waters Golf Club to see the blatant inconsistency.”
Mr Druce said, “SDDCA volunteers have invested a significant amount of time communicating with the landowner and town planning consultant regarding this proposed development. We were delighted to view the concept plans for a proposed community facilities precinct on Peter Crosby Way, Sippy Downs.”
“Based upon the information provided, this proposal ticks all the boxes for what has been lacking in our community. The issue now is that information provided by council officers is at odds with that provided by the landowner. The SDDCA sees it must ensure that the land owner’s offer of approximately 6 hectares of useable land dedicated for community facilities, together with 2.5 million dollars to construct playing fields, a community building and associated infrastructure is delivered.
“With a clear and evident disparity between Council officer’s and Cardno’s flooding assessment, the Association has concerns that there is a severe lack of open and transparent dialogue between the parties to exhaustively explore concerns, and in turn solutions, to deliver this much-needed community precinct within Sippy Downs.
“Therefore, to ensure that we do not lose this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to remedy the historic shortfall of open space and provision of community facilities for Sippy Downs, we urge Sunshine Coast Councillors to defer any decision (draft or otherwise) until any matters are cleared up, and the applicant is given a chance to respond. Open dialogue can then be held between all parties, including the community,” said Mr Druce.
“For many years residents thought this opportunity would never arise due to the lack of suitably sized land in Sippy Downs. Community land in the Palmview development will service new Palmview residents, so we strongly support this opportunity for Sippy Downs residents, who remain without community facilities.
“Additional education facilities and retirement village/aged care living are warranted in this area, and we are pleased that no traditional housing lots are proposed.
“A presentation on the proposal was made at the SDDCA AGM last year and was well received by residents.
“The fact that council officers have had the Urban Investigation Area submissions for 15 months, and neither the applicant nor the community has been given a chance to engage in the process in an endeavor to resolve any issues raised, is deeply concerning.
“From today’s meetings with both Council and the landowner’s representatives, it appears that the concerns raised by Council can be overcome and the delivery of a mutually beneficial outcome between the parties is achievable if a genuine attempt is made to focus on potential solutions.
“We will be informing residents that unfortunately, after these meetings, the anomalies contained in the report have not been clarified to our satisfaction. Therefore we will be submitting a range of outstanding questions to council officers for their written response, for the public record.”
Mr Druce added, “The SDDCA was actively involved with council’s recent draft Sippy Downs Parks Master Plan process. We see a wealth of benefits in the proposal that would deliver objectives of the Parks Master Plan that it currently does not and cannot offer and have asked council that their departments work collaboratively to ensure the best outcome for residents. The current proposal has the potential to benefit our community by delivering much-needed facilities years before the final Parks Master Plan reaches fruition.
“It is lunacy that council is not taking up the opportunity to secure these facilities at no cost to ratepayers.”
This media release was approved by the SDDCA Management Team
The Sippy Downs and District Community Association (SDDCA) is hosting a meet the candidate forum for the Buderim electorate to empower voters’ to engage directly with candidates beyond respective party policy rhetoric and empower an open dialogue to focus on local issues, challenges and the proposed solutions of such.
All candidates have confirmed their availability and will be in attendance for this community forum.
Candidates will be provided an opportunity to respond to four standard questions which will be collated from both online and email submissions from potential voters. Please submit questions you would like ask of all the candidates using the online form below.
The SDDCA also welcomes the submission of questions to be submitted to email@example.com for those who prefer email correspondence.
Following responses from all candidates attendees will be invited to present additional questions to specific candidates from the floor of the meeting.
SDDCA President Matthew Druce states “With compulsory preferential voting returning to Queensland elections in mid 2016 it is imperative that voters have a deep understanding of the calibre of candidate that they will be selecting beyond their first preference.
As an organisation that advocates for and on behalf of local residents, often on topics that are controversial and require negotiation with multiple levels of government, we understand all too well that elected representatives need a level of capability, tenacity and willingness to challenge the status quo. As such we are delivering this forum to ensure that when voters go to the polls on the 25th they have had the opportunity to select a primary and preferential voting hierarchy that will best serve the community’s wants, needs and desires”.
All Buderim Electorate voters are invited to attend and hear responses from each of the candidates in the set questions format and in turn follow this up with with questions from the floor to individual candidates.
At this point in time the association fully endorses further exploration for the delivery of this project and is seeking community feedback.
As per our previous release on this topic The Association believes that Sippy Downs very much needs community facilities like this that have been lacking in and around Sippy Downs for many years.
We believe that this development has the potential to deliver these long overdue and much needed community facilities and will be contacting Sunshine Coast Council representatives this coming week to seek their position and to further explore any potential obstacles that may impede the delivery of this development.
Please share with us your views and perspectives via social media or contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sippy Downs and District Community Association – SDDCA AGM 2017 delivered a wealth of information for the local community across a range of topics including development, local and state governance and local policing last night.
We would like to thank speakers Trevor Devitt, Head of Communications at Youii insurance, Jarrod Bleijie MP, Member for Kawana, Mark Asang, Project Manager – Bruce Highway Upgrade, TMR, James brownsworth speaking on the proposed Community Facilities Precinct for the Crosby family, Steve Dickson MP, Member for Buderim, Cr Christian Dickson, Division 6 Sunshine Coast Council, Anthony Demiris – Avid Group Palmview Development and Sgt Brett Young Officer-in-Charge Sippy Downs police for their most valuable updates and information.
The wealth of information delivered at last nights SDDCA AGM 2017 is testament to the ongoing growth and refinement of the Sippy Downs and District area.
Pictured Speaker – Cr Christian Dickson, Division 6 Councillor – Sunshine Coast Council
Returning SDDCA President Matthew Druce said, “The SDDCA would like to thank all of the community members and VIP Guests who attended the meeting along with the evening’s speakers.
While we value all of the speakers and topics covered, of special interest to us as a community representative and advocacy body is the announcement of the proposed community facilities precinct presented by James Brownsworth on behalf of the Crosby family. This development has the potential to deliver long overdue and much needed community facilities. We will be investigating, exploring and seeking feedback from the community, together with council’s position on this proposal over the coming weeks and months.”
Mr Druce went on to say, “Sippy Downs was poorly planned and delivered but after 10 plus years we may just be on the precipice of seeing some of the biggest oversights delivered. Thanks to the commencement of the expanding Sippy Downs Town Centre, Cr Christian Dickson is now able to explore funding opportunities for the delivery of a library and meeting room facilities. Delivery of the proposed community facilities in these two precincts would see Sippy Downs residents enjoying facilities afforded to other master planned communities.
“We are fortunate to have a strong working relationship with Councillor Christian Dickson and the SDDCA is now calling on residents to learn more about the development proposal on the Crosby land (which includes land dedicated to sporting fields, community buildings and a community garden) and support the Association in our approach to council planning staff.”
More information including detailed maps will be able to be viewed on our website when we release detailed information tomorrow.
Official Release Date: 14 September 2017
SDDCA AGM 2017 – Follow Up
The SDDCA will also be publishing more detailed updates on other information presented on the evening over the coming week however not all information from the night is approved by the relevant speakers for public release beyond the SDDCA AGM 2017 format and attendees.
It is for this very reason that the SDDCA strongly urges community members to stay up to date with community meeting opportunities to ensure they are as informed as possible.
Matt Druce, President
Sippy Downs & District Community Assoc Inc www.sippydowns.org.au
Ph: 0406 991 402
An exciting inclusion in this week’s community meeting and SDDCA AGM is a presentation on the potential delivery of a community facilities Precinct for Sippy Downs.
Last Friday SDDCA Representatives had the opportunity to meet with Steve Dickson MP for Buderim, Cr Christian Dickson, Landowner Ben Crosby and James Brownsworth from Innovative Planning Solutions onsite to take a look at this proposed development for Sippy Downs.
The Crosby family are seeking to develop this land as they understand the need for community focused land and facilities that have historically never been provided for in and around the Sippy Downs area.
Currently under negotiation with Sunshine Coast Council this development has the potential to deliver much needed sports fields and community facilities for the Sippy Downs area and based upon the information provided to us thus far the SDDCA supports this project going ahead while simultaneously seeking community feedback over the coming weeks leading up to a formal submission to SCC.
A full presentation will be delivered at this Wednesday nights community meeting and AGM.