We would like to extend a massive thank you to Coles Sippy Downs for the use of their free community BBQ service, Innovative Planning Solutions for their donation of some 18kg of Sausages given away yesterday, to Cr Christian Dickson for his attendance and to our amazing volunteers cooking, serving and answering questions and providing updates on all things Sippy Downs & District.
If you missed the session please make your way to the community website at www.sippydowns.qld.au where you will find a wealth of community information updated regularly by our community authors.
The old adage don’t cry over spilled milk is very wise indeed and the message is simple… the only time we have any power to enact change is before something happens.
Something is about to happen, the milk is spilling, but it’s not spilled yet! As we have shared before, it is important that the community stands up and shows their desire for a much needed proposed community facility precinct for Sippy Downs – by completing a letter of support which can be completed via the link below.
Submitted letters of support will be used to demonstrate community interest to the council.
This link also includes images and information on the proposal.
Today members of the SDDCA Management Team and Innovative Planning Solutions staff had the opportunity to further engage with locals face to face about the proposed community facilities Precinct for Sippy Downs as part of ongoing engagement to inform and educate locals about the limited opportunity for Sippy Downs to have it’s own sportsfield and adjoining facility for community and sports groups use.
The Sippy Downs community will ultimately play an essential and vital role in guiding Council and Councillors to a decision representative of Community want and need. The very best way to do this is for residents to sign a letter of support which can be presented to Councillors.
As such it is essential the SDDCA management Team, Innovative Planning Solutions and Cr Christian Dickson ascertain the level of support by local residents for this proposal. A massive thank you to all locals who attended today’s info session and completed a “Letter of Support” and to those of you who have already completed an online “Letter of Support” online.
The Sippy Downs & District Community Association would like to acknowledge and thank Mayor Mark Jamieson and Councillors John Connolly, Greg Rogerson and Jason O’Pray for supporting Cr Christian Dickson’s procedural motion at Council’s Ordinary meeting on 19 July. The motion was as follows:
(a) Defer consideration of the report titled “Palmview Urban Development Investigation Areas” until such time as a meeting is held between the affected land owner’s representatives, relevant stakeholders, Councillors and Council Officers;
(b) In consultation with Councillors Baberowski and Dickson, identify, contact and invite relevant stakeholders to meet as outlined in (a) above; and
(c) Request that the Chief Executive Officer provides a report to an Ordinary Meeting no later than one month following the meeting as outlined in (a) above.
SDDCA President Matt Druce said, “The SDDCA particularly gives special thanks to Cr Christian Dickson. During his 12 years as our divisional Councillor, he has always ensured the views of the SDDCA, other local community groups and residents are seriously taken into consideration when making representations to Council. We appreciate that he always acts with the betterment of our community in mind. In relation to this particular issue his actions, passion and support have been greatly appreciated and we are confident he will continue to act to ensure the best possible outcome for our community is achieved in the long run.
The SDDCA had a strong interest in the draft determination made by Council as it involved a proposal for approximately 6 hectares of land dedication for community facilities, together with 2.5 million dollars to construct playing fields, a community building and associated infrastructure.
After viewing Council’s 78-page report which was only publicly released 3.5 working days before Councillor’s made their determination, SDDCA representatives met with both council planning staff and the planning consultant acting on behalf of the landowners.
These discussions raised anomalies in the report that councillors would be basing their decision on. We, therefore, asked our divisional Councillor to put forward the motion asking for an extension of time, to allow a meeting to bring together council’s planning staff, the landowners and consultant, councillors and community representatives. This would be an opportunity to view expert’s reports addressing inconsistencies relating to flooding and ecological reports and work on solutions to the issues raised by council staff.
We were not asking for Councillors to approve the project, simply for more time. We were extremely disappointed that the motion was not supported by 6 of the 11 Sunshine Coast Councillors as there were no statutory timelines in place for this process.
The reason given by some of the Councillors for voting against the motion was that there would most likely not be a different outcome after the extension of time. We would have at least liked the opportunity for an open, transparent discussion with all stakeholders, including the community. I would think that most ratepayers would expect their Councillors to be supportive of this, especially when it involves community facilities that are desperately needed and wanted by their constituents.
The SDDCA has been working with the council, the planning consultant and landowners since 2009 and made numerous submissions during the Palmview Structure Plan process. We successfully lobbied for access to the Bruce Highway via the western road; removal of the north-south Greenlink that would have adversely affected residents; and appropriate sequencing of the road network and development. Considering this history, as volunteers who are simply trying to ensure the best outcome for our community, we feel extremely let down.
Despite Councillors voting to support the officer’s recommendation, we hope that during the two month period that Council allows for landowners to make a submission
to the draft determination, the SDDCA will finally have the opportunity to have roundtable discussion to address any issues. We also trust that considering this was only a draft determination, that Councillors will be open to considering additional expert technical advice.”
The proposed community facilities on Peter Crosby Way is included as an agenda item for the Sippy Downs & District Community Association’s AGM on 29 August. At this meeting, we will provide an update on the process. All residents are encouraged to attend. Meeting details will be posted on the SDDCA website – www.sippydowns.org
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