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
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 email@example.com, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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.