OFFICIAL SDDCA MEDIA RELEASE

Friday June 21, 2019

Sippy Downs & District Community Association Inc

PO BOX 7012
Sippy Downs, Queensland 4556
Phone: 0406 991 402
Email: info@sippydowns.org.au

The Sippy Downs and District Community Association (SDDCA) Executive Team is thrilled to announce that the proposed development on Peter Crosby Way, Sippy Downs which includes a community facilities precinct, will be moving forward under the normal statutory planning process for this type of development. The revenue generating component of the land is proposed to include aged care/retirement living and the community facilities precinct includes a multi-use building, open courtyard area, community garden and off-leash dog park.

On this note President Matt Druce had this to say, “We are thrilled that the much needed Community Facilities Precinct in Sippy Downs has proceeded to a process that balances the considerations of community benefit, council policy and environmental objectives as in our view none of these considerations should ever be solely considered in solitude or isolation from the others when it comes to any decision that may impact upon the best interests of residents and ratepayers in our community or that of the Sunshine Coast community as a whole”

Mr Druce said, “At yesterday’s council meeting, our divisional Councillor Christian Dickson, who had been presented with 351 letters of support for the proposal, put forward an alternative motion which ensured that the proposal will now proceed to a statutory planning process. This formal process will include additional detailed technical analysis and importantly, include public notification.

Councillor Dickson’s actions are testament to his commitment to our community to ensure an open, transparent and engaging planning process, unlike the Urban Investigation Area process that could have seen this proposal dismissed by council.”

“Yesterday was an education! Attending a council Ordinary Meeting was an eyeopener and although I already “knew it superficially” I gained a deeper realisation of how any decision before a council OM (ordinary meeting) that may only impact a single division, is in the hands of just 5 other councillors because if less than 5 other councillors are in agreement your councillor, it’s all over, good, bad or otherwise!.

It was good to see so many members of the Chancellor Park Community Church in the council gallery showing their support.

While there was some truly valuable debate on the floor of council yesterday some very wise words shared by Cr Greg Rogerson stood out when he said “… we have had councillors here make representations purely on planning grounds, let me tell you, if we were going to make decisions purely on planning grounds there is no sense us being here, we may as well just give it (decision making powers) to the council staff and let them do it…. Our main principal paramount aim is to support our community and as councillors it is the Sunshine Coast broader community, not just our divisional…”.

Mr Druce went on to say that “We want to extend to Councillors Christian Dickson, John Connolly, Jason O’Pray, Greg Rogerson, (Deputy Mayor) Tim Dwyer and (Mayor) Mark Jamieson our gratitude for their vote yesterday and simultaneously express our willingness and desire to engage with councillors who voted against the progression so that we may ensure we have fully considered their perspectives and perceptions just as we hope they will be willing to consider those of the SDDCA, community, landowners and industry experts”

“We will be actively seeking dialogue with each and every councillor here on the Sunshine Coast as we move forward because we believe that by engaging in genuine transparent dialogue with all parties facing any challenge or process is the only way to gain the understanding needed to make representations and in turn decisions truly and primarily in the public interest”

“The landowner for the site in question is Living Choice Australia. The SDDCA has met with Owner/Directors Mr Graham Hobbs and Mr Ian Tregoning.

Following yesterday’s welcome decision by council Mr Hobbs said, “We are very pleased with Council’s final determination which will allow us to continue the planning process for this site. Our planning consultant for this project is Innovative Planning Solutions. They will continue to engage with the Sippy Downs community throughout this process. Residents can be assured that Living Choice Palmview is committed to providing a high-quality community facilities precinct, which will honour the late Peter Crosby’s vision for this site.”

Media inquiries:  Matt Druce, President, SDDCA, Ph: 0406 991 402