Community Facilities Precinct (Peter Crosby Common) lives to see another day!

Community Facilities Precinct (Peter Crosby Common) lives to see another day!

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

Sponsor found for University Way Fence Project

Sponsor found for University Way Fence Project

SDDCA MEDIA RELEASE

Sippy Downs and District Community Association (SDDCA) President Matt Druce is pleased to announce that a sponsor has been secured for the final stage of the University Way fence project between Colombia and Albany Streets, Sippy Downs.

Mr Druce said, “This is an important community project as this particular roadway is one of the area’s most used local roads and is in desperate need of repair and paint. A joint project last year between the SDDCA, Cr Christian Dickson, former State Member Steve Dickson and the Buderim Men’s Shed saw the restoration of the fence from Oxford Close to Scholars Drive. This has made an incredible difference to the amenity of the area with stage 2 set to remedy this long-standing eyesore.

“At the SDDCA AGM in August, we made an open call for sponsorship for the restoration of the remainder of the fence along University Way from Columbia Street to Albany Street.  I am pleased to advise residents that through town planning consultants Innovative Planning Solutions, Mr Graham Hobbs and Mr Ian Tregoning, the owners and Directors of Living Choice Australia, have responded to that call and advised that LCA will provide sponsorship for this project.

Completion of stage 2 of this project will see the erection of “Project Thank You” signage at the beginning and ends of stage 1 and 2 of the project, recognising the efforts and contributions of all the organisations and businesses involved. This has been approved by Council for a period of 12 months for which we are grateful.

We are aiming to commence work in the new year and are calling for expressions of interest from local industry relevant businesses to put up their hand and volunteer to assist in the management and delivery of this final stage, in turn securing the opportunity to have their business acknowledged in the “Project Thank You” signage. (APPLY BELOW)

“The SDDCA has established good working relationships with many of the landowners in our fast-growing area and it is encouraging to see this genuine desire by Living Choice Australia to provide for the Sippy Downs community.  As well as the proposal of community facilities put forward by Living Choice Palmview on land bordering Chancellor Park Estate, they also have approval for a large residential development in Palmview. Our aim is to continue to work with them and other developers on matters of community interest.”

Mr Hobbs said, “Living Choice provides a wide choice of living options and leisure facilities in safe, secure communities located in sought-after locations. We value engagement with local residents and were only too pleased to provide sponsorship for this community project run by the Sippy Downs & District Community Association.”

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

Media op:

Matt Druce, SDDCA, Graham Hobbs, Living Choice Australia and James Brownsworth, Innovative Planning Solutions will be inspecting the fence on University Way, Sippy Downs near the intersection on Albany Street at 1.30pm on Thursday 13 December 2018.  Media welcome to attend.

 

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