NEW COMMITTEE SOUGHT FOR SDDCA
The Sippy Downs & District Community Association will hold its Annual General Meeting on 17 August and is looking for new members to serve on its management committee.
SDDCA president Murray Lyons said that after four years leading the association he would not be seeking re-election in 2011. Other long-standing committee members have also confirmed they will be retiring at the AGM. Mr Lyons called on SDDCA members and Sippy Downs residents to continue to show their support for the association by nominating for the management committee.
“Five members who are retiring this year have been on the committee for several years and three, including the current secretary and treasurer, have been on board since the SDDCA was formed in 2003,” Mr Lyons said. “Now it’s time for us to move on and for others to take over.”
Mr Lyons said that for the past three years, the committee had been focused on trying to ensure that the new Palmview greenfield development would not adversely impact the existing Sippy Downs community.
“We have never been opposed to Palmview,” Mr Lyons said, “but were very concerned about unrealistic fast-tracking by the state government of this development and the impact of an additional 17,000 residents on our local road network. Of particular concern was council’s decision to construct a dedicated ‘greenlink’ bus route through the middle of Chancellor Park to service Palmview, and their refusal to expand Claymore Road.
“With the support of our Local Councillor Christian Dickson and State Member Jarrod Bleijie, the SDDCA lobbied the Sunshine Coast Regional Council on the Palmview structure plan and mobilised the local community through a series of public meetings and submissions to council and also took its concerns directly to the state government.
“We have done our best to support residents justifiably concerned about the proposed greenlink route along the Energex easement and are currently awaiting the results of council’s second independent report. Later this year, community consultation will also be sought regarding the east-west link and it is important that Sippy Downs residents are well represented.
“One issue that the council, state government and community all agreed on regarding Palmview was the sequencing of development. That was an important outcome for Sippy Downs as without this planning, University Way would have returned to the traffic gridlock experienced before the construction of the Claymore/Dixon Rd overpass.
“Another positive outcome for the community is council’s infrastructure agreements with developers totalling $600 million. This ensures that the burden of providing new infrastructure won’t be carried by ratepayers. Included is millions of dollars for sport and recreation land and facilities, plus community land and facilities. We believe it is important for the community to be involved in the establishment of these facilities and could be something that a new committee could focus on. “
Mr Lyons said that the retiring SDDCA committee members had wanted to see through the Palmview structure plan process, but felt it was time for new people to take on future issues affecting the Sippy Downs community.
“An important issue on the horizon is the development of the Sippy Downs Town Centre and we look forward to the future employment opportunities that will be generated. Community consultation has made clear the need for this site to be a mixture of small and large retail; outdoor dining; adequate parking facilities and surrounding road network; and residential units. The SDDCA supports council’s vision for the Sippy Downs Town Centre to be a university town, with a traditional town centre rather than just another shopping precinct.
“The SDDCA has an excellent working relationship with our elected representatives Peter Slipper MP, Jarrod Bleijie MP and Cr Christian Dickson and other community stakeholders and values the support of our corporate sponsors. We have successfully worked on numerous projects with Cr Dickson over the years and as most of our issues relate to council, we have also appreciated a direct line of communication with the CEO and Executive Director of Regional Strategy and Planning. The SDDCA is an affiliate member of the Buderim War Memorial Community Association. We have a regular column in the Local Community Times and acknowledge the support from local media over the years. Our new website is proving to be very effective.
“Volunteers have expressed interest in continuing the successful graffiti cleanup undertaken by the SDDCA. We have recently celebrated the funding of the Claymore Road and Sippy Downs Drive pathways and have been involved in council’s rehabilitation work to lake 6. All of which are positive projects for our community.
“The SDDCA was successful in our application to the Energex Sunshine Coast Energy Conservation Community Benefit Fund and received funding to host a community environmental information day. This event will include a free BBQ and will be held beside Chancellor Park lake 6, at the completion of council’s current works.
“Nominations for the 2011-12 management committee are now open,” Mr Lyons said. “The positions of president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and ordinary committee members will need to be filled. I urge residents to ensure that the SDDCA continues to represent the community and continues the strong working relationships that have been formed.
Nomination forms are available on the SDDCA website (www.sippydowns.qld.au) or by emailing the secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 0417 648 625. Nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday 3 August 2011. Only financial members of the SDDCA may nominate and anyone wishing to join the association can do so via the website. The cost is $20 per household per year ($10 concession).
The AGM will be held on Wednesday 17 August at 7pm at the multi-purpose hall, Chancellor State College primary campus, Scholars Drive, Sippy Downs. Guest speakers include Jarrod Bleijie MP; Cr Christian Dickson; Warren Bunker, Executive Director of Regional Strategy & Planning, Sunshine Coast Regional Council; and Sgt Brett Young, Officer in Charge of Sippy Downs Police, who will provide updates on local issues.
Sippy Downs & District Community Association Annual General Meeting
7pm, 17th of August
Chancellor State College primary campus
A presentation of a light rail concept for the Sunshine Coast will be given by James Birrell, Conlon Birrell Landscape Architects at the Sippy Downs & District Community Association AGM (full agenda below).
7.00pm Murray Lyons, President, SDDCA - Welcome, format for evening, AGM formalities including president’s report
7.20pm Cr Christian Dickson will take the chair for election of new committee
7.30pm Newly elected President takes chair and introduces guest speakers
7.35pm Sgt Brett Young, Officer in Charge, Sippy Downs Police - Local policing issues and statistics
7.45pm Warren Bunker, Executive Director, Regional Strategy & Planning, Sunshine Coast Regional Council - Update on Palmview development and Sippy Downs Town Centre
8.00pm James Birrell, Conlon Birrell Landscape Architects - Presentation of light rail concept for Sunshine Coast
8.15pm Jarrod Bleijie MP, State Member for Kawana - Positive funding announcements for Sippy Downs + state updates
8.25pm Councillor Christian Dickson - Update on work to Chancellor Park Lakes and Claymore Rd & Sippy Downs Dve pathways
8.35pm Questions from the floor
8.55pm Wrap up of meeting by SDDCA President
Chancellor State College primary campus, Sippy Downs
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