The Sunshine Coast Council Budget has been released for 2021/2022 with some old ideas getting funding for Sippy Downs, Palmview & Chancellor Park? Here is what has been announced and the real story on those old ideas.
$450,000 has been allocated to construct the connection between Scholars Drive and Columbia Street, Sippy Downs under the federal government’s Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program. Considering Scholars Drive has been a traffic nightmare from day one, not much has happened over the 15+ years since the community has been up in arms regarding the traffic chaos. Literally generations of students and parents have had to deal with the daily grind of school drop off and pick ups in the afternoon, with successive local and state governments refusing to deal with the issue. Each blaming the other and still the community waits for a solution. Quite frankly, our political representatives have failed the community on this subject, so we wait to see what $450,000 will bring us.
In March 2016, former President of the local community association Mike Doroshenko, wrote an interesting article which we think is the best solution. It involves the resumption of land at the end of Scholars Drive. Click here to read it.
$400,000 has been allocated to plan, design and deliver a Sippy Downs Library and Local Community Venue. This proposal has been in the pipeline for over 10 years and still nothing has been done. A community centre & library was the centrepiece for community needs for some time, with Council promising this facility when the Sippy Downs Town Centre was first proposed. Land was to be set aside near the new Coles precinct (which was not built at the time) and the community facility built on that land. What has happened to that proposal? Again we wait and see what $400,000 brings us.
$50,000 has been allocated to start the planning for an Aquatic Centre in Palmview. Great idea, but this was also a proposal which Council announced in their Sunshine Coast Aquatics Plan in 2011.Ten years later we’re still waiting.
So it seems that Council enjoys announcing previously announced projects and never actually starts them!
$1.1 million has been allocated to design and construct a district recreation park in the Sippy Downs Town Centre – Forest Park West Sippy Downs. Will this be an active or passive recreational park? Passive recreational space usually have benches, BBQ areas etc, for residents to enjoy. Fact is that Sippy Downs has no publicly owned “active recreational space”. Yes that’s right we have zero square metres of active recreational space, which allows for competitive sports to be played on a field, such as children’s soccer. In 2011 Council’s Sunshine Coast Sport and Active Recreation Plan “Open Space Strategy” recommended that land be sought for such purpose, and it was an on-going commitment. We believe that we have enough parks that are passive recreational space, and active recreational space is what is needed.
Other funding allocated for the local area include:
- $130,000 to replace Edgewater Lake Parks Bridge, Sippy Downs
- $100,000 to upgrade existing off-road car park at Albany Street, Sippy Downs
- $100,000 to plan design, and deliver the Palmview District Community Centre
- $100,000 to construct 10 new parking bays at Sir Raleigh Drive, Sippy Downs
- $10,000 for pathway lighting at Chancellor Village Park, Sippy Downs
- $10,000 for renewal works at Phoenix Circuit Park, Sippy Downs.
- $9000 for renewal and upgrade works at Windmill Park, Sippy Downs