Sippy Downs is on the move
ONCE regarded as part of Buderim, Sippy Downs is now a community in its own right.
With a long history, the transformation of Sippy Downs to a master-planned community has been swift.
It is bordered by the beautiful Mooloolah River National Park and the Bruce Highway.
Originating from the Aboriginal word, Dhippi or Jippi, a generic name for ‘winged creature’, Sippy Downs was believed to be a place of birds.
From grazing and sugar cane land up until the late 1980s, it soon became the largest master-planned community on the Sunshine Coast for its time.
Sippy Downs was designed and declared as the ‘knowledge hub’ in the Queensland Government’s Infrastructure Plan and Program.
The $200m Chancellor Park Estate was launched in June 1994 with the 300ha development planned for about 10,000.
Investa continued to develop the Bellflower precinct and Reed Property Group has delivered Flame Tree Pocket.
Now AVID Property Group has started developing the $3b master-planned Harmony to be developed over the next 20 years on the doorstep of Sippy Downs at Palmview, with 4800 dwellings on 378ha and its own town centre.
Sippy Downs falls between the Sunshine Motorway and the University of the Sunshine Coast that opened its doors in 1996. Today there are more than 13,000 students from all around the world.
An Innovation Centre was established in 2002 and is an ideal place to build a smart business. IC start-ups and high growth companies tap into a deep entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The university has been at the cutting edge with regard to the built landscape as well as courses offered. Among them is the sports science campus including an IAAF standard athletics track.
The health and sport stadium features state- of-the-art testing and training facilities and is home to the Sunshine Coast Lightning netball team. Lightning, a joint venture owned by NRL team Melbourne Storm and University of the Sunshine Coast, took out the inaugural Australian Super Netball premiership in 2017.
The Sippy Downs Town Centre is well on its way with the Habitat Development Group’s Stage One of their Central development.
Other major retail outlets such as Coles, the Super GP Medical clinic and insurance group Youi are built or under construction. There is a police station and post office.
Sippy Downs is also home to Chancellor State College and Siena Catholic College.
The Chancellor Village shopping centre is anchored by Woolworths, Chancellor Tavern, and a string of retail brands.
The University of the Sunshine Coast was planned as Australia’s first university town with potential for over 6000 workers in knowledge-based business.
University status was granted on January 1, 1996. Today the university offers more than 100 courses and programs, and has witnessed 18,823 students graduate.
With a busy university, brings a peaceful Mooloolah River National park, one of the last remnants of unspoilt coastal lowlands and vital for the survival of wildlife and plants around the Coast.
University of the Sunshine Coast.