Sippy Downs is on the move

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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.

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