A com­mu­nity that of­fers a spe­cial way of life

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ONCE re­garded as part of Bud­erim, Sippy Downs is now a com­mu­nity in its own right.

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.

With its name 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 sug­ar­cane land up un­til the late 1980s, it 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 $200 mil­lion 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 $3 bil­lion 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.

The me­dian house price at Septem­ber was $490,000, up from $475,000 at the start of the year and $405,000 in 2013.

The me­dian price of units in Septem­ber was $359,900 and the last of the land re­leases saw a me­dian price of $240,000 in April.

Sippy Downs falls be­tween the Sun­shine Mo­tor­way and the Uni­ver­sity of the Sun­shine Coast. USC opened its doors in 1996 with 500 stu­dents and two sig­nif­i­cant build­ings.

Now there are 23 build­ings and 16,000 stu­dents, and the uni­ver­sity con­tin­ues to grow with a cam­pus that now ex­tends from Fraser Coast to More­ton Bay.

An In­no­va­tion Cen­tre was es­tab­lished in 2002 and is an ideal place to build a smart busi­ness.

The uni­ver­sity has been at the cut­ting edge with re­gard to the built land­scape as well as cour­ses of­fered.

An ex­am­ple of this is the sports sci­ence cam­pus, which in­cludes 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.

The Light­ning, a joint ven­ture owned by NRL team Mel­bourne Storm and USC, took out the in­au­gu­ral Aus­tralian Su­per Net­ball premier­ship last year.

The Sippy Downs town cen­tre is well on its way with Habi­tat De­vel­op­ment Group’s Stage One of their Cen­tral de­vel­op­ment.

Ma­jor re­tail out­lets such as Coles, the Su­per GP Med­i­cal clinic and in­sur­ance group Youi are re­cent de­vel­op­ments.

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.

USC was planned as Aus­tralia’s first uni­ver­sity town with po­ten­tial for more than 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 had 18,823 stu­dents grad­u­ate.

With the busy uni­ver­sity comes 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.

Lo­cated three min­utes from the Bruce Hwy and 10 min­utes to the coastal hot-spot of Mooloolaba, Sippy Downs is the ideal lo­ca­tion to call home.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

IN HAR­MONY: Sippy Downs is the ideal lo­ca­tion to call home.

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