De­vel­op­ment on rise in fast-grow­ing com­mu­nity

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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 sugar cane 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.

De­vel­op­ment is con­tin­u­ing to gain mo­men­tum, with in­sur­ance com­pany Youi open­ing the $73 mil­lion first stage of their new global head­quar­ters at the east­ern gate­way to the new Sippy Downs town cen­tre.

The com­ple­tion of stage one of the four-level build­ing pro­vides the rapidly grow­ing in­surer with 12,500sq m of high-tech of­fice space and ac­com­mo­da­tion for up to 1700 staff. Stage two of the project will see a 12,500sq m wing added, pro­vid­ing space to ac­com­mo­date up to 3000 staff.

Cen­tral Sippy Downs, a $25 mil­lion two-stage de­vel­op­ment of­fer­ing 3500sq m of com­mer­cial space, is 80 per cent leased.

The land­mark site at the cor­ner of Stringy­bark Rd and Cen­tral Dr has seen ground­work start on a de­vel­op­ment by the Vit­mer Group for five com­mer­cial lots with a res­i­den­tial com­po­nent.

An­other key site at the east­ern exit from the Sun­shine Mo­tor­way has seen ground­work start on what will be a ma­jor Cal­tex ser­vice sta­tion, McDon­ald’s, KFC and Stel­larossa Espresso Cof­fee Fran­chise.

The re­cently com­pleted 3765sq m Coles su­per­mar­ket, to­gether with a 150sq m Liquor­land out­let on an 11,220sq m site, sold in April this year for $24 mil­lion.

The sub­urb started when the $200 mil­lion Chan­cel­lor Park Es­tate was launched in June 1994, with the 300ha de­vel­op­ment planned for a pop­u­la­tion of 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 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 has seen con­sis­tent growth and at April 2018 was $500,000, up from $405,000 in 2013. Most sales were in the $400,000–$800,000 range. The me­dian unit price in April was $266,500, down from a high of $371,400 last July.

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 it con­tin­ues to grow.

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.

Sippy Downs is also home to Chan­cel­lor State Col­lege and Siena Catholic Col­lege. There is also a po­lice sta­tion and post of­fice.

The Chan­cel­lor Vil­lage shop­ping cen­tre is an­chored by Wool­worths, Chan­cel­lor Tav­ern and a string of re­tail brands.

Lo­cated three min­utes from the Bruce High­way and 10 min­utes to the coastal hotspot of Mooloolaba, Sippy Downs is the ideal lo­ca­tion to call home.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Sippy Downs grew quickly from graz­ing and sugar cane land in the late ’80s to the big­gest mas­ter-planned com­mu­nity on the Sun­shine Coast for its time.

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