Media Release: Parking breakthrough at Stockland Green Hills

Workers at Stockland Green Hills will once again be able to access free, safe parking at the centre, with the SDA, the Union for workers in retail, fast food and warehousing, and Stockland reaching an in-principle agreement.

The SDA has secured a breakthrough in the Green Hills parking dispute following a meeting with Stockland management on Friday.

In a meeting facilitated by Federal MP for Paterson, Meryl Swanson, the Union and Stockland have reached an in-principle agreement which will ensure the centre’s workers can re-access free, safe parking at the centre and that priority be given to customers to access the most convenient parking spaces in the centre.

Following the meeting, the parties issued the following joint statement:

“It’s been a productive meeting.

Retail workers are not restricted from parking at Stockland Green Hills under the development consent.

Stockland is working on designating 115 car parks for retail worker parking and also proposes to trial a further 120 parks for this purpose. Stockland is exploring additional options.

However we acknowledge the importance of creating convenient and accessible parking for customers. This will underpin the success for Stockland retailers and underpin retail worker employment. Accordingly we request retail workers support Stockland’s endeavour to prioritise parking for customers and encourage retail workers to use alternate methods of transport to work where available.”

The meeting followed weeks of workers, nearby businesses, tenants and the local community voicing their concerns about the impact of centre staff parking off-site.

On Friday, local Union representatives presented a petition to Stockland centre management with over 1,500 signatures in support of reinstating staff parking at the centre.

SDA Newcastle and Northern Branch Assistant Secretary, David Bliss, said today, “This is a very satisfying result for workers at the centre and for the wider community. We have been privileged to work with so many others over recent weeks to ensure the voice of the community was heard and understood”.

“In the coming weeks we look forward to an immediate improvement in parking access for workers in the shopping centre, with dedicated spaces to be made available for the centre’s staff. This will relieve some of the pressure on the local streets and on surrounding businesses.

“There is still more work to be done over the coming months to ensure adequate parking is made available for all users of the centre and we are pleased that the first steps have been taken.

“The Union has committed to open communication with Stockland regarding lighting and security issues, investigating further options for more staff parking in the close proximity to the centre and encouraging retail workers to use alternate methods of transport to work, where available, and access the dedicated spaces, where possible.”

“The Union also looks forward to working with the local community and with Stockland to secure the best possible arrangements for the benefit of all stakeholders, including workers, customers, tenants, surrounding businesses and local residents,” Mr Bliss said.

The success of Stockland Green Hills depends upon its customers, the workers and the support of broader community. The Union is pleased Stockland has responded to our concerns and we will continue to engage with our supporters and with Stockland to ensure Green Hills provides the best possible shopping and working experience in the future.

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