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Feb 282013
Steve Minnikin MP and Ross Vasta MP at the Carindale Community Forum at Pacific Golf Club

Steve Minnikin MP and Ross Vasta MP at the Carindale Community Forum at Pacific Golf Club

State Member for Chatsworth, Steve Minnikin and Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta addressed the Carindale Community Forum at Pacific Golf Club last night to raise the issue of the post office move from Westfield Carindale.

Mr Vasta said that he was having a meeting at his office with Australia Post on Thursday to discuss the issue.

“I hope that we can actually resolve this sooner rather than later,” he said.

“I will be taking this to highest level that I can.”

As we announced on 29th January, Australia Post plans to close at Westfield Carindale on April 26th and reopen at the Metropol on April 29th.

Survey sent to local residents by Ross Vasta's office.

Survey sent to local residents by Ross Vasta’s office. (Click to view)

Mr Vasta’s office recently sent a hard copy survey to local residents asking their views about the move. The survey, Mr Vasta said, of over 8000 residents showed that: “overwhelming support was for the Australia Post to remain where it is there in Carindale”.

The negotiations, Mr Minnikin explained, started off with Westfield wanting Australia Post to move from its current spot, but not necessarily relocate outside of the centre.

“But the dialogue then started to take a bit of a plummet down south,” Mr Minnikin said.

“And it appears to me, and this is just my speculation, that some leasing egos were getting in the way, between the Westfield leasing executives and dare I say, Australia Post leasing executives.”

“It’s a commercial decision. I believe it’s an absolutely ridiculous commercial decision.”

“Westfield shopping centre needs to have banks, it needs to have an Australia Post, it needs to have your Medibank, Medicare, etcetera. Sure, they get their big rent from the high end fashion and sporting and what-not, the JB Hi-Fis, whatever. But you need to have a proper mix, and part of that proper mix is a hub of the community.”

“I wouldn’t be surprised if in 12-15 months time, that Aussie Post, through the shear volume of complaints, the carpark bingles and bangles and what-not, centre management sorting out issues all day up there, which I hope doesn’t occur, but if it does and it becomes so problematic, I wouldn’t be surprised, if cooler heads prevail, keeping in mind that some of the staff will have gone from both Westfield and Aussie Post. And maybe common sense will once again prevail.”

“I’ve got a distinct problem with having a Carindale post office and it’s not in Carindale,” Mr Minnikin said.

Mr Vasta said the post office move, which will mean a move from the Bonner electorate to the Griffith electorate will mean it loses representation.

He also said he was disappointed with the lack of consultation by Westfield and Australia Post with local representatives.

“It was a massive clash of egos, that’s really what it was,” Mr Vasta said.

He says he’s aiming to work with Senator Stephen Conroy on the issue.

The Carindale Community Forum has been running for 18 months. This event was the first forum for 2013 and the first at the Pacific Golf Club location (where it will be located for at least the rest of this year). The forum is held on the last Wednesday of the month and is open to all locals.

This was Mr Vasta’s first attendance at the forum, but he told the group that, unless required in Canberra, he would be attending them all.

In this Federal Election year we can expect an increased range of local issues to be heard at the community forum so it would be wise for locals to take advantage of this access to local leaders and use it raise questions and issues.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gen is the Founder of Carindale Connect (started in 2007). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology and an internship from ABC Online. She's involved in a number of web projects, was the Website Manager for Chamber of Commerce and Industry QLD and the Editor of Wotnews (Australian news aggregator and search engine start-up). She also spent some time as a volunteer Community Correspondent for 612 ABC Brisbane. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Gen now lives in Carindale. She loves her bicycle (but doesn't do lycra), the environment and art.
Genevieve Robey

  4 Responses to “Post office move due to clash of egos, say local politicians”

  1. In regard to community hubs, we have the Carina State School that’s in Carindale and the Carindale PCYC that’s in Carina; so I’m not sure the name is a good argument as to why it shouldn’t relocate. The ease of access in and out of Metropol certainly is and I certainly won’t be using the Post Office at Metropol.

  2. No one will be able to go to the post office at the Metropol because it is a complete disaster in traffic management already! There is only one way out and often it is impossible to turn right and back onto Creek Road because traffic banks bank and can’t get through the lights.

    The council would need to completely redevelop the entries and exit to prevent a traffic standstill at that intersection – that is if people go to that post office.

    That post office is doomed.

  3. I certainly will not visit the ‘Carindale’ post office if it is located at the Metropol. That is too far away from Carindale. I will have to use the Carina agency… better business for them I guess 😐

  4. Go Vasta! We all know this is true. Keep up the good work!

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