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Jan 292013

Australia Post at Carindale is getting ready to move from its Westfield location after negotiations with Westfield to stay in the shopping centre failed.

Westfield Carindale has plans for more high-end retail in the space that the post office currently occupies.

Discussions took place regarding another spot within the centre. However, Australia Post found the alternative space offered to be unsuitable.

The Australia Post store, along with its many PO boxes, will now relocate to the Metropol shopping centre on Creek Road Mount Gravatt East in late April, an Australia Post spokesperson says.

Adrian Schrinner, Councillor for the Chandler Ward and Deputy Mayor, says he was very concerned to learn that the post office at Carindale may be relocating out of the shopping centre.

“The post office provides some important services for our local community, including the ability to pay bills in-person,” Cr Schrinner says.

“Any relocation away from the centre would seriously inconvenience the thousands of local residents and small businesses who access the post office each week.”

“The centre has long been a one-stop-shop for the community, offering important facilities such as a Council library, a Medicare and Family Assistance Office, medical facilities, banking services and a post office.”

“It just doesn’t make sense for the post office to leave the centre.  Australia Post will suffer, Westfield will suffer and most importantly customers will suffer,” he says.

Cr Schrinner said he hoped another location within the centre could be found.

“I have been in contact with both parties and personally urged them to try and resolve this situation,” he said.

From the perspective of another shopping precinct, such as the Metropol, an Australia Post branch could be a good draw card. Smaller shopping precincts have been feeling the effects of Westfield’s huge expansion.

For locals, however, the removal of Australia Post from Westfield is significant in terms of public transport, parking and convenience of essential services.

The Australia Post spokesperson said that the Westfield store is to close on April 26th and the new store at Metropol will open April 29th and that customers (such as PO box holders) will be contacted very soon.

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

  11 Responses to “Post office being pushed out of Westfield Carindale”

  1. What else did you expect from bIg business? Westfield’s “scorched earth” lease policy destroys small business in an attempt to maximise its own profits. They are a company with a disgraceful set of core business values… and it now seems that community services are also on their hit list. I know their management system very well …. the rent “budget” is their key business driver. Don’t think all tenants pay all of their rent, all of the time. Some only pay part rent, and the manager’s key responsibility is to maximise the monthly rent collect….even if it means renting out the post office to someone who is prepared to pay more. This is how their rent collection system works, and this is how it affects core business decisions like removing the Post Office for a higher paying tenant ………is anyone really surprised by this?

  2. I think it’s fantastic. It’s a couple of blocks away from Carindale and for those who wonder how to get to Metropol who don’t drive, the 590 and 599 and other buses pass by frequently. No parking problems at Metropol or asking for money to park!! It’s not “terrible” for those without transport as it’s a step and a jump from Carindale. These people complaining don’t appear to know where Metropol is because they can’t even spell it correctly!!! There is no “ill-defined” right-hand turn into Pine Mountain Road either; it’s simple.

  3. A disgusting move by Westfield. I have a PO box at Carindale but will be cancelling it as I do not drive and will not be catching extra buses just to collect my mail. Westfield, what will be next to close – Medicare, the Library, banks?????

  4. I have just heard about the move of the post office and am very surprised that it will be moving to the Metropole, which is likely to become a parking nightmare. Two post offices with a large one in Mt. Gravatt and the other at Mt. Gravatt East seem a little much. Carindale post office should be in the shopping centre for total customer convenience, seems a very strange move on the part of Westfields to ask them to go. Terrible for those without transport.

  5. There are some great businesses in Metropol, however, to those using cars (are there other ways to get there?), keep your wits about you with parking and egress! Nothing like an ill-defined right-hand turn into Pine Mountain Rd to raise the hackles!

  6. This is terrible. As someone who doesn’t drive, I see Carindale as a hub for my errands such as Medicare & the Post Office. I won’t be catching a bus to Carindale & then changing to go to Metropole. Such a shame that Carindale see’s itself as a retail complex rather than being part of the community as far as essential services. What next? The Library?

  7. What a pity the post office has to move. I have had a post office box at Carindale for nearly 30 years despite the fact I moved to another suburb almost 20 years ago. It was convenient to keep my po box due to using the shopping centre for other needs. I am not sure how this extra distance will be for me to travel. Will have to think about cancelling my po box.

  8. What a short-sighted view from Westfield..I visit Carindale regularly, and am always amazed at the number of customers at the Post Office.Obviously, for Westfield, long-term leasees are expendable, for the sake of grabbing more rents at the expense of providing services! It’s obvious to me that Westfield has given ”considerations” to the new tennants, and is trying to screw the old tennants to make up the short-fall!! I say keep the Post Office. Obviously Westfield doesn’t realise the effect ”paid-parking” has had on the retail to remove the P.O. would exacerbate the situation.SHAME..SHAME..SHAME!

  9. Typical Westfields. This mob have no interest in the shoppers or the tenants. Only greedy interest is MONEY at any cost. I live at carindale and now happily shop at Cannon Hill. No waiting to get into and out of the crazy parking and ease of getting to shops. As I am not interested in clothing stores which is about 80% of carindale tenants I find everything I need at Cannon Hill. Westfields can keep Carindale.

  10. I think this is utterly disgraceful …!!this draws customers into carindale and is such a big part of doing all your shopping under one roof … Wake up Westfield ….!!

  11. Westfield Carindale just does not listen to its customers and has got to be an absolute bull when it comes to retail space.

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