Tick­ets on them­selves

PAID PARK­ING FOR CAROUSEL STAFF

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jaime Shurmer

WEST­FIELD Carousel’s paid park­ing scheme will hit ten­ants and staff the hard­est, one worker has claimed.

A man who works at the shop­ping cen­tre but did not want to be named said a meet­ing be­tween Scen­tre Group, which runs the West­field cen­tres, and the cen­tre’s staff and ten­ants was held two weeks ago.

The charges for cus­tomers re­main un­con­firmed but there are re­ports the first three hours would be free be­fore tar­iffs would ap­ply and an ex­tra hour al­lowed for those with movie tick­ets.

The worker claimed they would be charged $3 a day to park at the cen­tre. The worker said sales and foot traf­fic had al­ready dropped dur­ing the ex­pan­sion works and ten­ants were strug­gling.

“West­field is si­t­u­ated in the mid­dle to lower-in­come group. If this prob­lem con­tin­ues, lots of the lo­cal com­mu­nity are go­ing to lose their jobs. Peo­ple are not go­ing to visit Carousel if they are go­ing to pay,” he said.

He said the staff were us­ing toi­lets in need of up­grades while mil­lions was be­ing spent to im­prove the cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ni­cholas Yan, who has shopped at Carousel for 11 years, con­tacted the Can­ning Times last week when he saw boom gates and ticket ma­chines be­ing in­stalled.

“I asked some re­tail­ers and they are aware that paid park­ing is most likely com­ing to West­field Carousel,” Mr Yan said.

He said he knew of in­ter­state West­field cen­tres that had paid park­ing.

“My point of view is that this could be the end of shop­ping at West­field Carousel to me now,” he said.

Can­ning Times first high­lighted paid park­ing could be on the cards on May 4 af­ter pa­trons saw power sup­plies and sen­sors at carpark en­trances be­ing in­stalled.

At the time, a spokes­woman for Scen­tre Group said the group could not con­firm de­tails but ex­pected to make an an­nounce­ment soon.

Scen­tre Group con­firmed a Smarter Park­ing sys­tem would be in­tro­duced as part of its $350 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment,

“This means no pa­per tick­ets, no queu­ing at pay sta­tions and no lengthy wait pe­ri­ods when find­ing a park,” the spokes­woman said.

“We recog­nise this ben­e­fit also ap­plies to staff and so are im­ple­ment­ing a des­ig­nated staff park­ing area that in­cludes se­cure park­ing with CCTV and in­creased avail­abil­ity. This will be pro­vided at a re­duced flat rate for all cen­tre and re­tail staff.”

Up­grades to ex­ist­ing facilities and ameni­ties that will be ac­ces­si­ble to staff would also be made.

West­field Carousel staff and ten­ants, along with the gen­eral pub­lic, face paid park­ing at the com­plex.

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