AMP Capital Listened

AMP Capital Listened

People Power Wins Over Big Capital AMP

Victor P Taffa

AMP Capital has listened to Editor Victor P Taffa and community outrage at plans to reduce the size of the Ice-Skating Rink at Macquarie Shopping Centre, North Ryde.

Earlier this year AMP Capital announced that they had wanted to reduce the size of the Ice-Skating Rink from Olympic Size to Recreational Size.

Multi-Level Macquarie Shopping Centre located in Sydney’s North-West opened in 1981 that included an Ice-Skating Rink.

Design of Macquarie Shopping Centre was ahead of its time with long sloping ramps leading customers from one level to another easily.

Inclusion of an Ice-Skating Rink secured Macquarie Shopping Centre’s popularity and long-term success.

Macquarie Shopping Centre is opposite Macquarie University and is a reason for the Skating Rink’s continued popularity.

Macquarie Shopping Centre Ice-Skating Rink is home to Sydney Bears and Sydney Ice Dogs ice hockey teams.

Ice-Skating Rinks in Sydney are far and few between and the Ice-Skating Rink brings people into the Centre to spend money for AMP Capital who owns Macquarie Shopping Centre.

This announcement came on top of Ice-Skating Rink Management undertaking a recent refurbishment of the Rink.

Macquarie Shopping Centre has only just been expanded along with increased Car Parking, retail shops along with newly acquired tenant, David Jones Department Store.

Residents and shoppers were outraged and horrified at this announcement.

AMP Capital has realised that staying on side of the community protects its investment at Macquarie Shopping Centre.

Car Parking

Most Shoppers park for less than the designated time and so Macquarie Shopping Centre earns very little money from Car Parking.

Surely the Car Parking can be expanded and some of that new floor space turned into Retailing.

Depth of concrete that supports car parking is heavier to that for retail areas so conversion of car parking into retail floor space is engineeringly feasible.

Once refurbishment plans for Macquarie Shopping Centre have been released people will be keen to see what the plan will look like with regards to the Ice-Skating Rink.

Thank you, AMP Capital, for listening to the people who spends their money at Macquarie Shopping Centre.