This year has demonstrated just how important it is for big business to be connected to the communities they operate in. Since 2014, Stockland has invested over $45 million in local health, wellbeing and education initiatives through their CARE Foundation, community grants, and national community partnerships.

Gathering together as a community is an essential part of belonging and is important for maintaining positive social relationships, morale and mental health. That’s why many of the Stockland community partnerships and programs were designed to bring people together to socialise, exercise and learn.

At Stockland they were determined to follow through on their commitment to make a positive impact in the communities where they operate.

Teams worked closely with community partners to pivot face-to-face health and wellbeing programs to virtual programs such as Jamie's Ministry of Food - which provided online cooking classes to Stockland’s retirement village residents. And Live Life Get Active - which provided access to online fitness training, nutrition plans and virtual coaching, helping residents stay as healthy as possible.

“After 12 months of bushfires, floods, pandemics, isolation and economic hardship, we have a responsibility to give back and support the towns and cities around the country that are finally finding their feet again.” Stockland CEO Mark Steinert said.

“This is more than our responsibility, it’s something we believe in and is core to our success.”

Stockland also responded to help those impacted by the 2019-2020 ‘Black Summer’ bushfire crisis across Australia. The fires impacted a number of Stockland’s retail town centres and retirement living villages across NSW, Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.

Stockland donated $500,000 to support the long-term rebuilding and resilience of communities and also donated $20,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service and QLD Rural Fire Brigade to support the relief efforts before Christmas 2019 and $35,000 to the FRRR for its ongoing drought relief program.

Stockland employees reached out to offer whatever practical support was needed in their local communities, and their retail town centres provided much-needed resources and support for local fire-fighting teams.

Stockland Nowra stayed open to assist travellers and local Shoalhaven customers who were trapped because of road closures.

On New Year’s Eve over 40 people sought refuge there from the fires, including local resident Perry Tsang and his family.

“Penelope and her team of security guards kept the doors open for us, lifted and shifted centre couches around, and even came around with supplies of water/fruit/snacks. We are truly thankful for the goodness in humanity during the crisis.”