As part of our sustainability strategy our goal is to create and shape communities that thrive now and into the future. Our research indicates that health and wellbeing, community connection and education contribute most to liveable communities.

Strategic priorities

Our three community focus areas are:

Health and wellbeing

  • Activities and places that encourage positive physical and mental health and wellbeing
  • Smart design that optimises accessibility, safety and mobility

Community connection

  • Activities that foster engagement, pride and a sense of belonging
  • Design that encourages sense of place and supports recreation and participation 


  • Design that facilitates learning and education opportunities for all ages 
  •  Programs that support economic employment within our communities

FY16 progress

TickSymbol B Residential Communities National Liveability Score of 84%, consistent with FY15 result
TickSymbol CORP 90% of Retirement Living residents are happy with their village
TickSymbol CORP 4 new inclusive playspaces and 4 social enterprise cafés developed with Touched By Olivia 
TickSymbol CORP 300+ local community organisations, awarded $325,000 in total through the Stockland Community Grants program 
TickSymbol CORP $4.05m invested in community development initiatives 

Our progress

Our approach

By using our skills and experience to facilitate healthier living, promote community connection and provide lifelong learning opportunities, we believe we will help shape places where our customers want to live, shop and work.

We coordinate our efforts in the community through a combination of mechanisms including:

  • Community development – projects and initiatives that enhance the communities at Stockland’s assets;
  • Community investment – our employee volunteering and giving programs; and
  • Stockland CARE Foundation – our charitable trust, which delivers infrastructure, programs and initiatives to Australian communities.

During the year our focus on community development increased considerably, as our national partnerships and community grants investments continued to build consistent and replicable activities and programs across our assets, complementing our asset based programs and initiatives which are tailored to meet local needs and preferences.

We expanded our suite of community partners and now have 15 community organisations that we regularly work with across Australia. We also increased our community development activities, implementing a total of 561 initiatives across our business units and investing more than $4.05 million in financial support. The total value of Stockland’s community investment was more than $10.42 million, including the $4.0 million transfer by Stockland to the Stockland CARE Foundation.

We also launched our national community grants program across our shopping centres, residential communities and retirement living villages to streamline the financial contribution we make to local communities, based on merit and need, in accordance with Stockland’s community focus areas. More than $325,000 in total was granted to over 300 local community organisations in FY16 including community preschools, Men’s Sheds, sporting clubs, respite for carers, youth wellbeing programs, suicide prevention groups, toy libraries, choirs, over 55s recreation and computing clubs, disability groups and children’s reading groups.

In FY16 we invested over $5.7 million in our local communities and selected charities through our community investment giving and volunteering programs. We also achieved a key target in this area, substantially increasing our employee volunteering to 48% of all employees. Our success followed a review of our volunteering strategy, which led to a range of initiatives including the addition of two new volunteering organisations to our suite of volunteering options, a new toolkit for employees looking to volunteer, introduction of skilled volunteering activities with our CARE Foundation partner, Touched By Olivia Foundation (TBO), and alignment of our state team-building initiatives with our CARE Foundation partners in Queensland.

The Stockland CARE Foundation also completed its first full year of operation in FY16, contributing much needed funds in the areas of health, wellbeing and education and also boosting volunteering and giving among our employees, business partners and the broader community.

In addition to the $200,000 donated by the CARE Foundation Trust, Stockland and its employees, customers and residents donated over $100,000 and more than 2,200 hours of support to chosen charity partners, Redkite and TBO. New CARE Foundation employee committees in each state have been critical in this success, helping to raise awareness about the Foundation and mobilise activities in our offices, communities and shopping centres. Through these efforts 72 families who have children or young people with cancer gained access to Redkite’s suite of programs in FY16, and four inclusive playspaces and four social enterprise cafés based in our communities were added to TBO’s expanding national network.

Stockland CARE Foundation

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Greater impact through community partnerships

We have close working relationships with a variety of community organisations that help deliver social infrastructure and programs in and around our properties and communities. Our project and asset teams and state office employees can draw on a suite of partnerships for advice, resourcing and implementation support. These partners all align to Stockland’s community focus areas of health and wellbeing, education and community connection.

Amongst these, we announced our new three year partnership with Bowls Australia in March 2016, designed to boost the health, wellbeing and connectedness of more than 11,000 residents living in our retirement living villages across the country.

Regular physical activity for retirees has been shown to be the key to maintaining good health and vitality, and one of the most effective ways to improve emotional wellbeing. Recent research from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, however, shows people aged 65 and over have the lowest participation rate in physical activity nationally, at 47%, as well as the lowest rate of involvement in organised sport, at 17%.

At Stockland, we encourage our retirement living residents to get involved, keep fit, stay connected and be a part of something they can enjoy in a group. Regular social and competitive lawn bowls, coaching clinics, and free health and wellbeing seminars are just some of the ways that the Bowls Australia partnership will continue to support our residents. A framework to benchmark resident participation has also been established with Bowls Australia and this will be used to create a meaningful participation and engagement target in FY17.

Our new partnership with The National Theatre for Children, launched in FY16, is also expanding education opportunities within our residential communities. As part of our strategy to provide access to educational resources of excellence within our residential communities, the program is open to all schools located in and around our existing communities. Some 29 schools are already participating in the program, which focuses on educating children and young people about preserving and protecting the environment within our communities.

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Livvi's Place at Whiteman Edge

Through our partnership with the Touched By Olivia Foundation (TBO), we are expanding the opportunities for community connection within our residential communities and retail centres across Australia.

In FY16, Whiteman Edge became our first residential community in Western Australia to include a ‘Livvi’s Place’ playspace, which welcomes people of all ages and abilities with accessible structures and sensory and inclusive equipment.

Located in the fast growing City of Swan in Western Australia, where around 3,800 children and adults require daily assistance as a result of disability, the Whiteman Edge playspace opened in November 2015.

When designing the playground, Stockland and TBO worked with the City of Swan to conduct face to face and online community consultation and also visited local primary schools to explore what makes the ‘ultimate playground’ for children, parents and carers.

The Whiteman Edge playground aims to include children with physical disabilities, vision, hearing and mobility impairments, and autism spectrum disorders in playtime. It includes a tree-top climbing structure, a 3m high slide, a double flying-fox with a seat and harness to cater for people with a physical disability, a wheel spin and a bespoke cubby house with wheelchair access and musical chimes. There are also tactile stimulants, water play and facilities such as a public restroom, a BBQ and picnic seating.

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Healthy eating with Jamie's Ministry of Food

In March 2016, Stockland expanded its partnership with Jamie’s Ministry of Food (JMOF) and The Good Foundation, entering into a three year local partnership with the JMOF Mobile Kitchen to create healthier Queensland communities.

The JMOF Mobile Kitchen will travel throughout Queensland, visiting various communities, including a select number of Stockland shopping centres and residential communities. In FY16, cooking courses for local residents were delivered at Stockland Townsville, as well as for communities at Logan in Brisbane and Mossman Gorge in Far North Queensland.

Our partnership is intended to give Queensland participants greater insights into healthier eating habits, with a particular focus on growing healthier and more connected communities. Stockland expects more than 2000 people to directly benefit each year from attending the cooking classes, with the ripple effect of better food choices and good nutrition felt by families and friends.

Extensive research by Deakin and Melbourne universities in 2014 and 2015 concluded that the JMOF program not only increased participants’ cooking confidence, knowledge, attitudes and beliefs towards cooking and healthy eating, but also shifted behaviour towards healthier cooking and eating in the home.

In FY17, the JMOF partnership will expand into our Retirement Living business, with programs being developed to provide residents, families and friends with the skills and knowledge to make smarter and healthier food choices, while providing a fun and engaging environment that promotes community connection.

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To ensure we create and shape our communities that thrive now and into the future, our aim is that:

All of our residential and retirement living communities score above the Australian average National Wellbeing Index by FY17.

We achieve consistent Stockland National Liveability Index scores of 80% across our residential communities.
We make a meaningful contribution to community health and wellbeing, community connection and education in partnership with community groups supported directly by the Stockland CARE Foundation.

Our targets

DownloadContent B   Our Community Metrics are provided on page 40 of our Annual Review. 
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