Riverside Sports Bar & Restaurant and Level 2 Nightclub at Sunshine Plaza.
Riverside Sports Bar & Restaurant and Level 2 Nightclub at Sunshine Plaza. John McCutcheon

Fears for Sunshine Plaza staff safety after attack in car park

A MUM is fearing for her daughter's safety after a Sunshine Coast Plaza employee was attacked in one of the staff car parks.

Sunshine Plaza General Manager Michael Manwaring has confirmed the incident took place in the centre's car park and "security and police attended the scene immediately".

He said the Plaza was "assisting local authorities with their review of this incident."

The mum, who asked to remain anonymous, said she worried for her daughter's safety as she worked in retail and often had to work late shifts.

"I have just heard via my daughter who works at Sunshine Plaza that a young worker was assaulted in the staff car park last week which has resulted in her arm being broken," the mum said.

"I have been very concerned about my daughter's safety, especially at night when she has shifts that finish late and she has to walk to her car without any security being present in the staff car parks which are situated away from the Plaza due to the construction work."

Significant construction works have been taken place at the Sunshine Plaza as part of its $400 million expansion to bring a range of new retail offerings, including David Jones to the region.

 

A 3P parking sign warns Sunshine Plaza customers of restrictions.
A 3P parking sign warns Sunshine Plaza customers of restrictions. Stuart Cumming

The mum said her daughter had contacted the centre management to discuss the alleged assault and "questioned why they had not put a memo out to all the Plaza staff notifying them of the incident".

"Their response was that it was a police matter," she said.

"I feel that centre management has a duty of care for all workers and if they have relocated staff parking a distance away from their work places they should be providing security," she said.

Mr Manwaring said there was security on site.

"Security staff regularly patrol the car parks and are on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week year-round with security escorts to and from car parks available to staff at any time of the day," he said.

"Safety of our staff along with customers is our number one priority."

The mum said staff had to work long distances to get to work.

"The staff car parks are situated in the vacant land opposite the old Officeworks building and behind the old Maroochydore Bowls Club," she said.

"It is not acceptable that workers are having to walk to these areas without security being present especially when the majority of the workers would be young females.

"All workers are at risk.

"Staff can only park in these two areas otherwise they are fined for parking closer to the Plaza. Centre management have recorded the registration numbers of all staff cars and many workers have been fined."



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