Resilient retailers and residents come together
Building a strong sense of community takes time, and there’s nothing like a pandemic to bring people together, even in isolation! We asked Alex Slingsby, Marketing and Community Manager at Smith Collective for an update on how the Smiths are surviving and thriving.
Just over 2 years on from the Commonwealth Games and we are now a thriving community with over 1700 residents! From baby boomers and young families, to university students, millennials, Gen Z’s and healthcare workers, there is something for everyone.
While things were a little quieter than normal during Covid-19 lockdown, we were resilient and our community rallied together in more ways than one. We saw huge generosity from our cafes & restaurants offering up some unbeatable specials, especially for those incredible healthcare workers.
Residents also took matters into their own hands with reports of healthcare workers receiving deliciously cooked dinners from their fellow Smiths. Our retailers were extremely nimble and quickly adapted their businesses to takeaway and delivery to do what they could to keep their doors open. The random acts of kindness were and continue to be flowing in and around the precinct which is such a testament to our residents feeling part of a genuine community that cares for each other.
The pandemic unfortunately impacted across diverse areas, from residents losing their jobs and income, others needing to move back home with their folks and some of our international students having to return home until the dust settles. It has been a tough time for our community and the management team has been tirelessly working through providing customised solutions with individual residents to help them through this unprecedented period.
With restrictions easing, we are so pleased to see residents out and about once more with their furry-friend in tow, enjoying a workout in our resident gyms and taking advantage of our FREE resident Yoga classes.
Meet Georgia, healthcare work and ‘Smith’.
Hi there, I’m Georgia! I am a 27 year old iced latte and book lover with a silky terrier cross chihuahua named Duke. He is the main reason I moved into Smith as so many rentals don’t allow dogs. I love walking around the Smith Collective community with him every morning and night. I love that Smith offers FREE resident Yoga and that there is a coffee shop, Woolworths and BWS on our doorstep AND I also love that it is walking distance to my work.