Choice core of trad­ing

Albany Advertiser - - OPIN­ION -

There is a fear that grips City of Al­bany coun­cil can­di­dates when two words are spo­ken: “Sun­day trad­ing”.

It sends a rip­ple down the spine and leaves them shak­ing at the knees.

When we started call­ing City of Al­bany con­tenders this week, it prompted one mem­ber of the busi­ness pub­lic to call the Al­bany Ad­ver­tiser ques­tion­ing why we were even ask­ing can­di­dates whether they sup­ported dereg­u­lat­ing trad­ing.

The City of Greater Ger­ald­ton has launched a 12-month trial while the Al­bany coun­cil, and it seems can­di­dates for this month’s elec­tion, dare not jump ei­ther side of the fence in fear of back­lash from cer­tain mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

The fence is grow­ing as wide as the Great Wall of China, with few coun­cil can­di­dates will­ing to share their views pub­licly.

It is as­tound­ing that with the coun­cil with sev­eral Lib­eral-aligned mem­bers and at least one other con­ser­va­tive, it has not pushed the dereg­u­la­tion of trad­ing in Al­bany, when free mar­ket is the back­bone of Lib­eral pol­i­tics.

It is par­tic­u­larly as­tound­ing, when Al­bany prides it­self, rightly so, on be­ing one of WA’s top re­gional tourism des­ti­na­tions.

There were ex­tended trad­ing hours on the re­cent long week­end, but last Sun­day, on the fi­nal day of school hol­i­days, tourists and lo­cals were con­fronted with closed doors at Al­bany Plaza, Ch­ester­pass Mall and Coles Orana.

This left many vis­i­tors, who spoke to the Al­bany Ad­ver­tiser, be­mused a tourist town would not throw open its doors ev­ery Sun­day.

But it’s not just our tourists; lo­cals miss out on choice and other busi­nesses miss out on the crit­i­cal mass which Coles and Wool­worths draw to the city.

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Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

WA open per­for­mance win­ner Court­ney Gough with her mother Ros­alie af­ter win­ning the State ti­tle last week.

Pic­ture: Cameron New­bold

New Al­bany Rac­ing Club man­ager Jack Young is count­ing down to the start of the sea­son.

Pic­ture: Tayler Neale

Carnegie Clean En­ergy was an­nounced as the suc­cess­ful ten­der for a pi­lot wave en­ergy project off Al­bany.

Pic­ture: Tim Ed­munds

Five Al­bany Sea Res­cue vol­un­teers were honoured for nearly 100 years of com­bined ser­vice.

Pic­ture: Saskia Adysti

A Mad Hat­ter’s Tea Party was held in the Town Square to mark Men­tal Health Week.

Pic­ture: Tim Ed­munds

A house fire in Mira Mar caused an es­ti­mated $30,000 dam­age on Mon­day.

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