Choice core of trading
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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