Call for shop hour uni­for­mity

Kalgoorlie Miner - - FRONT PAGE - Clare Kenyon

Com­merce Min­is­ter Michael Mischin has put the onus on lo­cal coun­cils to “smooth out” trad­ing hours dis­par­ity, an­nounc­ing he wants to see more con­sis­tency across the State.

The com­ments were paired with an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment that Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der’s trad­ing hours were to re­main per­ma­nently ex­tended.

Speak­ing to the Kal­go­or­lie Miner about how the re­gion aligned with the rest of the State, Mr Mischin said he would like to see more uni­for­mity but it had to start with lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

“There is a pas­tiche of trad­ing hours across the State, leav­ing aside the metropoli­tan area,” he said.

“Of all the lo­cal coun­cils I think there are only six or seven with un­re­stricted hours.

“I would like to see more uni­for­mity… for peo­ple trav­el­ling from one lo­cal area to another… or in­ter­state and over­seas.

“But it has to come from the bot­tom up … it’s a mat­ter for them (lo­cal coun­cils). I’d like to see it hap­pen and I’ll en­cour­age it over the next few years.”

A 12-month ex­tended trad­ing trial started on May 1 last year and has since been a sub­ject of con­tention for small busi­ness own­ers, who say they are up against ma­jor su­per­mar­ket chains and steep penalty rates.

In April, the City of Kal­go­or­lieBoul­der re­quested feed­back on the trial in form of an online sur­vey.

An over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of the 978 re­spon­dents were in favour of shops open­ing Mon­day, Tues­day, Wed­nes­day, Fri­day 7am–7pm, Thurs­day 7am–9pm and Satur­day 7am– 6pm.

How­ever, only 4 per cent of re­spon­dents were small busi­ness own­ers.

“Based on the strong feed­back from the Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der com­mu­nity, I have agreed to per­ma­nently ex­tend the dis­trict’s trad­ing hours un­der the Re­tail Trad­ing Hours Act 1987,” Mr Mischin said.

“There is no obli­ga­tion for re­tail­ers to do so and they can make a busi­ness de­ci­sion whether or not it is prof­itable to trade for longer hours.”

Mr Mischin said he was not sur­prised it had taken a while for Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der to reach this stage but it was im­por­tant if the town wanted to be seen as a tourist des­ti­na­tion.

The City of Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der will now look to­wards a trial of Sun­day trad­ing hours.

Re­tail shops along Burt Street are free to trade at any time.

Pic­ture: Mary Meagher

Pic­ture: Mary Meagher

Min­is­ter for Com­merce Michael Mischin and Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der Mayor Ron Yurye­vich in Burt Street, Boul­der.

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