Business in sync on retail trial date
Some retailers and the Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry have called for a unanimous start date for the extended trading trial in Geraldton.
The trial was approved by Minister for Commerce Bill Johnston on September 20 and is yet to be published in the Government gazette to approve the legal start date.
MWCCI chief executive Glen Whistler-Carr said most businesses would need time to prepare rosters and therefore might not be able to start on the legal date.
“The chamber would like a unanimous date for businesses to start the trial so they all have adequate time to prepare,” he said. City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the City would like to have a coordinated start date but it could not dictate if a business opened or not.
“We believe the hours will be gazetted sometime next week, which will tell us the legal start date, but we’re having discussions with retailers and stakeholders to get a co-ordinated date that will allow businesses to prepare,” he said.
“As a local government it’s our job to get approval for the trial, which we’ve done, but it’s not our job to hold off the start of the trial.
“It’s ultimately up to the retailers if they have a co-ordinated date together or not. We can help facilitate that, but can’t force it.”
Rigter’s Supermarket Group operations manager Stuart Bain said the business was under the impression from the MWCCI the City had agreed to allow businesses six weeks to prepare.
“We were relying on that six weeks — every business is different but for us we have to give staff a minimum two-four weeks for changes to rosters,” he said.