New trading hours mirror those in SEQ
ADVANCE Cairns wants changes to labour contracts and employment awards to help capitalise on trading hours reforms.
New laws passed in State Parliament on Tuesday night mean Cairns shoppers will soon benefit from the same trading hours as southeast Queensland and other tourist areas.
Supermarkets will open longer, butchers will open whenever they wish, hardware stores will trade from 6am every weekend, shops will open on Easter Sunday and extended trading in the lead-up to Christmas will be guaranteed.
Businesses will be able to apply for 24-hour trading during special events like next year’s Commonwealth Games, during which Cairns will host the basketball rounds.
But car and caravan dealers will remain closed on Sundays after they argued against changes.
The laws are expected to be enacted within weeks.
Advance Cairns chief executive Kevin Byrne welcomed the changes.
“This is a great outcome for the region and at last we are moving into the modern world when it comes to shopping hours,” he said.
“This is a long overdue reform that is certainly needed.”