New trad­ing hours mir­ror those in SEQ

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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