Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

THERE is a cer­tain irony in the tim­ing of the State Gov­ern­ment’s push to ex­tend trad­ing hours for gen­eral re­tail stores. The de­ci­sion that will no doubt ben­e­fit big busi­ness as much as con­sumers is set to be de­bated in State Par­lia­ment dur­ing the same month set aside to cel­e­brate small busi­nesses. Novem­ber is Shop Small month, which sup­poses to gen­er­ate sup­port to­wards the ar­ray of small busi­nesses that un­der­pin our lo­cal sub­urbs. The rise of on­line shop­ping and the spread of in­ter­na­tional re­tail­ers have meant small busi­nesses have never felt the com­pe­ti­tion more fiercely. Al­low­ing big play­ers to open at 7am most days and to stay open an hour later on Satur­days just adds to the chal­lenges fac­ing the “lit­tle guy”. In the end, your hard-earned is yours to spend how­ever and wher­ever you like. But don’t over­look lo­cal small busi­nesses. They have put their faith and money into your area, and I bet they’d ap­pre­ci­ate you do­ing the same.

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