Warwick Chamber of Commerce president John Randall said retailers need to be consulted in the Sunday trade debate.
Warwick Chamber of Commerce president John Randall said retailers need to be consulted in the Sunday trade debate.

Warwick faces seven-day trading

WITH Warwick looking down the barrel of seven-day trade, Warwick Chamber of Commerce has sought input from Rose City businesses to formulate a stance when the issue is heard before the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission later this year.

Chamber president John Randall said the commission would inspect Warwick’s retail precinct on September 29 and the application for seven-day trade would be heard at the Toowoomba Courthouse the next day.

Warwick’s application for extended trade was made to the commission in late April by the National Retail Association.

It was a move mirrored byother parts of regional Queensland, which included Dalby.

“On behalf of the Chamber, I am pleased we now have a seat at the table,” Mr Randall said.

“It’s important the chamber has the opportunity through the legal process to clearly state its position on this important matter.”

While the chamber’s position on Sunday trade has yet to be finalised, Mr Randall said Warwick businesses were invited to voice their opinion during a forum on June 21 and the venue for the event would “soon be advised”.

“I have had numerous calls from retailers who are concerned because of the publicity about seven-day trade in Toowoomba,” Mr Randall said.

“Warwick’s retail sector contributes more than $800 million in turnover each year to the local economy and provides over 15 per cent of employment in our town,” he said.

“So with the retail sector giving almost 1200 people in Warwick a job, it’s important that the chamber supports retail businesses where it can.”

The chamber has taken a dichotomised view of the Sunday trade when compared with Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and Industry by empathetically engaging with church and sporting groups to gauge the social implications of seven-day trade.

“We met with local church leaders along with leading local sports administrators to listen to community views on this thorny topic,” he said.

For more information contact chamber secretary Jennie Porter on 4661 5030.



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