Stanthorpe's Sunday trade future unclear
THE future of Sunday trading in Stanthorpe hangs in the balance.
While hearings into the prospects of Sunday trading on the Southern Downs were scheduled to end on Friday, a decision isn't expected for months.
Southern Downs Regional Council's manager for economic development and tourism Scott Templeman said the process was ongoing.
"The Industrial Relations Commissioner visited the region on Monday, to gain a better understanding of the communities on the Southern Downs and the need for seven-day trading," Mr Templeton said.
"He spoke to a number of people in Stanthorpe and Warwick but this did not constitute evidence in the matter."
Mr Templeton said the council attended the Industrial Relations Commission hearing last Tuesday to give evidence.
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While hearings continued throughout the week, Mr Templeton said a decision was expected in three to six months' time.
Currently, many stores including Woolworths, Target and Aldi remain closed in Stanthorpe on Sunday. Businesses which operate on Sundays include Spano's Supa IGA and a select number of stores throughout the main street.
But towns like Stanthorpe will be able to opt in to the standardised trading hours by way of an application to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.
If the changes go ahead in Stanthorpe and Warwick, Easter Sunday would constitute an open trading day for businesses with Sunday trading in place.
Hardware stores would be able to open from 6am on Sundays, butchers could trade with no restrictions and car yards could operate on Sundays.
Independent studies have projected an economic benefit to Queensland of up to $253 million.
By the time a decision into Sunday trading is announced, the reduced Sunday penalty rate last week declared by the Fair Work Commission will likely have come into effect.