Chamber tackles 7-day trading

THE Warwick Chamber of Commerce plans to meet the seven-day trading issue head on at a public meeting next month.

The meeting will take the form of a question and answer session with an “expert” panel of representatives from shopping centre management, lawyers with expertise in retail and the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce.

The announcement follows the lodgement in the Queensland Industrial Court last week of an application by the National Retail Association Union of Employers to extend seven-day trading to the whole of regional Queensland.

Such applications normally take up to six months to be processed.

The Association recently succeeded in introducing seven-day trading in Toowoomba, with Warwick retailers concerned about what a similar move could mean here.

Warwick Chamber of Commerce president John Randall said our retail sector contributed more than $80 million each year to the local economy and provided more than 15 per cent of jobs in town.

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

“Now Toowoomba has seven-day trading, the Warwick Chamber of Commerce has to be confident that whatever position is taken here locally, it’s in the best interests of our members and the overall Warwick community.

“I am looking forward to the Chamber being able to make a decision on where we stand regarding seven-day trading, after listening to the comments and concerns that will be raised.

“I have had numerous calls from retailers concerned because of the publicity about seven-day trading in Toowoomba. I want to assure them that whatever happens in the courts in Brisbane, it will still be up to the individual businesses here in Warwick whether they open or not.”

The seven day trading meeting will take place on Monday, June 21 at a venue to be advised shortly.



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