Regulated trading to stay in Albany

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The City of Albany remains firm on its policy of regulated retail trading despite Geraldton’s recently approved application for a 12-month trial of extended trading hours.

Extended trading hours for general retail trade in Albany are only permitted during the summer school holiday period, Easter holidays and public holiday long weekends.

Geraldton has been given the go-ahead for a 12-month trial of extended retail trading, with Commerce Minister William Johnston last week advising the City of Greater Geraldton its application had been approved.

City of Albany chief executive Andrew Sharpe said a change to Albany’s policy was not on the horizon.

“The City of Albany currently has no plans to alter from its existing policy, endorsed by council at its meeting of July 26, 2016,” he said

“Most of Albany’s retail businesses can already trade seven days a week if they choose. There are about 220 businesses registered in Albany for retail trade, with the large majority of these businesses being small retail, special retail or filling stations, meaning they can open any day of the week.”

Mr Sharpe said Albany had a strong representation of small businesses in comparison to the rest of regional WA.

“Albany has the highest percentage of small business operators per capita of WA’s regional cities,” he said

“Given small family-owned businesses make up the majority of Albany’s retail shops, it’s important these businesses are given every opportunity to remain open and viable.”

Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations Bill Johnston said he would approve an application if Albany decided to extend retail trading hours.

“If the City of Albany requests additional retail trading shopping hours, we will approve it, as long as they have demonstrated that the local government and community supports the changes,” he said.

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