Shire support for extended trading

Tayler NealeAlbany Advertiser

The Shire of Plantagenet council has passed a motion that could extend retail trading hours on Sundays and public holidays.

The council agreed to prepare an application to the Department of Commerce at last Tuesday’s council meeting to extend Sunday trading until 5pm and to include public holidays.

The application will first be available for public comment and submissions.

In 2008, the Shire requested approval from the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection for businesses in the Mt Barker town site to trade on Sundays.

This was extended to the whole Shire in 2010 and was approved by the minister of commerce.

The initial request for Sunday trading originated from the Mt Barker Co-operative, which at the time was happy to trade until 3pm on Sundays.

The Co-op Supa IGA has now requested an extension and because of the ownership structure of the supermarket, it cannot apply for individual business concessions relating to trading hours.

The applications for trading extensions in 2008 and 2010 did not include public holidays.

The current application addresses this with only Christmas Day and Good Friday specified as non-trading days. The officer report relating to the item highlights regional benefits associated with extending trading hours.

“Residents of nearby jurisdictions treat Mt Barker as a regional centre and conduct business in Mt Barker,” the report stated.

“Extending trading hours would be beneficial for those visitors.”

The Co-op Makit Hardware store has a Special Retail Shop Certificate, which allows the business to trade from 6am to 11.30pm every day of the year.

The application will now be open to public comment and submissions for 28 days.

After this period, the council will reconsider the application.

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