Goondiwindi Regional Council is urging interested parties to lodge a submission this week on the Trading Hours issue that’s under consideration by the State Government at present.
The Trading (Allowable Hours) Amendment Bill 2017 is before the Queensland Parliament with a key aim of amending trading hours and reducing restrictions on trading hours in Queensland – especially regional centres.
Mayor Cr Graeme Scheu said the trading hours’ issue is a very sensitive and had the potential to divide a number of regional centres.
“We are strongly advocating all interested stakeholders to submit a submission directly – either way.”
“The Finance and Administration Committee is seeking submissions and we strongly suggest that any person with a position – either way – should make a submission direct. It is imperative your voice is heard should you feel strongly.”
He says Council was “between a rock and a hard place” on whether to make a submission itself as this would require a “full on survey” to back up either side of the argument.
“On one hand, there are a number of businesses that claim it will cause extreme damage to their businesses if they were forced to operate on a Sunday, while on the other hand, a percentage of the public and especially travelling public see it as a modern-day trend and accepted lifestyle.”
Council has previously taken a neutral position for these reasons and not objected.
“This call for submissions is slightly different in that this is a statewide decision and not just relative to our district.”
Submissions close at 4pm on Friday, 24 March 2017.
To make a submission, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
or mail to:
Finance and Administration Committee
Brisbane Qld 4000