Have your say – Trading (allowable hours) Amendment Bill

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.

Open for BusinessThe 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 fac@parliament.qld.gov.au or mail to:
or mail to:
Research Director
Finance and Administration Committee
Parliament House
George Street
Brisbane Qld 4000