The Property Council of Australia has welcomed the approval of the City of Bunbury’s application for Sunday trading by the Honorable Sheila McHale, Minister for Consumer Protection earlier this week as a win for the time poor working families of Bunbury.
“With Bunbury open for trade on Sunday, busy working families are the winner, with greater choice and convenience,” said Mr. Joe Lenzo, Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia.
“This decision has corrected an imbalance, with Bunbury retailers now able to compete with Australind and Eaton who up until now have enjoyed a competition free day of trade,” said Joe Lenzo.
“This imbalance has distorted the market, with retail Gross Lettable Area in the deregulated areas surrounding Bunbury to mushroom dramatically. This decision will give retailers in Bunbury a fair go,” said Mr. Lenzo
The Property Council agreed with the City of Bunbury that the decision will cement Bunbury’s role as both the hub and retailing centre of the South West.
“Unfortunately once again Perth is being left behind, it is the only capital city in Australia that has antiquated restrictions on peoples ability to shop,” said Mr. Lenzo, “the pressure is now on for both major political parties to support deregulated retail trading hours.”
“The opposition needs to match the Premier on his word to free up trading hours in Perth after the election,” said Mr. Lenzo, “this would take the monopoly of Sunday trading away from the select few and provide people with the freedom to shop when they want to.”
For further information please contact: Joe Lenzo, Executive Director: Property Council (WA): (08) 9426 1200 or 0419 044 768.