Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett
Western Australia Minister for Commerce Bill Marmion
9 pm Trading From Today
Victor P Taffa
Perth Shoppers and Retailers will be able to enjoy Extended Trading Hours to 9 pm on Weeknights under new laws that come into Effect from Today.
Premier Colin Barnett and Commerce Minister Bill Marmion today marked the start of Western Australia’s new Retail Trading Hours Regime, which will give general Retail Shops, including major Grocery Stores, the option to open to 9pm Weeknights.
The Premier said the changes reflected the State Government’s determination to provide incremental reform to Perth’s Shopping Hours.
“Creating a retail trading environment that allows choice, flexibility and improved competition has always been the focus of this Government.” Premier Barnett said.
“The Extension of Weeknight Trading will apply across the Whole Metropolitan Area.”
“Business will now have greater freedom to respond to particular needs of their customers and won’t be locked into outdated Shopping Hours. It is entirely their option to open during the Extended Hours.” Premier Barnett said.
Commerce Minister Bill Marmion said new Special Trading Precincts of Armadale and Midland would begin today, allowing Sunday trading from November 7.
“The extension of Weeknight Trading to 9 pm and the creation of Special Trading Precincts in Armadale and Midland, in addition to the Special Precincts in Perth, Fremantle and Joondalup, represent a significant achievement.” Mr. Marmion said.
“At the forefront of the Government’s mind has been the need to keep pace with the changes in urban lifestyles and working hours in the Metropolitan Area.”
“I encourage Retailers and the Community to embrace this Great Opportunity.” Mr. Marmion said.