Western Australia Minister for Commerce Bill Marmion
Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett
New Late Night Shopping Trading Hours To Come Into Effect In November
Victor P Taffa
Shoppers would have greater flexibility and choice from November 1, 2010, when new laws come into effect, allowing late night trading right across the Perth Metropolitan Area.
Premier Colin Barnett said in just one month’s time, General Retail Shops would have the choice to stay open until 9 pm on weeknights.
“This Government is very aware of the lifestyles of West Australians, including working parents, who often find it difficult to shop within the current restricted trading hours.” Premier Barnett said.
“These extended trading hours will be welcomed by busy families trying to find a balance between their working lives and needs at home.”
The Premier said the changes reflected the State Government’s plan for moderate, incremental reform of Perth’s Trading Hour arrangements.
“We have always been focused on creating a retail trading environment that allows choice, flexibility and competition.” Premier Barnett said.
“I have already received positive feedback from retailers and consumers, excited about the opportunities these changes will bring.”
Commerce Minister Bill Marmion said there was more good news for shoppers and retailers in Midland and Armadale.
“From November 1, the new ‘special trading precincts’ of Midland and Armadale will also be open for business, which will include Sunday trading.” Mr. Marmion said.
“This follows the success of the Joondalup special trading precinct which opened earlier this month.”
“This is an exciting time for retailers and shoppers. I think these reforms will bring more vibrancy to the Perth Metropolitan Area and make our city an even better place to live.” Mr. Marmion said.