tvnewsaustralia April 29, 2018

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CITY of Perth commissioner Eric Lumsden wants a new State capital — one that doesn’t shut at 9pm on weekdays and 5pm on weekends.

Mr Lumsden — one of three commissioners appointed to run the City of Perth — said shopping hours in the CBD needed to be more “flexible” to service a growing number of inner-city residents.

“It’s not just a matter of making shopping hours more flexible for retailers, which is an important factor,” Mr Lumsden said.

“We have to move away from the city being just an office block where people come in and out.

“We are getting a lot more apartments, and a lot more residential developments in the city. So you have to service them like in a normal hub.

“I would certainly think people would look at least to have earlier starts and shops staying open longer. That’s the sort of discussions we need to have.”

But Perth’s Labor MP John Carey, who last year described the CBD as a “ghost town”, said he “supports the State Government’s position” to do nothing about trading hours.

The trading hours for general retail shops in the City of Perth are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8am till 9pm, Saturday 8am till 5pm and Sunday 11am till 5pm.

Before the 2017 State Election, former premier Colin Barnett promised earlier opening times for shops on Sunday, but so far Mark McGowan has refused even to entertain the idea of further deregulating retail trading hours.

WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Chris Rodwell supports City of Perth commissioner Eric Lumsden’s call to have flexible shopping hours in CBD.
Camera IconWA Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Chris Rodwell supports City of Perth commissioner Eric Lumsden’s call to have flexible shopping hours in CBD.Picture: Daniel Wilkins

This is despite strong lobbying from the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry which says, “the WA Government needs to take a leaf out of the east coast tourism playbook and give local businesses the freedom to choose when they open their doors”.

“Deregulation of retail trading hours will lower prices for consumers, create convenience and more jobs for West Australians, boost economic growth and make WA a more attractive place to live and do business,” CCI executive officer Chris Rodwell said.

“This is important given WA was the only State to go backwards in the number of international visitors in the past year.

“Competition is tough enough for brick-and-mortar retailers as they face increased competition from online retailers which trade day and night across the globe.”

WA Premier Mark McGowan.
Camera IconWA Premier Mark McGowan.Picture: Danella Bevis

Mr McGowan yesterday said there was no appetite for change in WA.

“No one ever raises it with me as a big concern of theirs,” he said.

WA Liberal leader Mike Nahan said he would make retail hours an election issue.

“If the McGowan Government does nothing, and does not increase choice for customers and businesses, and employment opportunities for people wanting work, deregulation of trading hours will be an issue at the election,” he said.

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