IF THE majority vote counts then Gladstone region residents are all for seven-day trading.
Hitting the shops to celebrate yesterday’s official start of Sunday trading across the Gladstone region the general consensus was it was a great move and a decision that had been a long time in the making.
Of the 13 people interviewed by The Observer 10 people showed their full support, one objected to the need and two admitted the move would not really affect their shopping habits.
Gladstone resident Kirra Kyte said she supported Sunday trading and thought it was much needed for a region like this.
Visiting from the Gold Coast, Lyn Miller said she certainly thought Sunday trading had a place locally.
Ms Miller said with lots of outside workers and people working shifts, opening the shops on Sunday allowed them the opportunity to do their shopping.
Paul Hansen said it was a good move especially for shift workers.
Mr Hansen said Sunday trading was long overdue.
“You’ve got to have Sunday trading,” Mr Hansen said.
Karen Lee said she thought Sunday trading was great, suggesting Gladstone was finally catching up with the rest of the world.
“It’s great to know you can pop down to the shop anytime now,” Mrs Lee said.
Former Brisbane girl Ashleigh Quinn was making the most of Sunday trading with her friend Claire Ritchie.
“We have driven past the car park (Stockland Gladstone) four times and it has been packed each time,” Ms Quinn said.
Ms Ritchie said Sunday trading in Gladstone should have happened sooner.
She said it provided residents with more convenience and meant you could now avoid the Saturday rush.
Peter Coombs said he supposed in the long term Sunday trading would be good for the town but thought it would take a while to take off.
Sunday trading won’t have any effect on Janelle Gibson who admitted it might take the pressure off other days.
Working every Sunday already, Tom McDonald said he supported the move.
“There is usually about five cars in the car park but today it is full,” Mr McDonald said.
Also working yesterday, Zac Sene supported Sunday trading all the way.
Gladstone mum Fiona Berger, out grocery shopping with her children, said she was in full support of Sunday trading.
Ms Berger said it helped those who can’t make it to the shops any other day.
Sandra Petts objects to the move, saying it is not needed.
Her daughter Tabitha Petts was of a different opinion, she said the region definitely needed it.