Tristan Ford and Kerrie Lacey from Gladstone business Fantasy Rags believe that staff need family time.
Tristan Ford and Kerrie Lacey from Gladstone business Fantasy Rags believe that staff need family time. Brenda Strong

Extended trading proposal damned

A PEAK national retail sector body believes extending trading hours in Gladstone will see the destruction of local business.

The United Retail Federation (URF) has condemned a proposal that will see the steamrolling of local retailers out of businesses by the major retail chains using their duopoly market control.

National President of the URF Scott Driscoll has slammed the National Retail Association (NRA) which has applied to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) for its major retail chains to be allowed to further extend trading hours.

“These big bully boy retail chains have no regard for local business and have absolutely no interest in the Gladstone region or its local economy,” Mr Driscoll said. “They control the grocery market with no interest in real competition and simply think it is their place to steamroll into Gladstone and wipe out any semblance of competition and local commerce.

“The idea that these sorts of proposals create ‘more competition’ is completely absurd.”

Owner of Fantasy Rags in Goondoon Street Kerrie Lacey said her staff already work long hours and they deserve time with their families.

“Everything is governed by these big conglomerates as to who is going to trade when and I feel for a smaller business - it’s nice to have family time at some stage too,” Ms Lacey said.

Gladstone Regional Council CEO Graeme Kanofski said council respects the system that has been established to hear the respective cases and make a determination.

“That process is administered by the QIRC. Both sides have strong views on the subject which are both respected by council,” Mr Kanofski said.



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