- Extended retail trading hours approved in Geraldton
- 12-month trial to begin in the next few weeks
The McGowan Government has approved the City of Greater Geraldton's application for a 12-month trial of Perth metropolitan retail trading hours.
General retailers will now be able to trade from 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday and public holidays - except Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day.
After the trial, the City of Greater Geraldton is required to provide the Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations with a comprehensive review of the trial for further consideration.
The review will identify the impact of the trial on small businesses, employment, tourism, and the local community.
Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston:
"One of our election commitments was to work closely with the City of Greater Geraldton to maximise cruise ship visits and boost tourism in the region.
"We have kept our promise and approved extended retail trading hours, to benefit the local community and tourists.
"I have been provided with a wealth of information from stakeholders on this issue and found there is significant support for similar trading hours to Perth in the Geraldton community."
Minister's office - 6552 6700