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Seven day trading hearing commences in Dalby

A QUEENSLAND Industrial Relations Commission hearing into Sunday trading in Dalby commences its second day of evidence today.

Five witnesses gave evidence in the first day of the hearing at Dalby District Court yesterday.

National Retail Association applied to allow major retailers Big W, Coles, Woolworths and Target Country to trade on Sunday from 9am-6pm.

The current non-exempt stores could also trade from 8am-5.30pm on public holidays if the application was successful.

Big W regional manager Barry Waters, Queensland University of Technology researcher Dr Gary Mortimer, Dalby Shoppingworld manager Jon Russell, Dalby Newsagency owner Chris Bertolotti and former Eloquence owner Nichole Brown gave evidence yesterday.

Mr Waters said Big W wished to extend its trading hours due to customer demand.

Mr Bertolotti, who opposed the application, said if the community wanted Sunday trading, locals would have previously come forward.

Ms Brown said every consumer had time to access Dalby shops within the current trading hours.

The hearing continues today.

Topics:  dalby, retail, seven day trading


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