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08 Nov, 2011

Changes to trading hours – a boon for Adelaide’s vibrancy

Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood has welcomed the State Government’s proposed changes to trading hours, citing that it is line with the City’s vibrant progression.

“The City of Adelaide is evolving  - from the redevelopment of Adelaide Oval, the Riverbank precinct, and  our plans for Rundle Mall with the Rundle Mall Management Authority. Our trading hours must reflect this liveliness,” Stephen said.

“The proposal is an excellent example of collaboration between City of Adelaide and the State Government and I’m very pleased the Premier has brokered this deal with the SDA.  The changes recognise the obvious significance of the CBD in South Australia,” he said.

Under the changes, retailers will be able to trade on all but two public holidays and the morning of Anzac Day.

“By providing retailers the opportunity to open for an extra 10 days a year, the benefits to Adelaide will be significant,” Stephen said.

“The benefits are obviously related to tourism and the vibrancy of the CBD, but also, of course, on an economic level – stemming from revenue for the retailers to the overall growth of the city.

“It’s vital that we offer our tourists, visitors, workers and residents a whole raft of options in our great city,” Stephen said.

The proposed new laws will allow stores of any size in the "central shopping district" to open from 11am to 5pm on New Year's Day, Adelaide Cup Day, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Proclamation Day, Queen's Birthday and Labour Day - and after midday on Anzac Day

The move will not take effect until legislation has been passed early next year.

Rundle Mall General Manager, Martin Haese, said trading on public holidays in the City means greater convenience for shoppers and increased employment.

“In today’s competitive and globalised retail trading environment, consumers have greater choice and also access to goods from all over the world from online suppliers. For the sake of the SA community, we need to make shopping locally as convenient and accessible as possible,” Mr Haese said.

“I would like to commend the State Government, Business-SA, Council, the RMMA Board and the SDA for taking this progressive step forward.”

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