If you are a person who always seems pressed for time, a busy mum with not enough hours in the day or a shift worker who finishes work just before the shops shut, finding time to do your weekly shopping is about to get a little easier.
Sunday trading hours will be extended by two hours following a decision made by City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder councillors at the latest meeting.
The decision means shops would be able to open on Sundays from 8am-3pm, if the submission is approved by Commerce Minster John Quigley.
It was originally proposed that businesses open from 7am-6pm, but Mayor John Bowler said people were happy with the compromise.
“From comments I’ve heard, retailers appreciated the compromise that opened shops for an extra two hours on Sunday, but not the full 11 hours,” Mr Bowler said.
The public were eager for a change in trading hours. In a community poll which was run over four weeks from August to September, 44 per cent of respondents were in favour of aligning current Sunday trading hours with Saturday trading hours. 32 per cent voted for general retail trading to be made 24 hours.
“It will allow more time to shop on Sunday and people tend to want more hours,” Mr Bowler said.
Kalgoorlie resident Shannon Tuxworth said extended Sunday trading hours would be helpful.
“I think extended Sunday [trading] here, especially for those who work on a Saturday, it’s awesome because you can get that stuff done that you need to and still have a sleep in,” Ms Tuxworth said.
But for small business owner Christine Slater opening on a Sunday wasn’t a viable option.
“Really the extended trading is for the supermarkets’ benefit, it’s not for little shops like this,” Ms Slater, who owns Go Vita said.
According to the council’s report, people were spending more time and money in the CBD since Sunday trading came into effect last year.
However, the perspective wasn’t shared.
“People aren’t spending more money, they are spending the same just over more days,” Ms Slater said.
The change in Sunday trading hours hopes to provide more “flexible shopping hours to accommodate shift workers, enhance visitor experience and convenience, and to attract and retain” skilled workers to the area, the council report said.
Extending Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s trading hours will also bring the city in line with other regional cities such as Bunbury, Broome and Karratha which already operate under extended trading hours.