Bundaberg Rugby League president Mal Breen is happy with the Sunday trading decision.
Bundaberg Rugby League president Mal Breen is happy with the Sunday trading decision.

Sport clubs against Sunday trading

IT'S not just Bargara small businesses that are glad the Sunday trading motion was lost — Bundaberg sporting clubs are also breathing a sigh of relief.

Bundaberg Rugby League president Mal Breen believes seven-day trading would significantly damage Bundaberg's sporting culture.

“Playing sport is a lifeline and a maker of character for the younger players. It's mateship, and seven-day trading would take that away,” he said.

Mr Breen stressed the importance of having a weekend not hindered by work.

“The weekend is a time for people to be with their families and kids need to be able to play sport,” he said.

And he is not alone.

Bundaberg Netball Association president Stephanie Wilmsley said extended trading affected not only the players but also the umpires, canteen operators and all involved in the running of weekend sport.

“It's a lot of people required not just for an hour, but to support the whole day,” she said.

Ms Wilmsley believed CBD seven-day trading was not necessary.

“Keep the country town the way it is. It's not the city life,” she said.

Football Bundaberg chairman Greg Bath thinks otherwise.

“We don't play a lot of games on Sunday, so I don't believe we would be affected at all,” he said.



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