Bundaberg backs Sunday trading

THE rejection of Woolworths’ bid to open on Sundays in Bargara has sparked calls for more shops to open in the Bundaberg CBD to bring more people into the area.

Dymocks Bookstore owner Phil Freeman said his store had traded on Sundays since they first opened 15 years ago.

“It is our quietest day, but our customers appreciate that we are open and the amount of trade is still worth keeping the doors open,” he said.

Mr Freeman said he would like it if more stores opened in order to attract more people to the CBD.

“We find a lot of people have a bit more time on a Sunday, so they may come down for a coffee and have a bit of a browse when they are here,” he said.

A little further up Bourbong Street, novelty store Sweet Moments is not able to open on a Sunday but owner Julie Bard still supported the idea.

“We tried to open on a Sunday but being up this end of town there were not enough people walking past — most people come up this end of town to go to Target or places like that,” she said.

“But I think we have to progress and I believe there is enough people here to warrant it.”

And it is not just the retailers crying out for more shops to open on Sundays.

Walkervale bank officer Andrew Wagner said it would be a lot more convenient for him if more shops were open on a Sunday.

“I’m lucky — I get a rostered day off every now and then — but if I don’t, then the wife has to do the shopping on her own,” he said.

Mr Wagner said he wanted all types of shops to open for longer hours.

“I would not mind if the banks opened on Saturday mornings like they do in the city — even if I had to work then,” he said.

Bundaberg Chamber of Commerce president Ron Bishop said a majority of the businesses he had spoken to supported Sunday trading.

“The big concern of the ones who are against it is paying overtime and double time for work on Sundays,” he said.

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