Bentleigh Traders Association - Impact of Public Holidays (15.9.2015)
Written on the 16 September 2015
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
My constituency question is for the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, and I will quote from the Bentleigh Traders Association submission to the regulatory impact statement:
Clearly the state government has not thought this through. The impact on small businesses of these holidays is indeed catastrophic in what is an already incredibly difficult retail climate. The majority of businesses will not be able to open their doors on these days due to the cost of staffing their businesses. The flow-on effect of this is massive stock wise, sale wise and customer wise. A holiday on grand final eve is just ludicrous it's already school holidays and the grand final itself impacts tremendously on the shopping habits of customers on grand final day. A public holiday the day before just increased the blow.
As a local member and the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, can the minister provide advice to this traders group on those concerns as outlined and raised in this submission?
Southern Metropolitan Region
Answers to Constituency Questions GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB)
Asked on: 15 September 2015ANSWER:
The Andrews Labor Government is a government that honours its election commitments. In relation to public holidays, traders and business owners are best positioned to make decisions about whether to open or close.
The first Grand Final Friday public holiday took place on the 2nd of October, and it was highly successful.
Businesses in Bentleigh and around the state experienced a roaring trade and Victorians were able to spend well deserved leisure time with friends and loved ones.