Retail Policy to Grow Victorian Jobs 17.01.2012

Written on the 17 January 2012

Member for Southern Metropolitan Region Georgie Crozier has welcomed retail policy changes announced by Planning Minister Matthew Guy today which will spur major jobs growth and flexibility in Victoria’s retail industry.


Mr Guy was joined by the Bulky Goods Retailers Association and a number of leading retailers to announce the reforms under Amendment VC88.


“Thousands of jobs will be created under these reforms, allowing the dynamic retail industry to expand to meet changing consumer needs,” Mr Guy said.


“These sensible changes to the planning scheme will allow expansion of new and existing retail businesses in Victoria.


“These reforms give certainty to the retail industry about where stores may be developed,” Mr Guy said.


The changes were welcomed by leading retailers including Baby Bunting, Officeworks, Beacon Lighting, Petstock and Associated Retailers Limited. These retailers are planning to open more than 50 stores in Victoria in the coming years as a result of these reforms.


Member for Southern Metropolitan Region Georgie Crozier welcomed the reforms. 


“These new planning reforms will allow more retailers to open their doors and provide growth and jobs for the Southern Metropolitan Region” Ms Crozier said 


The former Labor Government reviewed retail policy in 2007, but failed to resolve the issue, leaving the industry in the dark and without certainty. 


The changes will allow councils to assess permit applications for bulky goods retail on their merits.


“The Coalition Government is creating thousands of jobs throughout Victoria with these common sense reforms” Mr Guy said.


The retail reforms continue the Coalition Government’s continued commitment to growing Victorian employment and the economic prosperity of the state.


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