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Wollongong Wins with Boxing Day Trading laws passed


Release Date: 11/11/2015
The Illawarra Business Chamber (IBC) welcomed the New South Wales Parliament’s decision to give Wollongong businesses the option to trade on Boxing Day.
 
IBC CEO, Debra Murphy, said “this is a great win not only for business, but also a win for common sense.  Lining up Boxing Day trading so that the same rules apply whether your business is in Shellharbour or Wollongong simply makes common sense.”
 
“Wollongong retailers can now take advantage of this key trading day and enjoy a much needed financial windfall before the New Year.
 
“This change to trading laws is a cause the IBC has championed for many years, as it means small businesses and local communities will see local dollars spent in local shops.”
 
Previously, Wollongong retailers were unable to trade on Boxing Day, unlike their Shellharbour, Kiama and Wingecarribee counterparts.  That meant the previous legislation saw an unlevel playing field.
 
“The opportunity for local shops to open their doors on a major trading day cannot be underestimated.
 
“We commend the government for delivering on their election promise.  Retailers and shoppers in Wollongong can rejoice this Christmas knowing Boxing Day trading starts this year”, said Ms Murphy.



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