Have your say on whether you want businesses like Coles and Woolworths to be able to open later during the week or on Sundays.
Have your say on whether you want businesses like Coles and Woolworths to be able to open later during the week or on Sundays. Kieran Salsone

Views sought on trading

DO YOU want businesses like Coles and Woolworths to be able to open later during the week or on Sundays?

No matter what your opinion on the issue, you are invited to have your say at a Gympie Chamber of Commerce forum Thursday night.

Chamber president Ben Ellingsen said he asked for feedback before Christmas but did not get the amount of responses he would have liked. He said he hoped business owners would attend on Thursday.

"We're trying to unite all the voices and put in place some steps to a uniformed approach," Mr Ellingsen said.

"The forum provides an opportunity for the Gympie business community to let their local Chamber of Commerce know what they think of the extended trading issue."

In March, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission will hear an application to amend the trading hours for retailers trading in Gympie.

The extended hours application, for non-exempt businesses like retail chains, is for Monday to Friday, 8am-9pm, Saturdays, 8am-5pm, Sundays 9am-6pm and public holidays 8.30am-5.30pm.

Mr Ellingsen said he hoped the commission would sit in Gympie so that small business owners already doing it tough could attend without having to give up a day's trading, but the actual date and place of the hearing is yet to be confirmed.

The forum starts at 5.30pm in the Orchid Room of the Gympie RSL and is expected to end about 6.30pm.

No RSVP is required and the invitation is open to all.

For more information, phone Ben Ellingsen on 5370 2229 or 0415 414 034.

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