Win for seven-day trading

GYMPIE will have seven-day trading from August 6, following a decision from the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission late yesterday to grant extended trading hours.

Despite a hard fight from independent Gympie retailers, backed by a submission from the Gympie Regional Council during QIRC hearings in April, the commission ruled in favour of the National Retail Association application.

A philosophical Gympie Chamber of Commerce president Ben Ellingsen said yesterday Gympie had given it its best shot, but there were some things you could not control in life.

Reading between the lines of the QIRC findings, Mr Ellingsen said it was most likely the lack of formal legal representation for Gympie independent retailers that had lost the fight.

In 2009, the Independent Retailers Association paid for legal representation for its Gympie members to fight the NRA's unsuccessful bid, but wanted $10,000 to do the same this year.

The QIRC says the NRA evidence supporting seven-day trading went largely unchallenged during the hearings in Gympie this year.

"The council made submissions to the Full Bench regarding its opposition to the application but took no other role in the matter in terms of cross-examining witnesses in support of the application," it said.

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