New South Wales

NSW Government encourages shoppers and retailers to take advantage of 24-hour trading in lead up to Christmas

NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes last week encouraged shoppers and retailers to take advantage of 24 hour trading in the lead up to Christmas.

Mr Stokes said NSW retailers will have the option of operating all day and night for the two weeks before Christmas Day, helping people to get their Christmas shopping done, and helping businesses make the most of NSW's busiest shopping period.

Christmas in Sydney
Above: Christmas in Sydney / by Christopher Yardin.

"The NSW Government is freeing up Christmas trading hours so time-deprived mums and dads can buy their gifts, and avoid the hassle of busy carparks and long queues," Mr Stokes said.

"This is also an opportunity for shops to boost sales and maximise the economic benefits of this busy time of year."

Retailers will be able to operate 24 hours a day from 12am on Friday 11 December until 12am on Thursday 24 December providing their shop is:

  • Located within a business zone;
  • Not a licensed food and drinks premise; and
  • Not located on the same floor, or the floor above or below a residential use in a mixed use building.

In addition, shops must have an existing approval and comply with all other conditions of the approval such as loading or delivery of goods and waste removal.

More information is available from the Department of Planning and Environment website at <http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/>.

Photo: 'Christmas in Sydney 2012' / Christopher Yardin / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0.

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