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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Extraordinary retail trading in flood affected Rockhampton and Bundaberg

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Friday, December 31, 2010

    Extraordinary retail trading in flood affected Rockhampton and Bundaberg

    Statement issued today by
    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations Cameron Dick:

    A direction has today been made under the Disaster Management Act 2003 to permit retail trading for groceries and other essential items in Rockhampton and Bundaberg on New Year’s Day, Saturday 1 January, 2011, and on subsequent days, while these communities remain threatened by flooding.

    Retail trading will be permitted in Rockhampton and Bundaberg on New Year’s Day and on following days until the threat posed by flooding has passed.

    Retailers selling food, groceries and other essential items in Bundaberg and Rockhampton will be able to open for normal trading hours, where they have supplies and are able to do so, on those days that trading would be restricted or where retail stores would otherwise be closed.

    Cessation of extraordinary trading hours in Rockhampton and Bundaberg will occur at the earliest possible time, once the threat of flooding has passed.

    The government has taken this action given the extraordinary impact floods have had on local communities.

    Given the enormous level of disruption to local residents, it is critical that every action is taken to enable the safe distribution of food and other essential products.

    The government is continuing to closely monitor all flood-affected areas and will consider issuing similar directives to other areas if needed.

    I would like to thank the Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees' Association, the Australian Workers Union and the Australian National Retailers Association for their willingness to work with the Government in an attempt to find a solution that is best for Queenslanders in need.
     
    Media contact: Office of Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations 3238 3369