The Grand Final Eve Public Holiday has not been well received by local businesses the Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has said today.
Mr Blackwood used debate in the Victorian Parliament this week to highlight the feedback his office had received from local business through his 2015 Narracan Business Survey.
‘My 2015 Narracan Business Survey received over 200 responses, and 97 per cent of those totally opposed the Grand Final Eve Public Holiday,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘Many trade businesses, retail outlets, shop owners and others said the cost was simply too great for them to open.
‘One business insisted that the public holiday would deliver a $10,000 hit to its bottom line.
While some operators had reported increased activity, many reported that the final Friday of school holidays was responsible for increased activity and that increased sales had not dealt with their additional wage costs.
‘Some café and tourism operators experienced an increase in activity, but they still faced significant extra wage costs and profitability was seriously compromised.
‘The residents of my electorate know that Premier Andrews is totally focused on metro Melbourne.
‘Country business operators are already doing it tough because of economic conditions.
‘For the Premier to impose a further financial burden on Victorian business at this time shows just how out of touch and lacking in understanding he is with our business community.
‘The Andrews Government has failed to convince local businesses in my electorate of Narracan that the grand final eve public holiday is good for business,’ said Mr Blackwood.