Euroa businesses say holiday will cost them
18 September 2015
Friday 18 September 2015
Euroa businesses are overwhelmingly opposed to the introduction of Labor’s AFL grand final parade public holiday, a new survey has found.
The survey, circulated by Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan, shows the holiday will be costly for local businesses.
In Question Time during Parliament this week, Ms Ryan asked the Industry Minister Lily D’Ambrosio what advice the government had been given regarding the impact of the new public holidays on small business in regional Victoria.
Ms Ryan said the Minister had dismissed concerns from local small business.
“The Minister has trivialised the massive cost these holidays will have on our small businesses in the Euroa electorate,” Ms Ryan said.
“The Grand Final Eve holiday is a day which no one has asked for but everyone is going to pay for.
“The government’s own regulatory impact statement shows this holiday – along with the public holiday on Easter Sunday – will cost Victorians $1.2 billion and 353,000 casual workers their shifts.”
Ms Ryan said she had been circulating a survey to find out how the holiday would affect local businesses.
“The responses from Euroa businesses have sent a very clear message that the vast majority of people see this as a ludicrous decision,” Ms Ryan said.
“Gayle Mawson, a small business owner who runs bakeries in Nagambie and Euroa, will have to close because of higher wage costs imposed on her businesses on the day.
“Jacqui Brauman, the principal solicitor and director of Theobald Lawyers in Nagambie, said: ‘What a pointless holiday. As a small business owner the day closed will probably cost me significantly in wages and lost productivity.’
“In Violet Town the six employees who work on a causal basis at All Terrain Weed Control will lose their shifts. Owner Jean McKinnon told me: ‘We aren't a big business and margins are tight. This holiday just adds to the pressure of trying to maintain a small business in regional Victoria. People in regional Victoria want employment opportunities not more public holidays!’”
Ms Ryan said she had made this feedback known to the government, raising the matter in Parliament several times in recent weeks.
“While some permanent staff will no doubt enjoy a day off, the parade day holiday will leave most people in our area out of pocket,” Ms Ryan said.