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Staley calls for ‘stranglehold’ release

Member for Ripon Louise Staley has called on Premier Daniel Andrews to release regional businesses from his AFL grand-final eve public holiday ‘stranglehold’.

She made the call based on a Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry report on the affects of the holiday.

Ms Staley said the report found 74 percent of businesses were shutting their doors to stem losses,  61 percent of businesses that stayed open had worse sales than a typical Friday and 87 percent of businesses said they do not support the continuation of the holiday.

She said it was unfair regional businesses were being forced to lose a day’s trade to support an event more than 200 kilometres away in Melbourne.

“The grand-final weekend public holiday will cripple local businesses,” she said. “It is unwanted. I can’t see any point in having it and I see no benefits for the Ararat region. It’s tough enough for small businesses. I don’t see why Mr Andrews wants to burden them further.” The AFL grand final attracts a lot of people to Melbourne.

“It does not attract any extra people to Ararat or Stawell. This is another example of Mr Andrews putting Melbourne ahead of country Victoria.

“We don’t have a public holiday for the Melbourne Cup, why should the AFL grand-final eve be any different.

“Local communities should be able to choose a public holiday that suits them best.”

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Posted on Sep 28 2016

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