transformation for Commonwealth Games 2018

Metricon Stadium’s transformation for Commonwealth Games. Courtesy: CourierMail

Keen shoppers are in for a treat, after inner Brisbane stores were given the green light to operate 24 hours a day during the Commonwealth Games.

The decision was made earlier this week by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission following an application that was made by the National Retail Association.

The order will also extend to retailers on the Gold Coast and only include Brisbane shops within the 4000 postcode.

Under the order, retail workers will not be forced to work additional hours while the Games are on between April 3 and April 17.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the decision meant visitors and locals “will have more options to get out and enjoy all that the Games has to offer”.

“Allowing 24-hour trading on the Gold Coast and Brisbane’s CBD during the 2018 Commonwealth Games is great news for this landmark event,” he said.

“It’s consistent with the aims of our trading hours reforms, which aim to create more jobs, boost the economy and give consumers more choice.”