A New Area In Western Sydney May Be Opening For Boxing Day!
There are two types of people in this world: Those who don't understand why anyone would go near the shops on Boxing Day and those who love a bargain.
And now even more western Sydney businesses will have the chance to throw open their doors come December 26 thanks to new legislation passed by the state government.
The move comes after a two-year trial into Boxing Day trading around NSW.
"We know this is one of the busiest trading days of the year and it's great news that businesses in Penrith and Mulgoa can take advantage of such a popular shopping day," Penrith MP Stuart Ayres said in a statement.
"Until the Liberals and Nationals government introduced the change in 2015, the people of western Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle and many parts of regional NSW had to miss out on getting a Boxing Day bargain close to home."
It is still up to local businesses whether they choose to trade or not; retail trading laws amended in 2015 stipulate that shops may only open if staff freely elect to work.
If a retailer is found to have forced its employees to work on Boxing Day, they may face fines of up to $11,000 per employee.