Bunbury's retailers will be able to open until 9 o’clock on week nights during the Christmas season if extended trading hours are approved by the Bunbury City Council.
The extended hours would run from December 17 to 31 and would enable, but not force, retailers to stay open later in the day, in line with those in Perth.
Bunbury Chamber of Commerce and Industries chief executive officer Ray Philp said extended opening hours would be a positive for the CBD’s retailers.
‘‘We checked with our members, who concurred it would be a positive for the city,’’ he said.
‘‘Hopefully it will help with the retail sales but we need everyone in the community to support it, so that it’s a good shopping experience.’’
Mr Philp said the chamber was also working with the CBD traders on activities which would draw shoppers into the city during the Christmas season.
The Bunbury City Council will vote on the extended trading hours, which are similar to previous years, at this month’s ordinary council meeting.
The council will then seek approval from the Department of Commerce, which is required to give the final tick.
Approval would allow retailers within the city time to adequately prepare and advertise their hours for the Christmas period.
Shopping centre managers, retail outlets and several other independent retail outlets were consulted on the matter and indicated general support for the opening hours.
If approved, retailers will have the option of staying open until 9pm but close at 6pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Bunbury’s retailers have been able to open on a Sunday and public holidays, from 10am to 4pm, since January 2009 but are closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day.