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Rundle Mall traders could open
on public holidays if a Bill to be
introduced in Parliament next
month receives bi-partisan support.
The Bill, put forward by Member
for Adelaide Rachel Sanderson,
proposes opening the mall and its
arcades, as well as the Target store
on Pulteney Street, for seven out of
11 public holidays using the same
argument by which Glenelg shops
were allowed to trade on Sundays
ahead of the rest of the state in 2000.
The plan has the backing of the
Rundle Mall Management Authority
and the South Australian Tourism
Industry Council, which say it
would revitalise the city and add
millions to revenue.
Ms Sanderson said it was time
Rundle Mall s value as a tourist
destination was recognised.
"The criteria used to make Jetty
Road a tourism precinct was the
amount of accommodation and
tourist destinations and the number
of stores, and Rundle Mall beats that
on every count," she said.
Stores of more than 200sqm
cannot currently open on a public
holiday. Under the Bill, shops would
remain closed on Christmas Day,
Easter Friday and Sunday, and
Ms Sanderson said the Bill
had been carefully crafted to
protect workers and shop owners.
Employees cannot be forced to work
on public holidays and shops do not
have to open.
"We need to take advantage of
tourists when they are here," Ms
"The Australia Day concert
brings 25,000 people to the city. If
the Mall was open, they could be
spending money in the shops, too."
Ms Sanderson has spent months
discussing the idea with traders and
the public. She said she had received
99 per cent approval.
Rundle Mall general manager
Martin Haese said the Bill was long
overdue and would add $50 million
to the precinct s annual turnover.
"It would have direct impact on
employment and tourism, and a
very large direct impact on redefin-
ing Adelaide as a more vibrant city,"
Tourism Council chief executive
Ward Tilbrook agreed, saying 80
per cent of visitors to Adelaide
went to the mall. "People do like
to shop when they re on holidays,
so it is an important part of the
tourism mix and complements other
experiences," he said. "It would
build South Australia s tourism
The Shop, Distributive and Allied
Employees Association -- which
has significant influence on the
Labor Party -- seems unlikely to
back the proposal, with secretary
Peter Malinauskas saying it was a
"slippery slope" to state-wide public
Mr Malinauskas said the proposal
would lead to worker exploitation,
but Mr Haese said employees
"queue up and bend over backwards
to work on public holidays".
"There is no downside to this
whatsoever," he said. "It ticks so
many boxes. It feeds back into city
hotel occupancy rates, restaurants
and entertainment, and makes a
difference to the whole state."
Rundle Mall plan
for public holidays
Kirin wipes off
They ve been making our curds
and whey for up to 60 years, but
two cheese factories in South
Australia may face some changes
after a national review by owner
The business, a division of the
Japanese Kirin brewing company,
said this week about 65 employees
in Murray Bridge and Jervois
were among 660 across the country
who could be affected by moves to
streamline its operations.
National Foods general manager
of corporate affairs Geoff Lynch
said the review would look at
eliminating duplication and
investing in new technology.
He would not comment on the
possibility of job losses at the SA
"It s too early to speculate," Mr
Lynch told The Independent Weekly.
"It s a review that will run its
course and be done very thoroughly.
"From time to time businesses
have to take stock. We have been
growing through acquisitions over
a number of years. Sometimes you
just have to look at where you can
improve the business and make
National Foods history dates
back to 1900, when a group of
dairy farmers in NSW formed the
Dairy Farmers Co-operative Milk
Company to market their milk and
butter to city consumers. National
Foods was listed on the Australian
Stock Exchange in 1991 and sold
to Kirin several years ago, before
acquiring the Dairy Farmers Co-op
in late 2008.
The Jervois factory, which was
built in 1939, produces mozzarella,
butter and whey powder. The
Murray Bridge site dates from 1965
and makes cheddar which is sold
under brands such as Farmers
Union and Coon, as well as the
dairy dessert LeRice and whey
SA branch secretary of
the Liquor, Hospitality and
Miscellaneous Workers Union
David Di Troia said members at
the Murray Bridge and Jervois
factories were taking the review in
their stride. "We have said we wish
to be provided with regular updates
from the company. The review is
Australia-wide so we obviously
hope the outcome will be positive
for our members."
In Tasmania, where three
are also being reviewed, the issue
has already become political.
The Tasmanian Government
said it wants to meet with National
Foods to discuss fears of jobs losses,
while the state Labor Opposition
accused the Liberals of "jumping
the gun and salivating for political
The national review is due to be
completed by February.
Soggy weather threatens Birdsville races
Pastoralists and tourist operators
in the SA outback are worried an
influx of travellers eager to take
in the post-rain wonders of the
Red Centre could further damage
already vulnerable roads.
Unsealed outback tracks have
been drenched with rain, making
them soggy and dangerous to drive
"As soon as vehicles hit the
muddy roads they cut tracks into
it," said Julie Fletcher of Marree s
"The more traffic that uses the
roads, the more it affects those
roads by causing ruts and corruga-
"There have been cars that have
ended up doing 360s and facing
the wrong way, so it can be pretty
Oodnadatta Sergeant Jeff Page
confirmed there were issues with
"rutting" but said an influx of
traffic shouldn t be a problem.
"The conditions of the roads
are assessed by myself, along with
Transport SA, and once a decision
to open them has been made, we re
confident they ll sustain the traffic,"
"The countryside is looking good
after the rain, with lots of wildflow-
ers -- better than it has for a while."
Sgt Page said most of the roads
surrounding Oodnadatta were now
open to four-wheel-drives, but it
would be another few days until
they are open to regular cars.
"Given the wheel ruts that have
formed on the roads, there s a clear-
ance issue with two-wheel-drives,"
he said. "It s been too wet for
graders to do anything, but they re
here and they ll probably start work
Ms Fletcher said most of the
roads in the area were now open.
"As far as I m aware, the track
from Marree to Oodnadatta is open.
You can get to the Cooper Creek
crossing on the Birdsville Track but
we re expecting more bad weather
With the Birdsville Races only a
week away, the outback tracks could
see more traffic than they have for a
long time. However, if the weather
doesn t improve, there s a chance
the iconic races could be cancelled.
East of Birdsville, the lesser-
known Betoota races are also in
danger of cancellation. They re
scheduled for tomorrow, but the
race club s Geoff Morton said a
stipendiary steward would inspect
the track before a decision is made
about whether they will go ahead.
"Everything is ready to go -- we
just need a track to race on," Mr
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