Queenslanders encouraged to embrace Anzac Day

Friday 21 April, 2017 | By: Darrell Giles | Tags: Anzac Day, public holidays, penalty rates

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) says small businesses will be united with all Queenslanders commemorating this Anzac Day.

CCIQ senior policy advisor Catherine Pham said Queenslanders have always embraced Anzac Day, honouring and remembering the sacrifices of those who served and died in war and on operational service.

Thousands of Queenslanders are expected to attend local services and marches across the state, lining up as early as 4am to pay their respects.

“Cities, towns and suburbs across the state should expect a big turnout at their local services and marches on the Tuesday,” she said.

“It is tradition for many Queenslanders, particularly alongside their families, to gather together and remember those who fought for our freedom.”

Ms Pham said with Anzac Day falling on Tuesday, April 25, some small businesses were anticipating staff taking Monday off and making it a four-day weekend.

It comes hard on the heels of the four-day Easter weekend, school holidays and Australia Day, which fell on a Thursday and resulted in many employees taking the Friday off and enjoying an extended break.

“With a large number of residents expected to stay local during the potential four-day weekend, local businesses will have the benefit of holiday-makers as well as more of the community out on the streets,” Ms Pham said.

“Businesses in the south east, following strong visitor numbers through the Easter break, are expected to benefit from the high number of public holidays in April this year.

“Many residents will no doubt be spending Anzac Day with their local communities, whether it be attending the dawn service through the Brisbane CBD or at the local RSL.

“While the public holiday on a Tuesday may mean some people taking annual leave on the Monday for an extended weekend, we anticipate many residents will stay local and therefore support local businesses if open.

“We expect this to be the case given the potential four-day weekend falls only a week after the Easter break this year. We don’t foresee too many people travelling far two weeks in a row, but certainly it will be the case for some.”

Ms Pham said businesses were well aware of their obligations and should not encounter too many issues with the public holiday falling on a Tuesday.

“We don’t expect there to be any issues. Established businesses will know if they need to close on Anzac Day, reduce their trading hours or wait for opening at 1pm.

“Staff know their rights in applying for annual leave if they wish to extend their weekends and most employers should be accommodating to this. Local businesses who are able to open should expect somewhat regular trading, as we anticipate residents to stay close to home.”

CCIQ acknowledges the significance of this occasion and commemorating the Australians who have fought and served to protect our freedom and way of life. On behalf of the Queensland business community we thank them for this service and sacrifice.

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