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Fair Trading to visit Walgett Shire

2 April 2014
Walgett and Lightning Ridge district residents will have the opportunity to learn more about their rights and responsibilities during three days of Fair Trading events between 8 and 10 April.
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Fair Trading Minister Stuart Ayres said the My Place program delivers targeted consumer and trader services in local communities.

“More than 20,000 people attend Fair Trading seminars under the My Place program every year,” said Mr Ayres.

“These programs provide a wealth of information for anyone running a business and they also give locals an insight into their rights and responsibilities as consumers.”

Free information seminars on incorporated associations will be held in both Walgett and Lightning Ridge.

Fair Trading will also conduct seminars for a variety of community groups, including the Country Women’s Association (Walgett), Lightning Ridge TAFE students and the Men’s Shed (Lightning Ridge).

Students at Lightning Ridge Central School will learn about managing finances as they begin tackling their first significant consumer transactions - buying their first car, managing a budget, moving out from home or obtaining their first credit card.

During the three day program Fair Trading officers will visit local retailers to inform them of their rights and responsibilities under the Australian Consumer Law.

Fair Trading officers will also be conducting compliance checks on motor dealers, motor vehicle repairers, real estate agents and supermarket price scanners.

Officers will also present a plumbing seminar and undertake plumbing inspections with Aboriginal social housing tenants for the launch of the Plumbing “Health Check” Program.

“My Place programs give Fair Trading a keen insight into local marketplaces and often help pick up problem areas in compliance,” Mr Ayres said.

“Trader checks help the agency remind industry participants of their obligations at law.”

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