Nova Matthews from Coffs Harbour?s Jay Jays in the Mall rugs up for the ?winter shift?.
Nova Matthews from Coffs Harbour?s Jay Jays in the Mall rugs up for the ?winter shift?.

Turn back the time



TONIGHT'S the night to turn your clock back one hour before you go to bed and if you are out late celebrating 'til 3am you will suddenly gain another hour, because the 'official' clock will switch back to 2am.

Eastern Australia returns to Eastern Standard Time tonight and puts daylight saving time to bed for another summer.

The clock will not swing forward again until the last Sunday in October.

Because the end of daylight saving signals the start of winter, with its added risks of house fires, fire control authorities are asking people to check their smoke alarms at the same time they wind their clocks back, and to remember that a properly functioning smoke alarm will give you extra time of another kind ? time to escape in the event of fire.

As we all head into 'winter-time', what do people feel about daylight saving time ? does it go on too long?

Heather Welsh, of Talarm, who starts work feeding 2500 chooks on the family's free range poultry farm about 6am, says she likes daylight saving, but she'd prefer it to end about a month or even six weeks earlier, because she doesn't like working in the dark and she doesn't want it to start any earlier.

Office workers fell into two groups ? the morning people said they wanted daylight saving to start a month earlier and finish a month earlier.

The evening people said they wanted daylight saving to stay in place all year round.



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