Daylight saving or time wasted?
THE member for Tweed says his constitutents in the northeast corner bordering Queensland should be spared the confusion of daylight saving.
From Sunday morning, residents in Tweed Heads will be one hour ahead of their family, friends and work colleagues across the road in Coolangatta.
The Nationals MP for Tweed, Geoff Provest, says the region should be allowed to stay behind - on the same time as Queensland - when the rest of NSW shifts to daylight saving.
"I'd even be promoting a separate little time zone up here," Mr Provest said.
"We're geographically separated from the rest of NSW, and we're joined at the hip with Queensland."
Nationals MPs indicated during the March state election there would be an examination of daylight saving.
But Nationals leader and Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner does not share Mr Provest's call for the northeast corner of NSW to be in a separate time zone from the rest of the state.
"Obviously, Geoff Provest being a backbencher can say whatever he wants," a spokesman said.
"If he wants to advocate a separate time zone he can."
Daylight saving in NSW, Victoria and the ACT begins on Sunday morning at 2am (AEDT) and is scheduled to last until the first week of April.
The spokesman for Mr Stoner said the government hoped to appoint a cross-border commissioner by the end of the year who could review the length of daylight saving.
Daylight saving was extended from five months to six months in 2007.
It was adopted in 1971, but had been used during World War II.
NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson said Premier Barry O'Farrell needed to guarantee that daylight saving would not be wound back in NSW to cater for the concerns of people near the Queensland border.
"The vast majority of NSW families look forward to the start of daylight saving," Mr Robertson said.
"Consulting communities on the NSW/Queensland border about their local challenges shouldn't compromise daylight saving for every other family in NSW.
"Barry O'Farrell needs to come clean and tell the people of NSW where he'll draw the line."
Mr Stoner has said residents in the west and some east coast areas of the NSW thought daylight saving went on too long.