Sunshine Coast residents have had their say on the re-ignited daylight saving debate.
Sunshine Coast residents have had their say on the re-ignited daylight saving debate. John McCutcheon

Do Coast residents really want daylight saving?

THE Sunshine Coast remains divided over the re-ignited daylight saving debate.

A YouGov Galaxy poll showed 55 per cent of Queenslanders backed the change, and only 41 per cent opposed.

The poll would put more pressure on the Palaszczuk Government to revisit the issue, with business and tourism leaders already pushing for a change.

Sunshine Coast Business Associates chairwoman Jennifer Swaine said the debate had been going for so long in Queensland because the "huge" state had so many varying factors.



"I can see why it's warped with issues ... there are implications with the extra daylight hours and what's practical for businesses," she said.

"Some business owners will be for it.

"I don't know that we'll ever get it, I'd like to see it but I think it's a debate that's going to go on for years and years."

She said Queenslanders had opposing views because a lot of people had already experienced the benefits of daylight saving.

"If you've moved up to the Sunshine Coast and you're previously from Victoria or NSW, you're an avid supporter and fan of daylight saving because of the lifestyle it gives you," Ms Swaine said.

"I find that people who've grown up in Queensland perhaps aren't as in favour of it."


Queensland Tourism Industry Council CEO Daniel Gschwind said having different time zones was not helpful to the tourism industry.

"Western Queensland has its own perspective because there is a genuine difference with sunlight hours, but it really makes no sense that there are different time zones on the east coast simply because of a state border," he said.

Ms Swaine said while daylight saving would be beneficial to Sunshine Coast business and tourism, it wouldn't work for the whole state.

"There's two sides to the story. You have to look at if it's practical for other people or not," she said.

"The further north you go the bigger the impact is on farmers and people on the land.

"I'd love it, but I just don't know that it's going to work for people."

Sunshine Coast residents have their say

The Daily took to Facebook to ask locals what they thought of daylight saving in southeast Queensland and a lot of different views were expressed.

"That's because half of NSW and Victoria have moved to the Sunny Coast! I have lived in NSW and had daylight saving. Can't say I miss it at all really. We get enough daylight up here so it's not really that noticeable that we don't have it," Sue Burt wrote.

"If you've ever lived with it you will never realise the benefits. It frees up your weekend for fun stuff, as you can do jobs like mow lawns during the week after work," Marc Beardmore said.

"Only people from the south would say this. True Queenslanders would never say yes to daylight savings. We have enough sun in the summer," Maddison Corinne Hoy wrote.

"It's pretty amazing to be able to get up and go for a surf, walk or whatever three or four hours before you start a 9-5 job. Wake up early and get out there and appreciate where you live," Statham Evans said.

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