Old debate over state time zone

AS WE get ready to wind the clock forward by an hour tomorrow, debate is again raging across NSW as to whether the six-months of daylight saving should be shortened.

If the decision was left up to a majority of online Coffs Coast Advocate readers it seems daylight saving would be in place all year round and not just for six months.

An online poll of 100 readers, who could only vote once, over the past 24 hours had some surprising results.

Most of those surveyed supported daylight saving with 83% agreeing to the annual clock changes, while just 17% wanted the initiative abolished.

As the Nationals stage a review of daylight saving in NSW, we put the big question to our online readers: Does daylight saving, starting on Sunday, run for too long in NSW?

There was an overwhelming response to say no it doesn't run too long: 43% of those surveyed wanted daylight saving all year round, 33% said the current period was just right, 18% said it ran too long and 6% said maybe it could be shortened.

State Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest says his constituents should be spared the confusion of daylight saving. From Sunday, Tweed Heads residents will be one hour ahead of their family, friends and work colleagues across the road in Coolangatta.

The Nationals MP says the region should be allowed to stay behind - on the same time as Queensland. "I'd even be promoting a separate little time zone up here," Mr Provest said.



Comes into force tomorrow at 2am.

Clocks in NSW and the ACT will be wound forward by an hour.

Daylight Saving will run until the first week of April.

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.

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