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Scrap daylight savings: Provest

Mr Provest wants the government to scrap daylight saving in the Tweed local government area.
Mr Provest wants the government to scrap daylight saving in the Tweed local government area.

TWEED MP Geoff Provest wants people living on the border to stop winding back clocks for daylight saving.

Mr Provest said he wanted the Tweed shire to keep clocks to Queensland time during summer.

He said while there was some benefit to daylight saving, the confusion and cost to businesses far outweighed any benefits.

"When you look at it there are 30 per cent of workers cross the border to get to work, 15 per cent of school children cross the border to get to school," Mr Provest said.

"I believe there is an advantage with things like more leisure time, but living and working in the Tweed I can see more of the disadvantage here."

Mr Provest conceded more leisure time benefited the Tweed economy, but said tourists were confused by daylight saving.

"Governments on both sides have been dodging the issue for too long now," he said.

"Having a new commissioner for border issues gives people a chance to put forward their concerns about daylight saving."

A Cross Border Commissioner, which was a position created after the NSW and Queensland premiers signed a cross-border memorandum, will contribute to the review into daylight saving.

NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner had indicated he was willing to campaign for changes to daylight saving, but he did not go as far as to suggest dropping daylight saving from particular local government areas.

Citizens Against Daylight Savings spokeswoman Jillian Spring said Mr Provest's suggestion was a good start.

"I want daylight saving scrapped across the state," Ms Spring said.

"This review is encouraging, but daylight saving is a worldwide issue.

"It is a mental health issue and a medical issue.

"We have had daylight saving for 40 years now. What the pro-daylight saving won't tell you was that it was tried during World War I and it was so unpopular it was scrapped after a few months."

NSW Opposition leader John Robertson said Premier Barry O'Farrell needed to guarantee 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," he said in a statement.

"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."

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