Chamber must act: Hurd

By ED SOUTHORN

PROMINENT Tweed business identity John Hurd has blasted a Tweed Heads Chamber of Commerce decision not to lobby the Queensland government to adopt daylight saving.

John Hurd, whose Business Excellence group conducts regular breakfast meetings for local businesses, is running an online DST survey of the Tweed business community.

So far more than 100 responses have been received, with a clear majority in favour of DST in Queensland and many agreeing the split time zone costs them thousands of dollars every year.

Mr Hurd yesterday said the chamber views about DST outlined in the Daily News on Wednesday were "not indicative of all businesses in the Tweed".

"If (Queensland Premier) Anna Bligh realises the Tweed chamber is not doing anything, it negates what we have been doing.

"If the chamber has decided not to get involved, they should at least have sent letters (to businesses) about it."

Mr Hurd was commenting after chamber president Michael Tree said the Tweed business community's opinions on DST "won't rate highly with the Queensland government" and it was unrealistic to expect otherwise.

Mr Tree said the Tweed Heads chamber would not initiate its own DST campaign, but would support others doing so. He said the momentum for daylight saving had to come from Queensland.

Mr Hurd said a lot of Tweed businesses would be disappointed that the chamber had decided not to support the DST campaign.

SURVEY RESULTS THE Tweed Business Excellence online survey results so far: Do you want south-east Queenland to have daylight saving? 113 votes; 102 (90 per cent) yes, 9 no, 2 not sure.

Is there a monetary cost to your business caused by the different time zones? 77 votes; 24 no, 7 up to $1000, 16 $1000-$5000, 8 $5000-$10,000, 22 (28 per cent) more than $10,000.

What is the effect of different time zones on your personal and family life? Improved 8, negative 81 (83 per cent), don't mind 8.

The survey results will be forwarded to Queensland politicians.



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