By YVONNE McLEAN
DAYLIGHT saving for southeast Queensland will be canvassed by the Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce with renewed vigour with the hope that the existing time warp at the border will end in 2006.
Chamber president Barry McNamara (returned to office at last week's annual general meeting) said the campaign for daylight saving time had been given impetus by a slight change of attitude in state parliament.
"At least a couple of members are talking about it and there seems a ray of hope. We understand problems in rural areas, but there seems little reason for the south-east to remain out of time with the rest of the eastern states," Mr McNamamara said.
"Our quality of life suffers when the time zones are changed in summer, the hour difference, especially for families with kids at school and parents working to different times, causes a great deal of confusion and pressure."
The chamber's most senior member and former businesswoman Edna Harrison recalls that the different times were a bonus to her fashion salon because when shops closed in Tweed, shoppers just moved over into Coolangatta.
"But I wholeheartedly back the chamber's move because of the huge problems different times cause to elderly people seeking medical attention," Mrs Harrison said.
"We have two major hospitals many of them need to visit ? Tweed Heads and John Flynn at Tugun, working to different times and I know of many elderly folk who get upset and confused over appointment times," she said.
Last week's meeting resolved not to conduct a New Year's Eve concert at Coolan- gatta because of the difficulties of policing the huge crowds that pour over from Tweed, the costs involved and the troubling in co-opting volunteers to help run the show.
But to compensate, the chamber will sponsor a series of summer concerts at the expanded Queen Elizabeth Park on Marine Parade on the second Sunday of the month from Sunday, November 13 from 4.30pm onwards.
Mr McNamara said the concerts would be tuned to family entertainment, played mostly by local bands.
High on the AGM agenda was the success story of this year's Wintersun ? the rock 'n' roll festival now acclaimed worldwide and a personal achievement of Barry McNamara, described by Mrs Harrison as a man who puts his heart and soul into his job.
The Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce, more than 50 years old, is one of the Gold Coast's most high profile chambers and one of the oldest.
At the AGM with Barry McNamara as president, Ann Phillips was returned as secretary and Maria Grabowski, who has served the chamber for 21 straight years, was reelected as treasurer.