Time global but splits locally
COOLANGATTA businesses appear divided over Queensland Premier Peter Beattie's comments yesterday that his State's refusal to introduce daylight saving was no longer a significant problem for most businesses.
Mr Beattie said while the business community remained divided on whether daylight saving should be introduced, its businesses were more global now and the time difference did not matter so much.
But the manager of The Medicine Shoppe pharmacy in Griffith Street, Carina Telder, disagreed, saying "We don't exactly export, do we?".
"Most of us live in NSW so we're all affected by it especially as two of us have kids at school and that's a hassle," Ms Telder said.
"It would be nice to have it (daylight saving time - DST) so we're all on the same time, one of our staff leaves her clocks on Queensland time because she lives here but two of us have to have two clocks and try to juggle it," she said.
"It doesn't affect our business as such but personally it's a hassle."
Manager of the Pitstop Foodstore, Wendy Sanders, said her shop stuck with Queensland time but she did not agree with Mr Beattie.
"I don't mind if we don't have it but it should be all the same, maybe they should cut it off (DST) at the Sunshine Coast - as long as we're all on the same time as it's so difficult with two towns so close together," Ms Sanders said.
"You only have to look at the airport - it's absolute madness - people leave Sydney at 7am and get here at 7am?.?.?.?it's not like they're flying overseas," Ms Sander said.
Noel Holmes, manager of the Coolangatta Pie Shop, said he was opposed to DST as it affected some of his staff who lived in NSW.
"I don't like it, I can't see the point?.?.?.?Coolangatta sticks to normal time and so should northern NSW," Mr Holmes said.
Brendan Baker, manager of Wrights Jewellery, said "our kids are on NSW time, but we're on Queensland time".
"I don't give a rat's long as we're all on the same time - it's just a pain - some businesses in Coolangatta run on DST and some businesses on the Tweed are not on DST," Mr Baker said.