Growing demand for daylight saving to be reconsidered
REGIONAL Queensland mayors are pushing back against a growing chorus demanding daylight saving be reconsidered for parts of the state.
A formal e-petition calling for a south-east Queensland trial has now garnered more than 15,000 signatures, along with public support from the Brisbane, Ipswich and Gold Coast mayors.
Both Premier Campbell Newman and Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk [COR] have each said daylight saving for Queensland was not a priority.
The time zone change would not affect the clocks of those beyond Queensland's southern centres but regional mayors are firmly unconvinced. Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson told APN Queensland "needs to remain as is and retain solidarity" with the Bush, united with a single time zone.
To divide parts of the state would be "simply unworkable," he said.
Cr Jamieson's comments are no doubt disappointing to the Coast's own daylight savings advocate Allan Clarke of Mooloolaba who launched the petition in late October.
Almost 300km north, Bundaberg mayor Mal Forman said the council had never properly discussed the issue but he was personally against it.
Cr Forman said suggestions the time zone could run between Fraser Coast and Bundaberg "would not go down too well".
"We're part of the Wide Bay-Burnett region which includes Gympie and the Fraser Coast," Cr Forman said . "We're very committed to the region here.
"There is a dividing line at the Queensland-New South Wales border - I think that's where it should remain at this point in time."
Cr Forman said he understood why parts of the south-east wanted to take on the same times as other states, particularly for businesses but it did not sway his stance.
Mackay deputy mayor Kevin Casey said the council had no view on the debate.
Sunshine Coast independent MP Peter Wellington - with support from then-Premier Anna Bligh - put a bill for daylight saving to Parliament in 2010.
It called for Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Gold Coast, Redlands, Moreton Bay, Scenic Rim and Sunshine Coast to be given the new time.
Despite massive support from the south-east, the bill was dumped following passionate opposition from the regions.
Do you support a trial of daylight saving in south-east-Queensland?
This poll ended on 28 January 2014.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
15,135 have petitioned to have daylight savings introduced for SEQ. . Mayors supporting:
- Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate
- Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale [COR]
- Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk
. Mayors opposing:
- Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson
- Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman
- Mackay Acting Mayor Kevin Casey.