Daylight saving time for SEQ?
DAYLIGHT saving failed to be a big enough issue to win seats in last weekend's Queensland election, but it is necessary for the economic future of the border region, according to a Tweed business leader.
Tweed Economic Development Corporation boss Tom Senti believes the fact that the daylight saving for South-East Queensland (DS4SEQ) party got up to six per cent of the primary vote in some Gold Coast seats shows the desire of communities on both sides of the border for the introduction of a single time zone in the summer months.
“The lack of daylight saving in south-east Queensland is one of the most important issues that needs to be addressed in this area,” Mr Senti said.
“Not only because it is a huge impost to business - in a time of economic uncertainty when we should be looking for any costs savings - but it also comes at a great lifestyle cost to the community at large.
“Before the Tugun bypass some 42,000 vehicles crossed the border each day for work and leisure, but Auslink figures predict this figure will rise to more than 150,000 per day by 2026.
“The Tweed and Gold Coast is one seamless economic and community area in reality, so something should be done to bring us into the same time zone during the summer months.
“Even with its small majority, if people voted for a party simply because they stood for the introduction of daylight saving to south-east Queensland, then it should be considered by the government.”
Party leader of DS4SEQ Jason Furze said he was disappointed with the 660 primary votes (3.06 per cent) given to the single-issue party in the Currumbin electorate, where returning member and LNP candidate Jann Stuckey received 11,081 votes or 51.37 per cent of the primary vote.
“Some voters indicated they couldn't find it within themselves to vote for a single-issue party first, so they put us second.” he said.
“The Government should research what daylight saving costs business and the community, because it is an issue that will only get worse as more people move to the area.”
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