Business challenges daylight time
PAUL Young is taking daylight saving into his own hands, along with the hands on the clock at his Tweed Heads South business.
Mr Young has had enough of the New South Wales and Queensland time difference, so he plans to end DST early for himself and his employees at Sunshine Auto Electrical Service.
The Industry Drive business will this week turn back its clocks to fall in line with Queensland, with Mr Young saying he is fed up with the “inconvenience” of being on the state border.
“I've decided to turn my clock back early and I thought I'd toss it up to see if anyone else is interested in doing the same,” Mr Young said.
“I thought bugger it, it's my business and I can run it on any time I want to.”
Officially, DST in NSW and Victoria will not end until Sunday, April 5.
But Mr Young says running a Tweed business with the one-hour time difference just across the border was a nightmare.
“Most of my spare parts come from Queensland,” he said. “And it's surprising how much difference one hour makes to your deliveries.
“I get to work in the morning and won't be able to call (the company) because they aren't open.
“So then I will go about doing other things and forget to call them and miss the first delivery.
“One hour difference ends up costing me three hours.”
Mr Young has been involved with businesses in South Tweed for the past 32 years, but he says the controversial DST has only become a real problem now that it is running for about half the year.
“I've already decided that this year - 2009 - my daylight saving will run from November to February (2010) and that's it.
“Your body clock never adjusts and you never catch up on that one hour. I find I'm chasing the clock all day long.”
Mr Young said he plans to hand out flyers to his customers to advise them of the change, which will take place on Thursday.
“For me, daylight saving means I start earlier and finish later, so I'm going to change my business over to Eastern Standard Time.
“It will make a lot of difference to my freight, but it shouldn't make any difference to the customers.”
Always hearing others complain about DST, Mr Young says he wanted to take a stand.
“Quite frankly, I haven't spoken to anyone who likes it.
“Everyone I talk to asks: 'When's it going to end?'
“Well, I've decided it's going to end now. Hopefully other people will get on board.”
He said he couldn't see the issue being addressed by the government any time soon, despite the Queensland state election being held this Saturday and the emergence of DS4SEQ - a political party based solely on the issue.
“I don't know what (Lawrence) Springborg's opinion is on that, but (Anna) Bligh has said no.
“I'm inclined to agree with her - just leave the clocks alone. My personal view is to have no daylight saving at all,” he said.