Tweed left out of daylight debate

ALTHOUGH Queensland residents are being urged to have their say on a trial of daylight saving for south-east Queensland, Tweed comments have been left by the wayside.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh asked Gold Coast MPs to provide feedback by mid-May on support or opposition for the introduction of a south-east Queensland trial and a referendum, potentially from this summer.

But no one has asked Tweed residents their view, although daylight saving affects many in the area.

“We’ve always said we’d like to see one time zone for everyone no matter what it is,” Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase said.

“We have a lot of people from the Tweed who work over the border and a lot of kids that go to school over the border so it makes it very difficult for families.

“Daylight saving time would be preferable, just with kiddies playing sport and getting the extra hour of light at the end of the day I think would make it easier for families.”

On Thursday, the Queensland Government opened an online forum offering residents of communities from Coolangatta to Cooktown the chance to have a say on whether Queensland should have a split time zone trial, followed by a referendum.

“Of course they should ask us our opinion too,” Cr Polglase said.

“South-east Queenslanders will most likely vote for one time zone, and I’m sure Tweed residents would as well, but we won’t be asked.”



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