Debate continues after clocks turn

As the clocks across the country were wound forward one hour, the debate about the merits of daylight saving for Noosa were played out, and not everyone is clambering for more light.

Queensland and Northern Territory are the only parts of the country that don’t observe the time change, but a group of Brisbane business people is planning to form a new political party to specifically push for a dual time zone for Queensland at next year’s state election.

Internal auditor Jason Furze said his party, Daylight Saving for South East Queensland, would give people the chance to vote on the issue for the first time since the referendum in 1992.

Sixty-one per cent of respondents to a Sunshine Coast Daily survey earlier this year indicated that they were keen to see daylight saving introduced.

The result compared to the last Your Coast Your Say survey in early 2007, when 50% of respondents said they wanted it for either Queensland (32%) or south-east Queensland only (18%).

A spokesperson for Sails Restaurant on Noosa Main Beach said the effect on business was unknown but it would be worth a try.

She said Queensland should have daylight saving to align with other states.

Hastings Street Association spokesperson Jim Berardo said he was growing tired of the constant debate about introducing daylight savings across Queensland.

“We keep saying that we don’t want daylight savings and are tired of the debate.”

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