Daylight savings debate returns

A DAYLIGHT savings time for the Whitsunday Islands? That is an idea being floated by Hayman Island general manager Roger Wright as the debate about daylight savings continues.

The daylight savings issue is back on the agenda after independent state MP Peter Wellington introduced a private members bill to have a referendum on two time zones for Queensland.

The move would split Queensland into two time zones with the area from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast on daylight savings time and the areas above not.

Mr Wright said he has been a long time advocate of having a “Whitsunday Island time” where the Islands would enjoy the benefits of daylight savings.

“I can understand why people like cane farmers would not want to do it,” he said.

“But for people on holidays who are in a completely leisurely environment, for them the advantages would far outweigh the disadvantages.”

Tourism Whitsundays CEO Peter O'Reilly said that splitting time zones in Queensland would be inconvenient for people of the Whitsundays.

“I don't think anybody is going to benefit in regional Queensland with split time zones,” he said.

However he said Mr Wright's idea could have some publicity value.

“If we did it there would probably be some publicity value in it but whether or not that would outweigh the inconvenience I'm not sure,” he said.

Whitsunday MP Jan Jarratt said that having Queensland on two time zones would be counterproductive.

“It would disadvantage regional Queensland,” she said.

“I see little advantage in moving the time zone border north.”

Whitsunday Mayor Mike Brunker said that he didn't see any benefits in splitting Queensland into two time zones.

“Splitting the state would be an inconvenience for us,” he said.

“And where do you split it?”

Split time zones

Tourism Whitsundays CEO Peter O'Reilly: “I think it would be more inconvenient than what we have now which is a split between us and the southern states. “If we were going to go with daylight savings it would be far better to be one in, all in.”

Whitsunday MP Jan Jarratt: “My view is that it would be counterproductive splitting the state into two time zones. “It would disadvantage regional Queensland and I see little advantage in moving the time zone border north.”

Whitsunday Mayor Mike Brunker: “Splitting the state into two time zones would be inconvenient for us. “Where would you split the state?”

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