Craig Warhurst

Gympie in daylight saving limbo

DAYLIGHT saving could be an economic and administrative disaster for proposed “border towns” like Noosa and Gympie, Gympie regional Mayor Ron Dyne said this afternoon.

He was commenting on Bligh Government moves to test public opinion on daylight saving in South East Queensland which, as a formally defined region, ends at the boundary between Sunshine Coast and Gympie Regional Council areas.

“If Noosa is the cut-off point then we are going to have all the problems they have at Coolangatta and tweed Heads.

“We have business and educational involvements that require that we be in the same time zone.

I’d rather see the cut-off line somewhere north of Rockhampton if they are going to it as a slice of the state.

“But if they are going to cut the state in two, why not divide it into east and west, for example, along the time zone boundaries that we already have?

“A cut down the Great Dividing Range, for want of a better term, might work better.

“Surely to goodness we have more important issues that require resolution than daylight saving.

“We have the Health Department for example, and the staff not getting paid.”

Asked if he thought some of the more pressing issues might have prompted the government to want to change the subject of public debate, he said: “If you were cynical you’d think that’s the case. I only hope the State Government isn’t that way,” he said.

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