Daylight saving push is ongoing for Gunnedah residents, MP

TAMWORTH MP Kevin Anderson says the campaign to reduce daylight saving time by one month will continue despite a motion being defeated in parliament last week.

Kevin Anderson. Photo: Peter Hardin

Kevin Anderson. Photo: Peter Hardin

Nationals MP for Tweed, Geoff Provest raised the issue in parliament last week, determined it was time for a change.

Mr Provest put up a notice of motion on Thursday, however it was defeated by the opposition.

He was supported by Mr Anderson who raised concerns for regional school children who would effectively be going to school in the dark.

“It’s something I’ve been campaigning for, for a very long time to have it reduced by a month,” he said.

“It’s purely because we are getting to that time of the year where we are getting towards winter and need to bring the clocks back in time – it’s a situation that consistently affects families in regional NSW.”

Mr Anderson said, ideally, he’d like to see daylight saving be brought back to four months rather than six. 

“It sends families out of kilter, it gets too dark and upsets routines in terms of bus timetables and and agricultural operations.

“Everybody wants those extra hours in summertime, but as the days get shorter and we start to move toward winter it should be cut back.

“At the start of daylight saving every year and at the end of daylight saving, I get letters and phone calls from people who say it is too long.”

Gunnedah anti-daylight saving advocate Judith Law said she was disappointed the motion didn’t garner parliamentary support.

She there was medical evidence that indicated the impacts of time changes on the body clock, with the local woman fighting extensions to daylight saving for more than 20 years. 

Mrs Law said she was “disillusioned” by lack of support for the cut, and while the Government was concerned with daylight saving heading into winter, she was concerned with the time change heading into summer.

”I’d hate for this to go against the National Party,” she said.

“It’s such a shame that this didn’t happen.”