There is quite a bit of debate (and conflicting opinions!) about our time zone.
Does anyone have any views on their preference?
Councils split over possible change to South Australia’s time zone
- LAUREN NOVAK POLITICAL REPORTER
- The Advertiser
- April 08, 2015 7:35PM
Roadhouse owner Brian Pike, 70, is not fussed because: “We run our own time to suit our business.” Picture: Sarah Reed
DEBATE over changing the time zone has South Australians torn as residents on both sides of the state push for moves in opposite directions.
Some have even suggested the state split into two time zones, although this is not an option being considered by the State Government.
In the South-East, Mt Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee argues it would make sense to turn the clocks forward half an hour and join the eastern states.
On the West Coast, Ceduna Mayor Allan Suter would prefer to shift half an hour back, lessening the gap with Western Australia.
There have been more than 2400 submissions to public consultation on a possible change, and submissions close tomorrow.
Tonight, Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith will lead a public debate on the pros and cons of three time zone options being considered: to move 30 minutes forward or backward, or maintain the status quo.
SA's time zone change
A panel representing the business, farming and entertainment sectors will take part.
Mr Suter will represent West Coast residents’ concerns that turning the clocks further forward would harm their health by forcing them to wake in the dark.
“Our preference is to move to true Central Standard Time, back half an hour,” he said.
“Preference No. 2 would be to leave the zone as it is.
“If business is truly being hampered by the half-hour time difference (with the eastern states) it’s a pretty small matter for business to adjust their operating times.”
On the border with WA, roadhouse owner Ben Pike, 70, will be keeping Central Western Time or “middle time”, no matter what.
“We run our own time to suit our business, not to suit someone in the city,” he said.
On the other side of the state, Mr Lee said SA had “more connection with the eastern seaboard”.
“It makes sense to join their time,” he said.
Mr Hamilton-Smith said he expected to release a summary of consultation findings by the end of the month and hoped Government would settle on a preferred option in May.
It would then consult again on that position.
“The Government will be looking at the quality of the arguments, rather than the noise,” he said.
Mr Hamilton-Smith said the Government had also commissioned independent modelling on the economic impacts of a time zone change.
Liberal Deputy Leader Vickie Chapman said the Government had failed to provide any independent modelling on economic or jobs benefits during the consultation period.
“How can the Government say this is a real debate when they have failed to supply this sort of basic but essential information?” she said.
For more information, go to yoursay.sa.gov.au/timezone.