Clarence Valley: Time for Daylight Saving to be shortened

THE results are in - and it seems the majority of our Clarence Valley voters would like to see Daylight Saving shortened.

On October 4, clocks will be wound forward one hour (smartphones will generally make the switch for you) across New South Wales, ushering in six months of extra afternoon sunlight.

After a call by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall to shorten Daylight Saving by a month on each end, The Daily Examiner wanted to know what people in the Clarence Valley thought.

In a poll created on Wednesday, 64% of the 173 people who voted wanted to see it shortened, either because it is too hard on farmers and young families (38%) or because the time difference with our Queensland neighbours is confusing.

The great debate - Should Daylight Saving be shortened? VOTE ON OUR POLL HERE:

Posted by The Daily Examiner on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

On Facebook, Judy Wainwright said it was frustrating having to account for the time difference.

"Yes shorten it nobody asked us when they extended it for the Olympics - should be only for 3 months over summer if we have to have it at all," she said.

"It is very frustrating if you have to travel over the border for appointments allowing for the time difference."

Judith Gallagher said she enjoyed the benefits of daylight savings during the summer, but thought it went for one month too long.

On the other side of the debate, 31% think it is fine the way it is, and 2% aren't bothered either way.

More extreme options were also put forward on social media.

"Scrap it altogether," Mary Anne Buckler wrote.  "It serves no purpose and its original reason for being is very long gone."

Allison Whaites disagreed, saying it should be all year round. 

"Heading home in the dark after work is horrible and no time with the kids and gardening," she said. 

"It should be an hour in winter and 2 hours in summer - extend it," Susan Puddifer said.

What do you think? You can still vote on our poll here:

Do you think Daylight Saving should be shortened?

This poll ended on 22 October 2015.

Current Results

Yes, it would help us deal better with Queensland


No, it's fine the way it is


Yes, it's too hard on farmers and young families


It doesn't bother me either way


My curtains haven't faded yet


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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