Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Daylight Saving Facts Mapped Out

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Daylight Saving Facts Mapped Out

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IT'S ABOUT time we put the daylight saving thing to bed a for Queensland at least.

For those of you from south of the border or for those of you clinging to the beaches of the Gold and Sunshine coasts from where these calls for daylight saving seem to arise every year or two, we've tried it, it didn't work. End of story.

I remember sitting at the Gabba a few summers ago watching the cricket and listening to the commentary on my pocket radio on which a couple of Sydney-based cricket critics were rabbiting on about Queenslanders being aout of stepa with the rest of Australia.

That's not even correct in the first instance because our Western Australian cousins had a three-year daylight saving atriala thrust upon them which they have since rejected and reverted to areal timea.

But the major flaw in the argument for changing our clocks in Queensland from those south of the border is simple geography.

Some of us put this to some of our southern cousins a few years back over a few beers after the cricket.

Grab an atlas a for the young ones just Google a map of Australia a and have a look at where lie the towns of Mt Isa and Cloncurry and the like.

You will note that they are all in Queensland, east of the Queensland/Northern Territory border.

However, draw a line south from Mt Isa and you will soon note it is about in line or a little to the west of Adelaide.

Remember Adelaide? That's the capital of South Australia which in normal time, real time, is usually behind Queensland.

In other words, in winter when dawn breaks and sunlight hits the beaches of the Gold Coast, it's still dark in Adelaide.

And, guess what, it's still dark in Mt Isa too and every other Queensland town that far west.

The other thing to remember too is the shape of the planet on which we live and the tilt it has during summer and winter.

Because of those factors, the sun stays up well into the evening in places like Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart during the summer months, but that's not the case up north. …

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