Mixed reaction to suggestions daylight saving should be axed

Calls from medical experts to scrap daylight saving had a mixed reaction on the street in Tumut last Tuesday.

Victorian Professor Paul Zimmet says the effects of the loss of a hour’s sleep on the first day could be made worse by Covid-19.

He says there is evidence of more heart attacks and dangerous accidents just after daylight saving, but not everyone’s convinced it should be called off this year.

“No, that’s stupid,” 17-year-old Mia Hardwick of Adelong said on Tuesday.

“It’s a pattern that sets everything in time. If you don’t do it, everything gets so out of whack.”

She saw the calls to abolish daylight saving this year due to alleged health risks on Facebook and wasn’t impressed.

“I thought ‘are these people stupid?’” she said.

“It does not affect your health at all. It might take a week to get used to it, but it shouldn’t affect your health unless there’s something wrong with it already.”

John Dickerson of Tumut said the calls were “ridiculous”.

“Leave it the way it is; we are used to it. It gives people the extra time after work to do the things they have to do.”

Fellow Tumut resident Owen Brayshaw also wants daylight saving to stay. 

“For one, it’s better for the environment, because less electricity is used and less generation is required, and it gives me more time in the afternoon to do things,” he said.

However, Graeme Jeffrey of Tumut believes the calls are right.

“In these difficult times of the pandemic, it has been talked about and it should be considered, even if just for 12 months,” he said.

“Elderly people suffer in such times.”

Another Tumut resident, who asked not to be named, would have no problem if it was called off.

“I hate daylight savings,” she said.

“The change of time is difficult. I couldn’t care less if they stopped it.”

Much has been said in the past about the negative effects daylight saving has on farmers, but Tumut Plains dairy famer Kevin Malone said that while it takes getting used to at first, it is plain sailing from then on.

“It allows you to get more work done at the end of the day,” he said.

“The cows don’t give you any less milk, except on the first day of the changeover,” he said.

“It would be nice if it started a little bit later and finished a bit earlier.”

Daylight saving in NSW will begin at 2am on Sunday October 4 and end at 3am on Sunday April 4 2021.