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06/27/2007, Australia - "Daylight saving gets extended", The Daily Telegraph, by Joe Hildebrand


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DAYLIGHT saving will be extended another four weeks in NSW from next year, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.

The State Government will this week introduce legislation in a landmark move to bring NSW into line with all southeastern states and territories.

It will take effect from October 2008.

The deal was struck during Council of Australian Government talks in April this year and will become NSW law this week.

From next year daylight saving will run from the first Sunday in October to the first Sunday in April.

It will give NSW an extra three weeks at the beginning of the warmer months and another week at the end.

Currently daylight saving starts on the last Sunday in October and ends on the last Sunday in March. That will still apply this summer.

Premier Morris Iemma said the move would give families more recreation time and create more certainty and consistency for business.

"This will translate to more time for outdoor activities with family and friends and may also provide new opportunities for retail, hospitality, sport and tourism businesses," he said.

"The new schedule will also provide uniformity for business activities conducted across state lines and is consistent with COAG's focus on reducing regulatory burdens on businesses.

"It will also minimise confusion for tourists travelling between the southeastern states."

Mr Iemma said the decision to harmonise daylight savings was undertaken after extensive consultation between the affected jurisdictions to take into account the impacts that daylight saving has on both rural and urban communities.

The legislation is not expected to be opposed.

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