Friday September 29, 2017
Just like flowers blooming and birds chirping, another rite of spring is upon us: the start of daylight saving, which begins at 2am on Sunday, Attorney General Mark Speakman reminded NSW residents today.
“Most of our computers, phones and other devices will automatically ‘spring forward’ by one hour when daylight saving begins, but those with analogue clocks will need to adjust them before going to bed on Saturday night”, Mr Speakman said.
Mr Speakman said daylight saving would provide thousands of people who work long hours in the office with an opportunity to enjoy more fun in the sun.
“The sun is now rising at around 5:30am on the coast; later inland when most people are sleeping. Daylight saving will help ensure the longer periods of daylight are not going to waste,” Mr Speakman said.
“As the weather gets warmer, an extra hour of sunlight at the end of the day will enable families and friends to enjoy outdoor activities after work and school.
“Whether it’s enjoying a hit of cricket in the backyard, going for a swim or dining alfresco, many NSW residents will relish the opportunity to soak up as much of the warm weather as they can.
Mr Speakman said daylight saving would also deliver benefits to the economy.
“Daylight saving is uniform across NSW, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, which makes it easier to do business across state lines and reduces confusion for tourists,” Mr Speakman said.
Daylight saving was introduced in Australia during World War I in 1917 and was adopted by Australia again for part of World War II. It has been a permanent fixture on the NSW calendar since 1971.
NSW returns to standard time on Sunday, 1 April 2018 when daylight saving ends.