THE daylight saving debate has once again ramped up in Queensland as thousands of people sign a petition to get the southern concept introduced across the state.
Mackay Chamber of Commerce chairman Tim Miles said reports that the economy lost $4 billion a year because Queensland didn't follow daylight saving didn't seem accurate.
"I think we have enough daylight hours now and I don't think it really matters that much when dealing with southern states, whether they're an hour ahead or not there are bigger issues to be dealt with," Mr Miles said.
The time difference didn't seem to negatively affect Mackay businesses, he said.
"It's not a significant problem.
"It's more important to focus on getting the economy functioning and prospering again."
Just under 13,000 people signed an e-petition to bring daylight saving to Queensland and 10,339 people "liked" a Facebook page titled Daylight Savings in South-East Queensland, which proposed to either split the state into separate time zones or introduce daylight saving in Queensland.
Mr Miles said it was "ridiculous" to suggest splitting the state.
"I think it would be ridiculous if they split the state and the south-east corner went to daylight savings and the rest of the state didn't," he said.
"The whole state needs to stay on one time zone."
Almost 100 people commented on the Daily Mercury's Facebook page to weigh in on the debate.
"Do (we) really have to say no, every year," Therese Fairchild asked.
Helen Rousenvell was in favour of the idea.
"We are so behind, not only in business but overseas tourists," she said.
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