In recent weeks, there’s been much talk about shifting South Australia to Eastern Standard Time, in order to facilitate the creation of better economic synergies with Australia’s eastern seaboard. However, residents in the west of the state aren’t too thrilled about the prospect of darker mornings; the prospect of their children going to school in relative darkness is a worrying one for them.
Therefore, it might be best to meet in the middle and split South Australia into two time zones, as shown in the picture below.
Naturally, the black line indicates where an ideal separation could lie, and the more observant of you will have already guessed that it would start where the South Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland borders meet. From there, the line heads south, passing to the west of Marree, to a location east of Port Augusta and Stirling North and west of Quorn, and as illustrated in both the main picture and the inset, it detours toward the Spencer Gulf after this.
Obviously, this would facilitate parts of South Australia to the east and south of the line moving forward to Eastern Standard Time, whereas the rest of the state could either retain the status quo, or – much to the possible delight of residents on the state’s western coast – go back another half hour, thus placing the state’s west on its true meridian.
Which then leads to two further questions: would the Northern Territory wind its clocks back half an hour to match? And would the section of Western Australia east of Caiguna which uses an unofficial time zone 45 minutes ahead of Perth move 15 minutes forward to match, along with all points north of it as well? Because whatever happens, let’s hope there aren’t too many headaches caused!
That said, I’m off to Canberra and Sydney on Monday, so once again, I’ll be taking a break from the blog. As for my travel plans, here’s a scan for you, since I deleted the original document after printing it a while back.