proof

September 28th, 2019
 
 


 

 
Driving past  this clearway sign on King Georges Rd Blakehurst, one that I had taken down and re-installed, (as shown futher down this post) I noticed the sign had been damaged.
 
 
 
    
Caused by a "happy scrappy" ladder perhaps?
 
 
 
 
 Notice that my two coach bolt clearway sign is still leval even with the damage yet the sign next pole down doesn't look too good.


 
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   Down Blakehurst way on King Georges road new High -Vis yellow clearway signs were put up in June this year, replacing the old white ones.

I first saw these new ones two weeks after they were put up. (as explained in this previous post below.)

http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/is-it-finished  

 Believe me this clearway saga

has caused problems here at home over the last 4 years.

 If a bit of common sense was used by the minders of Road Minsters Mr. Gay, or Ms  Pavey, and now the pathetic effort to explain  RMS incompentence  by Mr Terry McSweeney/ Principal Manager Ministerial correspondence on behalf of the new Roads Minister Mr Andrew Constance.

The RMS "can no longer drill into drill into electricity poles"

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Hi-Vis yellow ones were put up in July 2015, and ever since I have by phone email first to the then Road Minister Gay

 

Dear Minister Gay,

 

I recently  saw you on TV and you mentioned the new clearway times and the new signage between Blakehurst and Sutherland. The new clearway times have made a difference to traffic flow,

 

but the Hi-Vis yellow clearway signs I'm afraid  are an eyesore, and to make matters worse the majority are now adopting jaunty angles. The signs are attached to a bracket with 2 bolts but the bracket is fastened to the power pole or its own metal pole with one bolt, so if the sign isn't tightened  correctly, it can  pivot on the single bolt as can be seen in my photos.

 

There are  old white clearway  I've seen, also at angles,  and are also  fastened  with one bolt. A rethink in the fastening department is warranted.  The bracket used now is over engineering and might have been good enough for the DMR and RTA but common sense is required in this age of innovation

 

What is wrong with a Tech screw, top and bottom of the sign, fastened to the power pole using an  18 volt impact screw driver.

 

  In the big scheme of things this is small potatoes,   but 5 klms of  these gaudy bright yellow (near new) clearway signs at crazy angles advertise ( in Hi Vis) for all to see , RMS incompetence. 

 

Please get someone from the relevant department  to have a look and get the job done right.

 

Last Sunday I drove to Church Point and noticed new Hi-Vis yellow clearway signs on Mona Vale through the West Ryde /Top Ryde area, that weren't there Boxing day. And some of these signs are already adopting less than professional angles.

 

 

 

Regards

 

Hans Stephens

 

and I emailed my local MP  and then the NSW premier

Title: Mr
First Name: hans
Last Name: stephens
Street address: 
Suburb: Kirrawee
State: NSW
Postcode: 2232
Phone: 040
Email: stephens1510@optusnet.com.au
Type of enquiry: Message
Subject: This is not spam, please take seriously
Message:
Dear email sorter,
I did email the new roads minister, no reply
I did email my local Member
(whom I voted for)
= A................................................................................
Dear Mr Evans,
I sent an email to my old MP, Mr Kerr, and his office said my email would be forwarded onto you.
As I haven't had a reply from you to my RMS concerns, I will repeat them. The RMS is renewing old white clearway signs with new Hi­Vis yellow
ones
My website www.schoolzonesanta.com explains it all, with photos of clearly incompetent installation of the new signs using rubbish brackets,
which didn't work with the old white signs either. I have emailed the new roads minister weeks ago, with no response.
All that needs to be done is for someone to take charge, scrap the old brackets, and use a bit of common sense, and two screws as shown in one
of my photos. Hope you can help, before they go right through NSW changing signs at great unnecessary expense to the taxpayer.
Regards Hans Stephens
= A.............................................................................................
MP Lee Evans emailed me yesterday, and said "he is also waiting for replies."
So here I am. I'm sure the Premier has more to worry about than crooked signs, but there must be time to email
or phone someone at the RMS to use a bit of common sense, and stop wasting money on this, at least.
Alan Jones years ago was on about an upcoming election and I rang him. "I don't care who gets in" I said.
"Oh you must care" said he.
" No I don't care, I said, as long as they don't waste the money"
I tried to upload more photos (too big), but there are plenty on www.schoolzonesanta.com
Thankyou for your time
I would like a response: Yes, I would like a response
I would like to receive regular updates from the NSW Government: Yes
End of messag


 This is the letter I mailed (with astamp)to Ms Pavey.

 

The Hon. Melinda Pavey, MP
37 Elbow Street
WEST KEMPSEY NSW 2440

 


Dear Minister Pavey,
This letter should not have been necessary as I have, in the past, raised this problem with my local member, with the
Premier's Office and with your office, but as these efforts have not yet yielded a satisfactory outcome, I thought I should
write to you again.
The RMS is renewing the old white clearway signs on major roads with new HI- Vis yellow ones.
The old brackets used to hold up the white signs didn?t work, and they don?t work on the new yellow signs either.
My website www.schoolzonesanta.com has many photos showing examples and explaining the problem.
Something has to be done before the new yellow signs are completely rolled out across NSW.
Please spend a couple of minutes to have a look at my site and have someone, with the necessary authority, investigate
and fix this very simple problem.
I've provided here an example of the old white clearway signs, these being on Roberts Road, Greenacre, and, as you
can see, the mounting system on the white signs was totally unsatisfactory.

This folly is being repeated when the white signs are being replaced with Hi-Vis yellow signs by contractors engaged by
the RMS.
Many more examples can be found on
www.schoolzonesanta.com.

I think that you would agree that this level of incompetence is simply unacceptable and that it points to a deeper problem
within the administration of the RMS.
These signs provide "hi-vis" advertising of RMS incompetence and, by extension, discredit your Government.
As I'm retired, I would like to offer my services as a consultant, at no cost to the taxpayer, in order to rectify this
unsatisfactory state of affairs in the most cost effective manner.
Thank you for your time.
Yours faithfully,

 and every new section of replaced clearway signs have examples that look like these two below:

 

 

   This photo of those two "new signs" used many times on many previous posts, was taken 6 months after installation in Gymea, and started me on this mission.

 I thought the first email would fix the obvious problem, but how wrong I was.


 Obviousily the RMS needs help.

 

This is a simple guide on how to put a RMS clearway sign on an overseas owned power pole, 

 

 

  Step  one                   After of course first taking the proper safety precautions,  unbolt the RMS Hi-Vis yellow clearway  sign from it's RMS bracket.

 

 

Step Two                               bolt the RMS bracket that now has an extra hole, back onto the pole 

 

  

  Step three                                          make sure the RMS bracket is on the leval

 

 

  Step three                                                    put in the extra coach bolt


 

Step four           Refasten the Hi-Vis yellow RMS clearway sign back onto the RMS bracket, and the job's done. 

 

Before the Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened, to prove that the bridge was strong enough,

most of Sydney's railway locomotives were rolled out onto the bridge, the bridge survived and

 

 

to prove that 2 two fixing points on a clearway sign bracket can hold up a little aluminion sign, I hung 28lbs of weights onto the sign, and it didn't move


 leval

 

                                                                                                                                              What more can I say?   

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Anyone looking back on the nearly four years of pages on this site

can understand my angst.

I've said all along that this is an embarressment, and a waste of money 

Incompentece in Hi-Vis but would anyone listen?

 

Just ignore him, and he will give up and go away.

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 No I won't


 

 

Appalling

September 27th, 2019
 

 

Appalling is a word that is used quite a lot.


What is appalling about this photo?

 
 
 
This poster on the side of buses in

Newcastle so "appalled" the NSW Roads

Minister Andrew Constance

that he had them removed.
 
 
 
 
 
This billboard was considered so appalling by some people that they bullied on social media, the o0H! company to have it removed. 
 
 
 
 This is what I find appalling




 The video doesn't show sadly, honourable members giving each other congratulatory hugs.




 This sign on the Princes Highway in Sylvania appalled someone because it disappeared  about one week after erection.


 

 
But this one stayed up on the same  pole for months

Fast response

August 5th, 2019
 

 

 


 

How can people be trusted to spend billions of dollars

on the big stuff, when they can't get a simple

sign to stay up straight?

 

                                                                                                                               

I have catalogued on this website,

four years of photos of less than  compentent work

(in my view)  carried out by RMS contractors.

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 The people at : Ventia Boral Amey Joint Venture deserve a medal for prompt responding to enquires



I sent this email  to the address that Mr Terry McSweeney (Principal Manager Ministerial Correspondence) gave me, and I hope I get an answer other than the normal public servant ones I get.


  AT 11.45 pm Friday  2/08/019, I sent this email

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From: CU-0002 RMS
Sent: 3/8/2019 12:15 AM GMT+10:00
To: cases.4052061_1.8ec6621617@cases.na2.netsuite.com
Subject: clearway signs

Hi,

I have tried for the last four years to get a bit of common sense into the installation of clearway signs.

last month I used the "contact"  feedback of the latest NSW Road Minister, and I had a reply thus;

 

 

 

That reply from Mr. McSweeney, doesn't really help


I have catalogued on my website  www.schoolzonesanta.com four years of photos of less than  (in my view) competent work, carried out by RMS contractors.

Could you have a look at the website,  and is there merit in my concerns?

Regards 

Hans Stephens

 (contact details )

Stephens1510@0ptusnet.co.au

 

The photo below was taken less than three weeks after installation


 

 
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 I took the above photo when these two new clearway signs were put up only three weeks earlier, and that is explained in this post. 
 
 
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 At 12 16 am  Saturday  less than half an hour later, a reply came back

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From: Ventia Boral Amey Joint Venture (NSWEnquiries@vbajv.com.au) <system@sent-via.netsuite.com>
Sent: Saturday, 3 August 2019 12:16 AM
To: stephens1510@optusnet.com.au
Subject: Case # CE_34895 Created: clearway signs

 


Thank you for your email.
 
We are working on your request and will get back to you within the next business day.
 
If your matter is urgent, you can ring us toll-free on 1800 677 700.
 
 
Kind regards
 
Community and Stakeholder Engagement team
Ventia Boral Amey Joint Venture

PO Box 838, Rockdale NSW 2216
T: 1800 677 700 E: nswenquiries@vbajv.com.au

i

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 On the following Monday  9.35 am 05/08/019 this came back

 

From: Ventia Boral Amey Joint Venture (NSWEnquiries@vbajv.com.au) <system@sent-via.netsuite.com>
Sent: Monday, 5 August 2019 9:35 AM
To: stephens1510@optusnet.com.au; cases.4052061_1.8ec6621617@cases.na2.netsuite.com
Subject: RE: clearway signs

 

Dear Hans,

Thank you for contacting Ventia Boral Amey Joint Venture (VBA JV) regarding the installation of clearway signs. 

VBA JV carry out sign maintenance activities as per the standards set out by Road and Maritime Services. 

Unfortunately your website is blocked on our server, please send through any sign maintenance request directly to VBA JV. 

If you would like an update or more information, please reply to this email or call us on 1800 677 700.

Kind regards,

u Sam Bangma 
Community Engagement Officer
Ventia Boral Amey Joint Venture | Sydney SMC
PO Box 838 | Rockdale | NSW 2216
T 1800 677 700   Enswenquiries@vbajv.com.au
 
Delivering safer roads for Sydney
We value your feedback. If you would like to comment on the service provided by Ventia Boral Amey Joint Venture, please clickhere
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An extract from Mr Terry McSweens letter


"For the safety of maintenance crews,


 new clearway signs are


attached to existing signs and


no longer drilled onto electricity poles.


 This is in accordance with


the Australian Standards.


I am advised there are no plans


to change the Standards at this time."



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  What does that mean?   Toxic sawdust?

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About 12.10pm I rang the 1800 number Mr McSweeney gave me, and was told that they can help, if I say which clearway sign needs maintainence, and they will send out workers to maintain it 

 FIRST  BASE !!!

Back to where I started, 4 years ago.


to be continued......

Terry Terry Terry

July 30th, 2019
 
 
 

 I wrote to the new Roads Minister about the state of our clearway signs on June 25 
 
 Today I received this letter from an old friend Terry   
 
 I might appear a bit personal, but as this is the third reply from Mr. McSweeney,  he seems like an old friend.

 
Please click on this link to read Terry's letter----------         response from terry no 2 30 07 019 22.pdf

and it seems Terry does like feedback   " I note your concerns, and appreciate your ongoing interest in this matter"

 
"I am advised there are no plans to change the Standards at this time"  writes Terry .

I will take Terry's advice, and email those he says responsible for the up keep of road signs
 

 
 
                                                                                      
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I have previously commented on the line that states that " clearway signs are fixed, in accordance with Australian Standards"
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Scoll down the page Mr McSweeney, maybe there does need to be a look, at "Standards"
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Why has it been so difficult

July 20th, 2019

 

 


This website has four years of photos, copies of letters to and from My local MP, letters to and from the Road Minister's office Copies of unanswered emails.

Details of calls I have made to the then roads minister Melinda Pavey's Electoral office, and the Premier's office, all to no avail.

But as  JONES & CO says "DON"T GIVE UP"

All I wanted to do was that the RMS changed the way clearway signs are installed, before the new HI-VIS YELLOW signs are rolled out throughout NSW 

The bracket that The D.M.R,  then the R.T.A,and now the R.M.S still use to hold up clearway signs, didn't,  and don't work NOW.

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When I took the photo these signs that were put up less than three weeks before.

These were on King Georges Road Hurstville

 

 

 By an stretch of the imagination


can this be called erected


 "to Australian  Standards ??"

 

 I went into two shop in South Hurstville and asked when the new signs were put up.

They both said about two weeks ago.

One lady said I remember because someone came in and warned us about time changes.

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Say no more.

 

 

 

 
 12 June 2019

This morning I had to go to Balmain from home in Kirrawee

On the way there and back I took the following photos.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                The two added little bolts didn't help to keep up the sign in the next photo horizontal.
 
 
 
 
                      
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I took this photo of these old white clearway signs on Rockey Point rd San Souci a couple of weeks ago.
 
  

 

 

 

I've just rung the Daily Telegraph and spoke to a very patient team member, and with her, scrolled down this site.

 

She agreed with me that the new  Hi- Vis yellow, and the old white clearway signs look untidy, and two bolts in the bracket would make sense.

 

She agreed with me that if I hung myself from a clearway sign, I would get publicity.  

 

 

There is 28lb hanging from this RMS clearway sign that I had taken down, (wearing a HI-Vis Vest)

 

I then  drilled an extra hole in this RMS bracket and re-installed it with two coach bolts wearing the afore mentioned vest, and there was also a large orange cone in close proximity, (also for safety reasons.)

 

I was kidding (about the hanging myself line ) the call was recorded "for training purposes"and can be checked for contex.

 

The Telegraph lady said she would pass my  clearway sign concerns on.

 


 

 I await a call from a reporter ................ 

 

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This 3 year+ saga of mine ( 4 years now) to get a bit of sense in the installation of roadside clearway signs, has to be a news story.

 


 

Even just the fact that I interfere with RMS signs, (with photos) should be a story

 

 Here's me taking down a RMS clearway sign and reinstalled it using a bracket (prepared earlier) with two coach bolts

 

 

                                                                         and now the sign doesn't move with 28lb hanging of it

 

 

This sign was swinging in the breeze at Blakehurst  coming off the pole after the "NO STANDING ANYTIME"  was added. 

 

                                       The bottom coach bolt was finger tight, so I used longer bolts, and it will now stay put.

 

 

  1. Common sense

    Book by Thomas Paine


     

    Common sense is sound practical judgment concerning everyday matters, or a basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge that is shared by nearly all people. The first type of common sense, good sense, can be described as "the knack for seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done." The second type is sometimes described as folk wisdom, "signifying unreflective knowledge not reliant on specialized training or deliberative thought." The two types are intertwined, as the person who has common sense is in touch with common-sense ideas, which emerge from the lived experiences of those commonsensical enough to perceive ts nethem.







 

Forest Rd Bexly

July 17th, 2019
 
 

  

 

I  did a quote in Bexly and along Forest Rd these are some of the old white clearway signs I noticed
 

 
 

 

 

 

Did you spot the sign in the correct level position?


 

It had been re-adjusted with  an extra coach bolt AND washer,which  does the job in holding up the bracket. 

 

 

 

 On this example of RMS skill someone added an extra bracket supporting bolt,  but not only didn't correct the bracket creep but damaged the sign too.

                                                                                                    West Botony St Mascot

 

 

 

Flora St corner and Acacia by pass Kirrawee


I really do feel that there is a problem in the way clearway signs are installed.


 

To be continued..................................

Another day more bracket creep

July 8th, 2019
 Some more photos of RMS incompentance on display in HI-VIS , to add to this four year scrapbook.
 
 
 
Turning left onto Taren Point Road from The Kingsway this morning,
I noticed these near new* clearway signs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                                 
 
                                          
 
 
  and further down Taren Point road over Parraweena rd, was this one 
 
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    and right across the street was another example of  bracket creep.
 
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      one more on the left side of Taren Pt Rd 
 
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                  and directly across the road was this one

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When I say near new*, they would be less than two years old

 and  no doubt these clearway signs,

" are fixed in place in accordance with 

Australian Standards  " 

  as stated in the letter below.

 

 

 

Bracket creep

July 6th, 2019
 

  

Heading back from from Alfords Point to Hurstville on Friday 5 July I noticed these examples of work done by RMS contractors.


Just some more to add this 4 year catalogue of shoddy work.

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The next one was slanting up, but firmly tightened. I think the rubbish truck loading arm caught it. I pulled it down to it's rightful  position.
 
 
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 King Georges road Blakehurst
 
 
 
 
 
 
The link above explains how much weight a clearway sign bracket can hold without bracket creep by using not one, but two coachbolts.

                                                                                                                             Before
 
                                                                                                                                                                   After                                

 
 
 
Without the second coach bolt the next sign looks like this. 
 

Roads Minister No 3

June 26th, 2019

     As I said in my previous post  I would email the new roads minister Mr Constance, and last night I did using his contact page.

 

"Dear Minister Constance,

 

for nearly four years now I have been trying to get change in the way the new Hi-Vis Yellow clearway way are installed.

 

My website www.schoolzonesanta.com   catalogues my effort in getting a bit of common sense into the situation."

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I added these 5 photos ( I think these were the photos. I didn't  just have those, on the desktop)

 
I could've said so much more in my email, but hopefully the photos should be enough to get the email opener's interest, and click on this website.
 
 I hope that Minister Constance will be made aware of my clearway sign concerns.


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 I could have (if needed) also used the following photos
 
 
 
 The two new Hi-Vis signs above, were installed less than 3 weeks before I took the photo.
( I have eye witness proof)
 
 
,
 
And there are many more photos of new clearway signs that are installed  "to Australian Standards" like this, on this website going back nearly four years.

to be continued.......................................
 

Say no more.

June 12th, 2019
 
 12 June 2019

This morning I had to go to Balmain from home in Kirrawee

On the way there and back I took the following photos.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                The two added little bolts didn't help to keep up the sign in the next photo horizontal.
 
 
 
 
                      
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 When I took it on myself earlier this year to drill an extra hole in the bracket, and added an extra coach bolt, the sign stayed put, even with the 28 extra lbs
hanging off the end of the sign.

 So two bolts work.

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  I was going to send this as a letter to the editor, but I rang a reporter at our local LEADER newspaper, and he didn't seem to have my enthusiasm, so I'll write to our new Roads Minister instead.


Dear sir,

I read with great interest your story about the delay in getting a damaged bus shelter replaced in Alfords Point . ("Residents angered by bus shelter loss" Leader May 29)

 Deputy Mayor Steve Simpson has been on the case for months to no avail.

Then the Council resolved to write to the relevant state government agency in the strongest terms, and secure a firm commitment the bus stop be returned to good service.?

Nothing Happened, so Cr Simpson (with support from other Councillors )  wrote to the Roads Minister, The Premier, and  the local MP demanding that the bus shelter be replaced.

All the weight of The Sutherland Council, the Local Liberal MP, a National Party Roads Minister, a Liberal party Premier and no one can find a new bus shelter.

Imagine how frustrated I have been after nearly four years of trying to get the RMS to put up clearway signs properly.

 I naively thought that an email to the then roads Minister Gay, alerting him to an obvious problem would see results.  The brackets used by the RMS to attach the clearway signs to power poles are the same ones used by the Department of Mains roads (DMR), and then the Road and traffic authority (RTA)

The bracket has one coach bolt fastening it to the post or pole, and two small bolts are used to attach the clearway sign.

If the one bolt into the pole isn't fastened tight enough the bracket droops, (a look, ok for fascinators at the Melbourne Cup), but not on signs lining our main roads.

    It's RMSincompetence on display, in Hi-Vis yellow.

But did  Mr Gay, MP Duncan Kerr,  The new Roads Minister Melinda Pavey, The premier, or their minions,  accept a common sense suggestion from an old carpet layer that the bracket needs two bolts?      Not on your nelly.

My website www.schoolzonesanta.com catalogues the saga over the last four years of me trying to get a bit of plain common sense in the clearway sign installation department .

 The photo shown below shows two signs, six months after being  Installed to  "Australian Standards."

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 This morning Thurs 13

I drove along Rocky Point rd Sans Souci and the clearway sign are the old white, and these two caught my eye.

Over Captain Cook Bridge on Taren Point Road the Hi-Vis yellow signs replaced last year are heading south also.

 
What was that line.... "When will they ever learn.?"

 

The carnival is over

May 23rd, 2019
 
 
 
 

 
 

We have had two Elections and the goodies have won.

 That means we have a new Roads Minister in NSW 

 

Andrew Constance

 A man with great responsibilites

I wonder if my concerns about the installation of clearway signs will be of interest to him.

When you are head of a portfolio of billions being spent why would he care about a few crooked signs, which I was informed were installed to "Australian Standards"

Roads Minister Gay wasn't imformed, or thought it not important. when I raised the problem in July 2015

My first email to the then roads minister Gay on 4/3/2016

   http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/where-too-now

 

                                                     

                                                                                                                         Road Minister Gay 2015

                                                         

                           These two signs (above) were like this six months after instalation on his watch.
 
 
                                                                                                     Then Minister Gay retired and Ms Melinda Pavey took over as Roads Minister
 
 
                                                                                                                                                        Ms Melinda Pavey
 
 
 
I was going to write again and go on about the last three years of not getting meaning -full change but no, below is a previous page that should explain everything: 
 
                                                                                                    http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/is-it-finished
 
                                                                                                    http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/do-it-yourself

 
 
 
                                                                                                                       Here are a few photos I took today 23 May 2019

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                                                   and a couple from the past
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                                                    http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/do-it-yourself
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Give me a ring Chris

March 11th, 2019
 
 
 

 



If there is anything on this site over the last three years that doesn't make sense, give me a ring Chris.

There is a lot of repeated stuff because, I thought as it was such a common sense matter, one email would get action.

The sign bracket needs TWO bolts.

PS

The poles and wires were sold, and now I notice that numerous clearway signs are now on steel posts alongside the overseas owned power pole, that they had been mounted on before.



 

                                                                                                                                 Has orign put the rent up?

 

Beware the Ides of March

March 9th, 2019
 
 

 

    Below is a post I put up when I thought direct action was necesscary.  

http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/do-it-yourself

My wife was pleading with me at the time,to give up, "you can't win she said"

 

Alan Jones years ago was speaking about an

upcoming election and, I rang him. 

"I don't care who gets in" I said.

"Oh you must care " he said
.
" No I don't care, I replied,

as long as they don't waste the money"


Sending men to repeatedly "re-adjusting" signs as (they called it,) is wasting the money.

 

 

Not your local paper

March 8th, 2019

 

  

 

Elbow St.

That name seems familiar. 

 That's the street where the NSW road minister has her electoral office.

What would an entrepid newspaper reporter do after he saw a website that catalogues three years of a citizen trying to get a bit of common sense in the installation of clearway signs?

Well if he was too busy himseif (because he's filling in for the boss)  he would  (because he is the fill in boss) order  another reporter  to wander up Elbow street, pop into the Nats Electoral office, and ask if anone there has seen my website?

 Because there is an Election in the offing, Minister Pavey may even be in attendence

                                

 .....................................................................................................................................

 

  

   This is an email I sent (as you can see) at 12.35am this morning.    

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From: Hans Stephens <stephens1510@optusnet.com.au>
Sent: Friday, 8 March 2019 12:35 AM
To: 'christian.knight@fairfaxmedia.com.au' <christian.knight@fairfaxmedia.com.au>
Subject: Local paper

 

Dear Editor,

 

When I rang the Daily Telegraph the editorial team member said my story would be better for a local paper.

 

I have tried for over three years to get two bolts put into clearway signs  but there s no meaningful  change.

 

What do you think, Is it a story?

Regards

 

Hans Stephens

 

(adress details)

 

                                                                      

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          and this was the very prompt reply,at 8.38am this morning

..........................................................................................................................

 

From: Ute Schulenberg <ute.schulenberg@fairfaxmedia.com.au>
Sent: Friday, 8 March 2019 8:38 AM
To: Hans Stephens <stephens1510@optusnet.com.au>
Subject: Re: Local paper

We are on the Mid North Coast - not your local paper

 Sorry!

 ................................................................................

On Fri, 8 Mar 2019 at 00:35, Hans Stephens <stephens1510@optusnet.com.au> wrote:

Dear Editor,

When I rang the Daily Telegraph the editorial team member said my story would be better for a  local paper.

I have tried for over three years to get two bolts put into clearway signs  but there's no meaningful  change.

 

What do you think, Is it a story?

 

Regards

 

Hans Stephens

(address deatails)

...............................................................................................................................................

 Well at least Mr Schulenburg said sorry,

But before he so quickly replied, did he run my email past the editor, the person I sent it to

 

I see in a second email that the editor

is on leave, but maybe in this modern

world, he can be contacted on a mobil.


When I posted (with a stamp) a letter to the Road Minister Ms Pavey.

The staff member in her Kempsey office told me she'd read it, and sent it to head office in Sydney

After very little help from my local member MP Duncan Kerr, I asked him to walk up the hall in Macquarie st and ask  personaly (Ms Pavey) to look at my website.

My emails to and from my local MP (who I voted for) 

 

http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/frustration 

   

Why is it all so difficult?

Stop press

March 5th, 2019

  Sorry  lots of photos have disappeared from  older pages on this site. 

One day I'll go back and put them back up.

............................................................................................................

 

I've just rung the Daily Telegraph and spoke to a very patient team member, and with her, scrolled down this site.

She agreed with me that the new  Hi- Vis yellow, and the old white clearway signs look untidy, and two bolts in the bracket would make sense.

She agreed with me that if I hung myself from a clearway sign I would get publicity.  

There is 28lb hanging from this RMS clearway sign that I had taken down, (wearing a HI-Vis Vest)

I then  drilled an extra hole in this RMS bracket and re-installed it with two coach bolts wearing the afore mentioned vest, and there was also a large orange cone in close proximity, (also for safety reasons.)

I was kidding (about the hanging myself line ) the call was recorded "for training purposes"and can be checked for contex.

The Telegraph lady said she would pass my  clearway sign concerns on.


 I await a call from a reporter ................ 

   ....................................................................................................................................................

This 3 year+ saga of mine to get a bit of sense in the installation of roadside clearway signs, has to be a news story.


Even just the fact that I interfer with RMS signs, (with photos) should be a story


Ms Pavey's Kempsey office staff  know 

The RMS  know, but obviously they all think I'll go away.    

 

  1. Common sense

    Book by Thomas Paine


    Common sense is sound practical judgment concerning everyday matters, or a basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge that is shared by nearly all people. The first type of common sense, good sense, can be described as "the knack for seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done." The second type is sometimes described as folk wisdom, "signifying unreflective knowledge not reliant on specialized training or deliberative thought." The two types are intertwined, as the person who has common sense is in touch with common-sense ideas, which emerge from the lived experiences of those commonsensical enough to perceive ts nethem.







where to now

February 28th, 2019

 

 



CLEARWAY SIGNS

 For many many years I've noticed the untidy state of the clearway signs lining our major roads


Here a just five of many examples. 


     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
         
 
 
 

 

 

 On the way to the airport this morning  (Thurs 28 Feb 2019) this one was swinging in the breeze In Carrs Park 

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Mid 2016 I noticed from Blakehurst to Sutherland  the white clearway signs on the Princes Highway had been replaced by bright Hi-Vis yellow ones

 I wrote into The Local Leader newspaper

I next mentioned the Hi-Vis clearway signs in this post

 

http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/rms-perfection

 

"Numerous  signs are now at jaunty angles,

a good look for Melbourne Cup facinators,

but not for newly erected road signs.

The signs are fixed to a bracket with two bolts

but the bracket is fixed to the power pole with only one bolt.

So the sign can, if not tightened enough,  pivot

to unprofessional angles as pictured ."

 

 And then the rot set in, the clearway sign bracket creep started

 

From Sutherland to St Ives, newly erected Hi-Vis yellow clearway signs  adopted the old white sign droop.


 

 

 

 

 

The last two were on the Princes Highway Gymea 

 

 So I emailed the then Road Minister Mr. Duncan Gay, with attached photos

I thought that my email to the Roads Boss explaining  my concern of  this obvious problem,  he would get it fixed pronto. 

 

How wrong was I ?

  ...............................................................................................................................................................................

From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Friday, March 4, 2016 11:28 AM
To: 'office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au' <office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au>
Subject: RMS installation incompetence 

 

Dear Minister Gay,

 

I recently  saw you on TV and you mentioned the new clearway times and the new signage between Blakehurst and Sutherland. The new clearway times have made a difference to traffic flow, but why are the signs in  Hi Vis  yellow, and why the need to attach them above existing no standing or no stopping signs?

 

 No stopping or no standing, means no stopping or no standing anytime.

These bright yellow clearway signs I'm afraid  are an eyesore, and to make matters worse the majority are now adopting jaunty angles. The signs are attached to a bracket with 2 bolts but the bracket is fastened to the power pole or its own metal pole with one bolt, so if the sign isn't tightened  correctly, it can  pivot on the single bolt as can be seen in my photos.

 

There are  old white clearway  I've seen, also at angles,  and also  fastened  with one bolt. A rethink in the fastening dept could be warranted. 

 

What is wrong with a Tech screw, top and bottom of the sign, fastened using an  18 volt impact screw driver.

 

 In the big scheme of things this is small potatoes,   but 5 klms of  these gaudy bright yellow (near new) clearway signs at crazy angles advertise,  in Hi Vis, RMS incompetence. 

 

Please could you get someone from the relevant department  to have a look and get the job done right.

 

Regards

 

Hans Stephens

 

(and my adress and contact details)

 

..............................................................................

 

 I went from Mr Gay to the new Road Minister Ms Pavey Sydney Office, to her Electoral office in Kempsey, to the Premier's office, and my local MP Mr. Duncan Kerr, using emails, and phone calls,  even a snail mail letter (thinking it was more personal) to Minister Pavey.   

 

I sent this letter to Road Minister Pavey (a letter whith a postage stamp)

 

 

 

    Melinda  Pavey  Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

 

 

 

---------------------------------------------------------    

 

Dear Minister Pavey,

 

I'm very sorry to bother you as this letter should not have been necessary, but as other options don't seem to have made a satisfactory  difference, I'll try again.

 

 The RMS is renewing the old white clearway signs on major roads with new HI- Vis yellow ones, but the old brackets used to hold up the white ones didn't work, and they don't work on the new ones either.

 

My website  www.schoolzonesanta.com has many photos showing examples and explaining the problem.

 

Something has to be done before the new yellow signs are rolled out across NSW

 

 Please spend a couple of minutes to have a look at my site, or if too busy, delegate someone with a bit of common sense,* and who can get something done to fix this very simple problem.

 


 These are two examples of the old white clearway signs on Roberts Road Greenacre

 


 


 


 

 And the two above, are less than a year old, and were on display advertising RMS incompetence in  Hi-Vis yellow, on the Princes Highway Gymea.

 

 Many more examples on www.schoolzonesanta.com

 

 Thank you for your time.

 

 Yours faithfully,

 

  Hans Stephens

 

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*this highlight colour wasn't in the original letterl

 


What next?

February 19th, 2019

 A few weeks aco I saw this sad bit of work and wrote on   http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/superflous  

 

 I fixed it properly myself

 

 

 

 

  Lo and behold a couple of mornings ago in the same area on King Georges road  this was on show.

 
 
The bracket that held up the new hi-vis yellow sign had  ONE  old rusty coach bolt, which had broken as the photo shows
 
 

 

 

  And here is another Hi-Vis which hasn't stood the test of time

 
 
 
 
Here is a double sign on the Princes Highway Carrs Park, using the same old bracket that doesn't work

 I'll give the clearway director  Ms Hillary Johnson a call tomorrow.
 

............................................................................................................................................................ 

 I did ring Ms. Johnsone's mobile phone two days later.

 I left a short message.

I rang again straight away to add more to my message,and  a lady answered (not Ms Johnson). 

I asked her to text or email the clearway director's email adress.

Three years

January 21st, 2019

This whole nonsense should've been fixed when I first emailed the then Road Minister Mr Gay late 2015

 

 

From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Friday, March 4, 2016 11:28 AM
To: 'office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au' <office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au>
Subject: RMS installation incompetence

 

 

 

Dear Minister Gay,

 

I recently  saw you on TV and you mentioned the new clearway times and the new signage between Blakehurst and Sutherland. The new clearway times have made a difference to traffic flow, but why are the signs in  Hi Vis  yellow, and why the need to attach them above existing no standing or no stopping signs?

 

 No stopping or no standing, means no stopping or no standing anytime.

 

These bright yellow clearway signs I'm afraid  are an eyesore, and to make matters worse the majority are now adopting jaunty angles. The signs are attached to a bracket with 2 bolts but the bracket is fastened to the power pole or its own metal pole with one bolt, so if the sign isn't tightened  correctly, it can  pivot on the single bolt as can be seen in my photos.

 

There are  old white clearway  I've seen, also at angles,  and also  fastened  with one bolt. A rethink in the fastening dept could be warranted. 

 

What is wrong with a Tech screw, top and bottom of the sign, fastened using an  18 volt impact screw driver.


 In the big scheme of things this is small potatoes,   but 5 klms of  these gaudy bright yellow (near new) clearway signs at crazy angles advertise,  in Hi Vis, RMS incompetence.

 

Please could you get someone from the relevant department  to have a look and get the job done right.

 

Regards

Hans Stephens

(and my adress and contact details)

 

RMS BOFFINS

December 19th, 2018
 

 

There was an article in the Daily Telegraph this morning.


It seems that the boffins at the RMS are working on an automated driverless ute that will be able to brake for kangaroos.

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/crash-technology-to-be-developed-to-detect-characteristics-of-a-kangaroos-bounce/news-story/ae8f17d1c6bfb7ed8944ab378c09f080


Earlier this year the RMS announced that they're  going to trial driverless buses.

http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/simple-things-first-minister

 

 Driverless buses,  kangaroo dodging utes, and these people can't design a bracket to keep clearway signs up straight for more than three weeks.

 This website catalogues my effort over three years to get the RMS to rethink the use of the exiting brackets that didn't work with the old white ones, and doesn't work with the new Hi-Vis yellow ones.

 

 Some examples

 
These two (above) I photographed on Roberts rd Greenacre.
It's quite clear that the brackets don't seem to be able to  keep the clearway signs up. 
 
 

 
 and this is how the same ones look now in Hi-Vis yellow. with one getting a nice new steel post


................................................................................................................


 Above is one of a number of old white signs that were on display on King Georges Rd. Blakehurst.


 
It was replaced with the new yellow, and less than three weeks later it looked like this.



 This earlier post        http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/do-it-yourself           explains the three week time line, and how to put up a clearway sign that stays level, and just as they proved the the new Sydney Harbour Bridge wouldn't fall down after completion back in  1932, I too added extra weight..
 

 

   

 

 
 
 
 
 

Superfluous

December 14th, 2018
 

Superfluous definition


The definition of superfluous is something that is more than needed or unnecessary. An example of superfluous is a buying a stuffed animal for a child who already has too many stuffed animals. YourDictionary definition and usage example.
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  A new SUPERFLUOUS sign has been added onto some of the new Hi-Vis clearway signs on  the King Georges corridor.



 WHY? 

If you can't park here during the allotted clearway times, and it's no parking at all other times, why not put up one
"NO PARKING sign?"
 
 What am I missing?
 
 
 And just two power poles North, this was on show
 

  The ONE  top coach bolt had come loose, (a Blakehurst breeze perhaps) and the sign combination had swung down and left hanging on it's remaining (finger tight) bottom bolt.)

Not quite good enough, when this sign was put up less than a month ago, after I spoke to Ms. Hillary Johnson Director  clearways

http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/is-it-finished


And as this topsy turvy sign  swung gently in the Blakehurst winds, it's bracket make the neat circuler pattern on the pole.


 Rather than leave this new sign combination there, 

 

I took it home, and found out why it had come loose.

 

 On the back there protruds from the brackets, the thread of a coach bolt, top and bottom.

 The bottom thread looks longer, but the paint scraper at the top shows what actually goes into the power pole.

 
 
 There it is,
 
 That's how much of old coach bolt thread went  into that old power pole.
 
I'd have to go back and have a look, but I assume the RMS person would've used the same hole to fasten the clearway sign with it's new companion "no standing at all times" sign. 
 
 
 I will go back anyway to put them up with longer coach bolts.
....................................................................................................................

And I did.

 
 I put the sign back up Tues 19  new holes, longer coach bolts.and it won't fall off again.
 
 

 

And still more.

December 12th, 2018
 
 

Yesterday Tues 11 December I had to go to  Fairmount St Lakemba.

When I came up Punchbowl road, what caught my eye across the road?

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
One of the three is this one with it's extra little bolt doing a poor job of supporting the standard DMR, RTA, RMS  pivoting bracket. 

 

 

Standing at the intersection of Fairmont and Punchbowl rd I could see three Hi- Vis yellow clearway signs installed "To Australian Standard" NOT

 Coincidentally, the school warning sign with the triangular sign showing young children.

 The triangle sign has tilted to the left.

 Maybe a second coach bolt in the bottom bracket  would work better.

   ==================================================                                    

 Speaking of coach bolts  an update on this earlier post


 RMS contractors have added an extra sign onto  clearway signs at Blakehurst.

http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/blowing-in-the-wind

Blowing in the wind

December 4th, 2018
 
 

 
 

The King Georges corridor of clearway signs have received attention from RMS Contractors, and droopy signs have been pushed up, some, not all, with  an extra coach bolt added underneath the bracket to hold it up.

   
                                                          
One can see the newly added extra coach bolt with it's cute little tag still attached.
.......................................................
 
 But will a bolt under a loose  bracket,  stop a sign going up?

 No,  as this photo shows, on  the Highway in Gordon a pesky upper North Shore breeze blew it up.
 
 
 

 

 

 

 And another one so loose it rotated up on it's one fastening bolt, and stayed up.

 

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 Just for interest sake, when I was at my local Bunnings

I checked the price of a single coach bolt with a tag 

 

 

 

 

 Would it not use less taxpayer money to buy a box??
 

What's he going on about?

November 22nd, 2018
 
 

For over three years I have pointed out to the RMS, Road Minister Pavey , her office in Sydney, her Electoral office in Kempsey, and my local Member Lee Evans, that renewing old white clearway signs with the new Hi-Vis yellow ones, but using the same bracket

                                                                                             does not work. !!!!!!

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                              Old white clearway signs

 

 

 

 

     and the new yellow installed, using the old brackets.(even though the second sign now has it's own metal pole .)

.....................................................................................................................


 and these two new hi-vis yellow ones in Hurstville on King Georges Rd. were only put up less than three weeks before I took the photo


                                                        And the RMS is trialing driverless buses


 To be continued................

Is it finished?

November 10th, 2018

 

"Is it finished?"   my wife asked after I received a return call from the  RMS Director of Clearways Ms Hillary Johnson.


My wife  had also asked me that, when I'd sent photos in, of the South Hurstville, three week old signs pictured below.


 

http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/give-me-strengh


 It will be finished in three weeks, I then confidentaly told her, thinking nobody with any brains would not take notice of this latest incompetence


Ms Johnson told me yesterday that maintanence crews will be sent out to re-adjust the clearway signs using "two fixing points"


This will take some time she told me

tBut this could take some time she said.TWo fixing pointse time she said.

How many hundreds of clearway signs have been replaced since I first brought out this obvious installation problem???

It would't have needed to be done, if after my first email 3 years ago, someone had used a bit common sense then.

I told Ms Johnson I will keep an eye on progress in the re-adjusting effort, reminding her that there was a NSW State Election next March and I'm sure that the Premier wouldn't (or the Road Minister Ms Pavey)  want extra  bad publicity leading up to march.

I've spent more than enough time and effort to get this simple matter resolved.


www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/no-more-needs-to-be


So there we have it  "two fixing points" but as I said to Ms Jonhson the RMS has already gone back other times, and put an extra bolt under the loose bracket (as has been the case) can keep the sign from going down ...but not up 



As you can see in this effort in Gordon.

The wind blew this sign,... UP .




And this pathectic effort to hold up this  clearway sign bracket in Gymea.

I re-adjusted this

one with a second

bolt through the bracket


http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/stronger-better-future


I'll know that things are differant now in the clearway installation regime of the RMS,  when the last section on King Georges rd. between Rocky Point rd.  Beverly Hills, and Moorfields Rd. Kingsgrove is done.

This section is yet to go from old white to the new whiz bang Hi-Vis yellow


Reading back through previous maybe people might think I am a bit touched for going on and on about this.


Maybe I am,

but maybe I've just

been persistant.


 


http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/and-who-pays

A three year timeline

November 9th, 2018

There was a whole page here with photos,  after I received a return call from the RMS Clearway Director Ms Hillary Johnson, but it disappeared. I'll try again

I can't do anything about that.

November 9th, 2018

 

 
 
  I handed  Mr. Micheal Daley, (above ) the  then Roads Minister in the NSW Labor Government, a copy of an email I had sent to his office  which had not been replied to.

 When I handed it to him he stepped back as if I was handing over a summons or something.

  I explained what it was,  and he read the email about my request for an extra set of flashing lights the Beverly Hills school zone on king Georges road he said 

 

" I can't do anythig about that" 


 and he was the Roads Minister

 A later road Minisrter Mr Borger did take me seriously, and the extra flashing light set was added in Beverly Hills.

No wonder I've taken 3 years to get a bit of common sense in the clearway sign department.

 

 
 
After my first email 3 years ago someone
should have said, he's right you know,
and done something then.

 I have just rung (left a message)and texted  the Clearway Director and asked her to ring me.


 

I'm back

November 8th, 2018

 I said in my last post that I would call call the Clearway Director, and the next morning I did ring the mobil number provided .

Ms. Johnson said she was on holiday, and as by coincidence my wife and I also are  away till the 6th of November.

 I will ring her tomorrow 9/11/2018

 

 The clearway signs along King George rd,  and The Princes highway haven't improved. 

  I drove to  Moorfields rd Kingsgrove, and back to Sutherland and  I have the RMS incompentence regarding the installation of HI-Vis Yellow clearway signs recorded on dash cam.

to be conitinued......

If Only

October 26th, 2018

 NSW Roads Minister had a go at Opposition leader Luke Foley this week in NSW Parliament.

 

 

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

 

 She said, "You asked the Member for Prospect to stand aside, you should do the same during this investigation."

Mr Foley then rose on a point of order and said if Ms Pavey wanted to make personal reflections, she would have to do so by substantive motion before it was debated.

We would welcome such a debate, but we would move to amend it to talk about you, and you, and you and you, he said while pointing at four government members, he said.

Ms Pavey responded saying the opposition is full of hypocrites.

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It's the rough and tumble of Politics.

In the previous page I had extracts from two letters I wrote to two Road Ministers . 

I oppoligised for bothering them but could they get someone "with common sense." to look at my clearway sign problem that could be easily fixed.

 

 3 Years I've been on about this.

 

What would have happened if Ms Pavey, or Mr Gay had given the boss at the RMS a "rough and tumble" serve on the phone about those bloody clearway signs???



I will give Ms Hilary Johnson, Director of Clearways a ring.


To be continued.


May be

October 25th, 2018
 

I recieved this email  yesterday replying to my "recent emails" following my "original" email in April this year 2018

 

This is a more "original"  email about the clearway signs subject to a Roads Minister and was  sent on  30 March 2016

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

Dear Minister Gay, 

I recently  saw you on TV and you mentioned the new clearway times and the new signage between Blakehurst and Sutherland. The new clearway times have made a difference to traffic flow, but why are the sigs n in  Hi Vis  yellow, and why the need to attach them above existing ?no standing or no stopping signs?? 

 No stopping or no standing, means no stopping or no standing anytime. 

 

These bright yellow clearway signs I?m afraid  are an eyesore, and to make matters worse the majority are now adopting jaunty angles. The signs are attached to a bracket with 2 bolts but the bracket is fastened to the power pole or its own metal pole with one bolt, so if the sign isn?t tightened  correctly, it can  pivot on the single bolt as can be seen in my photos.

 

There are  old white clearway  I?ve seen, also at angles,  and also  fastened  with one bolt. A rethink in the fastening dept could be warranted. 

 

What is wrong with a Tech screw, top and bottom of the sign, fastened using an  18 volt impact screw driver.

 

  In the big scheme of things this is small potatoes,   but 5 klms of  these gaudy bright yellow (near new) clearway signs at crazy angles advertise  in Hi Vis, RMS incompetence.  

 

Please get someone from the relevant department  to have a look and get the job done right.

 

 

Regards 

 

Hans Stephens

 

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 That email was sent on 30/3/2016    (  excuse the errant ??? marks it's an IT  problem.)


I also sent photos of new clearway signs at bad angles

 MP Gay retired and we have a new Roads Minister


I highlighted  that line in yellow in my email to Minister Gay because I had the same thought when I wrote a stamped letter to the new Roads Minister Melinda Pavey

 

 I wrote this letter to Minister Pavey on May 10 2017  

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Dear Minister Pavey,

 

I'm very sorry to bother you as this letter should not have been necessary, but as other options don't seem to have made a satisfactory  difference, I'll try again.

 

 The RMS is renewing the old white clearway signs on major roads with new HI- Vis yellow ones, but the old brackets used to hold up the white ones don't work, and they don't work on the new ones either.

 

My website  www.schoolzonesanta.com has many photos showing examples and explaining the problem.

 

Something has to be done before the new yellow signs are rolled out across NSW

 

 Please spend a couple of minutes to have a look at my site, or if too busy, delegate someone with a bit of common sense, and who can get something done to fix this very simple problem.

 

 These are two examples one of the old white clearway signs on Roberts Road Greenacre

 
 
 
 
old white ones Roberts rd
 
  And a similar look in Gymea
 
Regards 
Hans Stephens 
 
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 Those old white ones in the example of Roberts rd above,  were replaced with yellow ones,  which ended up looking a bit like the old.
 
 
 
 To be continued...............
 

Fix the small stuff

October 17th, 2018

 

I have just phoned the Premier's office and spoke to charming  Gladis.

I asked. if I could speak to Mr. Schneider


 O.MG.  "Light bulb moment"

 

I thought  the charming lady that took my call, Gladis had a voice that sounded very familiar. 

When I said my concerns were about clearway signs and Mr Schnieder

 told me to go to Ms Pavey. 

Gladis agreed that was right.

 

I then said that I had tried that, and my local MP  Lee Evans, and that this whole thing will come back to the Premier's office.

She asked for my phone number.

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 Update :

 Silly me 

 

It wasn't THE Gladis. It wasn't even a Gladis