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.

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 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, 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 as pictured, stop a sign going up? 
 
 
 No always it seems a  breeze blew this loose sign UP from it's supporting extra coach bolt in Gordon

 

 

 

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

 

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 A new superflous 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 and the sign combination had swung down and left hanging on it's remaining (finger tight) bottom bolt.)


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 comination 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.
 
 I'll ring the Clearway Director tomorrow with an update.

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 .)

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 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................

Stand up comedy.

November 18th, 2018


I watched NSW  State Parliament on Foxtel this afternoon

It looked like second class "stand up comedy",

are these people running the State in the best interest of the people ??????


Sandwich board Santa

November 14th, 2018

 

 

 I'll leave this clearway thing for a while.

BUT if there is no worthwhile change in clearway sign installation, expect to see school zone santa advertising this website throughout  Sydney next Febuary. 

 I was a bit embarrassed back in 'o5 when I first stood on the kerb at Kogarah trying to get a bit of common sense at that school zone

 But after being approached by nurses,  even local teachers, and toots of support from passing drivers, I  realised my effort to get change, was appriciated.

 I have a ream of emails I recieved from drivers at  Kogarah, and Beverly Hills when I spent two weeks there. 

                                                                                          Beverly Hills '08

 


I watched car after car ( before I retrieved my santa suit) stopping at the traffic lights at Morgan Street(back up the road a bit ) and when the lights changed to green they would coast downhill (helped by gravity)on a now clear road, and flash from a speed camera hidden behind a power pole.

Two weeks I was there,  the Honorable Eric Roozendal didn't see common sense. 

The next Road Minister Micheal Daley didn't see common sense.

 The next Road Minister Micheal Borger did and...............

                                                                                                                        It wasn't so hard was it ?

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 One idea for a sandwich board

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Here is an example of a new clearway sign in Gordon a couple of years ago.
 


                  

 

A pile of signs (I prepared ealier) that I haven't used, as yet,

I made these months ago but thought that someone in Thr RMS, Ms. Pavey's office or the Premier's office would see the light...... perhaps they'll see the signs early next year.

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For society to function we have to have rules

I broke the rules in Kogarah, and went to Court.


http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/section-10  


People who administer the rules, have to have a bit of common sense.


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.

 

 

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 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

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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

there are none so blind as those who will not see -

October 16th, 2018
 
 How can the big problems in NSW,  like  trains, light rail, stadiums,  hostpitals, over-population, the housing crisis be addressed, or at least appear that the Government is on top of them,  to get enough votes next Election when a simple thing like putting an extra coch bolt in a clearway sign is too difficult.
 
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Last night the Federal Government in Canberra voted in favour of a One Nation' bill ,   "That it's OK to be white"

And today the Finance Minister Corman and the Attorney General Porter are all over media saying it was a "clerical error," and the Senate was meant to Vote No to the bill
 
 
 
What a lot of nonsense.

Blame the messenger. 
 

there are none so blind as those who will not see -


"Understanding cannot be forced on someone who chooses to be ignorant"


Or listen it seems

 What is the matter with these people?

On the 11th of October I messaged on the Premiers website 

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Hi,  I have tried for three years to get something done about the way the RMS is allowing their contractors to put up the new Hi-Vis yellow clearway signs.  

I spoke to David at Minister Pavey's Kempsey's office again, thinking he would contact his boss to convey my  increasing frustration, clearly shown on my website www.schoolzonesanta.com 

The photos in the attachment shows the rubbish that taxpayers pay for.  The clearway signs pictured, were put up less than three weeks before I took the photos. 

Please ring me on  0403022559 

I'll ring your office tomorrow Friday 11 Oct

regards Hans

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I did ring the Premiers office and spoke to David

(as I mentioned in a previous post.)

 No one has rung me

Today this email came in.

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Did the director, briefings and correspondence Mr D Schneider look at this website and say "Wrong office and dimiss my concerns out of hand, or did he click on and think, Yes Hans has a point with these clearway signs,  but the Premier is too busy with important stuff than to be bothered with his nonsense.  Look furhter down the Posts Mr Schneider and note I am persitant.

 

I asked the local MP in my Electorate Mr Lee Evans to walk down the hall and have a chat to Roads Minister Pavey about this old pest who has fetish about crooked clearway signs.

 My emails and his replies on this earlier page.

 

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

 

 I asked him when he said he couldn't help, to wander down to Ms Pavey's office and speak to her in person, as obviousily her staff don't bother her to tell her about thousands of  clearway signs avertising RMS incompentence.

The bracket the RMS uses are the same ones the DMR and the RTA used on the white clearway signs 

 They have one fixing bolt, and can't hold up their own weight.

 

I'll ring Mr Schneider tomorrow, Wednesday.

 

 

The Leaning Sign of Pavey

October 15th, 2018

 

 



 

 

                                                                              Italy has it's Leaning Tower of Pisa



NSW has it's own leaning icons  on lamposts in Hi-Vis yellow in many suburbs on roads from St. Ives in the North, to Kirrawee in the South.

 


 

 
 
On RMS controlled main roads there are an  increasing number of new clearway signs on the lean, in Gymea, Blakehurst, Roselands, Hurstville, Gordon, and Ryde( to name a few)

The photos below are  just some of those, in  pages of the last three years of this website. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 The problem is that the bracket  cannot  keep the   567 gram  ( slightly more  than half a kilo)  clearway sign  up in a horisontal position.
 
The bracket used by the RMS has one fixing point and that 567 gram weight is just too much or it to bear.

What would happen if you drill an extra hole in the RMS bracket and use two coach bolts to attach it back on the pole

I did and hung  12,240. grams  (27 lb) of weights off the bracket when I finished.



 One fixing bolt holding up the 567 gram (just over half kilogram) piece of hi-Vis aluminium

 

 Volunteer worker re-attaching modified RMS bracket and sign with an second coach bolt

 

 

 

 So the bracket with two coach

bolts  can easily hold up

12,240  grams. (over 12 kilos)

But the one coach bolt way of

installation ("to Australian Standards")

prefered by the RMS, can't

handle 567 grams


 

wrong number

October 12th, 2018
 

I did ring the office of NSW Premier  this morning and spoke to David, and told him the drama I've had with me over the last three years.

I gave him this website URL and asked him to get someone to ring me, and gave him my mobil number. I did message the Premiers office last night but didn't give all of my mobil number. I'll message them again tonight the correct no of digits.

David asked me if I did get replies to my emails (over the last 3 years). 

I said yes, normally about  three (3) months later,  with a reply "On behalf of the Minister" and the clearway signs in every new section I saw still showed incompetent installation.

 

 Our local member was a few years ago was Barry Collier, and he held his seat with a slim margin.

 Before an election suddenly there appeared on lamposts  posters  saying  "LETS KEEP COLLIER.

I thought what can I do with that?

That afternoon on the Princes Highway in Slyvania was this "door" sign, to greet all the South bound peak hour traffic.

 

 

 

STRONGER BETTER FUTURE

October 11th, 2018

 

I have messaged this to Premier Gladis Berejiklian's office in Sydney tonight (Thursday 11)


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,  I have tried for three years to get something done about the way the RMS is allowing their contractors to put up the new Hi-Vis yellow clearway signs.

 

I spoke to David at Minister Pavey's Kempsey's office again, thinking he would contact his boss to convey my  increasing frustration, clearly shown on my website www.schoolzonesanta.com

 

The photos in the attachment shows the rubbish that taxpayers pay for.  The clearway signs pictured, were put up less than three weeks before I took the photos.

 

Please ring me on  0403022559 

 

 I'll ring your office tomorrow Friday 11 Oct

 

regards Hans

 

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  A two page spread in The Daily Telegraph this morning  "I'm an outsider who is an insider" .

NSW Premier Gladis Berejiklian opens up on "her families struggles" on " being an outsider"  "Glads on social issues"

 Furtther in the article I read it states: "That she  repeated mutiple times in  the interview that she wanted to give voters "a stronger better future"-a hint at a possible election slogan."

I've have another slogan for "Glads" (as the Tele called her)

 

 

 " STRONGER BETTER FUTURE"



 I couldn't do it from a foxit scan, (AS YET) but imagine a BOLD RED slash through the "FUTURE "and

  CLEARWAY BRACKETS added instead in a handwritten style.

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You see it on TV with people saying  "They should do something" and leave it to someone else


Over the years I have had a say.

This website for some I.T. reason has lost a lot of photos 




 





 


I have tried to get some thing done about this rubbish below




Try again

October 9th, 2018

 I've just spoken to an electoral office staff member and he is asked me to send the email below because he didn't have time to look at this website because he was busy organizing  press releases.

Boy oh boy do I have a press release ready to go out to these people 


 

'7.30syd@your.abc.net.au'; '702@your.abc.net.au'; '9newswatch@nine.com.au'; 'aca@nine.com.au'; 'alanjones@2gb.com'; amartinez@fairfaxmedia.com.au; 'Andrew.stoner@parliament.nsw.gov.au'; 'bensons@dailytelegraph.com.au'; 'bheffernan@2ue.com.au'; 'blacktownadvocate@cumberlandnewspapers.com.au'; 

'brendanjones@wsfm.com.au'; christiner@fairfaxmedia.com.au; 'citynews@alternativemediagroup.com'; 'comments@sbs.com.au'; 'contact@newcitymagazine.com'; 'contact@smh.com.au'; 'contactus@weeklytimes.com.au'; 'cos@sbs.com.au'; 'create@bigpond.net.au'; 'csmith@2gb.com'; 'davids@morling.edu.au'; 'directors@mynrma.com.au'; 'djmartin@ampfp.com.au'; 'dmullins@2gb.com'; 'editor@manlydaily.com.au'; 'editor@villagevoice.com.au'; 'edletters@afr.com.au'; 'eharvey@fairfaxmedia.com.au'; epartridge@fairfaxmedia.com.au; 'erin.tennant@ninemsn.com.au'; 'glenn@wsfm.com.au'; 'hillsnews@mail.fairfax.com.au'; 'hpkaras@optusnet.com.au'; 'info@turkishnewsweekly.com'; 'investigations@smh.com.au'; Jim Gainsford <jgainsford@fairfaxmedia.com.au>; 'jjj.news@abc.net.au'; 'johnstanley@2ue.com.au'; 'jrowe@2gb.com'; 'lars@wsfm.com.au'; 'lmilligan@seven.com.au'; 'lsparkes@seven.com.au'; 'manly@parliament.nsw.gov.au'; 'mcfadden7@optusnet.com.au'; 'media@theaustralian.com.au'


 This is a dated list but  there are enough there to get a bit of traction.

 

 

 

I didn't send a press release to the above as yet,  because I'm a Liberal  voter, so I thought as this post heading says, I'll   "TRY AGAIN"

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Good morning, 

                      sorry to be a pest, but every time I drive down  King Georges road Blakehurst I'm reminded in Hi-Vis yellow, that nobody appears to really care about tax payer money being wasted. How can we expect government to organize to build stadiums, rail tunnels, roads, hospitals etc. when they can't find someone to  get contractors to put up clearway signs that stay upright for longer than three weeks.

I will demonstrate  on a day and time (mutually agreeable),a simple way to put up a clearway sign so it stays up, as shown on


   www.schoolzonesanta.com  

 

  Let me know when on  0403022559 

 

Regards Hans Stephens


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" when they can't find someone to  get contractors to put up clearway signs that stay upright for longer than three weeks. "

I asked the Roads Minister in May 2017  in a letter (stamped and addressed) to get someone with common sense to fix the clearway sign problem

My letter to the Minister and a reply is on the post  below.

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

Do it yourself

October 1st, 2018
 






 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 the new ones two weeks after they were put up. (as shown in this previous post.)

http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/how-many-clearway-signs-in


 Our suburb of Kirrawee had the new Hi-Vis yellow ones put up in July 2015, and ever since I have by phone email and even a stamped letter to the roads Minister Ms Pavey 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 afer 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           Refasten the Hi-Vis yellow RMS clearway sign back onto the RMS bracket, and the jobs 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

 

 

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

 

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I was going to email a great number of media to have a look at this website.

I'm sure the reason why I was interfering with RMS signs without permission, could be of public interest

Anyone looking back on the nearly three 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.


I intend to invite the RMS to watch me fix another sign.


I'll give them a ring tomorrow.

Every which way and loose

September 2nd, 2018

Things haven't improved down Blakehurst way.

 

www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/rock-the-boat

 

I took this picture last week

 
These three new Hi-Vis clearway signs ( King Georges road Blakehurst,) were put up about two months ago. 
 
 
 

Across the road from those three is this sad example of incompentence.

No more needs to be said

August 26th, 2018
 

 

                                                                                                                             


 

 

      I took this photo as an example of what many of Sydney's old white  clearway signs look like, put up  using a bracket that doesn't work. 

         

 

I used that  photo along with an example of two newly installed Hi-Vis yellow signs in the Sutherland Shire numerous times in letters to higher powers over the last two and a half years  

 


 I said that the new signs are also not staying up straight

 

The bracket needs two fixing bolts 

I was going to say " the idiots don't listen.  But in all my phone calls and letters and emails I have been courteous, as usually the ones I contact are on the first rung on the Local Member's, the Road Minister's or The Premier's ladder.

It appears that  the ones further up, are the ones that think that my concerns are  not worth bothering about.

Who cares about crooked signs?  

 

        Have a close look at the next two

 


  

Yes it shows the old crooked white clearway sign, I have shown as an example many times have been replaced., with the new beaut HI- Vis yellow ones.

One does now have it's own post, and both have adopted the same familiar crooked stance.

 And these obviously have been erected to the "Australian Standard"

 

The reason for a new steel post?

Maybe the rule says  100 meters between signs, and the power pole was 101.

 Another example of lack of common sense

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

 

 There was another silly look at Blakehurst where the RTA put up a flashing light school zone sign and no doubt the paperwork said  "erect parallel to road way". Because the road bends at that intersection, the only people that could clearly see the flashing lights, are in Yum Cha restaurant

 

 And these obviously have been erected to the "Australian Standard"

 
 
 
 
 

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Give me strength

August 15th, 2018
 
 

When I told my wife of the email I recieved yesterday from my elected representative in the NSW ParliamentMr Lee Evans, she said give it up.

After two and a half years trying to get someone with a sintilla of common sense to have a look at a problem, and not do something about it

No I will not give up.

Miranda Devine wrote in The Telegraph today  15 August about the RMS letting India have our jobs, said  The Roads Minister Melinda Pavey is not being straight with the people of NSW

 All I want is the RMS to do is when they renew the white clearway signs with HI-VIS yellow ones is to put them up properly. Straight 


Do the job properly first time, and it will save money

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This below is from a post on 21/3/017

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 I emailed the new road minister on the 25th of January 2017, and today March 21st 2017 a reply came, here's an extract

 

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     "   Roads and Maritime Services has advised the new 'Clearway' signs in some sections
 had been fitted incorrectly. Roads and Maritime has directed their maintenance contractor
 to review and adjust signs that were not properly fitted.

    Roads and Maritime contractors are required to follow strict specifications when placing
signage. For more information about road signage and their design, you may visit the Roads
and Maritime website at www.rms.nsw.gov.au ? search 'traffic signs'.

 


I hope this has been of assistance"

 

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" To review and adjust signs that were not properly fitted"

How often are signs reviewed, and re-adjusted?

 Why do signs  need to be reviewed, and re-adjusted ?

 Why,  because using the same bracket that was used to put up the old white clearway signs,

   sadly doesn't work with the new Hi-Vis yellow ones either.

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That was in 2017

 

 What has really got me going as you can see, further down this page is 

signs that were put up three weeks before, looked like this, when I took the photo

 

 

 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.

Frustration

August 14th, 2018

 I sent this email to my local Member Mr Lee Evans a week ago

 

 

From: Hans Stephens <stephens1510@optusnet.com.au>
Sent: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 2:40 PM
To: 'heathcote@parliament.nsw.gov.au' <heathcote@parliament.nsw.gov.au>
Subject: clearway signs

 

 

 

  Hi,

 

I did email Mr Evans about this matter before, my email and Mr Evans reply are below. This saga has gone on for over two years and RMS incompetence is getting worse. Might I say the way Ms Pavey?s office has handled my concerns also leaves a lot to be desired

 

 

Please have a look at my website   www.schoolzonesanta.com and all will be explained

 

Thank you

 

Regards

 

Hans Stephens

 

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Today came this reply.

 

 

From: ElectorateOffice Heathcote <ElectorateOffice.Heathcote@parliament.nsw.gov.au>
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 4:14 PM
To: 'Hans Stephens' <stephens1510@optusnet.com.au>
Subject: RE: clearway signs

 

Dear Mr Stephens,

 

Thank you for your email and concerns. I understand your frustration, however You have presented your case to the minister and the final decision is with the minister's office. I regret you are not happy with the lack of support for your idea. However I cannot change the outcome

 

Thank you for your concerns

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 Tonight 14/8/2018 I sent this email.

Sorry about the misplaced   ????????? there is a IT gliche, and I don't have a help desk.

 

 

Dear Mr. Evans,

 

Thank you for your prompt reply.  You say you understand my frustrations.  The only thing I have tried to do is save money.  I once wrote to a Premier and said that it must be difficult to run a State like NSW. Only so much money coming in, and everyone with their hand out, wanting some of it. So you mustn?t waste it.  Do you think that the examples of the RMS's preferred contractors way of replacing clearway signs is value for money?

 

To have to come back time and time again to re-adjust clearway signs is wasting money. How can the RMS spend no doubt, hundreds of thousands of hard earned tax payer dollars  testing driverless buses when they can't put up a clearway sign competently.  "You may say that  the final decision is with the ministers office"  and you say ?" However I cannot change the outcome" . I am perplexed that you say that you can't change the outcome.  Could you as least  on behalf of one of your constituents wander over to Ms. Pavey's office, and ask her to peruse a few pages of my website www.schoolzonesanta.com

 

  The thing about websites and e mails, they are a record. Two and a half years of records are here, for all to see. Given the right publicity there will be clicks, and embarrassment.

 

 Thank you for your time.

 

Regards

 

Hans Stephens

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

 

 

 

 

 

The proof is in the pudding

August 7th, 2018
 
 
 
 
  

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

 

To prove that 2 fixing points on a clearway sign bracket can hold up a little aluminion sign, I drilled an extra hole in a RMS clearwaysign bracket, and reattached the bracket, and Yellow hi-Vis sign back in it's original position.

 

The hole in the pole underneath the bracket was where the RMS had put  in a coach bolt to hold up the bracket after the original one fixing bolt let the sign, and the RMS down.

Which didn't help as the one original bolt was so loose, that the sign flapped up and down in the wind as you can see by the damage above the bracket.



 

 

and as with all the locomotives on the Harbour bridge, and one extra coach bolt in the clearway sign bracket, neither the bridge collapsed, nor did the sign.

 The stack of weights I hung from the sign show quite clearly I think, that  two bolts could be better than the "Australian Standard" of one.


 

 
 

The Hi-Vis clearway sign was pushed up,  in early may this year, and since then has adopted  it's preferred angle,  then is the one with the now, two bolts, and further along is another one on the lean.

 

When I took the above photo, the two clearway signs visable were put up less than three weeks earlier.

 A couple of fat irate budgies may have landed on those two signs.

 

 It's all a bit sad


 Would that have happened if there had been TWO fixing bolts?


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

 

I have just rung the Kempsey Office of roads Minister Pavey, and spoke to Jodie, who said she would let head office know I rang. Head office might know I rang  but what happens then? I asked Jodie to show Ms Pavey  www.schoolzonesanta.com  when she pops in, (she is from Kempsey) as by the lack of meaniful action over the last two and a half years from head office Ms Pavey is being kept in the dark,  or is being mis-informed.

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I ALSO EMAILED MY LOCAL STATE  MP MR LEE EVANS TODAY

 

 

  Hi,

 

I did email Mr Evans about this matter before, my  earlier email and Mr Evans' reply are below.

This saga has gone on for over two years and RMS incompetence is getting worse.

Might I say the way Ms Pavey's office has handled my concerns also leaves a lot to be desired

Please have a look at my website   www.schoolzonesanta.com and all will be explained 


Thank you

Regards 

Hans Stephens

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 My earlier email and response March 2017

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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 to my RMS concerns, I will repeat them. The RMS is renewing old white clearway signs  with new Hi-Vis 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 photo. Hope you can help, before they go right through NSW changing signs at great in unnecessary expense to the taxpayer.
Regards Hans Stephens 

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From: ElectorateOffice Heathcote [mailto:ElectorateOffice.Heathcote@parliament.nsw.gov.au]
Sent: Friday, March 3, 2017 12:22 PM
To: 'hans stephens' <stephens1510@optusnet.com.au>
Subject: RE: Clearway signs
 

 

Dear Mr Stephens,

 

Thank you for your email, I do appreciate your concerns. The RMS have all new staff and it does take time to get their portfolio together. 

I am still waiting on replies myself!

 Kind regards

 Lee

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Wise words

August 3rd, 2018

       Peta Credlin          on "THE CREDLIN SHOW" early this  week  said  this  phrase , or words very similar to  this famous quote: 


"A fool is (someone who) does the same thing and expects different results". 

 




     




 











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"If you do today. what you did yesterday, you will get yesterday's results"

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 Wondering why, when I've tried to get a bit of publicity ( with no result) for the lack of traction with the RMS maybe I have to do something different.


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

 Saturday morning and I have sent this to the leader of the National PartyJohn Barbilaro

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Hi,
  I wrote a letter and posted it to Ms Pavey

without  meaningful  change, I rang Ms Pavey's

Kempsey office. I rang her Sydney office.

I contacted the Premier's office. All I wanted

is a bit of common sense. I contacted my local

member Mr Kelly. His response is on my

website, a website that has catalogued over

2 years of inaction. How can any person with

brains not see that this pathetic saga  is

potentially embarrassing?

 My website is

  www.schoolzonesanta.com 

I will ring the Queanbeyan office on Monday.

yours sincerly Hans Stephens

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Then and now

July 30th, 2018
  
 

 

 

I sometimes seem to get a bit verbose so here's a simple  2 photo explanation of why the old brackets used by the RMS to hang clearway signs don't work

            Old white sign

 
 
 
 New sign put up less than a month ago, and this photo was taken on July 2 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And this morning July 31  the angle is worse

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Throughout this site a couple of old white clearway signs have featured. 

These ones on Roberts Rd.



 
 April this year
 
 


 
 
Those two old white signs were replaced in March/April  this year (one on a steel post) with the new yellow Hi-Vis ones.

Things look a bit differant now the trees have grown, but the signs like so many others, have adopted the angled look since 
 

     



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Simple things first Minister

July 27th, 2018
 
 
 

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Forget driverless buses, get the simple little things right first.


 
 

These two clearway signs are less than a month old.


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

How many clearway signs are there in NSW?

July 24th, 2018
 
 
 

  


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Going the long way home because of an accident (sorry incident) I turned left onto Stacy St. off the Hume Highwat and guess what 

 
 Stacey St has had the old white clearway signs updated.
These two signs show a similar angle to the previous photo of 3 week old  in Hurstville.
 
 and are sadly similar to the old two which were  on the Princes Highway Gymea

 

 
Isn't it sad
 
Here's  another Stacy st one

 
 

 And this one on Stacy St North of the Hume.

 
This sign is so loose on it's  one fixing bolt that a Stacey St. breeze blew it up, where it stayed
 
 

 
which happened on Ryde Rd Gordon where this sign even has an extra bolt under the bracket to stop it drooping, but didn't stop it going up because of a Gordon zephyr..
 
 
Obviousily  "all were fixed in place in accordance with Australian Standards " as Terry explains below
 
 

 

Santa's walk against waste

July 13th, 2018
 
 

 I was a bit hasty yeserday with my idea to walk to Kempsey next month, it would make  more sense to get a few brownie points here by catching up on home and garden maintainance

Mrs Santa thinks I should spend" more time with family and friends " not drive around the countryside taking photos of lamposts. 

 So here's my plan, unless things change in the way clearway signs are  installed,  I'll walk to Kempsey next year after the NSW State Election is announced, with a portfolio of photos of clearway signs for Minister Pavey.

 I'll recruit a couple of suitable santa's helpers to hand out flyers in the Kempsey electorate explaining why this old goose is up there, and  as we all know nothing gets the media interested more than a couple of good looking ladies, just ask  Sir Richard Branson

https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=branson+publicity+stunts&FORM=HDRSC2


I'm sure I can find a couple of photogenic young ladies  (who would like to get onTV)


Media like photogenic santa helpers


     https://www.dreamstime.com/photos-images/sexy-santa-helper.html

 

 Why do this when I should be back home with my  little grand daughter and my special needs gandson, It'sbecaues of the nonsense explained on this website over the last two years 

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 One letter to the Sutherland Council and less than 10 days later , common sense.

On the "Woronora cemetary" category on the right you will see at the bottom of the page   a bit about a commutor carpark in Sutherland.  

The photos have  vanished off the page, but I will dig them out and put them up later.

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Sometimes a suggestion or obvervation is noted, and acted upon

 

Near Sutherland Station there is a commutor carpark from where poor Janine Balding was abducted by lowlife and murdered.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Janine_Balding

The Council resealed the car park and planted shurbs along the road frontage.

 

These shrubs over the years grew into a hedge that hid most of the carpark from the passing traffic,and low life like those that murdered Janine like to hide to do their dirty work.

          

 

I wrote to the Council pointing out that someone from a nearby business had the front seats stolen from his car in broad daylight in that carpark with the thieves doing their work hidden by the hedge.

 

I asked if something could be done to make it safer for commuters returning to their vehicles.

 

 
 

The following week every 2nd shrub was gone and the rest pruned to "improve sight lines"

   photo

 

Two years on and to show my suggestion was valid, I took this photo today 21/7/09

 

 

now you can more clearly see what's going on in the carpark.

 

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

 

 

 

 

It's time

July 11th, 2018

On May 21st this year I put this page on this site


 http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/push-up-the-bad-ones

 

It shows a yellow clearway sign that had been droopy, and I saw on the 21st May that it had been straightened.

Guess what the little coach bolt added underneath the bracket hasn't worked because this afternoon the sign has adopted it's preferred angle.

The two new photos I took this afternoon shows what incompetence looks like

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May 21st July 

Well there's been movement at the station.. Some of the worst droopy clearway signs on the Sutherland to Blakehurst section of old white to new Hi-Vis yellow clearway signs have had some attention This photo taken earlier this year of one on the Princes Highway at Gymea, now looks like this

to make sure it doesn't come down again a little coach screw was added under the bracket

Which is all very well as long as the wind doesn't blow the sign up as happened up North as I pointed out in a previous page I will take photos of other wonky signs between Blakehurst and Sutherland that weren't " bad" enough it seems, to warrant attention.

 

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Wed 6 July 

It appears that the sign doesn't like being horizontal, and wind and gravity have overcome the extra little coach bolt added in May.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 Now I agree that the angle hasn't reached the same a degree as May 21 but if the bracket had 2 fixing bolts (as I've been saying and writing about over two years) all the new clearway signs  would be leval. Then there are the thousands and, thousands  throughout NSW yet to be upgraded to the new  Hi-Vis  yellow ones. 

Absurd is the word

July 9th, 2018
 

July 29th 2018

 

 

Last week I drove through Blakehurst, and I noticed that on this section of King Georges Rd,the old white clearway signs havee now been upgradedto the new Hi-Vis yellow ones.

I noticed this new Hi-Vis yellow  sign had a  familiar lean that a lot of the new clearway signs adopt.

Today I went back and drove nearly to Stoney Creek Rd. along King Georges rd, and saw more examples of new clearway signs erected supposedly to "Australian Standard"

 
 
and the best ones were a couple in the next shot.

 

That's two in one photo also on the droop. The brackets don't work with one fixing bolt.
 
When were these clearway signs erected

to replace the old white ones, an example

of which is this one in South Hurstville,
 
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Well I stopped at the shops on King Georges Rd South  Hurstville. and asked two shop keepers,
"I have an un-usual question, but do you know when the new yellow clearway signs were put up?"
 
 Both said two weeks ago.
 
The second lady added that someone came in to warn them that the clearway times have changed.
 
So this is an example of RMS contractors handiwork, after two weeks.

 
To be continued  ......

an artist impression of how I feel