Welcome

February 25th, 2017

Hi to the listeners of Luke Grant's morning show, and of course those that saw my roadside signs.

My pages below are a bit disjointed, because I kept adding stuff.

I really did think that the obvious incompentent installation of the clearway signs would be fixed as soon as it was

highlighted.

But not as yet.

Try Again

February 23rd, 2017

 

 

As I have said before, I have sent respectfull emails on occasions

to people that could help in what I see as  matters of concern.

 If one points out the bleeding obvious, hopefully, 

usually, change does follow.

 

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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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Mr. Lee Evans is my local MP,  who I did vote for in the last General Election.

Maybe he can ring up or email someone to fix the mess in the pages below. 



After dropping my wife's car off at Stewart's Toyota earlier this week for a recall fix, I was walking back home along Waratah St Kirrawee when I saw this local council parking sign.

 

 

   No heavy bracket to hold it up but just two small coach bolts.

Mind you the Council normally does use a metal bracket but it

appears that someone saw the light here.


 I don't think it will look like the one in the next photo, within two years




    and believe me this one in Gymea wasn't like this 6 months ago.

 



Ray Williams MP

February 22nd, 2017
 I wrote to the then Roads Minister Duncan Gay about not being able to read some new colour combinations of number plates at a distace of three car lenghts.

 MP Ray Williams replied;
 
 
 

"are thoroughly tested for legibility at a distance of twenty metres in day and night conditions"

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 Maybe when I get a reply from the new roads minister about Hi- Vis signs,  it'll be that the new clearway sign mounting brackets "have been thoroughly tested-------------"

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The RMS (Road and Marintime Service) which was called

the RTA (Roads and traffic Authority), and

before that the DMR ( Department of Main Roads),

thought it would be a good idea to also change the

old white clearway signs to a new Hi-Vis yellow.

 
 
 
 
             SPOT THE DIFFERENCE  * 
 
 
                                                   
 
 
These two  old clearway signs  are on
Roberts Rd, near Chaseling St Greenacre   

 
 
 
These new yellow ones are on the Princes Hyway Gymea            
 
 * Well one photo has old white clearway signs, and the second photo has the new style Hi-Vis yellow signs.

 
 The Hi-Vis ones do stand out,     don't they?

 But not I think as intended.
 
From Blakehurst to Sutherland the RMS has festooned every second pole, ( even above "no standing" signs) with garish yellow clearway signs, which before twelve months had past, began looking like the examples below:
 
 
 
                                                                                           
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                           Not a good look

    
 
 
 
These photos are only a sample of the Hi-Vis signs advertising loudly  the incompentance of the people responsible
 
The reason for the woeful look of the old white, and now the new Hi-Vis clearway signs is the useless contraption used to fix the sign to the poles
 
The clearway sign is fastened to the bracket with two bolts and this is fixed to the pole  with one coach bolt.

 
 
 
The coach bolt in the photo above  is at the top, so unless it's  tightened properly, gravity pivots the whole thing down and ends up looking like the examples below of the old white clearway signs.
 

 
  
 
 
                                  Why not just use a screw in the  top and bottom of the sign?

                 
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The plot thickens:

As I explained in previous pages the RMS is "installing" new HI-VIS yellow clearway signs. 

 

 

 

     This one (no more than two years old) is on display on Ryde Rd  Pymble near Cultowa Rd

 heading North, now with an added extra.

The one coach bolt holding the bracket to the pole is extra small, and then to help hold  

the bracket up, there is  a nail hammered in under it, which obviously didn't work.


I took a drive over to Pymble today.

(14/2/017)

The extra signs  I put up to highlight the

RMS' erection problem  were all gone.


The worst  "Your Taxes at work " clearway

sign had been  straighted, and

fixed in position with,  .......  wait for it.......

an extra  coach bolt.   NB Not by me

as pointed out in the second close-up

photo.

 

 

                                                                                               This sign won't move again. 

If all the clearway signs had two bolts (no bracket), all would be well

 

But the three droopy signs  pictured below (as well as lots of others) are still the

same, even though my extra message boards had been removed

 

 If you stand on the corner of Cultowa Rd, and Ryde Rd, you can see from that one spot, these three clearway signs, all with the same dysfunctional erection problem,

     

 

 

    On the way home I saw this sad bit of work. 

  How long will it take for the new ones to end up like this?


Maybe I'll have to take out  the old van sign, (with suitable wording), to attract some attention.

   

 

I asked three different Road Ministers, Roozendal,(4 emails) Daley(1 email sent, and a copy handed to him personally) and Mr. Borger (1 email) to have  extra flashing school zone lights going South at Beverly Hills, on the school zone sign already there in the centre median garden

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

 The now ex- MP David Borger saw merit in my common sense request, and people who stop at the traffic lights at the Beverly Hills Station now have a flashing reminder it's School Zone time when the lights go green. 

It was easy to forget while waiting for the lights to change, and then it was a downhill run to the camera.

All that was needed were lights

 

About my emails about clearway signs ............... my inbox is empty, as far as a reply from my local member, or the road minister's office

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Earlier I took a photo of the above tilted sign,
 
   
    
 
 
                                                                                                                            
 
  and months  later I  took this (out of focus) photo of the same one, which had deteriorated further,  and above it "someone" had added a poster which read  " HI-Vis fail"  
 
 I saw two more posters above badly tilted signs, one read  "Crap Job," and the other "RMS Fail."
 
Blow me down, in about a week the posters were gone, and the clearway signs  had all been straightened (well most of them anyway).
 
 
   The ( out of focus photo) of the droopy sign and "Hi-Vis Fail" poster are  both gone.     
                                                                                                                    
                                                      Now it's a bus stop.
 
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                                                                                                                             It gets worse
                       

                                                                    

 

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  This clearway sign opposite Southgate did look like this,  and 


 

after a "RMS Fail" poster was added, a week  or so later ( 3/11/016) it  was adjusted to the horizontal.


 

 
 
but only one month two days  later, ( 5/1/2017),  the sign is back to it's old droopy self, and other signs along the Princes highway are also slowly changing angles.


 
                                                      Can it be called anything, but incompentence on display?
 
 
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AND IF IT COULD GET ANY

WORSE,  IT DOES.....

 
 Driving to Church Point on Christmas Day ( 2016) on Ryde rd  between Ryde and  Pymble, I noticed the new Hi-Vis clearway signs that I'd first seen the Christmas Day before, had the same tilting problem as the ones in The Shire.
 
 
 
                  
 
                

 
               
 
Remember they are less than two years old, and this sample are to be found on Ryde Rd in a "cluster",  North of Yanko Rd.

     
 
 
 

     
 
 
 
 
 
It would be boring to show more photos, but the one pictured below, caught my eye ,  it was slanting  UP!!
 
 
 

 
                                                                                                 
 
                                                                                              
 
 The RMS's  putting up clearway signs person must've had trouble tighting the coach bolt , so he or she lifted the bracket, and put a small screw under it so it could slide down onto it, to stop it going further.
 But the added screw is too high and therefore the sign slants up. 
   
 "Near enough"      "She'll be right"   "Who's for a coldie?"

What will it take?

February 21st, 2017

And for when the road ministers office clicks on, I found these photos of signs I took on the road during  earlier Elections.

 
 
 
 
This one the Monday after a very unexpected Labor win. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

   The sign in the background reads "Julie's famous last words"



  I recycle useful old white doors

from Council cleanups, and as I'm now retired, 

I have lots more time to do so.

What does it take?

February 14th, 2017
  
 

As I explained in previous pages the RMS is "installing" new HI-VIS yellow clearway signs. 

 

 

 

     This one (no more than two years old) is on display on Ryde Rd  Pymble near Cultowa Rd

 heading North, now with an added extra.

The one coach bolt holding the bracket to the pole is extra small, and then to help hold  

the bracket up, there is  a nail hammered in under it, which obviously didn't work.


I took a drive over to Pymble today.

(14/2/017)

The extra signs  I put up to highlight the

RMS' erection problem  were all gone.


The worst  "Your Taxes at work " clearway

sign had been  straighted, and

fixed in position with,  .......  wait for it.......

an extra  coach bolt.

as pointed out in the second close-up

photo.

 

 

                                                                                               This sign won't move again. 

If all the clearway signs had two bolts (no bracket), all would be well

 

But the three droopy signs  pictured below (as well as lots of others) are still the

same, even though my extra message boards had been removed

 

 If you stand on the corner of Cultowa Rd, and Ryde Rd, you can see from that one spot, these three clearway signs, all with the same dysfunctional erection problem,

     

 

 

    On the way home I saw this sad bit of work. 

  How long will it take for the new ones to end up like this?


Maybe I'll have to take out  the old van sign, (with suitable wording), to attract some attention.

   

 

I asked three different Road Ministers, Roozendal,(4 emails) Daley(1 email sent, and a copy handed to him personally) and Mr. Borger (1 email) to have  extra flashing school zone lights going South at Beverly Hills, on the school zone sign already there in the centre median garden

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

 The now ex- MP David Borger saw merit in my common sense request, and people who stop at the traffic lights at the Beverly Hills Station now have a flashing reminder it's School Zone time when the lights go green. 

It was easy to forget while waiting for the lights to change, and then it was a downhill run to the camera.

All that was needed were lights

 

About my emails about clearway signs ............... my inbox is empty, as far as a reply from my local member, or the road minister's office

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                                                              Something I wrote a while ago

 

Driving near our place this morning

I noticed this old, battered

 nearly illegible sign,  dangling from it's pole.

 

 

 

 
 



you can see that someone had tried to hold up the bracket with that bent coach bolt



 
 
 
 
 
Being a helpful sort of person, I re-

adjusted the sign, (in the same position

but horizontal)  with a couple of small

coach bolts.

No need for that silly

over engineered bracket to

hold up a small piece of aluminium

Looks so much better now and I'm sure

the sign will be there like that, until is

replaced with one that can be read. 
 
 

  NB:     The sign I fixed above, is not a RMS sign. I have never touched a RMS sign old or new,
only photographed or highlighted with extra artwork

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Sign of the times

February 12th, 2017
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 This is a photo of one of many new clearway signs that weren't installed correctly.
  It's on the Princes Highway outside the Gymea Vet.


I did write to the Roads Minister about the clearway signs on the 25 of January,  but no reply from her office as yet. 
 
                Much more info. and photos are on previous pages, and thanks to all those that have clicked onto this site.

Hi- Vis does work
 

Reject button

February 12th, 2017

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  Getting a letter printed in The Daily Telegraph is getting harder, a bit like the SMH, no I think to make SMH's letters page, you have to be a paid up member of the labor Party.

 Or maybe I'm getting a bit too wordy.

 

 

From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, February 9, 2017 9:11 AM
To: 'Hans Stephens' <stephens1510@optusnet.com.au>
Subject: RE: Unanswered emails

 

Sorry I made a mistake in the email I sent earlier.

I did send a fourth email because of the poor response to my earlier three. In that fourth one I asked,

"As there is an Election coming up, what is the correct procedure to make a donation to your campaign??

From that one email I received 48 replies in 24 hours, 93 in total in three weeks, and 7 personal replies from the MPs themselves.

When I rang Alan Jones on his morning show, and told him about my deception, he had a great laugh, and agreed with me about MP's priorities.

If my effort this morning makes the cut please alter the highlighted below,

Thanks

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From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, February 9, 2017 8:53 AM
To: 'letters@dailytelegraph.com.au' <letters@dailytelegraph.com.au>
Subject: Unanswered emails

Dear Sir, 

               Reading what has happened in Canberra, and Andrew  Bolt's column in this morning's Telegraph, going over possible choices of someone to topple TurnbulI, I'm reminded of when a few years ago, we were all subjected to daylong saturation advertising on roadside billboards, radio, and TV for adult products. The last thing a grandfather needs, taking an 8 year old granddaughter to school, because both parents work, are incessant ads on "How to last longer in the bedroom."

Because politicians love children, especially before an election, and make the rules, I emailed all 150 Federal Politicians asking their opinion on this advertising. I suggested that as it was a legal product, not to have it banned but only  allow it to be advertised at a more child friendly time,  after hours.

I sent three  respectfully worded emails stating I was only interested in the welfare of children, not complaining about an overhanging branch from a neighbour's tree, or a pot hole  in the street.

From these 450 emails, I received 22 replies, interestingly one was from Senator Cory Bernardi, but not one from my local Federal member, the one I voted for, the Honourable Scott Morrison. I realise that Politicians can't be expected to all open emails personally, but at least they could employ someone who can sort the important, from the spam.

Regards

Hans Stephens


This letter didn't make the cut.

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Just went down memory lane in the  "Reject Letters" Category and this letter below was a reject,  not printed in the Telegraph.


----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: letters@dailytelegraph.com.au
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2008 7:34 AM
Subject: Underbellyache

Dear sir,
It appears that Channel Nine has received just nine "official" complaints from the 1.25 million  Underbelly viewers. ( Nine cause 9 an underbelly ache DT April 18.)
The article doesn't say how many viewers rang the Channel Nine switchboard to complain though.
   It sadly does show however, the apathetic attitude of the other 18.75 million potential Australians viewers, that only 9 were concerned enough to put their complaints to paper or email.
 Leaving laypeople aside, how many of the nine official complainants were from Australia's thousands of clergy who make a living out of being pious, or do they think overt nudity and coarse lanuage is suitable early evening viewing?
Our religious leaders need to lead the charge, or at least have a go to stem the tide.
   It all very well to say change the channel if you don't like something, but soon there will be no channel to turn to for decent entertainment

Regards

Hans Stephens
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Judging by the revelations recently of child abuse by clergy, maybe the reverends were too busy chasing alter boys around the Vestry to complain about a TV show.

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Why the fuss?

February 2nd, 2017


Looking down through recent pages of this website you could think that I'm making a bit much out of crooked signs.

Not a big deal in the big scheme of things granted, but in this age of innovation, I'm sure things could done a better way.

European scientists landed a space probe on a comet after a decade long  510 million kilometer flight,  and our boffins at the RMS can't get a sign to hang on a pole properly 

http://www.space.com/27740-rosetta-comet-landing-success.html

It's the waste that irks me, like having a 24 hr. security guard at the Cronulla Station 30 space staff car park  that has a 3 meter steel fence and 12 cctv cameras, and there were never more than 6 or 7 car in it.    Category "railcorp waste"

Mind you things were changed at the station carpark, but at what cost?




 

 
 
 
                     Drivers heading North up the Princes Highway this morning in Sylvania may have noticed this sign.
                    One of three that were erected today.



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The RMS erected (Put up)  in a dysfunctional manner
("if there's dysfunction then things aren't working right")
new Hi-Vis Group yellow clearway signs


So my signs saying   Erection Dysfunction explains it all.

RMS erection dysfunction

January 31st, 2017

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The R.M.S. (road and marintime service) definately has an erection problem, as shown by the numerous photos in previous pages.

They can't seem to erect a little clearway sign on a pole in a way that it remains in a horizontal position for any length of time..

 

This is a clearway sign put up less than two years ago to replace the old white ones,

 and not long after,  it looked like this  "Hi-Vis" example of  sloppy  installation

A poster was added above it, reading "Hi-Vis fail" and about a week later the sign was adjusted to look as in the next photo

 
and one month, and two days later the sign had returned to it's old position
 
 
 
Is this  going to happen everywhere clearway signs are to be "upgraded" to the new "Hi-Vis Group" yellow, without a better way of installation   ?????

That's what happens on wooden poles, but their fixing clearway signs onto metal poles isn't much  better, as

shown in this example on Box Rd, and the Princes Highway Sylvania.
 


Having a bracket fixed to anything with one bolt, and Newton's law of gravity will take over.


Place the sign against the pole

(steel or wooden) add a

screw top and bottom,

and no more problems

with gravity!!!!   

THE CLEVER COUNTRY

January 26th, 2017
 
 

            As explained in my previous pages the RMS is "installing" new HI-VIS yellow clearway signs.

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     This one is on display on Ryde Rd  Pymble near Cultowa Rd heading North, now with an added extra.

The one coach bolt holding the bracket to the pole is extra small, and then to help to help hold  bracket up a nail was hammered in under it, which obviously didn't work.

 

 What an incompentant nonsense, and how much did this cost the taxpayer??

 

 If you stand on the corner of Cultowa Rd, and Ryde Rd, you can see from that one spot, these three clearway signs, all with the same dysfunctional erection problem,

     

 

 

What is so difficult to put up a sign properly?  

 

 

 

 

Hi-Vis RMS INCOMPENTENCE

January 8th, 2017
 
  

The RMS (Road and Marintime Service) which was called

the RTA (Roads and traffic Authority), and

before that the DMR ( Department of Main Roads),

thought it would be a good idea to also change the

old white clearway signs to a new Hi-Vis yellow.

 
 
 
 
             SPOT THE DIFFERENCE  * 
 
 
                                                   
 
 
These two  old clearway signs  are on
Roberts Rd, near Chaseling St Greenacre   

 
 
 
These new yellow ones are on the Princes Hyway Gymea            
 
 * Well one photo has old white clearway signs, and the second photo has the new style Hi-Vis yellow signs.

 
 The Hi-Vis ones do stand out,     don't they?

 But not I think as intended.
 
From Blakehurst to Sutherland the RMS has festooned every second pole, ( even above "no standing" signs) with garish yellow clearway signs, which before twelve months had past, began looking like the examples below:
 
 
 
                                                                                           
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                           Not a good look

    
 
 
 
These photos are only a sample of the Hi-Vis signs advertising loudly  the incompentance of the people responsible
 
The reason for the woeful look of the old white, and now the new Hi-Vis clearway signs is the useless contraption used to fix the sign to the poles
 
The clearway sign is fastened to the bracket with two bolts and this is fixed to the pole  with one coach bolt.

 
 
 
The coach bolt in the photo above  is at the top, so unless it's  tightened properly, gravity pivots the whole thing down and ends up looking like the examples below of the old white clearway signs.
 

 
  
 
 
                                  Why not just use a screw in the  top and bottom of the sign?

                 
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The plot thickens:
 
 
 
Earlier I took a photo of the above tilted sign,
 
   
    
 
 
                                                                                                                            
 
  and months  later I  took this (out of focus) photo of the same one, which had deteriorated further,  and above it someone had added a poster which read  " HI-Vis fail"  
 
 I saw two more posters above badly tilted signs, one read  "Crap Job," and the other "RMS Fail."
 
Blow me down, in about a week the posters were gone, and the clearway signs  had all been straightened (well most of them anyway).
 
 
   The ( out of focus photo) of the droopy sign and "Hi-Vis Fail" poster are  both gone.     
                                                                                                                    
                                                      Now it's a bus stop.
 
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                            It get's worse


 
 

                                                        This clearway sign opposite Southgate did

look like this,  and 


 

after a "RMS Fail" poster was added, a week  or so later ( 3/11/016) it  was adjusted to the horizontal.


 

 
 
but only one month two days  later, ( 5/1/2017),  the sign is back to it's old droopy self, and other signs along the Princes highway are also slowly changing angles.


 
                                                      Can it be called anything, but incompentence on display?
 
 
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AND IF IT COULD GET ANY

WORSE,  IT DOES.....

 
 Driving to Church Point on Christmas Day ( 2016) on Ryde rd  between Ryde and  Pymble, I noticed the new Hi-Vis clearway signs that I'd first seen the Christmas Day before, had the same tilting problem as the ones in The Shire.
 
 
 
                  
 
                

 
               
 
Remember they are less than two years old, and this sample are to be found on Ryde Rd in a "cluster",  North of Yanko Rd.

     
 
 
 

     
 
 
 
 
 
It would be boring to show more photos, but the one pictured below, caught my eye ,  it was slanting  UP!!
 
 
 

 
                                                                                                 
 
                                                                                              
 
 The RMS's  putting up clearway signs person must've had trouble tighting the coach bolt , so he or she lifted the bracket, and put a small screw under it so it could slide down onto it, to stop it going further.
 But the added screw is too high and therefore the sign slants up. 
   
 "Near enough"      "She'll be right"   "Who's for a coldie?"

'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''


    Driving near our place this morning I noticed this old, battered
  nearly illegible sign,  dangling from it's pole.
 
 
 



you can see that someone had tried to hold up the bracket with that bent coach bolt



 
 
 
 
 
Being a helpful sort of person, I re-

adjusted the sign,( in the same position


but horizontal)  with a couple  of screw.

Looks so much better now,


and I'm sure the sign will be there like that, until is is


                                                             replaced with one that can be read. 

 

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Road and Marintine Services incompentence

October 20th, 2016

 Years ago I rang Alan Jones during his morning Radio show on 2GB just befor a Federal (or State)  Election. 


"I don't care who gets in on Saturday"  I said

"Oh, you must care" said Alan.

"I don't care who gets in" I repeated, "as long as they don't waste the money" 


How much money is wasted by State and Federal governments?

An example of this was on display at the then new Cronulla Railway Station staff carpark.

Nothing wrong having a carpark for staff, but a 30 space carpark surrounded by a 3 metre steel fence with 12 cctv security cameras.

And at one time a 24 hour security guard for this carpark. 

see Category:            "Railcorp waste"  and  "I said it was a headline"

Never more than 8 cars used the carpark (at one time,) and since then  the carpark has been halved and the public use the remaining spots.

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Like I said waste on display, and so are the new HI-VIS clearway signs that the RMS put up on every 2nd lampost between Blakehurst and Sutherland on the Princes Highway

I wrote to the Leader at the time and other letter writers agreeed with my thoughts.

 

 
 


 

 

sport?

July 10th, 2016
is 
 
 
 
Flicking through my Foxtel channels I happened apon an ad for an upcoming attraction.  
It was for Cage fighting
It is  to me,  barbaric.
This is called "sport" 
Tonight there's an article  about this sport on a news site.
 
 
 
 
I think the people that get turned on by this rubbish would also findpleasure  in cock fighting, or pitbulls tearing each other to bits
 
I did write about this before.
 
 http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/cage-fighting-is-it-a
 

There's a fool born every minute

December 11th, 2015
 
 
 
The two insurance quotes below are meant to be at the bottom of page 
 
The first is an offering from YOUI
 
 
 

 

 Slick advertisoing, saying  the right things,  equally slick operators to sell the policy when you ring, and they get you, if you fall for their spiel.

My second hand station wagon needed insurance. It's a 1994 Holden Commodor  I bought last year for $2,700

So my life partner did as she does every year rings up differant companies when an insurance is due.

 

The cheapest  comprehensive cover was    

GIO    at ...... ....  $378.59       (three hundred and seventy eight dollars .59 cents)



Another Quote  for comprehensive cover (which I don't have hard copy of ) was .....  

                            $609.00     (six hundred and nine dollars)


I do have a written quote now for the $609 one



The most adventurous comprehensive quote was from  

 YOUI .........  $1446.88     No it's not a misprint. 

 (one thousand four hundred and forty six dollars .88 cents)


We bought  GIO's policy



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RMS perfection.

November 7th, 2015
 
    I have commented before about the lack of common sense of the RTA (now the RMS)

 
  EG-  The school zone sign pictured  here, I think would be more visable if  placed a few metres further on, but I'm sure the paperwork would've
 said so many meters from the school, and if that's places it behind poles and traffic lights, so be it.
 

 
 
When they put flashing lights on this school zone sign they did move to where I suggested.
 

 To have clearway signs on top of no standing signs on poles on the Tom Uglies bridge prompted me to email the Leader other readers thought the here's another letter in the Leader.
 
It appears that the blight on the streetscape those bright new yellow  clearway signs maybe gone before we know it ,  they'll fall off
 
 
 
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 braket is fixed to the power pole with only one bolt. So the sign can if not tightened enough, can pivot to unprofessional angles as pictured . I'll get a video of them a
 

WHY NOT, NO BRACKET, BUT TWO SMALL COACH BOLTS, ONE AT THE TOP CENTRE OF THE SIGN AND ONE BOTTOM CENTER   ON WOODEN POWER POLES. AND FOR SIGNS ON STEEL POSTS INSTEAD OF COACH BOLTS  ----  TEK SCREWS.

Pills of God

November 5th, 2015
What a world we live in.

This book was written  by a convicted drug importer and manufacturer serving  time in Cessnock jail.

 


 

In NSW we have laws that stop people from profiting from crime.  So what does this jailbird author do, he hires a lawyer to get his book published overseas.

The Daily Telegraph features the author and book in it's Nov 4th   news paper  but any proceeds from the sale of the book go to the publishing house and "Enough is Enough" at Sutherland. 

 

 
 
 I am not talking about someone who made an impulsive mistake 
This industrial size drug factory was why Mr  Salverio is doing time. If you type Pills of God into Google it appears that the Telegraph's  free advertising does work.

 Someone read the book but seems not to understand crime and punishment. 

 "Yes good read and the E book would be great. I recall seeing a doco on this guy. It's a shame he got busted, seems like he made a shitload of E's."


 

 

Lucky school kids.

November 1st, 2015
 

  

I have a thing about dangerous trees 
Walking  past Sutherland North public school I saw this huge gum tree branch in the playground  
                    

  
                
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Imagine if it had fallen when kiddies were having lunch

 





                                                                                                                                     





 This was the scene after the branch fell ,up went the plastic fences and out came the chainsaws.
 

 
 
                                                                                                            
 
 

   This is where the branch fell from, and by the look of the shiny sap trail on the left,   the tree might  not have been all that healthy.
 

I rang the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader newspaper and the Education department told them that the tree was marked for removal.

I'd love to see paperwork that proves the tree was going to be removed, before the branch crushed the benches.

Hmmmm

 

 

 

 

Common sense I think not

August 20th, 2015

Prime Minister Abbott under fire.

February 5th, 2015
It is very easy to say of politicians   "They're all the same" but then maybe they are all the same.
 
It is  so disappointing to see the carping ,and complaining of  Prime Minister Abbott by his own people.


 

Car number plates impossible to read

September 23rd, 2014
Car number plates impossible to read

 

 

 

 Going to Sutherland tonight I gave way to a van at the roundabout in Kirrawee and thought that this can not be right, so I sent the below email to the roads Minister

 

 Dear Minister,

 Do you realize what is going on re the issuing of car number plates using different colours in back grounds and numerals?. .

Tonight at 6.50 pm I gave way to a van at a roundabout in Kirrawee, and not only had this van very dark (obviously illegal) window tint, it also had  a very bright number plate light over  the rear number plate which made the red numeral on a white back ground impossible to read. Yesterday I saw a car with blue numerals on a black background which was also impossible to distinguise with the car three car lengths away. On another occasion a vehicle had blue numerals on a black background causing the same problem. Thinking maybe I just an old fool imagining things, I mentioned the difficulty I had seeing the blue on black combination to the RMS person when I renewed my rego, and he understood my concern and said "it was all about the money". 

 

 http://www.myplates.com.au/products/

 

 Maybe a little more research is urgently needed because the whole point of number plates it to identify vehicles using the numerals displayed.

 The yellow background with black numerals worked very well in this regard.

 

Thank you for your time,

 

Hans Stephens

www.schoolzonesanta.com

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I thought first of ringing up talkback tomorrow to see what Ray thinks about my cocerns,  but no I'll wait for a reply from the Road Ministers office


as Mr Gaye seems like a no nonsense sort of bloke.



Update ....... I 've had a reply on behalf of the roads Minister about my concerns I'll post it ...when I work out how.







 

I did email Ray Hadley on 2GB when he talked about this number plate problem but I  didn't get a reply.



Section 10 at Kogarah Court.

August 28th, 2014
Section 10 at Kogarah Court.

This morning my wife and I went to the Kogarah Court for me to answer a double parking ticket.

It sarted back in March when this came in the mail.

 

 

They have got to be kidding .

Parking is a nightmare in Kogarah, so I drove my wife in to see her kidney-stone specialist,

Rather than stopping outside the building  in Kensington street as there was no parking on this main road, I turned left into a small side street, and as my wife hasn't learnt how to do a commando roll into the gutter from a moving vehicle I pulled over and paused  3 or 4 seconds  to let my wife alight, and drove off.

Society has to have rules to avoid anarchy, but to pause 3-4 seconds in a small  side street to let your wife get out of a car, and  that is worth $236...... I don't think so.

By mail I was told I have three options

 ( do what the majority of people do, My words )   

1  Pay the fine.

or

2 Write to the State Debt Recovery Office and plea for mercy.

or 

3  Go to Court

I chose to go to Court.

This decision  started work for SDRO staff and Australia Post

Letters came postmarked

19/3/14   8/5/14    11/7/14   12/7/14   28/7/14     9/8/14

 

 I was told my wife had to make a stat dec to say I was driving.and gave me the options,  plea, or pay the fine or go to court .

 11 July  Another letter stated I was driving, and  had 3 options, pay, plea, or go to court,  

The next day  the 12th July another letter to pay plea or go to court.

another letter postmarke  28th July from the Kogarah council. " in the iterest of settling this matter prior to hearing Kogarah coucil has compiled this list of options to assist you in this matter"

 Court Day 28/08/014 

At 9.30 am we (my wife and I) attended  Kogarah court and after a number of cases, I was called out, The magistrate looking at the charge sheet, asked the prosecution person how long I had double parked as it doesn't say so on the ticket. She didn't know so I helpfully said I paused 3 - 4 seconds to let my wife out of the car to see her kidney stone doctor, and he said section 10, and with that we went home at 10.30 am.

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Kogarah Council has on its website, guide lines for traffic  management

http://kogarah.clients.squiz.net/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/23253/P073.01-Parking-Planning-and-Enforcement-Policy.pdf

It states that the ranger or authorised council person has three options when they see a traffic infringement

(1) give a verbal warning.

(2 ) Send a written warning

or

(3) send a ticket.

If I had double parked wandered across the road, bought a pie, chips, and smokes, then by all means fine me a thousand dollars, but  to send a ticket for $236 for letting  my wife get out of the car so she could see her kidney stone doctor. That to me, is not the "discrection" that the guidelines talked about on the council web site.

 September 02   The Daily Telegraph

 

 

 

 http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sydney-mayors-take-us-on-a-2-million-ride-limousines-ipads-bar-fridges-and-more-means-taxpayers-are-footing-the-bill/story-fni0cx12-1227043139857

 

 THE ST GEORGE  ANND SUTHERLAND SHIRE LEADER   SEPTEMBER 9 TH

 

I ALSO RANG ALAN JONES ON 2GB, AND HE AGREED WITH ME THAT IF DRIVERS ARE TREATED LIKE ME BY OVER ZEALOUS CONCIL RANGERS, GO TO COURT.

 

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 

 

 

NO REPLY

March 30th, 2014

NO REPLY     

from the two 2GB presenters I emailed, about the danger of blind or curtain cords.  Which is quite sad really as so much time is spent in their shows on  nonsensical ( but entertaining) stuff , a couple of mentions of the potential danger dangling above the cots, or beds of precious kids might save one of them.

CUT THE CORD

March 11th, 2014

 

Below are some articles of children that have died or damaged for life, after having become entangled in blind or curtain cords.

What is needed is publicity to highlight the danger in the baby's room , publicity helped by say, a high profile top rating radio star, who also has a high rating spot on TV, who with his profile could I'm sure get  The Daily Telegraph on board to get a "cut the cord" campaign up and running.

Imagine the impact on mothers who listen and watch him highlight the danger of these cords above cots or beds.

Death or life long brain damage that could be avoided by a simple snip of sissors

Many new fathers nowadays cut the cord at the birth of their newborn , what is more important I think, is that other cords need to be cut to ensure their precious baby doesn't end up like the poor kids in the articles below.

 

 

 

A toddler has been left paralysed for life after her neck became trapped in the cord of a window blind.

Emily Warner, two, was put to bed by her parents, but got up and was climbing across her window sill when the accident happened.

She was found hanging unconscious by her father Jamie when he walked past her bedroom.



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2053700/Girl-left-brain-damaged-accidentally-hanging-window-blind-cord.html#ixzz2vd7PKwOY
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A parent (or grandparent's ) worst nightmare

 

 http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/02/05/06/09/baby-dies-after-blind-cord-accident

Emergency services were called to a house in Quakers Hill about 6.25pm (AEDT) on Tuesday after the toddler was found unconscious in her cot.

She was taken to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition and later died.

A post mortem examination will be held to determine the cause of death, but police say initial investigations suggest the child became entangled in a blind

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Arthur Winfield was left brain-damaged after the accident at his home in Markyate, Herts, on 5 January. He died later in Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Hertfordshire Coroner Edward Thomas recorded a verdict of accidental death.

It came five months after Emily Warner, also two, suffered a similar accident at her Hertfordshire home last August.

She died in December.

Arthur Winfield was left brain-damaged after the accident at his home in Markyate, Herts, on 5 January. He died later in Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Hertfordshire Coroner Edward Thomas recorded a verdict of accidental death.

It came five months after Emily Warner, also two, suffered a similar accident at her Hertfordshire home last August.

She died in December.

Arthur Winfield was left brain-damaged after the accident at his home in Markyate, Herts, on 5 January. He died later in Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Hertfordshire Coroner Edward Thomas recorded a verdict of accidental death.

It came five months after Emily Warner, also two, suffered a similar accident at her Hertfordshire home last August.

She died in December.

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TODDLER DIES IN HORNSBY

A toddler has died in Sydney?s north-west after she became entangled in a blind cord while she slept in her cot.

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said paramedics were called to a home on Hall Road in Hornsby about 2.30pm on Thursday.

The 16-month-old girl was unconscious and in cardiac arrest when emergency services arrived.

She was taken to Hornsby Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival, the spokeswoman said.



Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/child-dies-after-getting-caught-in-blind-cord-20140130-31p98.html#ixzz2vd9hg2nS

 

 A two-year-old boy is dead after police say he got tangled in cords from window blinds.

Police say it happened around 7:45 p.m. at a home on Water in South St. Louis. Investigators say the two-year-old climbed up into the windows of his bedroom and got tangled up in a long nylon cord from the window blinds.

Dangerous not only to toddlers

Freak accident. A 6-year-old girl is dead after being hung in her own home. According to police, cords attached to the blinds somehow got wrapped around her neck.

 

 And many more examples of this needless tragedy;

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=blind+cord+accidents+children&rlz=1T4NDKB_enAU569AU569&prmd=ivns&ei=SaoeU43OE8eIkQXRh4GIDg&start=0&sa=N

 

Even if only one life is saved or lifelong medical problems to a precious child is avoided by a "cut the cord campaign" it would be worthwhile.

 

To frack or not to fracK

March 4th, 2014

 

  Sorry something has happend and question marks " ? "  have replaced other punctuation marks from now on for some unknown reason

 

 

 

This Shell Service Station in Oyster Bay (in the Sutherland Shire) leaked fuel into the groundwater and the house in the second picture is one of six properties bought by Shell  downhill of the service station

 

Six properties in Oyster Bay, how much was that, and who pays?

 

 

http://www.theleader.com.au/story/260109/buy-up-aids-oyster-bay-servo-clean-up/

 

 

"Shell decided to buy five nearby properties so that it might gain better access to the service station site for remediation work".  from the Leader article

 

Why would you need to buy 5 properties to "gain better access"?

 

I put it to you, (as a barrister would say )that the owners of the 5 properties weren't too happy with the EPA findings of what flowed under their properties, and Shell Australia bought the problem.  and it appears,     "might gain better access"?

 

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  There was an explosion in Loftus near another service station

 

 

  http://www.theleader.com.au/story/1552181/petrol-station-streets-closed-after-explosion/

 

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   What else is happening to our ground water ????

 

 The EPA has helpfully listed on their website known  contaminated sites  that were caused by accidental leaks or negligence

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

 

 List of NSW Contaminated Sites Notified to EPA as of 14 February 2014

 

 http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/resources/clm/docs/pdf/publiclist.pdf

 

 

 

 

  I counted the number of service stations and fuel depots (past and present)on the list of contaminated sites on the EPA link above, and there were  156 and that wasn't even all the C's

The list is 66 pages long.

 

 Below is  page 6 and has the A?s

 

 Does the list contain all contaminated sites in NSW?

 

No. The list only contains contaminated sites that the EPA is aware of, with regard to

its regulatory role under the CLM Act. An absence of a site from the list does not

Necessarily imply the site is not contaminated.

 

 

And the government wants to allow dangerous chemicals to be pumped into coal layers at high pressure under ground water to extract gas to be sold overseas.,   heaven help us.

 

 

 

 Suburb/City Site Description Site Address

Activity that

caused the

contamination

s60 Form

Received

EPA Initial

Assessment

EPA

Management

Class

Abbotsford Former Gasworks 43 St Albans Street Gasworks Yes Completed C

Abbotsford Former Gasworks

80-81 Wymston Pde and 35 and 41

St Albans St

Gasworks No Completed G

Abbotsford Former Gasworks

82, 83, 84 Wymston Pde, & 37, 39,

43, 45 St Albans St

Gasworks Yes Completed C

Abbotsford Former Gasworks 83 Wymston Parade Gasworks Yes Completed C

Abbotsford Former Gasworks 85 Wymston Parade Gasworks No Completed G

AberdeenFormer Transport Depot 87-89 St Andrew Street Other Industry Yes Completed G

Albion Park Caltex Service Station 222 Tongarra Rd Service Station Yes In progress B

Albion Park Rail Caltex Service Station 172-174 Princes Highway Service Station Yes In progress B

Albion Park Rail Caltex Service Station 31 Princes Hwy Service Station Yes In progress B

Albion Park Rail Former Timber Storage Area 36 Rivulet Crescent Other Industry Yes Completed G

Albury Mobil Depot, Railway Place

Albury

1 Railway Place Other Petroleum Yes In Progress B

Albury Former Thales Australia site,

Albury

161 Fallon Street Other Industry No Completed C

Albury Former Gasworks and

surrounding commercial land.

441 Kiewa Street Gasworks Yes Completed C F

AlburySRA Land 448 and 452 Young Street Unclassified Yes Completed G

Albury Coles Express Albury 465 Guinea Street Service Station Yes In progress A

AlburySRA Land, 514 to 526 Young

Street

514 to 526 Young Street Other Petroleum Yes In Progress B

Albury Woolworths Petrol 515 Young Street Service Station Yes In progress A

Albury Former Caltex Service Station 624 Young Street Service Station Yes Completed C D E

Albury Caltex Service Station 79 Union Rd Service Station Yes In progress B

Albury Former Caltex Service Station 842 David Street Service Station Yes In progress A

AlburyAlbury Plaza Cnr Smollett and Townsend Other Industry No Completed F G

Albury Caltex Service Station Dean St Cnr Creek St Service Station Yes In progress B

Albury Mobil Depot Hangar 8, Ogden Place Other Petroleum Yes In Progress E

List Current as of 14 February 2014 Page 5 of 71

Suburb/City Site Description Site Address

Activity that

caused the

contamination

s60 Form

Received

EPA Initial

Assessment

EPA

Management

Class

AlexandriaAlexandra Canal Sediments Unclassified Yes Completed C

AlexandriaAustralia Post 10-24 Ralph Street Other Industry Yes Completed F

AlexandriaCaltex Service Station

133 Wyndham St, cnr McEvoy

Street

Service Station Yes In progress B

Alexandria Perry Park 1B Maddox Street Landfill Yes In progress A

AlexandriaFormer Mobil Service Station 20 O'Riordan Street Service Station Yes Completed G

Alexandria Australian Refined Alloys 202-212 Euston Rd Metal Industry yes Completed D

AlexandriaMascot Developments 494-504 Gardeners Rd Other Industry Yes Completed G

AlexandriaFormer Cadbury Schweppes 49-59 O'Riordan Street Other Industry Yes Completed C G

AlexandriaAlexandria GoGas 562 Botany Road Service Station Yes Completed E G

Alstonville Caltex Service Station 73 Main St Service Station Yes In progress B

Ambarvale Caltex Service Station 37 Woodhouse Drive Service Station Yes In progress B

AnnandaleShell Coles Express Service

Station

124-126 Johnston Street Service Station Yes In Progress E

AnnandaleMobil Service Station 198 Parramatta Road Service Station Yes Completed G

Appin Elladale Creek Aqueduct

Upper Canal

Macquariedale Road Unclassified Yes Completed G

Appin West Cliff Colliery Wedderburn Road Other Petroleum yes Completed G

Ardlethan Landmark Fertiliser storage 24-26 Ariah St

Chemical

Industry

Yes In progress A

Armidale Former Mobil Depot 132 Niagara Street Other Petroleum yes Completed C

Armidale Former Shell Depot 134 Niagara Street Other Petroleum Yes In progress A

Armidale Caltex Service Station 144 Marsh St Service Station Yes In progress B

Armidale Caltex Service Station 146 Miller St Service Station Yes In progress B

Armidale Caltex Service Station 2-4 Marsh Street Service Station Yes In progress B

Armidale Shell Service Station 93 Marsh Street Service Station No Completed G

Armidale Parklands near the former

gasworks

Law and order

January 13th, 2014

The Daily Telegraph Wed 15 Jan

Sunday Bloody Sunday

December 17th, 2013

 Every weekend there are media reports of alcohol related violence on our streets.

I sent in this e-mail to the The Daily Telegraph

 

 

 

The article below gives  examples of what goes on on the steets

 

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/premier-barry-ofarrell-plays-the-blame-game-when-it-comes-to-pub-and-club-violence-in-nsw/story-e6frg6n6-1226784506

 

PARENTS, friends, and the community at large are to blame for alcohol-fuelled violence, according to the NSW Government.

Premier Barry O'Farrell said yesterday that changing Australia's drinking culture "has to start in the home," and the government and police had already done their part to crack down on booze-fuelled violence.

"Police and government agencies are doing their bit and the hotel industry, by and large, is responsibly getting on with their task," Mr O'Farrell said.

"It's about time the community stepped up as well - because a lot of this misuse and abuse of alcohol is happening in homes. It's happening in backyard barbecues, and where are the family or friends saying to those individuals: this is unacceptable?"

TIM PRIEST: LET'S MAKE 2014 THE YEAR OF NO EXCUSES

The Last Drinks coalition, a group of emergency workers campaigning against alcohol fuelled violence said Mr O'Farrell's comments were offensive.

Last Drinks spokesman, NSW Nurses Association general secretary Brett Holmes said: "To suggest that the government is doing all it can is frankly offensive to hard working emergency service workers and the victims of alcohol-fuelled violence."

Mr O'Farrell does not support a wider rollout of Newcastle-style liquor laws, that impose earlier closing times and lockouts, in pubs and clubs across the Sydney CBD.

The NSW Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing is able to force lockouts for "high risk" venues in the state - those with more than 19 recorded violent incidents a year.

 

 Who's to blame for violence? Parents, friends and the community, according to the ...

Who?s to blame for violence? Parents, friends and the community, according to the O?Farrell government. Source: News Limited

 

But Opposition Leader John Robertson said Mr O'Farrell was refusing to accept government responsibility for changing drinking culture.

"Barry O'Farrell is handballing this issue back on to the community and back on parents.

The Premier has control of the police, the liquor licensing system and the transport network yet he blames the community and parents for alcohol violence," Mr Robertson said.

"The culture of excessive drinking and violence won't just change itself. The community needs leadership from the Government, not a Premier playing the blame game to distract from his own failings."

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the public needs to stop the love affair with booze, to reduce the number of alcohol-fuelled assaults in the city.

"I'm saddened, I'm annoyed, and sometimes I think we're almost at the point where people need to start falling out of love with alcohol," Commissioner Scipione said.

"The time has come for everyone to realise we are all responsible. The police will never arrest our way out of this problem."

Parents Council of NSW city vice president Jacqui Van de Velde said excessive drinking was a problem for the whole of the community, but some parents need help to figure out how to instil a better relationship with alcohol in their children.

"Some parents are genuinely in the dark about the social lives of their children," Ms Van de Velde said.

Operation Unite, a taskforce aimed at reducing alcohol related violence in Australia and New Zealand, saw 540 people arrested in NSW over the weekend.

One man, whose head was stomped on while he waited at a bus stop in Bondi is continuing to fight for his life.

Michael McEwen, 23, remains in St Vincent's Hospital in an induced coma, after suffering shocking head injuries.

Police said Mr McEwen, an arts student at the University of Sydney, was waiting at a Campbell Pde bus stop, about 1.45am on Saturday, when he was punched in the head by another man, who then proceeded to stomp on his head.

FROM YESTERDAY:

TWO NIGHTS OF LIVING HELL ON STREETS ACROSS NSW Taylor Auerbach

A PERSON was arrested every three minutes across the state during a two-night blitz on booze-fuelled violence.

Senior NSW detectives said they were angered by the staggering numbers, while Prime Minister Tony Abbott described the issue as "urgent" and Premier Barry O'Farrell insisted the problem was a national one.

 

Police and ambulance officers responded to multiple calls of a male unconscious after an assault in Darling Harbour near the ...

Police and ambulance officers responded to multiple calls of a male unconscious after an assault in Darling Harbour near the Aquarium on Sunday at 3.45am / Picture: Gordon McComiskie Source: News Limited

But alcohol policy groups said the responsibility was the state government's and yesterday called for a summit on the issue of booze and violence.

 

SMALL MEASURES A GIANT LEAP AWAY FROM BOOZE-FUELLED VIOLENCE

 

STATE OPPOSITION SAYS NSW GOVERNMENT MUST ACT ON VIOLENCE

 

Sunday 3.45am ... Police and ambulance officers responded to multiple calls of a male unconscious after an assault in Darling...

Sunday 3.45am ... Police and ambulance officers responded to multiple calls of a male unconscious after an assault in Darling Harbour / Picture: Gordon McComiskie Source: News Limited

 

In a frightening glimpse of the summer ahead, 540 people were nabbed on the state's streets over the weekend, with police making more than 20 arrests per hour as part of Operation Unite - aimed at reducing alcohol-related crime across Australia and NZ.

The weekend confirmed NSW as the Australasian capital of boozy violence, contributing the same number of arrests to the blitz as the combined totals of Queensland (395), Victoria (76), South Australia (46) and Auckland (27).

 

 Sunday 2am ... police and ambulance were called to the Chamberlain Hotel on Pitt St after reports that up to five people wer...

Sunday 2am ... police and ambulance were called to the Chamberlain Hotel on Pitt St after reports that up to five people were fighting / Picture: Gordon McComiskie Source: News Limited

 

Sydney man Michael McEwen, 23, remains in an induced coma following a booze-fuelled bashing near Bondi Beach on Friday night

Elsewhere, violent incidents were regular and a number of police officers at separate youth parties were pelted with rocks and beer bottles. More than 280 people were arrested­ just on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

 

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph Source: DailyTelegraph

 

 

In shocking scenes during the early hours of Sunday, a man in his early 30s was bashed and allegedly stomped in a fight with another man outside a Darling Harbour nightclub. He was found unconscious and bleeding by paramedics. The scenes were so disturbing, one distressed bystander had to be treated for an asthma attack.

In other incidents yesterday, police arrested six men after a scuffle outside a hotel in Oxford St, a man was treated for injuries following an incident in Pitts Rd, a pizza delivery driver was treated after an assault in Balmain, and, in Martin Place, a barman was struck in the head with a bar stool after four men got into a fight

"I've said before there is an unacceptable drinking culture in Australia - not just in NSW," Mr O'Farrell said.

 

Midnight Saturday ... a pizza delivery driver was assaulted with a bottle whilst delivering pizza / Picture: Gordon McComiski...

Midnight Saturday ... a pizza delivery driver was assaulted with a bottle whilst delivering pizza / Picture: Gordon McComiskie Source: News Limited

 

 

"People need to be taking more personal responsibility when loading up on booze during a night out and those resorting to violence can expect to feel the full force of the law.''

 

A woman is comforted after witnessing an attack / Picture: Gordon McComiskie

A woman is comforted after witnessing an attack / Picture: Gordon McComiskie Source: News Limited

Detective Superintendent Gavin Dengate described the violence as "unacceptable''.

 

"Yes it is concerning ? it's un­acceptable the amount of people doing things that they wouldn't necessarily do if they weren't intoxicated," he said.

"The biggest headache for us is assaults with a lot of people involved. It's to do with that mob mentality. That isn't just at parties, it's on the streets. We've got to start with the kids - it's about educating them that excessive alcohol not only damages your insides but can do a lot of harm to people around you."

Mr Abbott said he would work with Mr O'Farrell to take urgent action on crime.

"We are working co-operatively but urgently with the state government to tackle crime."

 

A man is led away by ambulance officers after he was assaulted at Darling Harbour  / Picture: Gordon McComiskie

A man is led away by ambulance officers after he was assaulted at Darling Harbour / Picture: Gordon McComiskie Source: News Limited

 

HEALTH GROUPS DEMANDING O'FARRELL-LED SUMMIT Taylor Auerbach

A COALITION of health groups has called for a summit on alcohol-fuelled violence.

"We are calling on the NSW government to work harder at strengthening alcohol policy, given the scientific evidence that this can lead to significant improvements in public health and safety," said professor Mike Daube of the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA).

According to a report released yesterday by the NAAA - a coalition of health groups, universities and community centres across the country - the NSW government boasts the worst alcohol policies of all Australian states.

NSW received a score of zero for "a whole-of-government strategic plan for the prevention and reduction of alcohol-related harm" and half a star for "treatment and early intervention".

Brian Vandenberg, executive officer at the NAAA, said local communities deserved a bigger say in alcohol policy.

"If we do have a summit it should be focused on acting and implementing recommendations rather than talk," he said.

"Communities and local councils need to have a say.''

 

 

 

BUS STOP BASHING VICTIM STILL IN COMA Neil Keene

A YOUNG man who was attacked and stomped on at a Bondi bus stop remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Hospital staff said Michael McEwen, who suffered serious injuries during an attack on Campbell Pde about 1.45am on Saturday, remained in an induced coma last night.

 

Still in a coma ... bashing victim Michael McEwen / Picture: Facebook

Still in a coma ... bashing victim Michael McEwen / Picture: Facebook Source: No Source

Police said Mr McEwen, from Turramurra, was kicked and punched in the face before having his head stomped on.

 

He was rushed to St Vincent's Hospital and placed in an induced coma. None of his attackers have been identified.

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas said he did not think "much is going through anyone's head who would knock another human being down and then stomp on their head with their boots."

The attack came just hours after the start of Operation Unite, the nationwide blitz on alcohol-fuelled violence.

In other violent incidents, at the nearby Royal Hotel on Saturday afternoon, a man was knocked out by his mate after sharing a pub lunch together in an attack described as "aggressive" by senior police.

And the violence was not restricted to the metropolitan area. In Albion Park, near Wollongong, a woman celebrating her 21st birthday suffered facial injuries after a man allegedly punched her in the mouth, while a 28-year-old man at the same venue nearly lost his ear following an alleged glassing.

In Doyalson, a woman was knocked unconscious at a 21st birthday party yesterday.

 

Police at the scene after a pizza delivery man was assaulted in Balmain / Picture: Gordon McComiskie

Police at the scene after a pizza delivery man was assaulted in Balmain / Picture: Gordon McComiskie Source: News Limited

 

DIAGNOSIS DRUNK AND BADLY DAMAGED Dr Geordian Fulde

KING hit, sadly, is now a medical term.

When tanked up on alcohol there seems to be a lack of Christmas goodwill to others.

A big weekend for going out and drinking a lot - it easily slides into trouble and pain.

The triage nurses - the ones you see first when you arrive in emergency bleeding or having lost consciousness from a fight - now use "king hit" as a description.

Sunday morning we saw several. How sad is that? Especially after all the media attention on Saturday.

Typically after many hours of drinking and being a young man, sometimes fights occur.

A 21-year-old brought in by ambulance at 4.22am; usual picture - swollen face, bleeding nose, blood and saliva coming from inside his mouth.

After several minutes of unconsciousness, now confused and not making sense - a major brain injury.

A broken knuckle on his right hand - the boxer's fracture. We saw several like him.

The ladies mostly got quite intoxicated and fell.

They fall forward on to their face receiving cuts, abrasions and often wrist injuries.

But when falling backwards on concrete, loss of consciousness and a badly bleeding scalp with a head injury is collected.

At 2.40am, within 10 minutes, three young women came to emergency.

The first, a 24-year-old drunk woman, fell forwards. The cuts and abrasions got her a consultation with the plastic surgeons later in the morning.

The next, a 23-year-old, was quite drunk and brought in by friends as she would not talk or respond to anyone.

Then a 28-year-old who had lost control was laughing, crying, not making any sense.

Remember, we have to try to find out how we can help a patient - what is the problem, what happened?

It's all a bit tough when lots of alcohol is consumed.

There are always quite a few patients waiting for care.

 

Police speak to witnesses after a man was assaulted at Darling Harbour / Picture: Gordon McComiskie

Police speak to witnesses after a man was assaulted at Darling Harbour / Picture: Gordon McComiskie Source: News Limited

 

CLUB STAFF WARNED TROUBLE WAS BREWING BEFORE MAN ASSAULTED

Mark Morri

POLICE allege staff at a western Sydney club ignored warnings that someone was going to be assaulted and then did nothing to help after the man was knocked unconscious.

Details of the attack and the alleged lack of action by the staff will be released today by the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing.

A 67-year-old man was at the Windsor Leagues Club with his wife and daughter when he was attacked by a 44-year-old man on September 1 at about 6.30pm. His head hit a brick wall following the attack and he fell to the ground unconscious.

Police allege that, just before the assault took place, an employee was told trouble was brewing and someone was "going to get knocked out'' but the club took no action to try to stop the incident.

According to the police report supplied to OLGR, the man's daughter saw the attack and asked for help from the staff and security who were watching but they ignored them.

The victim was taken to hospital in a serious condition with injuries including a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain and facial lacerations.

The man was unconscious for more than 10 minutes and first aid was given by customers at the scene.

Windsor Leagues Club has incurred a ''strike'' under the state government's three strikes scheme and has been fined $1100 for permitting violent or quarrelsome behaviour following assault.

Club spokesman Chris Carl said he believed that the breach and fine were harsh.

"The two men had history and alcohol wasn't the reason for what happened,'' he said. "We rang an ambulance and offered assistance.''

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Enough is Enough rally

November 21st, 2013

 We went to Martin place in the city to attend a rally that highlighted the poor sentences given out to perpetrators of violent crimes.

The next morning the Daily Telegraph reports that 150 people attended the rally.

 

 

 

 

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 Yet the St George and Sutherland shire Leader  has "more than 1000" citizens attending

 

How could there be such a difference in the people count?

Does The Daily Telegraph have pre schoolers doing their reporting?

Front page news

November 11th, 2013

 

 

From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 10 November 2013 9:46 AM
To: 'yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au'
Subject: bad boy Blake

 

 Dear sir,

Who at the Sunday Telegraph decides what news the average The Sunday Telegraph reader would think is important? In the papers own article on page 50 it mentions in two columns, the typhoon in the Philippines  ?one of the strongest storms on record that has claimed at least a 100 lives and forcing millions from their homes? with 5 photos, one showing a scene after the storm reminiscent of the aftermath of cyclone Tracy that devastated Darwin.

What made  the front page, and was spread across pages 4 and 5 .with 10 photos, the earth shattering news that Anthony Mundine?s mate ?bad boy? Blake has converted to Islam. Great for Blake if conversion to this peaceful religion helps him in his daily walk,

but front page news? I don?t think so.

 

Regards

Hans Stephens

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 Why I thought Typhoon Haiyan was THE story 

 

LATEST IN WORLD'It's like the end of the world' "UNIMAGINABLE" is the only way to describe the terrifying aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, authorities say. Australia has pledged aid of $10 million to the Philippines. Close

WHAT WE KNOW NOW: ?

10,000 people believed dead in Tacloban, Philippines ?

Up to 9 million affected by Typhoon Haiyan, 4 million children ? Philippines:

Wind gusts of 275km/h, storm surge 6m ? Vietnam: Downgraded to Category One, wind gusts of 150km/h ?

Australia pledges aid of $10 million - Foreign Minister Julie Bishop ? Donate to UNICEF's typhoon appeal

CORPSES hang from trees, are scattered on sidewalks and buried in flattened buildings.

These are some of the 10,000 people believed killed in one Philippine city alone by ferocious Typhoon Haiyan that washed away homes and buildings with powerful winds and giant waves.

 

http://www.news.com.au/world/super-typhoon-haiyan-kills-more-than-10000-in-philippines-destruction/story-fndir2ev-1226757095609

and the front page news was about "bad boy" Blake's conversion to Islam

Collier wins back Miranda

October 20th, 2013

Good one Barry Collier.

 Labor reclaims NSW state seat of Miranda with huge by-election swing

https://www.google.com.au/#q=barry+collier++wins+miranda&tbm=nws

 

 Barry Collier

Once and future Labor NSW MP Barry Collier Picture: Chris Pavlich Source: The Australian

This may seem strange coming from me after my my roadside effort recentily, but that was for the Federal Election

but Mr Collier did what he could for his constituents before, and no doubt be working hard for Miranda again.

 I sent in a letter but it wasn't printed

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From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 20 October 2013 11:51 AM
To: 'yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au'
Subject: Miranda blues

 

 Dear sir,

Stalwart labor man Barry Collier has regained his former seat of Miranda by the incredible swing of 27 %. Congratulations Barry. Was it  just because Graham Annesely resigned and heading off to greener pastures as the Premier now blames, or maybe there are other concerns that voters have, for example over development and bugger the neighbours, the dithering on coal and coal seam gas mining? Obviously you can?t run a state without money, but more careful management of what does come in, would be a start.
A bit of advice for the NSW Liberal party, be careful who you select to stand for Miranda next election. After all the mail outs, ads, flyers, posters, robo phone calls, telling us the Liberal candidate last Saturday Brett Thomas would be a ?strong voice?  in government, ?fighting for upgrades at hospitals, improved transport and protecting the unique character of the shire?  Brett looses and say?s he?ll never run again. ?as he is obviously a better lawyer than a politician?  What a fighter.

Regards

Hans Stephens

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It's just now the seat of Miranda is back to being a marginal seat, and if Labor continues to stuff around, the seat could be won back in a year and a half, but no Brett cut and run obviousily he was a very commited candidate.

I hope that Barry Collier get's in there gives it to them, for the Shire.

 

Bring back Collier

October 17th, 2013

 http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/liberals-facing-a-hiding-in-the-seat-of-miranda/story-fni0cx12-1226739905559

and the same day as I sent in the email below my wife answered the phone and was told that Barry Collier called Sutherland Shire voters "fickle"

I tell you who was fickle, an MP  a year and a half into his first term who took off to Queensland and left his constituents in the lurch.