and who pays?

October 20th, 2017

 

 




In May this year I sent the below letter in a stamped envelope to the Roads Minister.

I was told by her Kempsey office that it was received



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

Dear Minister Pavey,

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

 Many more examples on www.schoolzonesanta.com

 Thank you for your time.

 Yours faithfully,

  Hans Stephens

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That letter was sent in May 

Today September 20 I received this email


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 The RMS  " is working with its maintenance provider DM roads to fix clearway signage"


So if I see the result of other incompentent installation of clearway signs, I ring in and Harry will get them fixed. 

I think maybe the signs should be put up properly in the first place.

I can't always get to Dubbo, the Blue Mountains, or other locations in NSW to check and report on shoddy RMS contractor's work. 

So will the new yellow ones  (unless I get out and about more) end up looking like the white ones?

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

The 2-3 year old Hi-Vis yellow clearway signs between Sutherland and Blakehurst are starting to droop again.

The photo below I took today 22 Oct  017 and there are scores more on the way down.

I think the problem is gravity!!!!!!!

 

 

 

This lot have "fixed" 3 times, as posts on this website over the last two years have documented, and should not need fixing.

 

A post I wrote when new signs went up in Ryde and Gordon


 

  http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/waste-on-display        

 

and this post was November 2015

 

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

 


As I said clearway signs put up less than two years ago  should not need to be " fixed." 


I ask the question who pays?

 

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


Traffic report

October 15th, 2017
 

 

Every weekday morning one of the traffic holdups mentioned on 2GB's traffic report is "slow traffic on the Woronora bridge leading up to Sutherland.

It is also a nightmare on Saturday mornings.

So what have we on the Sutherland overpass? 

Clearway signs on this two lane main artery onto the Princes highway .

 

Which means one can block off one lane legally with a registered motor bike (or even my registered box trailer) from 10 am till 3 pm 5 days a week, and have to take them  inside between 9am and 6 pm on Sat/ Sun and public holidays.

One explaination could be that there will be no standing signs added sometime later.

But why have clearway signs when you can't stand there anyway?

The RMS wastes money in obvious ways.

 By the way the covered signs on this same overpass in my previous page

 
 

are uncovered, but the Tow truck signs have gone.

The RMS as I said wastes money in obvious ways and in Hi-Vis.

 

x

 And  now the clearway signs without the extra weight of the tow truck sign  are now  horizontal .... for the moment at least.

 

To be continued

Not learning

October 11th, 2017
  

As part of the $121 million clearway program the RMS is going to do a fair bit of work on the Princes Highway in the Sutherland/Kirrawee area.

 A start has been made, and new Hi-Vis yellow clearway signs have been put up in preparation of this  work.

 A number of these signs have caught my eye.

So new are they,  that  wording is still covered.

Will they stay up till  the work is finished and the masked wording is uncovered?

 

 

One example

                                                            And another

                                                                                                                                                                   What can I say.

                                                                                         What sort of contractors

                                                                                            are hired by the RMS?

Not good

September 26th, 2017

On the Princes Highway between Blakehurst and Sutherland  many many of the new Hi-Vis clearway signs have been  re-adjusted at least 3 times,  as previous pages on this website show since 2015.


Many of these again are slowly getting the droopy look, the worst is this one in Gymea of which I took a photo of this morning.

 
 
Slowly under the weight of the bracket with it's one bolt many others will end up looking the same.
 
to be continued.....

 

Contact Details

September 22nd, 2017

I have just spoken to a nice young lady in the Road Minister's Kempsey office.

We had a very amiable chat about badly mounted new Hi-Vis clearway signs.

This has gone on for over two years.

I've waited patiently (since May) for a reply to a stamped, posted letter repeating my concerns to the Minister.

Minister Pavey at a National Party Conferance in Broken Hill, or was it Alice Springs earlier this year, said that she wanted value for money.

She was refering to the high cost of fly in fly out road workere on a local highway project.

I don't think the waste on this $121.000.000  clearway program is great value for money.

 I'm too old to climb up ladders on the side of the road to put up posters.

What I would like is for someone from the RMS to come with me to see for themself the pathetic way this is being handled since  2015

 

 

No Signs

September 22nd, 2017
 
 

 
 
 


Federal Government

 $125 million for a fence around Parliament House
 
 
Which even Politicians, are now starting to question the cost and the appearance.
 
 
 
NSW Government plan to spend $121 Million to replace white clearway signs with Hi-Vis yellow ones
 
 
old ones 
 
 
 
 
 
new ones
 
 
 
 As the last two years of pages on this website show this hasn't worked  too well
 
 
 
 
 

Yesterday afternoon I drove North along Ryde Rd towards the Pacific Highway.

The traffic was bad, stop go from Ryde.

While stuck in this traffic I noticed that some Hi-Vis yellow signs had an extra screw in  the top edge.

 then others had no bracket and were fastened to the pole with two baby screws

 

 

Which I suppose would do for a while,

 

but one of these reafixed signs looked like

this side on,  Daylight

between the sign and the pole

 

"text-align: left;"> 

                                                               

 

I suggest a small coach bolt be used, with washers

to take up uneveness at the fixing surface of the pole.




To make matters worse in a row of these newly fastened signs was this one

 

Which reminds me of an old one I saw on the way today.

 

                                                                                                              

Why my signs?

September 20th, 2017

 

 I did have posters to put up and this post was prepred before the page above

 

 The reason for my posters is simple.

As the pages of the last couple of years show, is that I have done my best to get a bit of common sense in how to fasten a clearway sign to a pole.

That the $121 million being spent on a "clearway program" to get rid of the white clearway signs and putting up Hi-Vis yellow ones using the same bracket is ridiculous.

The pages are a bit repeditive, but they show in Hi-Vis incompentence by the RMS from Minister Belinda Pavey down.

 

I sent this letter to Road Minister Pavey (with a stamp) in May this year and no response.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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 of the old white clearway signs on Roberts Road Greenacre




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

 Many more examples on www.schoolzonesanta.com

 Thank you for your time.

 Yours faithfully,

  Hans Stephens

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Her office told me that they did receive it.

Try once more

July 10th, 2017
 
 

 



Since November 2015 I have been  having "my say" on one aspect of the above $121 million clearway program, as can be seen in many previous pages on this website


  These are three of the many, many examples of what the new Hi-Vis yellow clearway signs look like  only a few months after erection. 


November 2015 between Blakehurst and Sutherland the old white clearway signs were replaced with new ones.

      A few months later began to look like this one below.


 Then between Victoria Rd Ryde and the Pacific Highway Pymble, the old white clearway signs were replaced along Ryde Rd

                                                                and soon they began looking like this


                         Then this year 2017 Mona Vale rd from the Pacific highway through St Ives had it's

clearway sign upgrade to Hi-Vis yellow


                              and these are some  is one examples



 


The bracket with one bolt into

the pole did no work with

the white signs, and they don't

work with the new signs


 

Sometimes the only way to get change

 

is to shine a brighter light

 

on the subject

 


 



 

 

 

There will be no------

June 29th, 2017
 
 Prime Minister Julie Gillard lost her job with one statement.
 
"THERE WILL BE NO CARBON TAX UNDER A GOVERNMENT I LEAD"
 
 
For Gillard to bring in a carbon tax after she did get in, after making the above statement was wrong. I went to many carbon tax rallies.
If you believe that something is wrong don't just say "They should do something about it".....do something!

 
 
People should be  now marching in the streets with what is happening with power and gas prices.

But no, leave it to "They" 

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

Defcon 2

June 29th, 2017

We had lunch at Mona Vale today with our friends from Scotland Island.

Driving to and from Mona Vale I couldn't help but notice the new Hi-Vis yellow clearway signs adorning power poles along the road from St Ives to Rookwood, and saw that the erectal dysfuntion of the new hi- vis signs persists.

As I have mentioned before over the last couple of years, I'm sorry but the brackets used by Councils and the RMS do not work.

 

A month has past and no acknowledgement

June 6th, 2017
 
 

I sent a letter( with a postage stamp) to NSW Road Minister Pavey a month ago and followed up (as detailed in my last post) with a phone call to her Electoral Office.

They did get my letter.

Last week in my mailbox (on the street) there was a expensive foldout brochure from the RMS detailing work proposed, and already done in the Sutherland Shire

$121 million is being spent on a "Clearway Program which aims to reduce congestion and delays on Sydney's roads."


Reduce congestion?


Hmmm won't clearway sign installing contractors or RMS workers cause congestion and delay when they have to" review and adjust" clearway signs hanging off poles at ridiculous angles
on a regular basis ???


The one above was in  in the Blakehust to Sutherland section, the section which has been  "reviewed and adjusted"  three times, since new, and they were newly installed July 2015.




and above is a fine example of Roads and Marintime professionalism was/is (I'll check) on Ryde road Ryde and is about two years old.

 

Defcon 3

May 10th, 2017
 
 

 
 

I am starting to get sick of this
 
 
 

 

I first saw the new style Hi- Vis yellow clearway signs when  the RMS contractors took the old white ones down between Blakehurst and Sutherland and put up these very bright replacements,  which have been re-adjusted to the horisontal, twice since first erected.

The one in the photo above is on the Princes Highway Gymea, and when it's "reviewed and fixed" that'll be three times in two years that clearway signs on this section have had to be fixed.

As the many previous pages of this website show, the RMS has an erection dysfunction problem with these signs.

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

I drove to  Hurstville yesterday and to again show RMS erection dysfunction I took this photo on King Georges Rd Blakehurst.

On display  as you can see, are three droopy old style white clearway signs and a large clearway sign which has three of the same useless brackets, which just aren't doing the job.

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

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

 

 

 

    Melind Pavey  Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

 

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

Dear Minister Pavey,

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

 The RMS is renewing the old white clearway signs on major roads with new HI- Vis yellow ones, but the old brackets used to hold up the white ones 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 of the old white clearway signs on Roberts Road Greenacre




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

 Many more examples on www.schoolzonesanta.com

 Thank you for your time.

 Yours faithfully,

  Hans Stephens

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I waited over a week and then rang the Minister's electoral office in Kempsey, and yes the lady who answered remembered my letter, and passed it on to Macquarie St. She hadn't looked at this site. Let's hope someone does.


 The opening sentence at the top of this page says,  " I'm starting to  get sick of this."

The first time I brought up this obvious problem with clearway signs,  (November 2015) something should have been done.


 To be continued----------------------

 

Here we go again.

April 29th, 2017

 

On Easter Sunday we visited friends on Scotland Island, and a great day was had by all.

Being an observant sort of chap on the way home I noticed that the new Hi-Vis yellow clearway signs near Epping rd on Ryde Rd, featured on my previous page, haven't been" reviewed", or after reviewing, haven't been "adjusted" as yet.

More worrying is this one, on the brand  new section between Pymble and St. Ives on Mona vale Rd, also mentioned in the previous page.

This dysfunctional sign is opposite Church St and as usual it has the standard bracket with the one bolt,

not holding up the sign.





And if things can't get worse, things are still going awry with clearway signs between Blakehurst, and

Sutherland, the ones that started all this unnecessary nonsense.

The ones that were put up about two years ago and been "reviewed and fixed" three times .

 

This lastest erection dysfunction is on the Princes Highway going South, just before the Boulevarde at Gymea, which is on it's way down,




Yes I say it's nonsense, because the job should've be done properly in the first place.


 

How long is this going to happen,  will it be all over NSW?

 

 If I don't point out this continuing mismanagement of tax payer dollars, what would happen? 

 

I suppose the new style of clearway signs could  end up looking like the old white ones

 

as pictured

 


 The question is, do the  RMS  "preferred" contractors who initionaly  put up the new Hi-Vis yellow signs, go back to" re-adjust" the dyfunctional ones, OR  are your normal maintenence RMS chaps go out to redo the job.

In other words who pays, the "preferred " contracters, or the RMS ,..... US?

 

 I will write to the Roads Minister

 

To be continued.



Ryde rd. Gordon revisited

April 4th, 2017

 

 

After receiving an email from the RMS saying that the clearway sign contracters have been directed to "review and adjust" the signs, I drove over there yesterday to have a look.







The three clearway signs above, which could be seen from the one spot at Cultowa and Ryde road Gordon, have been straightened, and an extra bolt has been added under each of the brackets, to hold them up.


Great, well done, super, "reviewed" and "adjusted"

 

 

But what about these signs a few kilometers south, that I saw on the way home on the same Ryde Rd, not far south of  Epping rd?

 

 

 
 
 


 Maybe those ones haven't been "reviewed" yet.


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

I noticed today on one of those big electronic overhead signs, that there are now new clearway signs on Mona Vale Rd between Pymble and St Ives.

Will those have a better attaching method, I wonder?

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


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

 


From the Road Minister's Office

March 21st, 2017

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

 

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

        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

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

" 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.

   

 

 

 
 

         ,

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

 


From the NSW Premier's Office

March 6th, 2017

 

 

'I emailed the NSW Premier's office on Saturday 4th March giving my website url, and, explaining that I haven't had a reply from the Roads Minister about my concerns about clearway signs

 

 

From: NSW Premier
Sent: 2017-03-04 18:55:21
To: premier@nsw.gov.au
Subject: This is not spam, please take seriously

 

Subject: This is not spam, please take seriously

 

 

 

        

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11/3/017 I haven't had a reply from the Road Minister's office.

So I'll try once more.



For how long will they stay up

March 5th, 2017
 

Driving toward Blakehurst this morning I noticed something different.


The first sign of change was at Box rd and the Highway

 

From this


 

                        To this 

 

 

 

 The clearway sign at the Gymea vet had gone from this

 


 

 

 

 

                                                                                                             to a much better this.  So much better

 



This clearway sign opposite Southgate has been straightened twice

 the first time

                                                                                                   went from this  last November

 

 


                                                      To a more respectable look


 

   And a month and three days later,  it was  back to its old self.



 


    So  I added  something for the commutor traffic

 

 

and 4 weeks later  its been again re-adjusted, this time with a little help from a extra bolt under the bracket, just to make sure


 So an extra bolt was added under the bracket to hold it up.

Why was that necessary ? 

Well in the two years or so since they changed to Hi -Vis this sign has been re-adjusted twice

The bracket was designed to do the job by itself with one bolt, without the extra help.

 Could there be something wrong with the design?

 


 In August 2015 the RMS put up new HI-VIS  yellow clearway signs between Blakehurst and Sutherland

It wasn't long before they started to go off the horizontal (droopy)

November 7  2015  only three months after installation, I first wrote about droopy signs on this page,

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

including this  photo of one,`

 

 

All signs should have two bolts, and

no bracket, but what would I know

I'm a carpet-layer. 


How much taxpayers money is


wasted re-doing this simple


job???

Not good enough

March 4th, 2017

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
                         I have other ideas to get the message out, like the old ones below.

 

 

 

Oh dear !

March 4th, 2017

It's no wonder I haven't had a reply from the Road Minister's Office to an email I sent weeks ago.

My local MP  Mr Lee Evans has replied to the email I sent him.

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

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

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

 "I am still waiting on replies myself"


 If a member of Parliament can't get a reply from a colleague, or his office, then all I can say is,


                          "Dear me"

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.

 

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

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

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

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.

 



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. 

The above photo I took on the 25/1/017


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 (photo above) had been  straighted, and

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

an extra  coach bolt as pointed out in the

close-up 

 

 



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

 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

                                                              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
.
 
 
 
 
   
 
 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

.


  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?"

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    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.