Blundstone Tasmania's Indian made boots.

August 3rd, 2017

Below is the saga I had to go through to get a replacement of obviousily faulty goods


 My boots were replaced, a pair were sent to me last week by a company called

Replacement Footwear Australia
32 Markland drive
Derrimut
Vic 3030

Which raises a question, how many of Blundstone's Indian made boots are faulty that a company is set up to handle replacments?

The first email I sent to Blundstone Tasmania I think  explains my problem with  their product.
One phone call to Workscene in Caringbah and the photos on this website would have cleared any doubt that  further investigation was needed.
 

 

 

BLUNDSTONE BOOTS

July 22nd, 2017

 
 
 
 
This what I sent this morning to Blundstone Tasmania on the contact button as it didn't appear to have an" insert photo here" tab,  here they are below

 

 

Hi,

I bought two pairs (as size 13 are difficult to find) of your work boots, wore one pair and put the second pair away. Feb this year I brought out the new pair and first day the sole at the front lifted a bit. I tried to fix with adhesive, no good, tried again, still no good The whole sole has come away on the left boot but the right is  A ok. The shop person wanted the receipt and said that there was a six month warranty. I assumed that when I took in the boots and showed  her what was obviously a manufacturing fault, she would exchange them, in the interest of good public relations and give your rep the defective pair.

What do you think?

I have taken a couple of photos They are on the opening page of www.schoolzonesanta.com

Thank you

Hans Stephens

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                                                                                                  Left boot






                                                                                  right boot




 

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Email number one

 

From: hans stephens via Blundstone Australia [mailto:info@blundstone.com.au]
Sent: Saturday, 22 July 2017 11:10 AM
To: Info <
info@blundstone.com.au>
Subject: Form submission from: Contact Us

 

 

 













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Submitted on Saturday, 22 July 2017

First name hans

Last name stephens

Email address stephens1510@optusnet.com.au

Phone number 0403022559

Country Australia

Message

Hi, I bought two pairs (as size 13 are difficult to find) of your work boots, wore one pair and put the second pair away. Feb this year I brought out the new pair and first day the sole at the front lifted a bit. I tried to fix with adhesive, no good, tried again, still no good The whole sole has come away on the left boot but the right is A ok. The shop person wanted the receipt and said that there was a six month warranty. I assumed that when I took in the boots and showed her what was obviously a manufacturing fault, she would exchange them,in the interest of good public relations and give your rep the defective pair.
What do you think?
I have taken a couple of photos They are on the opening page of
www.schoolzonesanta.com
Thank you
Hans Stephens

The results of this submission may be viewed at:

http://www.blundstone.com.au/node/119/submission/8514




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From: Info [mailto:info@blundstone.com.au]
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2017 8:29 AM
To: 'hans stephens' <
stephens1510@optusnet.com.au>; Info <info@blundstone.com.au>
Subject: RE: Form submission from: Contact Us

 

    Hi Hans,,

 

We take great care in the manufacture of our products. If you believe the footwear you have purchased from one of our approved resellers contains a manufacturing fault, and wish to make a claim under this warranty, Please return to our website and complete our Warranty claim form.  The link to our form is https://www.blundstone.com.au/warranty-claim .  

Our Quality Assurance team will inspect your boots in question.  We will be more than happy to replace the footwear if upon inspection we find the boots faulty.


Regards

 

Mat

 


Blundstone Customer Service

 

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Hi Mat,


Thank you for your prompt reply.


I thought that the photos on my website www.schoolzonesanta.com  does clearly show an obvious problem with these " new"boots

 

Left boot no problem, right boot the sole is completely off the nose only held on by masking tape   I didn't

see a sign in the shop that I should only buy one pair of Blundstone boots at the time,  because keeping a second new pair  in a cupboard past the warranty period causes one sole to become detached starting then from its first wearing. I bought the boots at Workscene Caringbah (02) 9256333 and I showed the faulty boots to the ladies there last Thurs or Fri..


I respectfully request you call them for their opinion, and I'm sure the next step is to allow them to exchange my sad  pair for a set of new ones.


Thanks Mat

Regards Hans

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From: Info [mailto:info@blundstone.com.au]
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2017 10:50 AM
To: 'Hans Stephens' <
stephens1510@optusnet.com.au>; Info <info@blundstone.com.au>
Subject: RE: Form submission from: Contact Us

 

Hi Hans,

 

As you have brought he matter directly to us we request that you fill in the online warranty form so that we can have the boots assessed though our quality and assurance team.

 

Regards

 

Mat


Blundstone Customer Servicecid:image007.png@01D208EC.CDF53930


P:  +61 (0)3 6271 2200 | F: 1800 062 780


W: www.blundstone.com.au

 

Blundstone Australia Pty Ltd | P.O. Box 316 | 88 Gormanston Road | Moonah | Tasmania | Australia | 7009

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From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 24 July 2017 2:08 PM
To: Info <
info@blundstone.com.au>
Subject: RE: Form submission from: Contact Us

 

Hi Mat,

 

I just spent 20 minutes trying to fill out claim form but it repeatedly wouldn't "submit", and then a  "we can't reach this page came up."

 

Mat I assume you are at Blundstone HQ  I haven't got proof of purchase or date,  but I do have Blundstone boots near new, that are faulty.

 

I respectfully ask you to ring the Caringbah work scene (02)95256333 , they saw the faulty boot. One boot perfect the other with a missing sole.

Over to you.

Regards Hans

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From: Info [mailto:info@blundstone.com.au]
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2017 3:15 PM
To: 'Hans Stephens' <
stephens1510@optusnet.com.au>; Info <info@blundstone.com.au>
Subject: RE: Form submission from: Contact Us

 

Hi Hans

 

Can you please submit a picture of the complete sole of the boot so I can see the manufacture date.

 

Can you please also include your size and postal address and I will have these boots assessed.

 

 

Regards


Mat

 


Blundstone Customer Service

 

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My first email did give this website url  with the photos

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From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2017 6:57 PM
To: 'Info' <info@blundstone.com.au>
Subject: RE: Form submission from: Contact Us

 

 

 

 

 

Here's the close up photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject: RE: Form submission from: Contact Us

From: Info [mailto:info@blundstone.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 3:21 PM
To: 'Hans Stephens' <
stephens1510@optusnet.com.au>; Info <info@blundstone.com.au>
Subject: RE: Form submission from: Contact Us

 

 

 

Hi Hans.


Looks like a delaminated sole judging by the age of the footwear. It's just failed to adhere to the boot itself.


As we are out of the style 330 will send you its upgrade the style 310 in a size 7 directly to you J

 

Regards


Mat


Blundstone Customer Service

 

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From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 25 July 2017 7:22 PM
To: Info <
info@blundstone.com.au>
Subject: RE: Form submission from: Contact Us

 

Hi Mat,

thank you for agreeing to replace the boots. One thing though your email says  size 7  The two pairs I bought were size 13

 Ta

Regards Hans

 

 

P:  +61 (0)3 6271 2200 | F: 1800 062 780

 

W: www.blundstone.com.au

 

Blundstone Australia Pty Ltd | P.O. Box 316 | 88 Gormanston Road | Moonah | Tasmania | Australia | 7009

 

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From: Info [mailto:info@blundstone.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 8:06 AM
To: 'Hans Stephens' <
stephens1510@optusnet.com.au>; Info <info@blundstone.com.au>
Subject: RE: Form submission from: Contact Us

 

Hi Hans

 

Just to double make sure can you please remove the innersole of the boots. The size should be stamped underneath.

 

Regards

 Mat


Blundstone Customer Service

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From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 11:50 AM
To: 'Info' <info@blundstone.com.au>
Subject: RE: Form submission from: Contact Us

 

Hi Mat,

 

 on the back of the inner sole it's stamped 13/14

 

Regards

 

Hans

 

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From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, August 3, 2017 9:45 PM
To: 'Hans Stephens' <stephens1510@optusnet.com.au>
Subject: RE: Form submission from: Contact Us

 

Hi Mat,

 

I did receive replacement boots and have commented on www.schoolzonesanta.com

 

Thanks for your help


Regards Hans

 

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From: Info [mailto:info@blundstone.com.au]
Sent: Friday, August 4, 2017 9:14 AM
To: 'Hans Stephens' <stephens1510@optusnet.com.au>; Info <info@blundstone.com.au>
Subject: RE: I had a problem

 

 

 

Cheers

 

 

 

Thanks for letting me know Hans J

 

 

 

 

 

Regards

 

 

 

Mat

 


Blundstone Customer Service

 


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P:  +61 (0)3 6271 2200 | F: 1800 062 780

 

W: www.blundstone.com.au

 

Blundstone Australia Pty Ltd | P.O. Box 316 | 88 Gormanston Road | Moonah | Tasmania | Australia | 7009

 

 

 

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 What a lot of nonsense

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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 tfrom 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

 


 



 

Maybe 50 posters with the above message on power poles on main roads might get attention, or 

 

the same message on my van sign on the side of main roads or in parked in Macquarie st.

 


 

 

 


         It's a big sign

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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" 

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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.

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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.

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

 

 

 

    Melind Pavey  Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

 

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Dear Minister Pavey,

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

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

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

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

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

 These are two examples 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.


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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?

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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

 

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

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


I hope this has been of assistance

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


 How often are signs reviewed, and re-adjusted?


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


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

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

   

 

 

 
 

         ,

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.

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

 

Dear Mr Stephens,

 

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

I am still waiting on replies myself!

 

Kind regards

Lee

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 "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.

 

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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. 

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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

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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?"

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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.

 

 
 


 

 

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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

     Slick advertising, 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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The first is an offering from YOUI

 


And a much more resonable one from GIO





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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.
 
 
When the new garish clearway signs were put up I emailed 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 .
 

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