Angry origin spectators

July 21st, 2013

A fat fool did a streak on the field during the 3rd State of origin R.L. match

 

 
  I don't see many wrathful looking people in the crowd
 

 

 there seems to be a distinct lack of anger in the crowd.

 

 Mind you this naked adonis did interfer with the actual playing of the game,  but what was security doing  allowing him to "run" 90 meters to get near the action.

Update:  Today the streaker was sentenced to 3 months jail ( out on appeal ) and a $2,000 fine.

One question, where will he get $2,000 to pay the fine?

SPIN DOCTOR

June 29th, 2013

    Our last Prime Minister Julia Gillard, our best female prime minister ever, had a chief spin doctor imported from Scotland who used to "advise" Tony Blair. 

Some of the speeches Ms Gillard made and things she did were cringe worthy.

This week he had our Prime Minister posing in a large lounge chair knitting a toy kangaroo for the upcoming royal birth and was ridiculed by everyone, (except for adviser John McTernan) as it was so staged, and with  Julie also being a rabid republican.

 Because all this one and other clangers which are  helping the opposition leader, I emailed into the Daily Telegraph

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 From: Hans Stephens

 Sent: Wednesday, 26 June 2013 7:12 AM
To: 'yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au'
Subject: Tony abbott master stroke

 

Dear Sir,

           How much is Tony Abbott paying John McTernan to advise Julia Gillard? What with the Misogyny speech, Blacktown sleepover (but don?t meet the locals), blue ties, and the whistlers mother knitting portrait. What next, tight rope walking between the heads?

 

Regards

Hans Stephens

,

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I thought the first line would go well above Warrans cartoon, and guess what...the letters editor thought so too..

 

 

 

The next cartoon came out first,  after the knitting photoin the womans Weekly

 

Good news is not news.

June 16th, 2013

On Wednesday morning I opened my Daily Telegraph to see how they reported the announcement yesterday that all NSW schools are to get flashing lights.

I didn't see anything that mentioned flashing lights.

I carefully scanned each page and after the massive amount of column inches the paper has devoted to stories about schools zones needing flashing lights,  on the bottom right hand corner of page 17  was this good news story, which you can see was'nt  too much bigger than a 50 cent coin.

                GOOD NEWS IS NOT  NEWS

 

 

All NSW schools to get flashing lights

June 11th, 2013

At last it has happened, today it was anounced that all the rest of NSW's schools will get flashig lights.

Well done Peter , you stayed on the case, countless hours putting up the initial "homemade" lights at Lurgano and Peakhurst and then all the "check speed" signs with their flashing lights.

 and all the time you spent trying to explain the bleeding obvious to those who should care  that things don't need to cost a fortune to do the same job as a cheaper option.

7 years it took to get what is common sense done.

 

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Media release

 11 June 2013

 ALL NSW SCHOOLS TO GET FLASHING LIGHTS

 The NSW Government today announced that school zone flashing lights would be installed at all schools by the end of 2015 (see attached).

 School zone safety campaigner Peter Olsen, who was present when the announcement was made, said that he was very pleased with it:

 ?This is a great outcome for the safety of our children and one that the NSW Government needs to be congratulated for.

 ?It is also a great outcome for drivers because it means they will no longer be penalised for not realising what time of the day it is.

 ?After all the money that has been wasted in the past on ineffective measures such as dragon?s teeth it is good to see a commitment to fast-track the one solution that really works.

 ?I have been campaigning for this for over seven years, but a lot of other people also deserve credit, including

-       the School Zone Santa, Hans Stephens

-       the Rotary Clubs of North Ryde and Rockdale

-       the member for Ryde, Minister Victor Dominello

-       former state minister Kevin Greene

 ?The media also did a great job in focusing public attention on the issue.  ?It is pleasing to see that all of those efforts have finally paid off.   

 For more information contact:

Peter Olsen

0414-538-404

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All NSW schools to have flashing lights by 2015

Updated 48 minutes ago

The New South Wales government has announced every school in the state will have flashing lights to warn motorists of the speed limit, by 2015.

The state government says the upcoming budget will set aside $13-million to accelerate the warning project for motorists.

The Premier Barry O'Farrell says the decision to cover the remaining schools is now possible because a modified version of the original lights has been developed.

The Roads Minister Duncan Gay says the new lights are more efficient to produce.

"It's a two thirds reduction in the cost of producing a school flashing light from the previous government," he said.

"And what that is is a retrofit on the existing signs so children are protected at schools and people that are driving past that inadvertently may miss a sign, their licence is protected as well."

The man behind a campaign to improve road safety in school zones has welcomed the plans for flashing lights outside schools.

The Roads Minister Duncan Gay says Peter Olsen inspired the government to consider a more efficient way of building the warning signs.

Mr Olsen says it is a fantastic outcome for the safety of school children.

"The best evidence is simply to ask any person who drives a car. You drive through a school zone with flashing lights, you instantly go oh and you slow down," he said.

"You drive through a school zone without flashing lights and in the rear vision mirror, you see the sign and you think oops."

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Common sense

Back in 2007 the RTA installed two speed cameras in the Beverly Hills  school zone on King Georges rd it took 7 emails to 3 differant road ministers (one handed personably by me to a road minister, after there was no reply) to get flashing lights added to this sign

FROM THIS

 

TO THIS

 

 

The reason the lights helped drivers and school kids alike was that drivers would stop at the traffic lights (just back up the road) and while they waited for the green it's easy to  forget about the school zone, the lights would change and there was now 3 lanes downhill to the hidden speed camera.

Now there are blinking lighst to remind drivers that it's school zone time.

Thank you ex Road  Minister Borger.

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

The saga at Loftus

June 9th, 2013

 

 

The RMS installed new traffic lights at Loftus, a great idea as now traffic  can come in or out of the Royal National park more safely.

 

But it soon became obvious though by the number of accidents and the long skid marks from panic stopping, that drivers needed extra warning, especially coming up to the traffic lights from the South.

 

 

An example of skid marks which were renewed daily

 

 

One of the accidents, this one involving four cars

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I sent in an e-mail voicing my concern

 

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From: Hans Stephens

Sent: Tuesday, 6 November 2012 10:01 PM
To: 'office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au'
Subject: Danger on the highway at Loftus

 Dear Minister Gay,

 The RMS has put in a new set of traffic lights at Farrell Ave and Princes Highway at Loftus.

 Great idea, but there is a big problem (apparently,) for traffic approaching these set of lights from the South.

 The lights are past a bend and judging by the numerous long skid marks there is a lot of panic stopping by trucks coming up behind traffic stopped for the lights.

 There were two warning trailer signs approaching the lights from the South and now there is one, and the panic stopping is happening with the warning sign/s.

 WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN THE LAST WARNING SIGN IS TAKEN AWAY?

 How long will it be before there is an accident with a mangled car wedged between two trucks?

 Could you please consider my suggestion of a set of flashing lights on the overhead signage already there to lessen the danger before something tragic happens?

 Yours faithfully

Hans Stephens

Kirrawee

 www.schoolzonesanta.com

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I have deleted my full address and phone number from copies of emails

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 Back came.

From: Public Gay's Office_Email [mailto:Office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au]
Sent: Friday, 9 November 2012 2:52 PM
To: Hans Stephens
Subject: RE: Danger on the highway at Loftus

 

Dear Mr Stephens

 

Thank you for your email and for raising this issue.

 

Roads and Maritime Services recently upgraded the existing traffic lights at Farnell Avenue & Princes Highway, as well as Rawson Avenue & Princes Highway. The upgrade at both sites consisted of removing the existing merge entries from both Farnell and Rawson Avenues onto the highway, and providing an exclusive entry for both. The works have recently been completed at Farnell and are still being finished off at Rawson.

 

It is intended to place permanent "flashing warning" lights on the approach to both new stop lights on the highway, that is southbound approaching Rawson and northbound approaching Farnell.

 

The lights at Rawson are expected to be installed shortly, with the lights at Farnell expected to be installed prior to Christmas.

  

Regards

 

Office of the Minister for Roads and Ports

The Hon. Duncan Gay MLC

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NB this line in the above email, this email dated  9th November

 

"The lights at Rawson are expected to be installed shortly, with the lights at Farnell expected to be installed prior to Christmas."

 

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Being ever helpful I replied

 

 From: Hans Stephens

Sent: Sunday, 11 November 2012 9:50 PM
To: 'Public Gay's Office_Email'
Subject: RE: Danger on the highway at Loftus

 Hi,

 Thank you for your prompt reply

 I?m relieved to hear there ware warning lights already planned for the new traffic lights at Loftus, I just hope that they are up and warning drivers before there is a bad accident.

  Last week a truck ran into the back of a tradesman van and there are yet more new skid marks after urgent braking as the photos that I took yesterday show..

 Could I suggest the warning sign trailer be moved to make it more visible from further back, as now it?s obscured by a large bush until you are quite near it.  

 

 

 .  The warning trailer sign obscured by the large bush behind the non working trailer sign. You can just see the grey tow ball hitch in this photo. 

 Skid marks are going right back to Armco fencing (on right) installed to protect the yet to be installed warning lights.

  Sorry to be an old woman about this, but if you ring the Sutherland Police I?m sure they have the same concerns about the present danger for traffic heading North at these lights.

 Regards Hans Stephens

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 ?Now you can be forgiven for thinking that it's none of my business where they place trailer signs, but a little bit of common sense is needed as is not evident in the placing of very expensive, solar powered, flashing light, school zone signs.

Instead of putting the flashing lights on the sign on the middle medium strip  so they are visiable a long way back, some brain had them installed on the left hand sign (below the or sale sign)

 Instead of putting the flashing lights on the sign on the middle medium strip so they are visiable a long way back, some brain had them installed on the left hand sign  (behind the tree trunk)

 Other examples on

http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/jumped-the-gun

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????..

 

 

 The remaining warning sign

 

 The warning sign (now not working)  with existing over road signage in background.

 

 

 

 The existing sign above the road I think suitable to place warning lights on to warn of the traffic lights up ahead around the curve.

 

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And things went from bad to worse because both trailer warning signs broke down

 

 

From: Hans Stephens

Sent: Tuesday, 11 December 2012 9:18 PM
To: 'office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au'
Subject: warning of fault of warning trailer

 Hi,

I did express earlier my concerns of the dangerous approach from the south coming up to the new light on the Princes Highway at Farrell Ave Loftus and was advised that there are permanent warning signs planed  

 Meanwhile there are two trailer mounted warning signs to advise motorists of the new lights, but one hasn?t worked for weeks and the second hasn?t worked since at least last Saturday.

 Please pass this email on so this situation can be rectified, before a car is squashed between two semi trailers.

 Thank you.

Regards

Hans Stephens

 

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 Note that my e-mails have been polite.

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 From: Email Acknowledgment [mailto:do_not_reply_here@minister.nsw.gov.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 11 December 2012 9:18 PM
To: 'Hans Stephens'
Subject: RE: warning of fault of warning trailer

  Thank you for your email to the office of the Hon. Duncan Gay MLC, Minister for Roads and Ports.

Please be assured that your email will receive all necessary attention.

 Kind Regards

 Office of the Minister for Roads and Ports.
The Hon. Duncan Gay MLC
Level 35, Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Pl, SYDNEY NSW 2000

_____________________________________________

 

No action, so before something like this happens, I emailed again

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 From: Hans Stephens

Sent: Friday, 14 December 2012 1:17 PM
To: 'office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au'
Subject: warning of fault of warning trailer #2

 

  Hi ,

 I sent this email earlier this week about a warning trailer sign not working.

On Tues this week there was another rear end accident at these traffic lights

Guess what, the trailer sign is still not working

It wouldn?t be look good if after I take the trouble to report a fault and 4 days later it?s still not fixed and there is a serious accident there.

Especially as  it has been decided that permanent warning lights are being  installed at the approaches to these lights.

 

Regards

Hans Stephens

www.schoolzonesanta.com

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   ???????????????????.

Still no action so I sent an email to the Premier?s office

????????????????..

 

From: Hans Stephens

Sent: Tuesday, 18 December 2012 6:45 AM
To: 'office@premier.nsw.gov.au'
Subject: Urgent attention needed

 

Hi,

 I have emailed the road ministers office about a dangerous situation on the Princes Highway at Loftus. Sutherland shire and I?m ?assured that your email will receive all necessary attention?.

There have been rear end accidents at new traffic lights at Farrell Ave, and the trailer warning signs approaching there from the south (while permanent flashing lights are installed) one of them hasn?t worked for weeks and the second has been off for at least 10 days.

Do we need a car crushed between two semi trailers before someone does something

The RMS wouldn?t be installing permanent warning lights unless there is a danger, so why does fixing the trailer signs take so long?

 

What will be the excuse if there is a bad accident there?

 

 

 For photos and the emails I have sent, see my website    www.shoolzonesanta.com

 

 Regards

 Hans Stephens

 

 PS. the signs weren?t working at 6.20am this morning.   (Tues 18th December 2012)

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It is now   January 7 and there has been no work done to the started permanent lights, all there is some Armco fencing and reinforcing rods sticking out of the ground so much for the?..

 

?The lights at Rawson are expected to be installed shortly, with the lights at Farnell expected to be installed prior to Christmas.?

 

 

Did someone misinform the Road Ministers office, or did they just want me to go away?

  

And guess what?

 

Not even an acknowledgement email back, from the Premier's office.

 

Things change when you win an election.

 

 

 

 I emailed the Road minister's office twice, no luck, and then the Premier's office and still the sign isn't working, but new panic stopping skid marks still appear.

 

So as my emails were not acted apon I put up my own rather 3rd world sign up yesterday morning (December 24 ) so that drivers would have at least a bit of a warning .

 

 

.

 

 

 My signwriting isn't that flash, which may even make the sign stand out more.

Will my sign be removed I wonder, before they fix the trailer sign?

My very professional  sign was left up till January 14 when they installed the warning sign post (far background middle of photo) and a new working trailer sign

 

I couldn't help but rework my sign which was gone in a few days

 

 

 

And for the next four months until the 16 th of May drivers could see what a "PREPARE TO STOP" flashing light warning sign  looks like, without flashing lights. 

 

 

 

All the while the shiny yellow trailer parked back up the road with it's electronic message sign was racking up a hire fees.

 I honestly thought that one phone call from Minister Gay's office would've fixed the problem but all that has happened since the old RTA days, is changing the name to RMS

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After the lights were finished this email arrived.

 

 

 And that's all folks the page  above is repeated

 

 in previous pages along with other

 

 thoughts and missions.

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HERE AT LONG LAST

May 20th, 2013

 

 

 Last Monday 13th May at long last the two lights and an electronic box were added to the signs at Loftus, so they are now finished,.

 The trailer warning sign was removed on Thursday 16th May.

On the 13th of January I noticed that the signs went up (without the lights) and a warning sign trailer was put in place.

 So the trailer was there Jan 13th  to Feb 13... March 13 ....April 13.... and then till May 16

The trailer was hired for 4 months at around $115 a day. (which I was told was the RTA rate at least 5 years ago)

 So 4 months, say @ 30 days, 4 x 30 = 120 x 115 = $13,800 + $70 to drop off and $70 to pick up = $13,940.

 

Don't tell me that the delay in installing the lights and contol box cost an extra $13,940?

 

An Email arrived

 

 

  

The RMS moves slowly

May 9th, 2013

Update on the warning signs at Loftus.

 

As of yesterday (8 May)  the signs were still unfinished

 

They told me that it would be completed before Christmas, LAST year.

 

For emails and replies since last Novemberclick on this link

 http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/why-why-why

 

The reasonIwas worried about the new traffic lights at Loftus is what could happen if one truck stops and another doesn't

How Long?

April 26th, 2013

I emailed the NSW  Road minister  last December about the new traffic lights at loftus and how they needed flashing warning light, and after numerous accidents I ended up putting up my own large sign to warn motorists. Even though I was told by the road minister's office that flashing  lights would be installed  BEFORE Christmas, and they are still not finished.

I did ask when the lights would be completed a while ago with no response.

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From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 25 March 2013 8:38 PM
To: 'office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au'
Subject: completion date

 

  Hi,

Last November I emailed your office about a road safety issue at a new set of traffic lights on the Princes Highway at Farnell Ave Loftus.

 I received the following reply email from someone at your office.

I?ve highlighted in red, in the email the sentence)    ?The lights at Rawson are expected to be installed shortly, with the lights at Farnell expected to be installed prior to Christmas.?

I don?t know who advised you of the completion date of the installation, but the photo I took on Sunday21th March shows the? prior to Christmas? bit is somewhat misleading.

 

 

Can you find out for me and the thousands or fellow motorists using this highway when this important work will be finished?

Thank you for your time

Regards

Hans Stephens

 

 www.schoolzonesanta.com.  

???????????????????????????????????

 

Thankfully  there is a trailer warning sign advising North bound motorists of the "new" traffic lights ahead, but why don't they just finish the sign put in the two flashing lights? How much has the RMS  been charged by trailer sign hire company since January  more than $100 a day I would think  I asked prices back in 2005 and was told the RTA rate was $115 a day plus $70 drop off,and $70 pick up.

How much do a couple of flashing lights and the electronics needed to syncronise with the traffic lights cost?

Emails to and from Roads Miniser and Premier further down page

 

 

Getting the word out.

March 19th, 2013

NNot that eople don't know ot that people don't already know.

It just seemed a waste not to use the signs again

             

This was in peak hour Monday morning on the  Princes highway at Sylvania.

    With this on  second sign in the back ground

 

 Roll on September.

 

No flashing lights yet.

March 14th, 2013

Last year because of a dangerous situation at a new set of traffic lights at Loftus I emailed the road minister about it received back this email From: Public Gay's Office_

 

Email [mailto:Office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au] Sent: Friday, 9 November 2012 2:52 PM To: Hans Stephens Subject: RE: Danger on the highway at Loftus Dear Mr Stephens Thank you for your email and for raising this issue. Roads and Maritime Services recently upgraded the existing traffic lights at Farnell Avenue & Princes Highway, as well as Rawson Avenue & Princes Highway. The upgrade at both sites consisted of removing the existing merge entries from both Farnell and Rawson Avenues onto the highway, and providing an exclusive entry for both. The works have recently been completed at Farnell and are still being finished off at Rawson. It is intended to place permanent "flashing warning" lights on the approach to both new stop lights on the highway, that is southbound approaching Rawson and northbound approaching Farnell. The lights at Rawson are expected to be installed shortly, with the lights at Farnell expected to be installed prior to Christmas.

Regards

 Office of the Minister for Roads and Ports

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And what is there at the moment 13 March

And still no lights as of 23rd March

and 26th April still not finished, WHY???

Go west young man

March 7th, 2013

Our Prime Minister Julia Gillard went out West  this week to wave the flag.

 I thought that I should go out to to help.

I dusted off the my old sign, and sorted out letters to stick on and bolted it to my work ute's roof rack.

The sign is canti-levered and takes 15 seconds, and little effort to display.

The trick is to get Julia to drive past it.

 

I went to the Rooty Hill RSL to show her the sign when she left her hotel, but sadly her cars went out a second exit.

At the Penrith Civic centre the PM arrived to a gaggle of  protesters and she mustn't have wanted to face them again, as  once again she  left by another exit.

But not too worry there should be another time to use the signs between now and September. 

 

 

Cup of coffee.

February 19th, 2013

It was announced that the cost of Medibank private for families was going up.

 The Federal Healh Minister Tania Pliboseck came on ABC's Lateline to explain the rise. 

Don't say, it I thought ....and she did.

She said the rise was about the same as the cost of a cup of coffee.

I had to respond

 

From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 11 February 2013 8:06 AM
To: 'yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au'
Subject: Cups of coffee

 

Dear sir.

 Last week Minister Tanya Plibersek tried to trivialise the increase in private health insurance premiums for families, by saying it was about the same cost as a ''cup of coffee''. As your article (?Struggle to stay afloat? 11 Feb.) points out, families finances are already stretched, and $3.00 here and $5 .50 there adds up. To use Tania?s tired old analogy, the cost increase in of my  recent green slip was only 13.4 cup of coffee, and because my old work ute wouldn?t pass rego, I bought a  similar model (so I can use the canopy and other parts, ) that only cost  808.6 cups. Then there?s the higher cost of LPG to run my ute (about 3 cups a week) and the extra cups it takes to pay power bills, home and contents insurance etc.  Well and good if my income keeps up, but less people seem to require my work skills even though the ?worlds greatest treasure? Wayne Swan pontificates that Australia?s economy is much better than other countries. It looks like I?ll have to start drinking tea. Roll on September.

 

Regards

Hans Stephens

 

 

Sorry for some reason I can't upload the clipping properly, but they printed most of my email, and it must've  impressed Alan Jones as he read it out on his show.

This is what can happen

February 6th, 2013

When a truck doesn't stop in time, and  between it, and another truck is a small car, this is what happens.

That is why I was worried about the lack of working warning trailer signs on the highway at Loftus.

 

Working warning sign

January 14th, 2013

 

 How long will this sign be left there?

 

By "working" I mean that there has been a warning trailer sign there, but it hasn't worked for nearly two months even after numerous emails to all and sundry.

 The first photo shows the  non working orange trailer sign on the grass between my sign and the glowing new one, which hasn't worked since 11th of December for which  I assume rental is still being charged.

 

The RTA changed to the RMS and we went from Labor to Liberal, but things are run the same.

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 Update:  My new sign was there for a week and then disappeared.

 Just 0ne week, and even after nearly 2 months of accidents and emails they couldn't fix the trailer signs!

AT LONG LAST

January 13th, 2013

Well, well, well, at long last there is a working warning trailer sign at the Loftus lights, something that should have happened straight away after my email (see) Email.doc  to the road minister's office the road minister way back in November.

Previous pages show other emails I've sent to the Minister's office and Premier OFarrell  

As it was a matter of road safety my first email should have been sufficient for someone at the road minister's office to get the RMS to fix the warning sign.

But no, even after more emails nothing happened except more accidents, untill late last week

 My sign and the orange still non working trailer sign, with the new one glowing in the background.

 

Thank you Mr Ryan Park

January 8th, 2013

I rang the Opposition roads minister's office at around 2.00 PM and asked them to look at this website.

 

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: ElectorateOffice Keira [mailto:ElectorateOffice.Keira@parliament.nsw.gov.au]
Sent: Monday, 7 January 2013 2:35 PM
To: stephens1510@optusnet.com.au
Subject: Farnell Avenue Loftus

 

Good Afternoon Mr Stephens

 

Thank you for contacting my office regarding the new lights at Farnell Avenue, Loftus.

 

It is concerning that the warning signs are not switched on to warn motorists of the new traffic lights. I have made representations to the Minister for Roads and have sought urgent action to have these trailers switched back on.

 

I will contact you again once I have received a response.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Ryan Park MP

Member for Keira

Shadow Minister for Roads

 

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 Update Jan 13 : 

I haven't heard back from the opposition roads Mimister so I assume he hasn't heard back from the incumbent one  Mr Gay, (or his office)

 

WHY ? WHY ? WHY?

January 6th, 2013

Why don't people take any notice?

I send 5 emails to those that can get things done after  I  see a dangerous situation and nothing happens (The emails are back one page)

On Saturday lunchtime 12.30pm I was coming back from my daughters at Engadine and came across a 4 car accident before those new Loftus lights at Farnell Ave

 I drove home to get my camera and a container of cold water for the unfortunate people involved, as it was very hot, and returned

The elderly lady sitting in the white car (holding my pink plastic cup) was the worst affected and was attended to by a paramedic and she appeared to be alright.

THIS ACCIDENT SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED.

 THERE HAVE TO BE MUTIPLE WARNING SIGNS COMING UP TO THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS UNTILL THE PERMENANT ONES ARE IN OPERATION.

A police lady at the scene helpfully told me to put my concerns in writing and ordered me off the empty road  when I was taking a photo because

"there has been a bad accident here"

What's the saying?... ....... Thanks scoop

I'm on the side of the Police but here's a few thoughts,

How many accidents have Sutherland Police attended at these lights since they were put in ?

Didn't any police  patrols notice the non working trailer signs or the hundreds  of meters of skid marks renewed almost daily on the road leading upto the lights?

Did anyone from the Sutherland Police think of ringing or emailing someone
 

When all this started an after my first email,  one phone call or email road minister Gay?s office should have been enough, all fixed, thank you linesmen, thank you ball boys.

 But no obviously organising Christmas parties and getting Kris Cringle presents all lined up is more important it seems.

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When I first noticed one accident involving a motor bike at the lights and all the daily skid marks leading up to the lights I sent the first email expecting fast action.

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 From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 6 November 2012 10:01 PM
To: 'office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au'
Subject: Danger on the highway at Loftus

Dear Minister Gay,

 The RMS has put in a new set of traffic lights at Farrell Ave and Princes Highway at Loftus.

Great idea, but there is a big problem (apparently,) for traffic approaching these set of lights from the South.

 The lights are past a bend and judging by the numerous long skid marks there is a lot of panic stopping by trucks coming up behind traffic stopped for the lights.

 There were two warning trailer signs approaching the lights from the South and now there is one, and the panic stopping is happening with the warning sign/s.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN THE LAST WARNING SIGN IS TAKEN AWAY?

 How long will it be before there is an accident with a mangled car wedged between two trucks?

 Could you please consider my suggestion of a set of flashing lights on the overhead signage already there to lessen the danger before something tragic happens?

Yours faithfully

 Hans Stephens

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From: Public Gay's Office_Email [mailto:Office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au]
Sent: Friday, 9 November 2012 2:52 PM
To: Hans Stephens
Subject: RE: Danger on the highway at Loftus

 

 Dear Mr Stephens

 

 Thank you for your email and for raising this issue.

 

 Roads and Maritime Services recently upgraded the existing traffic lights at Farnell Avenue & Princes Highway, as well as Rawson Avenue & Princes Highway. The upgrade at both sites consisted of removing the existing merge entries from both Farnell and Rawson Avenues onto the highway, and providing an exclusive entry for both. The works have recently been completed at Farnell and are still being finished off at Rawson.

 

It is intended to place permanent "flashing warning" lights on the approach to both new stop lights on the highway, that is southbound approaching Rawson and northbound approaching Farnell.

 

The lights at Rawson are expected to be installed shortly, with the lights at Farnell expected to be installed prior to Christmas.

 

Regards

 

 Office of the Minister for Roads and Ports

 

The Hon. Duncan Gay MLC

 

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 From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 11 November 2012 9:50 PM
To: 'Public Gay's Office_Email'
Subject: RE: Danger on the highway at Loftus

 Hi,

 

 Thank you for your prompt reply

 I?m relieved to hear there ware warning lights already planned for the new traffic lights at Loft, I just hope that they are up and warning drivers before there is a bad accident.

 Last week a truck ran into the back of a tradesman van and there are yet more new skid marks after urgent braking as the photos that I took yesterday show..

 Could I suggest the warning sign trailer be moved to make it more visible from further back, as now it?s obscured by a large bush until you are quite near it.  

 .

 The warning trailer sign obscured by the large bush behind the non working trailer sign. You can just see the grey tow ball hitch in this photo. 

Skid marks are going right back to Armco fencing (on right) installed to protect the yet to be installed warning lights.

 Sorry to be an old woman about this, but if you ring the Sutherland Police I?m sure they have the same concerns about the present danger for traffic heading North at these lights.


Regards Hans Stephens

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????..

 

 The remaining warning sign

 The warning sign (now not working)  with existing over road signage in background.

 

 The existing sign above the road I think suitable to place warning lights on to warn of the traffic lights up ahead around the curve.

 

 

 

Skid marks renewed almost daily.

I passed an accident with motor cyclist on road after running into back of car ( from the South)a few days after  the lights were first switched on

Regards Hans

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From: Email Acknowledgment [mailto:do_not_reply_here@minister.nsw.gov.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 11 December 2012 9:18 PM
To: 'Hans Stephens'
Subject: RE: warning of fault of warning trailer

 Thank you for your email to the office of the Hon. Duncan Gay MLC, Minister for Roads and Ports.

 Please be assured that your email will receive all necessary attention.

 Kind Regards 

Office of the Minister for Roads and Ports.
The Hon. Duncan Gay MLC
Level 35, Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Pl, SYDNEY NSW 2000

 _____________________________________________

Email:            office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au

Tel:                02 9228 5271

 

 

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From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 11 December 2012 9:18 PM
To: 'office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au'
Subject: warning of fault of warning trailer

 

 

 

Hi,

 

I did express earlier my concerns of the dangerous approach from the south coming up to the new light on the Princes Highway at Farrell Ave Loftus and was advised that there are permanent warning signs planed  

 

Meanwhile there are two trailer mounted warning signs to advise motorists of the new lights, but one hasn?t worked for weeks and the second hasn?t worked since at least last Saturday.

 

Please pass this email on so this situation can be rectified, before a car is squashed between two semi trailers.

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

Regards

 

Hans Stephens

 

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

 

 

 

From: Email Acknowledgment [mailto:do_not_reply_here@minister.nsw.gov.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 11 December 2012 9:18 PM
To: 'Hans Stephens'
Subject: RE: warning of fault of warning trailer

 

 

 

 Thank you for your email to the office of the Hon. Duncan Gay MLC, Minister for Roads and Ports.

 

Please be assured that your email will receive all necessary attention.

 

Kind Regards

 

 

 

Office of the Minister for Roads and Ports.
The Hon. Duncan Gay MLC
Level 35, Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Pl, SYDNEY NSW 2000

 

_____________________________________________

 

 

 

Email:            office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au

Tel:                02 9228 5271

 

 

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From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 14 December 2012 1:17 PM
To: 'office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au'
Subject: warning of fault of warning trailer #2

 

  Hi ,

 I sent this email earlier this week about a warning trailer sign not working.

On Tues this week there was another rear end accident at these traffic lights

Guess what, the trailer sign is still not working

It wouldn?t be look good if after I take the trouble to report a fault and 4 days later it?s still not fixed and there is a serious accident there.

Especially as  it has been decided that permanent warning lights are being  installed at the approaches to these lights.

 

Regards

Hans Stephens

www.schoolzonesanta.com

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 And that was it.

  

???????????????????.

So I sent an email to the Premier?s office

????????????????..

 

From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 18 December 2012 6:45 AM
To: 'office@premier.nsw.gov.au'
Subject: Urgent attention needed

 

Hi,

 I have emailed the road ministers office about a dangerous situation on the Princes Highway at Loftus. Sutherland shire and I?m ?assured that your email will receive all necessary attention?.

There have been rear end accidents at new traffic lights at Farrell Ave, and the trailer warning signs approaching there from the south (while permanent flashing lights are installed) one of them hasn?t worked for weeks and the second has been off for at least 10 days.

Do we need a car crushed between two semi trailers before someone does something

The RMS wouldn?t be installing permanent warning lights unless there is a danger, so why does fixing the trailer signs take so long?

 

What will be the excuse if there is a bad accident there?

 

 

 For photos and the emails I have sent, see my website    www.shoolzonesanta.com

 

 

Regards

 

Hans Stephens

 

 

PS. the signs weren?t working at 6.20am this morning.   (Tues 18th December 2012)

 

???????? ?????????????????????

 

 

It is now   January 7 and there has been no work done to the started permanent lights, all there is some Armco fencing and reinforcing rods sticking out of the ground so much for the?..

 

?The lights at Rawson are expected to be installed shortly, with the lights at Farnell expected to be installed prior to Christmas.?

 

 

Did someone misinform the Road Ministers office, or did they just want me to go away?

  

And guess what?

 

Not even an acknowledgement email back, from the Premier's office.

 

Things change when you win an election.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warning sign

December 24th, 2012

  The RMS formally known as the RTA put new traffic lights at Farrell ave on the Princess Highway Loftus.

 Because the lights are on a bend, traffic heading North don't always stop in time as all the skid marks and numerous accidents prove.

Because of the potential of serious accidents I  emailed The Roads Minister Mr Gay

and and was sent a reply email.txt.from an anonymous person from his office to say that  permanent warning lights are  being installed.  

The skid marks shown  below are examples that are are renewed almost daily by other drivers panic stopping as they come up  behind traffic already stopped at the lights up ahead.

 

The RMS put two warning trailer signs while they are installing permanent warning signs.

 One hasn't worked for weeks and the other stopped working at least two weeks ago.

 I emailed the Road minister's office twice, no luck, and then the Premier's office and still the sign isn't working, but new panic stopping skid marks still appear.

 

As my  emails  were not acted apon I put up my own rather 3rd world sign yesterday morning so that drivers would have at least a bit of a warning .

 

 

.

 

 

 My signwriting isn't that flash, which may even make the sign stand out more.

Will my sign be removed I wonder before they fix the trailer sign as it was before?

 

and as it has been for over three weeks

 

 

 I really can't believe it why they wouldn't fix it, or are they  too busy getting Kris Kringle presents organized for everybody in the office to bother with my silly suggestions. 

 

WHY DON'T THEY FIX THE TRAILER sign THE SITUATION LEADING UP TO THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS MUST BE DANGEROUS TO GO TO THE EXPENSE OF INSTALLING PERMANENT WARNING SIGNS. 

Attachments:

Go to the boss

December 17th, 2012

I did email the road minister's office (twice) last week about the non functioning warning trailer signs at Loftus.

 

 

From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 11 December 2012 9:18 PM
To: 'office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au'
Subject: warning of fault of warning trailer

 

Hi,

I did express earlier my concerns of the dangerous approach from the south coming up to the new light on the Princes Highway at Farrell Ave Loftus and was advised that there are permanent warning signs planned  

Meanwhile there are two trailer mounted warning signs to advise motorists of the new lights, but one hasn?t worked for weeks and the second hasn?t worked since at least last Saturday.

Please pass this email on so this situation can be rectified, before a car is squashed between two semi trailers.

Thank you.

 

Regards

Hans Stephens

 

(address deleted)

 

 

 

 

From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 14 December 2012 1:17 PM
To: 'office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au'
Subject: warning of fault of warning trailer #2

 

  Hi ,

 I sent this email earlier this week about a warning trailer sign not working.

On Tues this week there was another rear end accident at these traffic lights

Guess what, the trailer sign is still not working

It wouldn?t be look good if after I take the trouble to report a fault and 4 days later it?s still not fixed and there is a serious accident there.

Especially as  it has been decided that permanent warning lights are being  installed at the approaches to these lights.

 

Regards

Hans Stephens

 

(address deleted)

 

www.schoolzonesanta.com

 

 

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This email came from someone after the second one. 

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From: Email Acknowledgment [mailto:do_not_reply_here@minister.nsw.gov.au]
Sent: Friday, 14 December 2012 1:17 PM
To: 'Hans Stephens'
Subject: RE: warning of fault of warning trailer #2

 Thank you for your email to the office of the Hon. Duncan Gay MLC, Minister for Roads and Ports.

 Please be assured that your email will receive all necessary attention.

 Kind Regards

Office of the Minister for Roads and Ports.
The Hon. Duncan Gay MLC
Level 35, Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Pl, SYDNEY NSW 2000

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 The sign still hadn't been fixed last Sunday so if they aren't working tomorrow Tues 18 th,  I'll send this email to the boss  

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From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 18 December 2012 6:45 AM
To: 'office@premier.nsw.gov.au'
Subject: Urgent attention needed

 

Hi,

 I have emailed the road ministers office about a dangerous situation on the Princes Highway at Loftus. Sutherland shire and I?m ?assured that your email will receive all necessary attention?.

There have been rear end accidents at new traffic lights at Farrell Ave, and the trailer warning signs approaching there from the south (while permanent flashing lights are installed) one of them hasn?t worked for weeks and the second has been off for at least 10 days.

Do we need a car crushed between two semi trailers before someone does something

The RMS wouldn?t be installing permanent warning lights unless there is a danger, so why does fixing the trailer signs take so long?

 

What will be the excuse if there is a bad accident there?

 

 

 For photos and the emails I have sent, see my website    www.shoolzonesanta.com

 

 Regards

 Hans Stephens

 

(address details removed) 

 

PS. the signs weren?t working at 6.20am this morning.   (Tues 18th December 2012)

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UPDATE LOFTUS LIGHTS

December 9th, 2012

The  trailer warning sign coming up to the new lights at Farrell rd Princes highway loftus isn't working.

I noticed yesterday so today I took this photo.

I didn't take a photo of the skids marks left by panic braking as drivers come up to the lights.

The big trailer sign in the forground hasn't worked for weeks it's the smaller one (to the right of the 4 wheel drive) that is out now either  a breakdown, or has it been turned off by design?

 Now should I email someone to tell them that the sign isn't working ?

I did suggest they move the smaller trailer so it could be seen more easily but no reply or action.  

They obviousily must know better than I

More Photos and emails on earlier page

http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/not-if-but-when

 

 

Drunk and disorderly #2

December 4th, 2012

I've written about the problem of the alcohol abuse before.

After media stories I emailed a letter to the editor

 An earlier page

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DRUNK AND DISORDERLY

November 4th, 2012

 

 

Wine cask to go up to $27 "to curb "alcohol-fueled" violence.

 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/australian-national-preventive-health-agency-calls-for-volumetric-tax-on-cask-wine/story-e6frg6n6-1226507812197

 

I see obvious nonsense going on, write in to have an opinion in The Daily Telegraph " YOUR SAY "  letter's page, and the whole point of my letter is left out, sometimes I wonder if it's worth the trouble?

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From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 1 November 2012 8:42 AM
To: 'yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au'
Subject: Acohol fuelled taxes

 

 Dear sir,

 

To help curb alcohol-fuelled violence ?cheap? wine will be taxed, so a cask will cost $27. Pre mixed drink prices went up for the same reason, and the drunken mayhem continued. Will upping the price of my flagon of sweet sherry (imbibed at home at the rate of one small glass nightly) help keep law and order on the streets, I think not?  What will work is to arrest anyone out in a public place that?s drunk and disorderly, (use taser if necessary,) lock them up and when sober, before release charge them $600 for the use of the cell.   After this experience the average person may think twice before going out to get wasted, and causing trouble. Why punish the majority for the actions of the irresponsible few, or is it all just a smokescreen for extra tax revenue?

 

regards

Hans Stephens

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AS YOU CAN SEE AN EXTRA LINE MAKES A DIFFERENCE.

 

On Monday there was another article that caught my eye.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/police-launch-nationwide-crackdown-on-alcohol-related-violence/story-e6freuy9-1226528420989

 

 

 I emailed my thoughts

From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 3 December 2012 8:10 AM
To: 'yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au'
Subject: Police respect

 

Dear sir

 Alcohol ?fuelled violence is on the rise and police operations like ?Unite? that clamp down on drunken behaviour shouldn?t be something  special, but the norm. (?Cops take hard line on booze? Dec 3)  If you?re drunk and disorderly out in public, and don?t obey a lawful direction from the police the next step is the back of a paddy wagon. It?s also obvious by the increasing number of police that are assaulted while just doing their job, that old time respect for the police is gone, maybe a mandatory six month?s jail for any person that assaults an officer may send a clear message that this sort of behaviour won?t be tolerated.

 

Regards

Hans Stephens

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My letter never made it into the paper.

 

Looking again at the photo it seems the young couple pictured have made more than one somewhat ordinary lifestyle choice

#1 smoking

#2 tattoos

#3 He for one, doing something that required being handcuffed.

 

But maybe one day they'll take out the newspaper clipping of this article,  look at the  photo and say;

 

                                      "They were the good old days"

 

 

Electricity price rises

November 21st, 2012

 

 

There has been much ado in the media and on talkback radio about electricity price rises .

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/growing-anger-over-energy-bills/story-fndo28a5-1226519887045

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not if but when

November 6th, 2012

 

 

From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 6 November 2012 10:01 PM
To: 'office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au'
Subject: Danger on the highway at Loftus

 

 

 

Dear Minister Gay,

 

 The RMS has put in a new set of traffic lights at Farrell Ave and Princes Highway at Loftus.

 

Great idea, but there is a big problem (apparently,) for traffic approaching these set of lights from the South.

 

The lights are past a bend and judging by the numerous long skid marks there is a lot of panic stopping by trucks coming up behind traffic stopped for the lights.

 

There were two warning trailer signs approaching the lights from the South and now there is one, and the panic stopping is happening with the warning sign/s.

 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN THE LAST WARNING SIGN IS TAKEN AWAY?

 

How long will it be before there is an accident with a mangled car wedged between two trucks?

 

Could you please consider my suggestion of a set of flashing lights on the overhead signage already there to lessen the danger before something tragic happens?

 

Yours faithfully

 

Hans Stephens

 

Kirrawee

 

www.schoolzonesanta.com

 

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I have deleted my full address and phone number from this copy of the  above email

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

 

 That email with the photos below I've sent to the roads ministers office and I suppose it will be passed on to someone to have a look at and acted apon,           hopefully  before something bad happens

 

 The remaining  trailer warning sign

 

 

 The non working warning trailer sign (as it is now) with existing over road signage in background.

 

 

 Skid marks renewed almost daily.

I passed an accident with motor cyclist on road after running into back of car ( from the South) a few days after  the lights were first switched on

Regards Hans .......................................................................................................

I've  recieved an Auto reply from the minister's office to my email, which won't upload I think because of the word gay in the text

 

To be continued....... 

 

It took 7 emails to three different road ministers to get flashing lights where they were needed at Beverly hills. 

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UPDATE: 10 NOVEMBER

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From: Public Gay's Office_Email [mailto:Office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au]
Sent: Friday, 9 November 2012 2:52 PM
To: Hans Stephens
Subject: RE: Danger on the highway at Loftus

 

Dear Mr Stephens

 

Thank you for your email and for raising this issue.

 

Roads and Maritime Services recently upgraded the existing traffic lights at Farnell Avenue & Princes Highway, as well as Rawson Avenue & Princes Highway. The upgrade at both sites consisted of removing the existing merge entries from both Farnell and Rawson Avenues onto the highway, and providing an exclusive entry for both. The works have recently been completed at Farnell and are still being finished off at Rawson.

 

It is intended to place permanent "flashing warning" lights on the approach to both new stop lights on the highway, that is southbound approaching Rawson and northbound approaching Farnell.

 

The lights at Rawson are expected to be installed shortly, with the lights at Farnell expected to be installed prior to Christmas.

  

Regards

 

 

Office of the Minister for Roads and Ports

The Hon. Duncan Gay MLC

 

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DRUNK AND DISORDERLY

November 4th, 2012

 

 

Wine cask to go up to $27 "to curb "alcohol-fueled" violence.

 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/australian-national-preventive-health-agency-calls-for-volumetric-tax-on-cask-wine/story-e6frg6n6-1226507812197

 

I see obvious nonsense going on, write in to have an opinion in The Daily Telegraph " YOUR SAY "  letter's page, and the whole point of my letter is left out, sometimes I wonder if it's worth the trouble?

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From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 1 November 2012 8:42 AM
To: 'yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au'
Subject: Acohol fuelled taxes

 

 Dear sir,

 

To help curb alcohol-fuelled violence ?cheap? wine will be taxed, so a cask will cost $27. Pre mixed drink prices went up for the same reason, and the drunken mayhem continued. Will upping the price of my flagon of sweet sherry (imbibed at home at the rate of one small glass nightly) help keep law and order on the streets, I think not?  What will work is to arrest anyone out in a public place that?s drunk and disorderly, (use taser if necessary,) lock them up and when sober, before release charge them $600 for the use of the cell.   After this experience the average person may think twice before going out to get wasted, and causing trouble. Why punish the majority for the actions of the irresponsible few, or is it all just a smokescreen for extra tax revenue?

 

regards

Hans Stephens

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AS YOU CAN SEE AN EXTRA LINE MAKES A DIFFERENCE.

 WHY BOTHER PRINTING THE LETTER,  I DON'T DO IT TO SEE MY NAME,  BUT TO MAKE WHAT  I THINK IS A VALID POINT.


 

 

 

Was it all a cunning plan?

October 9th, 2012

 

The following email I sent into the Telegraph.

 

 

From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 8 October 2012 6:43 PM
To: 'yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au'
Subject: Alan Jones
 

 

Dear sir,

The Alan Jones saga continues (and getting worse) even after his very public apology, but would the vitriol against him and the radio station he works for, have continued if Prime Minister Gillard had taken the call from him so he could do it personally? To have graciously accepted Alan Jones? personal apology should have all but settled the matter, but her refusal to take his call was this all part of a cunning plan?

 

Regards

Hans Stephens.

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  Will they print it?

 

Update: No they didn't.

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The above letter is really  what I wrote about  last week, but that bit was left out of my letter when it was published.

 

http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/admin.php?ctrl=items&action=edit&p=886&redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.schoolzonesanta.com%2Findex.php%3Fblog%3D2%23item_886

 

 

Chris Smith on 2GB  this afternoon had an ex union person on today and she said the refuseal of Julia Gillard to take Alan Jones' call would have been a deliberate ploy.

 

 

And what was Tony Abbott thinking this afternoon going on about "Parliament dying of shame every day."

 

Who is advising him???

SUPERCHEAP AUTO, GREAT RACE, GREAT SALE. SPECIALS CATALOGUE FOR OCTOBER

October 5th, 2012

 

 

Well it's Bathurst 1000 time again and what's on the front page of October's Super Cheap Auto specials great race catalogue ? 

 http://www.supercheapauto.com.au/catalogue-nsw.aspx  

 

4 cans of spray for $10,  a saving of $4.36

 

 

 SuperCheap Auto had in it's  TV ads breaks during  a previous  Bathurst 1000, a special,  a cheap deal on spray paint cans.

Why when the race would have a large audience of young males, (and who does graffitti I wonder) would you pick

out of a catalogue of twenty pages, cheap spray paint cans to highlight?

 

Yesterday I sent in a letter to the editor and this was printed this morning but sadly  leaving out a most important line.

 

 

From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 4 October 2012 8:11 AM
To: 'yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au'
Subject: get tough on graffitti

 

Dear sir,

 

Rex Of Oatley (?Short and Sharp ?Oct. 4) has noticed an increase in graffiti on Sydney Rail property and asks what happened to get tough on graffiti pre-election promises by the then opposition.

Well Premier Barry O?Farrell tried, but his efforts to bring in new laws to help deter graffiti vandals were stymied by the Christian Democrats and Shooters Party. Unless there are real consequences for doing this senseless vandalism, the scourge of graffiti is here to stay. A bit of corporate responsibility wouldn?t go astray either, and for companies to stop using graffitied walls in background shots when flogging product such as cars and clothing. Speaking of corporate responsibility, will there be TV advertising (as in previous years) during this weekend?s Bathurst1000 featuring cheap specials on spay paint cans? This to an audience of mainly young males, some of whom could also be doing the sneaky nocturnal graffiti, why pick this item when there would be so many other products in store to highlight instead?

Regards

Hans Stephens

 

I love the Bathurst 1000 and will be watching the race, and advertising.

 

Update:

 

The race was run and won, and the TV ads were spray paint cans free... great.

 

 

Alan Jones is human

October 2nd, 2012
 

 

 JONES SAID GILLARD'S DAD DIED OF SHAME

 TthTheebyline on a story on page 6 in the Sunday Telegragh (Sept 30 2012)

I can't find the original but this what an Irish paper reported

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2012/1001/1224324666901.html 

Obviously a big story in Ireland

 

 

 

                                                    Mr.  Alan Jones AO

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

  I opened this week's  Sunday Telegraph and was amazed to read what Alan Jones had said at a meeting.

How could he say that when every word he and other so called "shock jocks"  utter is disected by those that want to discredit them in every way possible.

 But hey he is only human, an off the cuff line said among "friends,"  a line he had heard earlier.

We all make mistakes even I, ask my wife.

 

So I wrote a letter to the editor of the Daily Telegraph on Monday  and this morning on the letter's page:

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

 

 

 

 

I'm glad I made the cut and headlined  the letter's page, but lines (for space reasons, why else ) were left out which lessened (I think) the message I tried to convey.

The letter as I sent in was as follows

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

 

Sent: Monday, 1 October 2012 8:40 AM
To: 'yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au'
Subject: Alan Jones 

 

Dear Sir,

I too was astounded at the comment that Alan Jones made in relation to the death of the prime minister?s father, but he won?t be the last to make unguarded, unwise or even stupid statements. Normally these are excused as brain snaps, caused by tiredness, stress, too much alcohol, misquoted, or out of context etc. The fact is people make mistakes, some apologize, and then it?s yesterday?s news. But this will be different, as so called ?shock jocks? like Alan Jones are more a thorn in the side of leaders and governments, (of bothsides I might add) as even last week Alan Jones had NSW Premier Barry O?Farrell squirming on air when challenged about his handling of coal seam gas mining. Recently it was Ray Hadley?s turn when someone from Media Watch thought ?we?ve got him? thinking Ray had made a mistake when reading out ad. The mere fact that the Prime Minister is reported that she has declined to take a call from Mr. Jones so he could apologize personally, shows that this story has a long way to go

There no doubt will even be calls to cancel broadcasting licenses unless Jones is sacked to silence this man, a man who stands up, and speaks for the average person who doesn?t have a voice. Give the guy a break, we need shock jocks like him out there to keep the bastards honest, (to use an old line), he made a mistake, he rightly has said he?s sorry, move on people

 

 Regards

Hans Stephens

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 Alan Jones repeats appology to Prime Minister

 http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8541484/jones-repeats-apology-to-pmy

I also emailed Alan Jones including the text of the full letter I sent in.

 

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Just in case anyone gets the impression that all I do is write letters, I do now and again when something irkes me  

 Obviously not all are printed

Here's a couple from the "reject letters category."

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http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/john-ibrahims-secret-son-heads-home/story-e6frfmqr-1225897226855

 

----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 7:36 AM
Subject: Love child Daniel


Dear sir,
 Bewdy  the Kings Cross czar has a love child, fantastic. Now  we can forget reading the boring stuff of who will guide Australia's future. Could I ask on behalf of all fellow Ibrahim news groupies, some very important questions for  tomorrow's front page (if it hasn't been put to bed yet.) Does love child Daniel have a girlfriend, if so, photo please (large). What brand are those funky sunglasses? What car does Daniel drive. Does he prefer budgie smugglers or boardshorts (close up photo please.) There's no mention of a stepdad in the story, does HE have a love child,  is his mother a cougar?
 I could go on,  but I need to have a lie down
Regards
Hans Stephens
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The next day

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----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 7:02 AM
Subject: Important stuff


Dear sir,     
          With eager anticipation I leafed through this morning's copy of the Tele. But to my horror nowhere (after two front page stories so far this week), could I find a mention of the life and times of the Ibrahim family, not one word.
 I rang my newsagent but no, a glossy liftout about the aforementioned family hadn't dropped out, or been stolen..
This being the case, as the president of the Kirrawee chapter of the Ibrahim fan club I ask The Telegraph, no demand less boring election ho hum, but more news on what really matters.

Thank you
Regards
Hans Stephens
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Cage fighting, is it a noble sport?

September 29th, 2012

   

Driving through Lakemba I saw power pole posters that were advertising cage fighting.

 How is this barbaric "sport" allowed I thought.

This letter appeared in the Cronulla and Sutherland Shire Leader newspaper 

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No to cage fightingBy Brian Johnson, Gymea

 

Caged fighting at our local clubs...what a disgrace! Did the Sharks Club managers ever consult members or the public regarding cage fighting? Is this really the entertainment they feel we crave? There's no way the Shire Mayor or the NSW Premier would allow animals to fight in cages for money, so what are these people thinking?

Brian Johnson Gymea 

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I sent in a comment

 

 

 

Barry O'Farrell a mystery man to many - voters don't know who is is

September 20th, 2012

    The Premier of NSW was criticized for not doing enough, but is it his fault? 

  http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-news/barry-ofarrell-a-mystery-man-to-many-voters-dont-know-who-is-is/story-e6freuzi-1226476863477

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

More flashing lights for NSW schools

August 23rd, 2012

With much fan fare Premier O'Farrell and road Minister Gay re-announced that there will be another 179 schools getting flashing lights. That makes 1000 schools, one quarter of NSW schools in over ten years. Fantastic !!!

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/more-flashing-lights-for-nsw-school-zones/story-e6freuz0-1226455792175

The lights cost $24,000 but Mr Gay "HOPES" the Government will get a bulk discount"

Hopes????? Who is running this outfit the RTA or the RMS or the road minister on behalf of the taxpayer?

http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/98506/flashing-lights-proposed-for-all-public-school-zones-in-the-state/
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So I sent in a letter to the editor
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From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 23 August 2012 7:21 AM
To: 'yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au'
Subject: Flashing lights
 

 

Dear sir

It was announced yesterday with great fanfare that another 179 NSW schools will get flashing lights. It will bring the total number of schools where children have the benefit of this proven safety measure to 1000. That?s only one quarter of NSW schools in over 10 years. Why is it taking so long?    Mr. Gay the roads Minister was quoted yesterday as saying that the lights cost $24,000 each, but he hopes the government will get a bulk buy discount.    He hopes???   Someone is having a lend of you Mr. Gay, for $24,000 I can buy a very reliable brand new automatic 4 door car, with enough change to buy a large flat screen TV, and all you get is a circle of LEDs a solar panel and a bit of electronics.  At this rate it will be my great grandchildren that will see the last school in NSW get it?s  flashing lights.

Regards 

Hans Stephens

 

 

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The published version of my letter didn't quite convey my thoughts.