Sunday Bloody Sunday

December 17th, 2013

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FROM YESTERDAY:

TWO NIGHTS OF LIVING HELL ON STREETS ACROSS NSW Taylor Auerbach

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

SMALL MEASURES A GIANT LEAP AWAY FROM BOOZE-FUELLED VIOLENCE

 

STATE OPPOSITION SAYS NSW GOVERNMENT MUST ACT ON VIOLENCE

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph Source: DailyTelegraph

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

HEALTH GROUPS DEMANDING O'FARRELL-LED SUMMIT Taylor Auerbach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

BUS STOP BASHING VICTIM STILL IN COMA Neil Keene

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

DIAGNOSIS DRUNK AND BADLY DAMAGED Dr Geordian Fulde

KING hit, sadly, is now a medical term.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The ladies mostly got quite intoxicated and fell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are always quite a few patients waiting for care.

 

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

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

 

CLUB STAFF WARNED TROUBLE WAS BREWING BEFORE MAN ASSAULTED

Mark Morri

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Enough is Enough rally

November 21st, 2013

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

Does The Daily Telegraph have pre schoolers doing their reporting?

Front page news

November 11th, 2013

 

 

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

 

 Dear sir,

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

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

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

 

Regards

Hans Stephens

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 Why I thought Typhoon Haiyan was THE story 

 

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

WHAT WE KNOW NOW: ?

10,000 people believed dead in Tacloban, Philippines ?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Collier wins back Miranda

October 20th, 2013

Good one Barry Collier.

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

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

 

 Barry Collier

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

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

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

 I sent in a letter but it wasn't printed

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

 

 Dear sir,

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

Regards

Hans Stephens

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

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

 

Bring back Collier

October 17th, 2013

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

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

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

 

Lining up to have a go at Judge

September 28th, 2013
 
Don't upset the  football fans, they vote, appears to be the motto.
 
The people that buy a Daily Telegraph and read the back  sports pages  first.
 
 

  

State Of Origin streaker

September 27th, 2013

 

 A DISTRICT Court judge yesterday questioned the intelligence of rugby league fans during remarks at an appeal by State of Origin streaker Wati Holmwood against a three-month jail sentence.

Holmwood's lawyer William Tuckey argued his client should not be sent to jail because streaking was a time-honoured Australian tradition and his antics were meant as a "comedic and larrikin act''.

 

 http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/judge8217s-swipe-at-nrl-fans8217-intellect-as-wati-holmwood-told-he-must-serve-two-months-for-origin-streak-after-downing-eight-schooners/story-fni0cx12-1226725989502

 

 I had earlier written that the crowd didn't seem too angry

 http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/angry-origin-spectators

 

so I sent in this letter

 

From: Hans Stephens [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, 26 September 2013 6:41 AM
To: 'yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au'
Subject: Premier bags Judge

 

 Dear sir,

 Premier O?Farrell has had a go at the judge commenting on the intelligence of football fans. (?Premier bags judge for saying fans have a stupid streak.? DT Sept 20 ) The judge may not have been as ?out of touch? as Barry thinks, he may have noticed the reaction of the fans in the Daily Telegraph photo taken as the naked fat fool ran up the field.

The crowd seem to be enjoying the extra on field entertainment.

Regards

Hans Stephens

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PS

I did a page on it my website   www.schoolzonesanta.com  The photo I used would?ve been in the Tele July 20 or 21st.  I don?t see too many angry spectators.

 

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My letter wasn't printed but another photo of the fat man was used in an article by Ray Hadley who earlier in the week took umbridge on radio with the judge's view on the intelligence of football fans

 

 

 

 http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/bats-leave-the-belfry-as-people-power-wins/story-fni0cx12-1226727824427

 

 

The photo  (above) used in Ray's colum, has a  convenient  blurred spectator background

 

Photo in the first Telegraph article on streaker

 

 and two closeup views of the spectators.

Note the mensa spectators urging on the streaker.

 

 The judge by the way changed the prison sentence to two monthes and dropped the $2,000 fine.

Who "borrowed" one of my signs?

September 8th, 2013

Last Friday my wife and I went out for a Thai meal, with dear friends who drove back from the North Coast that afternoon.

Ready to vote tomorrow?" I asked to introduce politics into the conversation.

The first thing they said was of a white sign they saw on the expressway past Gosford, and my wife gave me a knowing nudge .

The sign they saw was about the TEN REASONS TO VOTE LABOR complete with the ten lines, and no reasons.

I wonder who borrowed my sign no doubt to spread the word further afield?

Some thing for drivers in peak hour traffic to think about

September 5th, 2013

Over the years I've made a few signs to try and get people to take notice.

This morning I took out 7 signs. I would've  loved to have driven a pantec around during the official election campaign, adorned with telling wording and  to turn up at  Labor photo opps. and stir them up ,but that didn't work out.

I did email for help, to maybe borrow a pantec, to help  with signage , but no reply,  so I made up these doors to at least do something

 

  

 

First sign on the M5 at Beverly Hills

 

 

 second one at the exit of the M4 at Concord

 

 

Then one on the M3 at Flemington Markets

 

 

 

 Next two on the Cumberland Highway  in Chris Bowen Territory, and the sixth on Woodville road   

The above sign close up

 The above sign  no 7  I took back home, I'd forgotten to get Mr Bowen's office address where I was going to put it up nearby

The page below I made up to show examples of what I have done previously when I emailed for help.

Signs for the times

August 6th, 2013

 

 The next signs were at Rooty Hill when Julia had her sleep over there

 

 

 

 

NSW Election 2007

 

smokes

August 3rd, 2013

This is how to get votes in the West.

People are under stress because of bills.

 People smoke more when under stress

 

Not all I emailed in was printed which is a shame

 

From: Hans Stephens Sent: Thursday, 1 August 2013 8:03 AM
To: 'yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au'
Subject: Tax the addicted

 

 

Dear sir,

John McTernan may be gone but it seems his ghost lives on. Just when Prime Minister Rudd, claws back votes in the Labor heartland, with smiles, grandiose promises and selfies he announces a tax hike on cigarettes. As Basil Fawlty would say? Brilliant!?

The average voter in the vital marginal western seats, don?t care about politics, but they do care about the price of their smokes. Here?s an idea Mr. Rudd, up the tax on beer  and say it?s because you need the money to pay for the ever increasing number of refugees arriving on Christmas Island. That?ll work.

 

Regards

Hans Stephens

 

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

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 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

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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.  

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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

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

 

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.

  

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So I sent an email to the Premier?s office

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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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 .

 

 

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 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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