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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jumped the gun.

November 12th, 2012

Maybe I did,  highlighting the need for warning lights at Loftus but normally the way for the RTA or RMS to take action at a black spot is a few deaths.

Just ordinary common sense isn't always evident in this organisation.

EG:

So there have been flashing lights installed at selected schools.

 But what is the rule for installation of school zone signs?

Do school zones start say, at exactly 100 meters from the school, if so, do signs have to go there no matter what, even though by placing the sign a few meters further, or closer would greatly help visibility?

 

King Georges and Moorfields Rd Beverly hills. 

 Wouldn't  placing the sign a few meters further be better?

Other examples of RTA common sense see:

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

 

 

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

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 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

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  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:

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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

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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.

They're over Clover

July 11th, 2012
The City of Sydney has a Lord Mayor who for two terms was also the State member for the City of Sydney.
So if you don't agree with what the Council does, you can take it up with the local State Member who is also the boss of the council you have a grievence with.
Good luck with your complaint.
There are council elections coming up but if you are elegiable to vote you must be on the roll .... THIS MONTH.
The trouble is people don't know they can vote.
THIS FACT HAS TO GET OUT THERE, OR SADLY THERE WILL BE NO CHANGE.
Mayor Clover and her friends have her spot sewn up, unless the media are involved

Action, not just words.

May 6th, 2012
From: Peter Olsen Sent: Sunday, 6 May 2012 7:14 PM To: Peter Olsen Subject: Media Release - Burraneer Bay Public School Gets Flashing Lights
MEDIA RELEASE
7 May 2012 BURRANEER BAY PUBLIC SCHOOL GETS FLASHING LIGHTS School zone safety campaigner Peter Olsen has today announced that school zone flashing lights have been installed at Burraneer Bay Public School, site of last Thursday?s serious accident involving a young boy. "Like many schools, Burraneer Bay Public has been begging the RTA (RMS) for years to install flashing lights at the school, which adjoins two busy roads. "As always the RTA has simply fobbed off the requests with the usual line about how schools are selected based on merit. "Whilst the recent accident was not speed-related, it highlights how vulnerable young children are around schools and why flashing lights are needed at all school zones. "The lights were installed over the weekend at no charge. They were installed on both Burraneer Bay Rd and Gannons Rd, unlike the RTA?s lights which are only ever installed in one school zone per school. "I have once again demonstrated that reliable and effective flashing lights can be installed for a fraction of the cost of the RTA?s lights ($116,000 per school zone + $5,000 pa. for maintenance). ?I again call on the RTA and Government to adopt more cost effective technology so that flashing lights can be installed at all school zones. The lights need to be installed before accidents happen, not after.
For more information contact: Peter Olsen 0414-538-404
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Well done Peter
Here's someone who doesn't just talk, but get's out and does it.
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BEFORE THE LAST STATE ELECTION THE OPPOSITION SAID "OH YES WE'LL GET FLASHING LIGHTS AT ALL SCHOOLS"
When will this happen?

Minister Duncan Gay rolls out more flashing lights

May 6th, 2012
?Flashing lights in school zones have been found to slow motorists by an average of seven kilometres an hour.
?By the end of June this year there will be more than 820 flashing lights in NSW, covering more than 990 schools.
?This is more than a quarter of all schools in NSW.?
http://www.nswnationals.org.au/index.php/news/media-releases/308-next-round-of-flashing-lights-announced
"One quarter of all NSW schools."< but that leaves 3/4 of NSW schoolchildren without this proven way of slowing down cars near schools.
Yes it costs a lot of money, but it didn't have to
All NSW schools could have suitable flashing lights installed for the money that was spent on painting "dragon's teeth in school zone.
http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/roadsafety/children/schoolroadsafety/dragons_teeth.html
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Just waiting to happen

March 2nd, 2012
Everytime I drive through Sutherland Shire streets I think of what might/could/will happen.
This article on today's ninemsn news
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8429025/woman-critically-injured-after-tree-falls-on-car
My earlier blog with photos of trees made dangerous by bad lopping throughout the Sutherland shire. http://www.schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/to_whinge_or_not_to_whinge

I told you so

January 11th, 2012

"THERE have been two deaths and nine people taken to hospital in at least three serious accidents at sites where the government removed fixed zone speed cameras, the Opposition claimed yesterday." Daily Telegraph 11/1/012 http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/speed-camera-strategy-crashes-for-nsw-government/story-e6freuzi-1226241191886 ................................................................................................. ----- Original Message ----- From: stephens1510 To: office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 9:00 PM Subject: speed camers work

Dear Minister Gay, I saw you on TV tonight speaking on the subject of speed cameras. You said any cameras found to be purely revenue raising will be ripped out. Any speed camera will slow most drivers down, so as they do slow cars,they are doing their job. Every media story on speed cameras focuses on the amount of "revenue" they make, not on the fact that they do slow most drivers. You have a problem, if there is an bad accident at the site of a "ripped out" speed camera the story will change in the media, and of course in the House, asking why this "effective" road safety device was removed, with talk of knee jerk reaction etc. The much mentioned variable speed cameras at Cleveland st Moore Park raised over $17 million in four years, can you tell me how much of this figure was raised outside of school zone time? Nobody is against slowing down for kids during school zone time, but to be done for cruising through that deserted area a few kl/mh over at 2.0 am, would be the cause of most of the angst at that site. I think that switching off the variable speed function at the Moore Park site would go a long way in the public relation department concerning speed cameras without greatly compromising road safety. Yours faithfully Hans Stephens .................................................................................................

No reply

December 20th, 2011
I want to try to help a few needy pensioners and 4 emails so far to try get help to this done as yet answered. Everyday old folk are used and abused. this link gives a few examples what happens to our elderly http://www.google.com.au/#sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&source=hp&q=pensioner+robbed+home&pbx=1&oq=pensioner+robbed&aq=1v&aqi=g-v4&aql=&gs_sm=c&gs_upl=0l0l1l516l0l0l0l0l0l0l0l0ll0l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=cd028e3dff7b7697&biw=1024&bih=571 Good late model TVs are being thrown out as junk, and needy pensioners are watching small old TV's with bad colours. Yesterday I took photos of numerous large late model TVs (roadside in Kogarah and San-Souci, photos of which I will put up when I learn how to) I will email again It would be so simple, put the idea out there . Some business would donate space where people could take their "old" unwanted sets over the holiday period on a set date(s) and then we find the right people to give them to. Is this idea so stupid that it's not even worth a rpress on the reply button?

Waste not what others would really appreciate.

December 18th, 2011

TV 3 3.jpg

Every council clean up more and more late model TVs are put out for collection. Invariable most are trashed by people breaking into them open for copper wireand other salvable material. How many good late model TVs will become superflouous this Xmas? How many pensioners who as Prime minister Gillard said "many of whom considered television to be their "only companion in life". would love to swap their pokey little old TV set with it's dodgy colours whith one of perfectly good large sets that are now thrown out as waste? http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/treasury/julia-gillard-defends-war-on-middle-class-welfare-in-budget/story-fn8gf1nz-1226054548578 "THEIR ONLY COMPANION IN LIFE" There is no market for "old TVs" so what is the answer? All that needs to be done is have somewhere wpeople can take their good unwanted TV when they are replaced by the new flat screen models and get them to the people that can really use them. How??? Get publicity to: (1) Find a place where people can take them (2) Find needy people that would really like them. Problem solved Not so easy going by the the reply to two emals I have sent so far. There was no reply!!!!

The original SZS website was taken off because of virus problems and the photos in earlier blogs have yet to be redone

October 26th, 2011

Why waste not what others would really appreciate. Every council clean up more and more late model TVs are put out for collection. Invariable most are trashed by people breaking into them open for copper wireand other salvable material. How many good late model TVs will become superflouous this Xmas? How many pensioners who as Prime minister Gillard said "many of whom considered television to be their "only companion in life". would love to swap their pokey little old TV set with it's dodgy colours whith one of perfectly good large sets that are now thrown out as waste? http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/treasury/julia-gillard-defends-war-on-middle-class-welfare-in-budget/story-fn8gf1nz-1226054548578 "THEIR ONLY COMPANION IN LIFE" There is no market for "old TVs" so what is the answer? All that needs to be done is have somewhere wpeople can take their good unwanted TV when they are replaced by the new flat screen models and get them to the people that can really use them.How??? Get publicity to: (1) Find a place where people can take them (2) Find needy people that would really like them. Problem solved Not so easy going by the the reply to two emals I have sent so far. There was no reply!!!!

Graffiti Camp

October 19th, 2011
NSW Premier O'Farrell has tried but so far failed to get action on graffiti.
http://www.mydailynews.com.au/story/2011/08/26/ofarrell-mad-at-graffiti-law-changes/ I emailed him a suggestion last year
----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510 To: barry.ofarrell@nsw.liberal.org.au Sent: Monday, June 29, 2009 6:17 PM Subject: Graffiti and how to get votes
Dear Mr O'farrell,
Graffiti is an ever increasing problem and needs a strong response to deter the morons that do it. The Singapore way is to cane the offenders and that seems to work. This punishment, even though it would certainly alleviate our graffiti vandalism, would never happen here. To show that graffiti vandalism has consequences, maybe a "graffiti camp" may help. Set up a camp out West with a high fence topped with razor wire, basic accommodation, basic facilities, basic food and where people can be sent to for graffiti offences and have to clean prepared spray painted brick walls every day of their sentence. The staff there have authority to add extra days onto the sentence of anyone who refuses to co operate with the cleaning task. Counselling, conferencing and community service won't work on these anti-social vandals, who have no regard for authority. What happens now when people don't turn up for community service? When people know that to get caught doing graffiti means a month, cleaning graffiti off a brick wall, with no TV, video games, and mates, day after day, this may get some result. Compared to the cost of cleaning damage now, setting up and running a graffiti camp I think would be worth a go. To show strong leadership on cracking down this problem will be appreciated by almost everyone out here. Yours faithfully
Hans Stephens
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Graffiti and how to combat it.

October 13th, 2011

A trip to Singapore shows me how to curb graffiti.

Punish those that get caught.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20100818/as-singapore-swiss-graffiti/

Nowhere did I see, while travelling throughout Singapore on train, bus, cable car, by taxi, or on foot, see one tag, graffiti or scratched window (and I was ready with my camera) except at a cafe on Orchard rd called, of all things, "GRAFFITI CAFE"

Strangely in a country that takes a very dim view of graffiti why allow a cafe to be called that, and then to allow graffiti covered walls (and furniture)in this place baffles me.
And what happens around graffiti ...... more graffiti. http://www.gadling.com/2010/06/08/graffiti-artist-told-to-return-to-singapore-to-receive-his-canin/
This is a closeup of the door jam in middle of the last photo.

http://www.gadling.com/2010/06/08/graffiti-artist-told-to-return-to-singapore-to-receive-his-canin/

New drunk and disorderly laws

October 2nd, 2011

What's this? sometimes comes up when I try to work this PC.

Readers of The Daily Telegraph would have asked the same question when they read my letter to the editor on Thursday last about Premier O'Farrell's answer to drunken anti- social behaviour.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/new-laws-ready-to-target-anti-social-behaviour-this-weekend/story-e6freuy9-1226148482438

Editing the letter and leaving out the one line (below) from the original e-mail I sent in, can make a big difference

"Well if you are caught intoxicated and disorderly twice in 6 hours you get a $200 fine."

----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au
Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 8:55 AM
Subject: Tough new laws

Dear sir,
Premier O'Farrell said when announcing new laws, that anti social behaviour and alcohol related violence are one of the biggest challenges facing the Police and the community,
So what is the tough new law to ensure that people take personal responsibility for the way they behave?
Well if you are caught intoxicated and disorderly twice in 6 hours you get a $200 fine.
Whoopi do, if I let my wife out of my car on an empty bus stop so she can more easily hobble in to see her doctor well that can me cost over $200.
How many more parents will have to make the decision to turn off life support support systems for a loved one injuried in alcohol related violence before Mr O"Farrell gets serious about this "biggest challenge facing the Police and the community."?

Regards
Hans Stephens

No coal seam gas protest rally, St Peters Sept 18

September 19th, 2011

There was a "NO COAL SEAM GAS" rally held in St Peters Sydney yesterday and I googled "breaking news" in the major paperes to see how it went.

No mention anywhere.

My Telegraph this morning, nothing

Sky News did mention the rally and said "several hundred" protesters were there.

"Once the police had cleared King Street of traffic, the crowd of thousands gathered & started their 2.4km march down King Street. Police told me they estimated the crowd at 5,000 or more."

http://savingourtrees.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/no-coal-seam-gas-mining-rally-fills-king-street-newtown/

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$30,000 eight day business trip.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/expensive-adventure-andrew-stoners-30000-us-jaunt/story-e6freuzi-1226128492763

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Violent protests over pollution in China

September 18th, 2011

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/violent-protests-over-pollution-in-china/story-e6freuz9-1226140280857

"HUNDREDS of Chinese have mounted violent protests against a solar panel factory in eastern China over three days, accusing it of cancer-causing pollution, state media reported."

A violent protest at a factory that makes solar panels?

That can't be right, solar panels and wind farms are what's going to save the planet

"The protests follow a number of a violent demonstrations in China, especially in the southern province of Guangdong, where tens of millions of migrant workers toil in the "workshop of the world"."

http://www.news.com.au/business/china-shuts-poisonous-factories/story-fn7mjon9-1226139458060

WIND TURBINE LETTER

"The Industrial Wind Action Group, an anti-wind power organisation, claims that "More than 100 broken windmills dot the landscape in California near Palm Springs". "

http://ramblingsdc.net/Australia/WindProblems.html#Wind_turbine_litter

"The owner of the wind farm should be made to remove it when it is no longer operating. Government has a responsibility to make sure that this will be done; perhaps there should be money compulsorily held in trust accounts specifically for the dismantling of wind turbines at the end of their useful lives? "

"PERHAPS" AND "SHOULD" ARE TWO WORDS IN THE ABOVE PARAGRAPH THAT ARE A WORRY.

Madison Aston is a big hit

September 13th, 2011
There has been a huge number of hits on this website after people have googled Madison Aston

This I wrote last year about the lady in question

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Daily Telegraph 25/5/010

Story this morning

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/richard-pratt-lover-madison-ashton-worked-as-high-class-escort/story-e6freuzr-1225871767584


Photo Wednesday

Photo Thursday

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I sent this letter into the Daily Telegraph.
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Welcome to all you Ms Ashton fans.

To whinge or not to whinge

September 12th, 2011
A repeat of a page "Will there be a freak accident, or a preventable one?" that I put up in July " repeated because of a this news story I read today

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"DANGEROUS ROADSIDE TREE" KILLS WOMAN

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8297573/tree-that-killed-woman-known-as-dangerous

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The branch that fell on the car and killed the poor girl (above) came from a tree that was complained about as dangerous, the tree that crushed a 4 wheel drive and put the driver a young mother in a wheelchair was dangerous.

http://hornsby-advocate.whereilive.com.au/news/story/mothers-uncertain-future-after-tree-falls-on-her-car-in-freak-accident/

"A tragic accident which left a young mother-of-two paralysed could possibly have been prevented if it was not for petty squabbling between government authorities."

Many trees in the Sutherland Shire are a tragedy waiting to happen.

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Trees have worked out (without discernable brains) that to be able to stand up and not fall over, it's best that you send out branches evenly as shown in this first photo.

Intelligent man however plant trees that can grow to a large size underneath power wires and then every year contractors have to hack away at these trees to keep branches clear of the wires.

But do the contractors hired by electrical supply companies think of the possible consequences in the way they carry out this necessary work?

A tree remains upright because the canopy foliage grows in a balanced
way.

How much stress is placed on the roots of these trees after having half of the balancing branches removed?

The combination of rain soaked soil around the base of trees and excessive stress on the tree roots by unbalanced branches is a "freak" accident waiting to happen along President Ave Miranda/Caringbah





With many trees overhanging President Avenue all that's needed is a strong Southerly and the stage is set for tragedy

Who has the common sense, a humble tree or man?

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http://hornsby-advocate.whereilive.com.au/news/story/mothers-uncertain-future-after-tree-falls-on-her-car-in-freak-accident/

White ants caused this freak accident but haphazard tree lopping is also white anting otherwise stable trees.
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Tragic tree-falling accident 'was preventable'

"A tragic accident which left a young mother-of-two paralysed could possibly have been prevented if it was not for petty squabbling between government authorities."

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8189360/tragic-tree-falling-accident-could-have-been-prevented

I rang the leader today (22/7/011) as a "concerned resident" to see if they could perhaps do a story to highlight this potentialy dangerous situation

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"Tree pruning is a specialised field requiring extensive knowledge of formative pruning, hazard reduction, and horticultural knowledge."

http://www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/uploads/787/what_is_roadside_vegetation.pdf
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The trees in the photos above don't seem to have had much "formative pruning".

When contractors prune trees there are any amount of taffic control persons, witches hats, and lanes blocked off because of O H & S regulations so that the workers safety isn't comprimised, but who looks after the motorists driving underneath the trees made dangerous by the work carried out?

Here's one in Menai, which way would this tree fall in a storm?

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Sometimes a suggestion or obvervation is noted, and acted upon

Near Sutherland Station there is a commutor carpark from where poor Janine Balding was abducted by lowlife and murdered.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Janine_Balding

The Council resealed the car park and planted shrubs along the road frontage.

These shrubs over the years grew into a hedge that hid most of the carpark from the passing traffic,and lowlife like those that murdered Janine like to hide to do their dirty work.

I wrote to the Council pointing out that someone from a nearby business had the front seats stolen from his car in broad daylight with the thieves doing their work hidden by the hedge.

I asked if something could be done to make it safer for commuters returning to their vehicles.

The following week every 2nd shrub was gone and the rest pruned to "improve sight lines"

Two years on and to show my suggestion was valid, I took this photo today 21/7/09

Now passing drivers can more clearly see what's going on in the carpark.

MP Andrew Stoner drumming up business

September 12th, 2011
$30,000 eight day business trip.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/expensive-adventure-andrew-stoners-30000-us-jaunt/story-e6freuzi-1226128492763

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School's out for 40km/h zones

September 4th, 2011

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"THE NSW government will conduct a review of 40km speed zones outside schools and investigate whether traffic lights and road bridges would be more effective at stopping accidents"

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/nsw-to-review-40km-speed-zones-outside-schools-to-see-whether-traffic-lights-and-road-bridges-would-help-stop-accidents/story-fn6e0s1g-1226128896276

"Would road bridges and traffic lights be more effective at stopping accidents?".......Dhhhhhh !!!

More flashing lights

September 3rd, 2011

"A quarter of NSW schools are set to have the lights installed by the end of the year, with more than 740 flashing light school zones covering more than 900 schools on the cards."

http://inner-west-courier.whereilive.com.au/news/story/flashing-lights-for-coben-street/

"A quarter of NSW schools will have flashing lights"

So its taken since 1998 when school zones were introduced to get a quarter of schools done.

If the RTA had taken a common sense approach they would have used the Peter Olsen

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php?cat=67

style of flashing light units, and and for the money they spent ($13 million) on the dragon teeth

http://www.smh.com.au/national/dragons-teeth-to-guard-school-zones-20090523-biv2.html

triangles painted on roads in school zones, every school could have had flashing lights, but no, it's the super dooper over-engineered overpriced units RTA back to base monitoring fault reporting preferred units ( that still took over a week to repair, and then only when the breakdowns reported on the Alan Jones show on 2Gb)

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php?cat=55

that are being dribbled out.

And how many flashing lights per school?

Some schools have zones with multiple entry points.

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2007/12/03/title_42

For example there should olso be flashing lights for drivers in Lily st Hurstville to help make drivers aware of the school zone before they turn right onto Forest road, where just up the road is a speed camera to catch the unwary.

Drivers that "speed" after coming out of Lily st also endanger children, so a flashing light unit would therefore improve road safety.

The average driver doesn't mind slowing down at school zones, but need to know when it's school zone time.

At 5 to 8 you can do 60/70/ or whatever, but do that speed at at 8.05, then you can loose your license.

How many other school zones need more than just a set at either end on the main road?