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

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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?

Albanese protest Marrickville

September 1st, 2011


http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/angry-group-of-protesters-demand-an-apology-from-labor-mp-anthony-albanese/story-e6freuzr-1226127337275

Below are photos of mostly ordinary people there like me to point out that the smart arse comment in Parliament by Minister Albanese, calling the "Convoy of no confidence" a "Convoy of no consequence" after some of the protesters at great cost had travelled thousands of kilometers to get to Canberra.

Some of the crowd did go overboard and abused Mr Albanese who had come out to address the crowd.

Now normally Politicians in the firing line hide, but he as one of the chief head kickers in question time, came out to face the music didn't appologise, copped the abuse, and the media then had the "Mob attacks Albanese" headline. Very clever.

Sadly what happens is vision of the abuse makes the news and the justifiable anger of the original Albanese comment is sidelined

How many protesters, normal erveryday, non rent a crowd people prepared to go to rallies to show support, won't bother again after being demonised by the noisy ratbag few?

The organisor should have asked Mr Albanese the questions, and the rest kept repectfully quiet.

This is a mother's love

August 31st, 2011

.The government says it won't switch a speed camera back on in Forestville, despite a multi-car crash ...

August 27th, 2011

August 26, 2011:

http://www.optuszoo.com.au/tvandvideo/videos
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----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au
Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 8:00 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
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Leave cameras where they are but in the interest of good public relations, turn off the after hours function of variable speed cameras at school zones

No reply to the above email

The human Centipede II.

August 21st, 2011
How low people will go to make money

The sequel to a horror film, it depicts a scientist who grafts together kidnap victims' mouth to anus.

''I didn't think it would be refused classification, but I was surprised that we weren't required to cut it,'' Ben Hellwig, the acquisitions manager for the film's distributor Monster Pictures, said.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/censor-lets-centipede-crawl-in-20110820-1j3jr.html#ixzz1VbvNyK4H

And the Australian movie censors think this is entertainment

I have emailed the Federal Justice Minister Mr Brendan O'Connor and asked him why this film was classed as suitable in Australia without cuts.

Canberra August anti - carbon tax rally

August 16th, 2011

This is the first photo I took from the bus on the way to the anti - carbon tax rally today
Across "lake" George you can see the new way of producing clean green power.... a wind turbine farm

Pity there's no wind

No THEY weren't speaking at the rally

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2011/08/16/Abbott_stars_at_anti-carbon_tax_rally_650929.html

Some of the people and speakers at the rally

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-25/gillard-continues-to-back-thomson/2855200

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-16/27convoy-of-no-confidence27-kicks-off/2840760

Official Police Cautions

August 10th, 2011

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/09/london-riots-kids-parents-police

What they need over in London are the Official Police Cautions that minors get here in NSW when they get caught doing graffiti.


That always works

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2009/07/22/graffiti_update

Knee jerk reaction?

August 3rd, 2011

A picture is worth a thousand words

July 28th, 2011

From The Daily Telegraph 28/07/011

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It didn't take long everybody keeps saying how bad the speed cameras are and when 38 are switched off, it's started......with an article like this:

"NSW might be dismantling its "revenue raising" speed cameras but an international study claims the devices actually save governments huge amounts of money as well as lives"

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8278337/speed-cameras-save-governments-money

Speed cameras to be ripped out

July 27th, 2011

Quarter of speed cameras in NSW turned off

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/quarter-of-speed-cameras-in-nsw-turned-off/story-e6freuyi-1226102722240

"the cameras being removed raised $10 million during their time in use." said Mr O'farrell

Mr O'Farrell appears to have been wrong about that figure, in the article below it appears to be $10 million per year, still not too good for 38 cameras

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/a-quarter-of-the-states-lucrative-speed-cameras-have-been-shut-down/story-e6freuzi-1226103067254

Those 38 cameras are to be ripped out, I would think so, as those 38 only made $10 million since installed.
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NSW motorists outsmart speed cameras (NINE NEWS AUG. 26 2010) NB 2010

"A site by site annalysis of the fines issued by each of the fixed cameras around NSW, shows 32 of them failed to issue more than 100 fines in the year - a sign that drivers are now wise to their locations and instinctively slowing down befor speeding up again."

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/7951677/nsw-motorists-outsmart-speed-cameras

Where did the list of 38 cameras axed today come from I wonder?

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They would have cost more than $10 million to install and maintain.

The 2 speed cameras at Moore park made 17.4 million in 4 years, why wasn't that one switched off? Too effective maybe?

Now what is needed a list of all NSW speed cameras, and what they earnt in the last twelve months, next to that the list of the cameras that are to be switched off.

Newcastle Road, Lambton

Bangalow Road, Clunes

New England Highway, Murrurundi

New England Highway, Tilbuster

New England Highway, Quirindi

M4 Motorway, Wentworthville/Greystanes

Brunswick Valley Way, Ocean Shores

Delhi Road, Macquarie Park

Eastern Arterial Road, Gordon

Princes Highway, Broughton

New England Highway, Scone

Princes Highway, Nowra

New England Highway, Llangothlin

Princes Highway, Angledale

Pacific Highway, Kundabung

Pacific Highway, Urunga

Woy Woy Road, Kariong

Eastern Valley Way, North Willoughby

Hume Highway, Burwood

Bolong Road, Shoalhaven Heads

Warringah Road, Frenchs Forest

Manns Road, West Gosford

General Holmes Drive, Botany

Spit Rd, Beauty Point/The Spit

Bruxner Highway, Alstonville

Hume Highway, Coolac

Hume Highway, Tarcutta

Pacific Highway, Banora Point

Pacific Highway, Herons Creek

Pacific Highway, Bundagen

President Avenue, Gymea*

Carlingford Road, Epping

Blackwall Road, Woy Woy North

Ocean Beach Road, Woy Woy

Balgownie Road, Fairy Meadow

Sherwood Road, Merrylands West

Central Coast Highway, Bateau Bay

Great Western Highway, Parramatta

* The Gymea one being switched off is a surprize, as it is a variable speed school zone camera

What makes a speed camera "ineffective" enough to be axed?

All speed cameras will slow drivers down, therefore are effective, so what is the criteria?

I see on TV tonight the opposition is already saying that any accident happening at a previous camera location will be Mr O'farrell's fault.

And what is happening with the 40 ordered mobil camera vans that were to be rolled out this month?

I think what will happen is than after a couple of really bad accidents it'll be a case of "we will have to do something about the road toll and and as a deterrant in the interest of road safety the camera vans will reluctantily be rolled out"
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Not for the money mind you, but for road safety.

More highway patrol in unmarked cars are needed to catch the real baddies not speed cameras.


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from a NRMA site:

http://www.mynrmacommunity.com/motoring/2011/04/08/speed-camera-audit-welcomed/

"The NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell said cameras such as the one on Cleveland st Moore Park, which catches motorists soon after entering a 50km/hr zone could go after the review"

I did email Mr Gay the NSW roads minister about the Cleveland st speed camera and received a a reply sort of....

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2011/07/09/road_minister_gay_what_was_the_question

speed camera audit smoke and mirrors

July 27th, 2011

Addicted to speed

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/our-states-speed-camera-craving-for-more-revenue/story-e6freuy9-1226102281369

The top money raising speed cameras in NSW are all variable speed cameras in school zones

Speed cameras in school zones are great to help ensure the school kids safety, but to pick up drivers a few kl/mh over the limit outside of school hours as at Moore park or the ones at Wahrooga is a bit rich.

Which cameras will be found to be "purely revenue raising" and will be "ripped out?"

Unmarked highway patrol is the way to catch the real crimminals on our roads.

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Speed camera audit findings out tommorrow.

July 26th, 2011

Will there be a freak accident, or a preventable one?

July 22nd, 2011

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 electrial 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 srorm?

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