Graffiti

April 13th, 2011

Someone sent me this email apparently after seeing my graffiti category somewhere.
http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2009/07/22/graffiti_update
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-------original message------
from angered outsider
To: info@schoolzonesanta.com
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 5:07 PM
Subject: Should do a little more research

you honestly need a new hobby, there are other things in this wold an in the city of sydney that drasticly need more attention thrown at it that is being left in the dark, alot more serious crimes. instead of getting your bra all twisted over a crime that really in the long run doesnt hurt anyone try winging about crimes with serious victums..... by the way im outsider to the graff world but even i know that export cans like the ones that were on sale at supercheap are not the chosen cans used in graff i was very happy to hear about the sale as i actually use them to paint me an my mates bmx's. made a great weekend, im sure with the activity that goes on in the back alleys a bit of scribbiling on the walls sourrounding it is really the last things that should be worried about on the list... if you dont like it dont go lookin for it on your daily adentures.

**This messages was sent via the email form on your blog.**
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I tried to send this reply, but it bounced back.

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Dear angered outsider,
A neighbour pays good money to have an olive green colour bond fence put up
in front of his property and some sneaky moron thinks it's clever to spray a meaningless scrawl along the length of it during the night.
Now you "angered outsider" might think that this sort of vandalism
is a non event, but I'm sure that if this happened to your property you
might think differently.
There are of course are more serious crimes than graffiti, but there are
other ways to show off artistic talent than to damage other people's
property.
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Nice people these graffiti types

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/graffiti-vandal-lashes-out-at-security-guard-with-stanley-knife/story-e6frg13u-1226012580299

Anti--Carbon tax rally Blacktown

April 9th, 2011

Beautiful day for a peaceful rally with great speakers and protesters

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/pro-and-anticarbon-tax-protesters-take-to-streets-20110409-1d8h3.html


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The Foxtel news had vision of the Blacktown anti-carbon tax rally saying "thousands" attended.

The Foxtel side bar printed story was very much pro carbon tax

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"THE RALLIES (in Hyde park and Brisbane) WERE LAUNCHED TO COUNTER AN AGRESSIVE ANTI-TAX RALLY OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT HOUSE LATE LAST MONTH, WHEN PROTESTERS HURLED INSULTS AND SHOOK OFFENSIVE PLACARDS AIMED AT PRIME MINISTER JULIE GILLARD"

"GRASS ROOTS ADVOCACY GROUP GETUP SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT BE SWAYED BY A VOCAL MINORITY THAT'S AGAINST THE TAX"

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GetUp a "GRASS ROOTS" advocacy group, yea right.

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As happened with the pink batt "get rich quick" scheme, the crooks will come out to play when this carbon thing gets going....

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/revealed-scandal-of-carbon-credit-firm-20110407-1d6a4.html

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how many really turned up for the "we love carbon tax rally"?

"THOUSANDS turned out to support climate action at a family friendly gathering in Brisbane's King George Square yesterday."

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/protest-puts-positive-spin-on-climate-action-20110409-1d8ro.html

and another report

"Hundreds turned out at Brisbane's King George Square on Saturday to support action on climate change"

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/TopStories/2011/04/09/Swan_joins_pro-carbon-tax_rally_599328.html

So what was it, thousands or hundreds?

The Getup rally in Brisbane a "grass roots" advocacy group that get handed posters to wave about.

Much like at the Sydney Getup rally

compared to the violent extremists below who are against a carbon tax.

Bring out the riot squad and the water cannon.

I'll rip out cash cow cameras

April 7th, 2011

"I'll rip out cash cow cameras" said Premier Barry O'Farrell.

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/ill-rip-out-cash-cow-cameras-ofarrell-20110407-1d5ih.html

My letter on 24 March

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2011/03/24/speed_cameras_nsw

More Police in unmarked cars to catch the real menace on our roads.
Start with a fine of $1000 dollars if caught using a mobil phone in the car while driving.
An automatic 12 months suspension if caught texting while driving.

An article on the Daily Telegraph website was similar to the NSM one above.

One line though, caught my eye.

The audit "ticked off" on another election promise of the new government, Mr O'Farrell said.

Is it like ticking off the boxes to appear to be doing stuff or actually doing it?

The proof is in the pudding as they say.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/camera-in-ofarrells-focus/story-fn6b3v4f-1226035546446

Thousands demonstrate for and against carbon tax

April 3rd, 2011

Thousands of people turned up for the event on Saturday morning, many waving derogatory banners and placards aimed at Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Greens leader Bob Brown.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/thousands-demonstrate-for-and-against-climate-tax/comments-e6freuy9-1226032459923

Some of the Police ready to step in to quell any extremist violence

I would think she is NOT a green voter

Nine NSM News said that the Hyde Park anti carbon people were like the ones "bused" into Canberra for last weeks rally.

Bussed in my foot, transport was arranged so ordiary folk to buy a seat to get to Canberra.

Pick which is more likely to be the Rent a Crowd?

The "extremists" in photo A

Or these ones in Photo B

I can't help but notice something a little bit organised with the signs in photo B.

Sorry you couldn't make the Hyde Park rally Spike, next one?

First things first.

March 30th, 2011


I get a little disillusioned at times, I emailed the paper yesterday and
they didn't print it. I wonder why?

A new Government is elected for NSW, lots to do and needing lots of money to do it.

NSW is a shambles

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----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 7:23 AM
Subject: Go get them Mr Barry

Dear Sir/ madam.
It's agreed, hospitals, roads, trains, police and infrastructure all need fixing. But before this is started and new contracts are handed out to "preferred" contractors, the most urgent task for our new Premier is to weed out the sort of Government contactors and facilitators, like the ones mentioned in "past investigations" on the ICAC website. Untold millions can be saved with a more diligent oversight.of how our money is spent.
Premier O'Farrell you're the boss, use your voter given large mandate, march into the RTA and RailCorp headquarters throw your weight around and clear out the rubbish. Find out why for example, the cost of the Sutherland to Cronulla rail line duplication went from $106 million to $231 million and was completed years behind schedule, and then go to the Education Department, The Health......

Regards
Hans Stephens
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Is my letter offensive, over the top, hysterical or extremist (sorry violently extremist)?

Why when so much money is wasted, shouldn't taking better care of it, be a priority?

ICAC "Past investigations"

http://www.icac.nsw.gov.au/investigations/past-investigations
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An earlier post in a similar vein.

http://schoolzonesanta.com/admin/b2edit.php?action=edit&post=775

Margin for error on speeding reduced to zero

March 29th, 2011

That will real good for people's licences when the next 40 mobil speed cameras are rolled out in July.

http://smh.drive.com.au/motor-news/margin-for-error-on-speeding-reduced-to-zero-20110324-1c8kp.html

Maybe after July there will be enough in kitty to afford an extra school zone advisory sign on the highway opposite South St Kogarah

Enough signs for South st.

March 28th, 2011

I had asked the roads Minister to see about an extra sign at South st Kogarah for drivers entering the school zone there

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2011/01/14/south_st_reminder

Today I received a reply from the RTA

I gave an example of a traffic facing sign at Blakehurst and I'm sure more cars enter the Kogarah school zone than the Blakehurst side st.

I'll check the number of pavement markings and school signs at Blakehurst before emailing back, I think the revenue raised by the Kogarah speed cameras would pay for one little extra sign

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UPDATE;

Naturally if a sign isn't needed fair enough, but why have one at Blakehurst (photo #1) and then not at the very busy South Steet(Photo #2) and please explain if there seems to be a worry about too many signs, the need for three 50 kl/mh signs (Photo #3)in in one spot in Oyster bay when it's 50 for miles around.

Blakehurst #1

South St #2

Oyster Bay #3 with it's three 50 signs. Why?

Speed cameras NSW

March 24th, 2011

The mobile speed cameras are to be allowed to set up in 3000 more locations, what a surprize

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/three-thousand-more-speed-cameras-set-to-sting/story-e6freuzi-1226026363929

I emailed the Daily Telegraph.

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If the State Government wants more money, stop the waste and better manage what comes in now.

This morning's cartoon in The Daily Telegraph reminds me of one way to show sensible responsible leadership.

This was written in CRIKEY today:

"His (Barry O'Farrell's) emphasis will be on discipline, proper practice, improving the economy and in general reassuring voters they have elected a responsible government,"


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What very well could happen, is that next in line to syncronise watches are the ponytailed cosultants and preferred contracters with their fancy imported furniture etc to redecorate the offices of the new ministers and their staff.

We've seen it all before, $500,000 to tart up two rooms.

I did email the Daily Telegraph along these lines but the letter didn't make the cut.

Anti carbon tax rally Canberra

March 23rd, 2011
"Violent Extremists"

I joined the protest on the lawn in front of Parliament house Canberra today alongside all the other violent extremists to show disfavour to a carbon tax.
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Opposition leader Tony Abbott speaks at the rally

http://www.2gb.com/index2.php?option=com_newsmanager&task=view&id=8464
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Sentor Barnaby Joyce speaks at the rally

http://www.2gb.com/index2.php?option=com_newsmanager&task=view&id=8466
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Rent a crowd Getup called us violent extremists, all I saw were people prepared to stand up for the silent majority.

The Channel 9 website says there were over 1000 people there.
Why not say there were over 10 people there, that is a similar distortion of the truth.

A big hullo to "Spike" the lady who took the spare seat on the bus next to me all the way to Canberra and back.

Is there a Nobel prize for being a good listener?

Spike deserves a medal.
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NOT ONLY ARE WE VIOLENT EXTREMISTS, NOW WE ARE RACISTS TOO

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/tony-abbott-under-dark-cloud-after-political-talk-on-the-wild-side/story-e6freuzr-1226027022010
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Core promise or just a promise?

March 15th, 2011

"ALMOST 500 school zones will be equipped with flashing lights under a Coalition government."

The Telegraph link below seems now to have a shelf life, so I've put up the whole article

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw-act/flashing-lights-in-school-zones-an-election-promise/story-e6freuzi-1226000483077

ALMOST 500 school zones will be equipped with flashing lights under a Coalition government.
The first Sydney schools to get the safety lights, if the Coalition wins next month's election, are Mount Annan Public School, East Hills Boys High and Carlton South Public.

Only 566 of the state's 10,000 schools currently have the lights despite a rollout by the State Government beginning in 2002.

Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell yesterday attacked the Government for spending up to $91,000 on each set and said he could do the same job for less.

"The lack of flashing lights not only compromises the safety of our children but also poses a hazard for motorists with many being stung by fines as a result of being caught by speed cameras," Mr O'Farrell said.

The first regional schools to benefit would be Tamworth Public, Millfield at Cessnock, Hastings Public at Port Macquarie, Gunnedah Public, Walcha Central School, South Dubbo Public and Kelso Public.

Start of sidebar. Skip to end of sidebar.
Related CoverageNSW's new Premier The Australian, 28 Mar 2011
O'Farrell sworn in, begins audit of NSW The Australian, 28 Mar 2011
Barry O'Farrell fears state of NSW finances The Daily Telegraph, 27 Mar 2011
O'Farrell to meet Gillard on carbon tax The Daily Telegraph, 27 Mar 2011
No time for Barry to bask in victory The Daily Telegraph, 27 Mar 2011
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Opposition roads spokesman Andrew Stoner said motorists needed warning instead of being fined for speeding when they were unaware they were driving in a school zone.

Speaking later at the National's Sydney campaign launch, Mr Stoner described the March election as one of the most important political decisions NSW voters would make.

It was clear what their message was going to be.

"We barely have a State Government in NSW; when it comes to Labor, we have a soap opera masquerading as a political party," he told a packed audience, including Mr O'Farrell, last night.

"We've seen every sick, sordid scandal under the sun."

The Sydney launch was a prelude to the party's main campaign set piece in Dubbo on February 27.

I have googled other links re the same story (above) and nowhere is there a time frame mentioned for the installation completion of these extra 500.......WHY?

and what about all the other schools in NSW?

Unless the new Government after March tackles the RTA and their waste the school zone flashing light roll out will take forever.

What waste?


I googled ICAC NSW RTA and presto, about 42,600 results (0.25 sec)

http://www.google.com.au/#hl=en&source=hp&biw=1020&bih=567&q=icac+rta+nsw+&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=icac+rta+nsw+&fp=1df41439ad6ac0fb

Where else is the money going, try

http://www.google.com.au/#hl=en&source=hp&biw=1020&bih=567&q=icac+nsw+railcorp&aq=f&aqi=g-v1&aql=&oq=&fp=1df41439ad6ac0fb

Where will it end?

March 15th, 2011

As my other website wwww.protectkids.com.au shows, I don't just think about speed cameras and cars.

I saw a Foxtel doco this week about a lady who thought the TV show "Married with children" when it first came out wasn't suitable viewing, and didn't just change the channel.

She wrote to all the advertisers on the show and they listened.

http://www.bundyology.com/rakolta.html

But the line that "any pubicity is good publicity" sadly made the show a ratings hit because everyone was talking about her stand.

Watching just the ads for upcoming episodes of "One and a half men" which is now considered "entertainement," shows how far we as a society, has sunk.

Charlie Sheen a real role model

http://www.execdigital.com/lifestyle/heroes-and-zeroes/harder-cbs-star-charlie-sheen-parties-more-we-him

Mr Sheen is an actor that every young man can look up to.

It's no wonder kids are going off the rails today.

Who is looking after the kids, when it's adults who produce, and I assume adult TV bosses think this sort of infantile crap is great prime time viewing?

Would Kerry Packer have allowed this show on TCN 9 when he was boss?
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update on Mr Sheen

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/entertainment/8211490/charlie-sheen-wants-execs-to-bring-it

Policeman bashed . Kids going off the rails

March 15th, 2011

No respect, no real consequences

"Queensland cop fights for life after bashing"

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8210340/queensland-cop-fights-for-life-after-bashing

When will a stand be taken, to make people think before acting in this manner?

Mandatory jail for assulting Police is the only answer, causing death, life without parole, and that means life.

Street racing

March 15th, 2011

Cameras v Police

How many really serious, dangerous, speeding drivers are caught on a fixed speed camera?

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2010/12/28/real_cops_real_results

Today there was another news report about street racing, caught by .....................you guessed it..... Real Police

Have a look at these links and who catches the real villans on our roads?

http://www.google.com.au/#hl=en&source=hp&biw=1020&bih=567&q=street+racing+p+plate+nsw+&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=street+racing+p+plate+nsw+&fp=50ba21d2af6da5bb

In the USA there is angst re the use of speed cameras.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UunKOtJXurU&feature=relmfu

Macquarie bank buys speed camera company Redflex

March 15th, 2011

The Hon. ERIC ROOZENDAAL: "I would be happy if speed cameras did not raise a cent;"

http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/Prod/parlment/hansart.nsf/V3Key/LC20070510017

Ex Roads Minister David Campbell,

"announced the

reintroduction of mobile speed cameras in March, as part of a $170 million road safety campaign. NSW budget papers for the 2010/2011 financial year estimated driving fines would rise by up to $137 million."

So the revenue raised by speed cameras was expected to rise by $137 million, but what happened

An article similar to this one, was in the Sunday Telegraph

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/drivers-wise-to-mobile-cameras/story-fn6bm6am-1226005039885


More police not more cameras

UPDATE;

I WAS WRONG MACQUARIE, CAN SEE A PROFIT IN SPEED CAMERAS

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/macbank-buys-up-speed-cameras-at-300m-through-buying-redflex/comments-e6freuy9-1226009566786

Circumstances have changed

March 15th, 2011

Yes, I vowed no carbon tax: said Prime Minister Ms.Gillard

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has admitted she promised there would be no carbon tax during the election and now (after the election) says

"circumstances had changed."

http://today.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8217021

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I remember I mentioned this excuse for breaking promises, and this I wrote during the 2007 state election ("see 2007 NSW State Election" category

"Promises are coming thick and fast and the election is months away.
I just hope that the "I'll put flashing lights at schools when we win the election" is a core promise and doesn't come into "the circumstances have changed " bracket, with the disclaimer, that "school zones are all Labor's fault anyway".

I hope that excuse isn't trotted out in NSW after March

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2005/04/16/a_core_promise_1

Sponsorship for school zone signs.

March 1st, 2011

For years I have thought that one way to speed up the roll out of flashing lights at schools, would be to allow advertising on the school zone signs to pay for them.

No not a price list of this week's specials at a local liquor store, but something like the following examples

The RTA may have resistance to allowing an advertising tag on the school zone sign, saying they would distract drivers, but there are now huge advertising billboards on RTA overhead pedestrian bridges in school zones
as the billboard over the Princes Highway at Gymea.

I think they would be more distracting that a little sponser company tag.

The RTA/Gov is slowly (no doubt because of cost) installing flashing lights this sponsorship initiative would help get more out there more quickly.

Drivers then know WHEN it's school zone time.

Drivers would feel good about the company that helped put the lights there for the drivers, and for the school kids.

A win win situation.

NSW will get a new government later this month that will be open for ways to save money, and sponsorship for this worthwhile cause would have to be viewed in a positive light.

We are talking about the safety of our most valuable resource, our children

I have emailed a couple of major companies to get feedback on this idea...

Now you see it now you don't.

February 14th, 2011

Driving through Lurgano/Peakhurst I see that the Peter Olsen's flashing lights that have been working and warning drivers of school zone time for the last four years at the four schools have been replaced with RTA "preferred" solar powered units.

Because Peter's units needed to be reprogrammed after the 2010 school year the RTA solution

was to replace Peter's very effective flashing lights (above)
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with one of these ?

Could these replacement units have been better utilised a school without any flashing lights?

As Alan Jones once said

"It's easy spending someone else's money."

Mis speak, spin, or just plain lies.

February 5th, 2011

One of the problems at school zones is that there is no indication of what speed is legal there outside of school zone times.

Clearly this variable speed camera sign at the Beverly Hills school zone does not tell what the variable speed is outside school zone time.

In an interview by 2GB's Alan Jones, Micheal Daly (an ex roads minister) tries to say otherwise.(interview is on link in a Peter Olsen's schoozonelights .com.au press release)

http://www.schoolzonelights.com.au/media2009-02-27a.pdf
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As I've said before, there is an alternative to NO signs to advise drivers on what speed it is in "off duty" school zones. Very simple.

How about a sign like this when you are in a long school zone, (or any school zone)in Beverly Hills as you turn right into King Georges rd from Stoney Creek rd, because the lack of any sign there has been the cause of so may court cases.
I've been to Sutherland Court and seen it, A driver tries to explain that he didn't know what the speed was, and the RTA man says to the Judge that any driver not knowing what the speed is, should then drive at the "default speed". Default speed ??????????????
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The 60 is of course replaced by the 50, 60, 70 or what ever the other variable speed is outside of school zone hours

"Oh no another different sign, no way, it would confuse drivers." could be the argument for a NO from the RTA.

Would one extra sign really be that difficult?

Drivers are meant to know a few different rules now, have a look down the left hand column of the link below and I think a new sign like the example above isn't too confusing.

http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/viewtop/inforce/subordleg+179+2008+fn+0+n

I think the average driver would work it out

School zone confusion

January 28th, 2011

Talkback radio ran hot with listeners stating their confusion about when why where it should be school zone time.

2GB's Ben Fordham found out that the RTA advertised twice on 2GB today, the official gazetted start of school zone time this school term.

Ben Fordham the new face of 2GB

The two 10 second ads at 8.00am and 3.00 pm, would not be a huge advertising cost when compared to the $6,158,511 in fines collected from one school zone cameras in 1 year at Moore Park Sydney

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sunday-telegraph/cameras-focus-on-money-not-deaths/story-e6frewt0-1225969493782

Flashing lights at school zones are the answer and as the opposition minister for roads Andrew Stoner has been so vocal on the RTA's slow roll out of lights, I'm sure it won't be long that all schools will have them after the March election.

http://www.andrewstoner.com.au/news/latest-news/labor-fails-on-road-safety-as-motorists-flout-school-zone-speed-limits.html

Minister David Borger thank you

January 17th, 2011

I sent the roads Minister an email

----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: minister@borger.minister.nsw.gov.au
Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2011 7:18 PM
Subject: Thank you Mr Borger

Dear Minister Borger,.
Thank you for your letter of Dec 2010.
I did see the new flashing lights at the Beverly Hills school zone the day before your letter arrived.
A great Xmas present for drivers at that spot and of course the children, because most drivers if they are aware that it's school zone time, will be even more careful and drive at the correct speed..
Obviously you could see merit in my suggestion for the extra flashing light unit Beverly Hills, whereas the two previous road ministers didn't as the "Beverly Hills" category on my website www.schoolzonesanta.com
shows. Could I impose on you to look at anothe matter that has bothered me. South st Kogarah at the school zone that started me on school zones. Drivers that enter the school zone from South st onto Princes Highway, if they turn right, while watching what lane they're in and avoiding the centre fence and kerbing, can easily not notice the school zone sign (facing away from them) accelerate and unwittingly get snapped by the speed camera there. A school zone sign facing South st (as was done at the Phillip st and King Georges rd Blakehurst school zone) would easily seen by drivers waiting at the lights for a green.
A lot of drivers coming out of South st would have been visiting patients or seeing doctors themselves and school zone time may be far from their thoughts at that time.

Thank you for your time
Regards
Hans Stephens.

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I'll give 2GB's Ray Hadly a call,and pass on the news about Beverly hills as he's into flashing lights at school zones

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UPDATE Thurs 20

I rang 2GB this morning and spoke to Ray about the new flashing lights at Beverly Hills and complimented Mr Borger, giving credit where credits due.
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I happened apon this site giving peoples views on school zones

http://blogs.drive.com.au/2007/12/are_school_zone_speed_cameras_1.html

South st reminder needed

January 14th, 2011

One of the problems with school zones with flashing lights is that not all entry points to the school zones are covered by the lights.

I pointed that out in 2007 at the Princes Highway kogarah school zone.
http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2007/01/29/a_clayton_s_flashing_light_school_zone

South st at Kogarah was and is a concern, how many drivers who turn right onto the Princes Highway forget that it's a school zone while waiting for a green light, maybe distracted after visiting a friend in hostpial, or after seeing a doctor themselves

As drivers turn right watching out for the center fence and entering lanes the sign on the side is angled away from them and is easily missed. (but the speed camera doesn't miss.)

A simple cheap reminder would be to have a sign facing them from across the road, as the drivers have at Phillip st Blakehurst.(below)



I'll email the Road Minister thanking him for the help with Beverly Hills and mention a sign for South st.

Safer for the children, and fairer for the motorist.

Real cops, real results

December 28th, 2010
Street racer with baby on back seat

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8188511/p-plate-stret-racer-had-baby-on-back-seat

After reading that story in the paper I sent this email into The Daily Telegraph

MORE POLICE, LESS CAMERAS.

The wheels of the RTA grind slowly

December 19th, 2010

Sorry but where photos were, are now marked with the x
Don't know why.

At long last after three and a half years, 4 emails to then Roads Minister Roozendaal, one to the next Roads Minister Micheal Daly and a copy of the same which I handed to him personally, and then an email about the same subject to the next Roads Minister the Minister David Borger there are now flashing lights on the King Georges rd Beverly Hills school zone sign, going South.

This is the school zone sign I've said is needed to be larger and to have flashing lights, to help remind or inform drivers that even though this is nowhere near a school, it is a school zone.

More of the saga at Beverly hills, (where I spent a fortnight highlighting the problems at this school zone), and the emails I sent to road ministers and newspapers

I helped the children by slowing down traffic.

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php?cat=66

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I sent the Roads Minister David Borger this email about my concerns re Beverly Hills earlier this year

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Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: minister@borger.minister.nsw.gov.au
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 4:10 PM
Subject: 2GB interview with Jason Morrison

Dear Minister,
Congratulations on your interview with Jason Morrison recently, many a politician wouldn't have accepted the interview but you not only fronted in person, but you took live calls from listeners, and as when you were on air when housing minister you did well.
Mobile speed cameras are not something the public is entirely happy with, but it will slow down traffic.
Sadly it will catch many good average drivers unaware they have drifted a few k/mph over the limit so you can expect a bit of flak when the warnings sent out now, are real infringement notices.
I've had a few tickets in the 10 years I drove taxis, and never was it for something I hadn't done.
Could you have a look at how you could, in the interest of road safety spend a bit of the money raised from the camera vans on a concern of mine.
I emailed Mr Roozendl 4 times about this, handed the then roads Minister Daly a copy of an unanswered email I sent them and he said after reading it "I can't do anything about that" (or words very similar ) which I thought was a strange statement for the boss of roads.
My website www.schoolzonesanta.com explains more easily my request, which is an extra set of flashing lights Southbound at the Beverly Hills school zone on King Geoges rd.

I stood at the Southbound camera the Thurs (am ) school zone time before Easter, and the Friday before the Queens Birthday weekend and I could tell by the faces of drivers that were flashed by that camera as they passed, they had no idea that they'd just lost eight points.
Thank you for your time

Regards Hans stephens
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Today (DEC 20) in the mail came a letter from the Parlimentary Secretary for Roads

The cropped letter reads


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and the scene now at Beverly Hills:

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So now the drivers if they stop at a red light at Morgan st (back a bit out of photo) they will see the light flashing away to remind them they're in the school zone when they start off again..

THANK YOU MINISTER BORGER

Safety first at safety camera

December 14th, 2010

Safe work practices were clearly on display on Tuesday afternoon as two workers put the finishing touches to the new speed/red light "safety camera" being installed on the Kingsway at Caringbah
.The men were resplendent in high visibility work clothes, they even thoughtfully wore hats to ward off the sun's harmful rays, and before climbing their respective ladders (guarded by a suitable number of large witches hats), the men also donned very strong, professional looking safety harnesses.
The only flaw I could see in this whole idyllic OH&S picture, was that in the 20 minutes I was there eating a late lunch of curry pie and apple turnover (with cream), was that one, obviously the more sure footed of the two, didn't once hook his harness on to anything while working up his pole.
Looked good though....from a distance

It's all about road safety,....... not revenue.

December 12th, 2010

The Cleveland st variable school zone speed camera

"IT RIPS $6 million a year in speeding fines out of motor- ists, making it the NSW Government's No.1 weapon in enforcing its mantra: speed cameras save lives."

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sunday-telegraph/cameras-focus-on-money-not-deaths/story-e6frewt0-1225969493782
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But wait there's more.

Advanced Safety and driver Support for Essential road Transport (ASSET)

"Apart from detecting speeding, the system is packed with gizmos that will check number plates to make sure insurance and tax are up to date. It also measures the distance between vehicles to spot tailgating and takes pictures of the inside of the car to make sure you are wearing a seat belt."

Read more about the (near) future in http://www.dailybunker.com/?p=2739

Demerits waived to appease angry drivers

December 2nd, 2010

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/demerits-waived-to-appease-angry-drivers/story-fn6bm90q-1225964151067

This will help the driver that goes to court to point out that a school zone sign was missing or tell the judge he or she didn't go through a red light and the policeman was mistaken.

But the RTA will "vigorously defend" the accuracy of all their now in operation speed cameras and the 40 new mobile ones next July and the inevitable point to point cameras that will follow.

More police in unmarked cars is the answer not more cameras.

How much will the NBN cost?

November 28th, 2010

The true cost of Australia's National Broadband Network is only a guess, as everything organised by any Government always cost more than origionaly stated.

The figure at the moment is anywhere between 37 billion and 55 billion dollars.

$37,000,000,000. how much is that?

One example:

The distance around the world at the equator, is 40,075.02 kilometres

Let's say the lowest quoted figure for the NBN, is a very optimistic figure of $40,billion, well that is so much money, that Wayne Swan as he could drive around the world at the equator in a very big amphibious truck, he could have Senator Conroy shovel out one million dollars as he went every kilometre, right around the planet.

That's $1,000,000 of borrowed money for every kilometre around the WHOLE world, and for something that's ( with the alternative technology availiable) is not really needed.

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----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au
Sent: Sunday, November 28, 2010 8:48 PM
Subject: Cost of the NBN

Dear sir
The cost of the National broadband network is put at anything from $37 to $55 billion (and higher). How much borrowed money is that in layman's terms you might ask.
Well if the cost of the NBN rollout was an optimistically low figure of $40 billion, then this is so much money, that if Treasurer Wayne Swan drove around the world at the equator, (the distance which is 40,075.2 kilometres), in a very large amphibious truck, he could have Senator Conroy shovel out one million dollars every kilometre they went, right around the planet. Are there not more pressing ways to spend that sort of money, such as health, power, water etc. rather than a faster way to google recipes? Who voted for these people?
regards
Hans Stephens

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NBN benefits grossly overstated: study

"An international study has found the claimed benefits of a national broadband network have been "grossly overstated", and accuses the federal government of misusing research to build the case for it."

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8171763/nbn-benefits-grossly-overstated-study

Demerit points changes

November 23rd, 2010

The NSW Government because of anti mobile speed camera anger has tried to soften the angst.

Demerit points changes 'a vote-winning exercise'

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/23/3073818.htm?site=sydney

I sent this in to comment on the Telegraph article

To: yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au
Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 7:40 AM
Subject: demerits

Dear sir,
As anger continues to grow over the 6 mobile speed cameras vans, Premier Keneally announced "the biggest overhaul in the demerit system since they were introduced".("more demerit points" DT Nov 23 If she's worried about the political backlash from driver voters generated from only 6 mobile cameras, imagine the uproar that Barry O'farrell will cop when the extra 40 speed cameras are out on the road next July, apparently to be operated by a compassionate banking corporation.
Speed cameras will always be regarded by the average driver as cash registers for the government, and will only catch the unwary, mostly going over the limit by a few kilometres.
Real police catch the real road rule transgressors, like the fool allegedly tail gating an unmarked police car recently, not stopping, speeding off, and finally calmed down with capsicum spray before being arrested.. We need more real police in unmarked cars, not more speed cameras in vans or on posts.

Regards
Hans Stephens
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The paper printed this edited version of my email leaving out the important "only 6 cameras", and the alleged fool tail-gating an unmarked police car, at the end of the letter.

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NBN benefits grossly overstated:

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8171763/nbn-benefits-grossly-overstated-study

Thank you St George and Sutherland Shire Leader

November 23rd, 2010

Today's Leader printed my original letter ( with photo ) in the most prominate spot in the letter's pages

Hopfully the readers of the front page story last week will think differently of me and not fire bomb our house as Mrs Santa feared might happen.

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Safety campaigner or Whinger?

November 18th, 2010

Today's St George and Sutherland Shire Leader had a front page article:

TRUCKERS IGNORE FINE

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/kirrawee-truckers-ignore-fines/2001435.aspx

As you can see the article is expanded from the letter I sent into the Leader some weeks back that didn't appear on the letter's page as I thought it would.

The article doesn't use much of my email and readers could be misled as to my intent by writing it.

----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: leaderletters@fairfaxmedia.com.au
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2010 10:29 PM
Subject: Parking discretion

Dear sir,
there have been many letters to the Leader concerning parking infringements, whether it's being fined for parking the wrong way in some quiet cul de sac, being hit with a $405 fine after inadvertantly parking in a disabled spot at Miranda fair, or being singled out for attention on the (at the time sparsely used) top level of the Council carpark at Cronulla, and recentily the young plumber at nabbed Jannali.
There of course have to be laws to avoid parking chaos, and the Sutherland council in 2008/2009 financial year issued 29,282 parking fines worth $3,633,247, thereby avoiding much chaos and generating a bit of revenue for Council coffers at the same time.
After reading those figures, there would be those that think that the Council rangers don't have a heart or show discretion, but they need only to drive down Waratah st Kirrawee between Bath and Oak rd where ranger compassion is clearly on display.
At any time there are truck trailers parked across as many as nine parking bays (each) for weeks at a time.
I find it rather galling for Council rangers to drive past this flagrant flouting of regulations to trawl the back streets of the Shire for any hint of law breaking, and I suggest Council either make this part of Waratah street a legal parking lot for surplus truck trailers (as there are ample spaces for cars along the street), or enforce the law.

Regards
Hans Stephens
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I did point out that there is plenty of parking for cars in the area and the trailers aren't really in the way.

But every morning the council regulation enforcement personal in their little vans drive up from the Council depot in The Boulevarde and with a "hi ho it's off to work we go" trundle past those trailers and head off for easier pickings

The Council could paint out the lines and change the signs in that area of Waratah street and then the playing field is even for truck trailer owners, and the rest of us.

The excuse used they can't book the trailers because there is nowhere to put the ticket, that's a good one, a bit like the dog ate my homework line.

Take a photo of the number plate and send it to the owner.

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I have sent this email into the Leader to try and clear things up a bit

----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: leaderletters@fairfaxmedia.com.au
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2010 8:52 PM
Subject: To the editor

Hi,
Today the Sutherland edition of the Leader did a story about the truck parking in Waratah St Kirrawee. The reporter did ring me about it after she saw my "Letter to the editor."
Sadly the article didn't convey the point of my letter and judging by an email from a Leader reader and who I've I have just replied to, I'm considered to be a bit of a nark.
It appeares truckies are desperate for parking in Kirrawee.
I (and my wife who now thinks our house will be fire bombed by an angry truck driver or owner) would like my original email printed in the Leader to better explain my original intent.
Thank you for you time,

Regards
Hans Stephens
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