Peter Spencer ends hunger strike on day 52

January 13th, 2010

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Peter Spencer has ended his hunger strike he started to highlight the Kyoto land use stealing by the Government.

The ABC has mentioned this fact on their website and 7.00 pm News Broadcast

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/01/13/2791513.htm

Now let's hope that other farmers affected by the same regulations get behind Peter when Parliament Commences on Feb 2.
Thousands or city folk and hundreds of farmers on their tractors might send a message that enough is enough

Radio 2GB brought the good news this morning, and SKYNEWS also high lighted Peters coming down from his perch
Both the Daily Telegraph and The Sydney Morning Herald didn't think it was a story on their websites.

Plenty of space always for spaced out "celebrities." though.

Peter Spencer Day 50

January 10th, 2010

There is to be a concerted effort tomorrow on the 50th day of farmer Peter Spencer's hunger strike to get his desperate plight the attention it's needed all along.
Radio 2GB is going to have a Peter Spencer day and with a bit of listener effort the rest of the media should get on board.

I emailed the letter's page last week but this letter didn't make the cut, nor any other Peter Spencer letter that day and no mention anwhere in that day's edition of Peter and his hunger strike.

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----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au
Sent: Thursday, January 07, 2010 7:45 AM
Subject: Peter spencer and the good Samaritan Mr Rudd

Hi,
Peter Spencer is now in the 46th day of his hunger strike. ("Dying for the land" DT Jan 7)
Mr Rudd through his office told him to come down from his tower, and take your case to court.
He's tried going to court, and taxpayer funded lawyers (at what cost?) have stymied 200 or so attempts to get the case heard.
As Mr Rudd is on holiday, no doubt worn out from his saving the world in Copenhagen, perhaps deputy PM Ms Gillard who is mostly in charge anyway, can have a chat to Peter, seeing Kevin who once lived on a farm, won't come down from his ivory tower and show some compassion.
Even perhaps he or she going unannounced and assuring Peter that his case will get a fair hearing, all that he has ever wanted
It appears that Mr Rudd has an interest in books, maybe next Sunday before he comes out of church for his usual photo opportunity, he picks up a Bible and reads the chapter on the good Samaritan.
This is a parable about so called leaders in the community, looking the other way and ignoring the plight of a man who was beaten and robbed.
If only Peter was gay, a refugee, from a religious minority, or an actress who's just had a baby..........

Regards
Hans Stephens
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I sent this email this morning after recieving another email from the the person pictured below

(well from his office anyway)

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----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au
Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2010 8:48 AM
Subject: When is spam spam

Dear sir,
A real estate company is in trouble for allegedly sending out spam emails ( "Slammed over spam" DT 9 Jan)
I emailed the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott about the ongoing hunger strike by farmer Peter Spencer.
No reply mentioning my concerns about Peter, but since then in my inbox along with the Viagra ads, I have had 3 other emails from Mr Abbott's office.
The first was list of how I could apply for grants, but not being indigenous that disqualified me from most of the list, the second email was a "Tony Abbott's Blog Report" and the third said that Tony had been on the "7.30 REPORT"
I suggest the Tony's staff actually read emails, and not just push the reply button after inserting unsolicited content.
Incidentally I'm still waiting any sort of reply from my 3 emails to Tony in 2008, about my concerns about the AMI sex aid ads on daytime radio.
I wasn't complaining about a pothole in the road, I just think that adult ads should be on radio at adult times.
By the way I usually vote Liberal.

Regards
Hans Stephens

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This great article from the Sydney Morning Herald helps explain Peter Spencer's case

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/lost-property-home-in-deed-but-not-in-fact-20100109-lzs0.html

Day 45

January 6th, 2010

Hunger strike DAY 43

January 4th, 2010

Peter Spencer supporters are off to Canberra to protest, not being able to go I did park a sign on the Princes Highway at Sylvania to at least make Sydney bound drivers think and hopefully read up on Peter's case.

Not much sympathy for Peter Spencer at Sylvania

"Move your sign and shit, the Police have been called"

next link explains what happened this morning after I put up my signs

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2005/08/18/g_p_s_1

And to a power pole a bit further down the road

A bit further

and a last one, a little bit of an irreverent one

I was told by someone from a nearby business to "get your sign and your shit out of here."

I didn't

Here I am in a public parking bay that I've used before to attract attention, see

see http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2007/03/16/sample_more_to_come

and all I'm trying to do is help a bloke in trouble by displaying a sign,

BOY IF I HAD THE TIME AND MONEY AND MY LIFE PARTNER SHARED MY ENTHUSIASM I'D HELP TO MAKE SURE THAT PETER SPENCER'S NAME WON'T GO AWAY AS MR RUDD AND MR ABBOTT HOPES IT WILL

Though my wife has every reason to be wary of my way of helping people... see

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2007/12/22/santa_surgery

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All about Peter Spencer's journey, and much much more, see a great website

http://agmates.ning.com/

To be continued....

Hunger Strike Peter Spencer

January 2nd, 2010

Peter Spencer's hunger strike

Day 42

Why Aussi farmer Peter Spencer is desperate enough to go on a hunger strike on a platform up a tower.

Listen to this interview recorded on 2SM Sat 2/01/09,
and we live in a Democracy?

http://api.ning.com/files/w0DCA90ePw8BDnP2ImdgBREMn1nuds-YLgorzPt1dWXWR5EC4Dev1gDwsLkhUqUWOuImhG6omvcNYVBLkQViZDwlhbrV910c/2sm020110Peter.mp3

Background Information:

http://www.smh.com.au/news/Opinion/Farmers-are-pushed-beyond-limit/2005/06/17/1118869093828.html

The Daily Telegraph has a spread in today's paper

'Kevin, you're dreamin', says Peter Spencer

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/kevin-youre-dreamin-says-peter-spencer/story-e6freuy9-1225815343320

Last week a Daily Telegraph editorial said the Peter Spencer couldn't hold the Prime Minister to ransom.

Why not? it works with illegal queue jumping boat people who refused get get off the Australian ship that rescued them

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/rapid-settlement-for-oceanic-viking-refugees/story-e6frg6nf-1225795930168

Oh that's right, those people were ship hijacking "refugees," Peter Spencer is just an Aussi farmer wanting a fair go.

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More background information and explanation on Peter's plight

http://larvatusprodeo.net/2009/12/23/tower-of-hope-or-vale-of-tears/
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and a Fox news article: "Dying for a chat with Kevin Rudd."

http://www.news.com.au/national/dying-for-a-chat-with-kevin-rudd/story-e6frfkw9-1225814293079
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I have emailed the Prime Minister, I'll post it and any reply if I get acknowledged.

One of Peter's many supporters on radio

http://agmates.ning.com/group/peterspencerhungerstrike/forum/topics/jeannette-on-the-radio

Carbon sink

December 26th, 2009

A Shannons Flat farmer Peter Spencer on a property near Cooma NSW, is on a hunger strike because of laws that prevent him clearing and using his land.
HIS land!!!
Now because of a signature (not his) on a bit of paper, his land is now deemed a "carbon soak" and he can't manage HIS farm effectively and profitability.

Peter looking rather disheveled after now spending 34 days up a communications mast on a hunger strike to try and get fair treatment from the Government.

Why Peter is desperate:

http://www.smh.com.au/news/Opinion/Farmers-are-pushed-beyond-limit/2005/06/17/1118869093828.html

Now you'd think that a farmer desperate enough to resort to a hunger strike would get attention from media, but no, apart from 2GB radio the other media has paid little attention

Alan Jones 2GB interview

http://agmates.ning.com/group/peterspencerhungerstrike/forum/topics/alan-jones-2gb-update-2nd

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A boat load of "refugees" are rescued in Indonesian waters, then these grateful queue jumpers REFUSED to get off the ship in an Indonesian port, so Mr Rudd's "Tough but humane" policy on illegal asylum seekers kicked in, and all were fast tracked into Australia and other countries.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/rapid-settlement-for-oceanic-viking-refugees/story-e6frg6nf-1225795930168
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My idea how to disembark these ship hijackers in Indonesia.

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2009/11/11/how_to_get_refugees_off_the_oceanic_viki

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I made up a sign and went to our Prime Minister's house

I drove onto the driveway so the photo could be taken, and very quickly it was intimated to me by a Federal Policeman from the other side of the gate that parking there wasn't a good idea.

I've just sent this email to 2GB's news room asking for help

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Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: newsroom@2gb.com
Sent: Sunday, December 27, 2009 8:19 AM
Subject: Help Peter Spencer

Hi,
Farmer Peter Spencer Near Cooma has be on a hunger strike up a tower for 35 days now.
Mr Alan Jones had him on air early December. Apart from 2GB the other media have practically ignored his plight and cause.( If he dies he might get a mention by the others)
They're trying to organize a demonstration at Kirrabilli house tomorrow, but as usual numbers are a problem, every one agrees but leave the work to others.
Alan coming from the land understands the unfairness of the situation with new laws about farmers land use.
Could 2GB help? Please ring me, Hans Stephens on 0403022559
I'm not a farmer, I'm a concerned citizen from Kirrawee, I'm just trying to help.
I took a big sign on my work van down to Kirrabilli house yesterday (and told to get off the drive) see it on main page www.schoolzonesanta.com
Regards
Hans Stephens,
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I wish Alan wasn't on holiday I'm sure he'd get on board.

Update: Sun 9.30 am no call from 2GB

I've just rung the call back line again but they "can't" put me through to the newsroom.
I tried to convey that it was inportant that PETER gets more publicity, even my having to ring 2UE.

She said she'd pass it on.

Good luck Peter.

I've tried.

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Update Sun 10am

I've had a call from 2GB's newsroom and I passed on the number of the demo organiser Ian Hampton 0400528115 for all the details.

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I rang and emailed 2GB because I know that Alan Jones being "off the land" is sympathetic to the plight of farmers, as shown with his interview of Peter and would expect 2GB to give support to a peaceful demonstration.

The other media has shown little interest in Peter starving up on his perch, but imagine if Alan took time out from his holiday (if he's in the country)and showed up to speak for Peter Spencer's cause at the demo.

That would attract attention I'm sure.

If I had Alan Jones' phone number I'd ring him.
He could say sorry but I can't be there, but at least I could ask.

If 35 days up a pole without food doesn't get media attention, a handful of people chanting "when do we want it" won't work either.

TO be continued......

SUPERCHEAP AUTO XMAS STOCKING FILLER ????

December 23rd, 2009

Just dandy, it's school holidays with balmy nights and lots of bored kids..

To the rescue is Super cheap Auto with it's stock take "special gift lines," catalogue.

It's obviously a coincidence that from Boxing day till New Years eve, if one is over 18, you can stock up on handy paint spray cans.

5 cans for $10

As it was obviously a coincidence that during the TV broadcast of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 a "special" of 4 cans for $10 were highlighted throughout the race.

Who watches Bathurst and who does graffiti?

Bottom half of front page of latest catalogue.....

I know it's a legal product and you have to be over 18 to buy spray cans..

YOU HAVE TO BE OVER 18 TO BUY ALCOHOL, SO WHY WAS IT LAST WEEK DEEMED NECESSARY TO INTRODUCE HEAVY PENALTIES FOR SUPPLING GROG TO MINORS?

Good thing that older mates don't buy paint cans for their younger friends.

I've since removed the tinsel and added "Corporate responsibility?"

This sign was on the Princes Highway at Blakehurst to catch Southbound traffic for 4 days before someone removed it.

Instead of practically giving it away there should be a $5 "graffiti removal" levy on every can sold.

I emailed Barry O'farrell about graffiti earlier see "Graffiti" category for replies.

I have emailed the Sutherland Mayor I'm sure that she would also think that "giving" spray cans away is not showing corporate responsibility.
I'll wait for a reply and contact the papers and maybe get my van sign out (pictured below)

I'll think of something suitable

My seemingly irresponsible camera warning is explained in the "Beverly Hills" category.

For a couple of past messages see...

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2008/11/05/section_10_and_you_keep_your_points

Bad publicity gets attention.

I will email Bunnings and thank them that they don't see the need to bulk sell spray cans to earn a few extra dollars.

Young offenders act

December 15th, 2009

The Leader has printed my letter in today's edition word for word except for adding (former) Premier Rees

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2007/12/26/sin_no_more

After visiting 3 Police stations and speaking to rank and file police, (the ones that go out and do the work) they said that "Police cautions" in the main, are a waste of time and agreed that giving the parents of minors caught out at 2.30 am doing graffiti, a fine of $1000 would have more effect.

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VANDALS IN CRIME SPREE

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/vandals-in-crime-spree/1705634.aspx

More "Police cautions" needed........... obviously?

Rugby League football season must be finished

December 7th, 2009

Maybe there'll be a Liberal anti-graffiti policy coming up.

It's the first time I've seen the opposition member for Miranda in the paper for a very long time, apart from mentions of his day job during footy season.

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/graffiti-vandals-dont-get-message/1695171.aspx

Here's common sense idea

Make offenders pay for damage they do

http://www.bordermail.com.au/news/opinion/letters/general/make-offenders-pay-for-damage-they-do/1552548.aspx

Graffiti "artists"

November 26th, 2009

Even though the NSW Premier has promised to get tough on graffiti, it doesn't seem to have deterred some.

This artistic effort has appeared up the road, is nothing but mindless wilful vandalism.

What will happen when those recently caught appear in court?

As I didn't get a reply to two emails to my Mayor Lorraine Kelly about graffiti, I'll go through the Leader newspaper's letters page to see if I get a response

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2007/12/26/sin_no_more

If ratepayers who pay for graffiti and other vandalism were informed in flyers included in with their rate notices, and a special mailout just before the next State election letting ratepayers/voters know how all local candidates stand on youth crime,and if they really care about young criminals running amok at night, there might be a bit of REAL action in Macquarie st

Back to base fault reporting

November 18th, 2009

One reason the RTA has for using the "preferred" expensive flashing lights is that they are equipped with a "back to base" fault reporting function.
A necessary feature they say, so that units that break down can for the children's safety be repaired promptly.

These lights are on Forest rd Hurstville and this photo was taken at 2.50pm today a gazetted school day.

This unit has not worked since last Friday.

Why does it take this long if it takes to fix this one, when there are (relatively speaking), only a few of NSW's school zones that have flashing lights.

Getting serious

November 14th, 2009

Teen arrested for malicious damage at Menai

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/teen-arrested-for-malicious-damage-at-menai/1676862.aspx

The Police have done their job but what will happen in court?
Mayor get's tough???

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/political/mayors-get-tough-call/1679887.aspx

Did the mayor tell Mr Rees that there have been 9 minors caught recently doing graffiti and all received Police cautions.
Has the mayor contacted other mayors to help get the "let off minors with a caution laws" changed?

I feel a police caution coming on

November 12th, 2009

Youths arrested over spray paint theft

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/youths-arrested-over-spray-paint-theft/story-e6freuz0-1225796941353

POLICE have charged two youths (15 and 16) with the theft of a large quantity of spray paint allegedly linked to a spike in graffiti offences in the Blue Mountains area in NSW.

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Graffiti arrest at Jannali 1.30am Thurs 12 nov.

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/graffiti-arrest-at-jannali/1675961.aspx

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13/11/09 Teens face graffiti charges after crackdown

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/teens-face-charges-after-graffiti-crackdown/story-e6freuz0-1225797431216

A graffiti blog site had this line about a Mitre 10 store in Paddington

"I've had so many young writers confront me outside the place asking me if i could buy them paint because they are under 18 !! Naturally i obliged, it's not like it's alcahol or anything !! "

How to get refugees off the Oceanic Viking

November 11th, 2009

Step 1 .......Place oily rags in a 44 gallon drum and position the drum near the ship's ventilation system.

Step 2 .......Set fire to drum making sure that the smoke gets around whole ship and can be seen from shore

Step 3 .....Have lots of fire alarms going with worried looking life- vested sailors running around, declare an emergency and evacuate ship.

and for "safety" reasons don't let the "refugees" back on board, and sail off back to Australia.

Police Cautions UK style

November 10th, 2009
Will Police cautions here end up like in the UK?

"it was claimed that up to 40,000 assaults a year are dealt with by a caution issued by the police instead of the offender being prosecuted in court. In cases cited today, a 15-year-old boy was cautioned for rape and a man was given a caution after smashing a glass into a pub landlady's face."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/nov/09/jack-straw-police-cautions-review

Graffiti group nabbed

November 9th, 2009
Just missed out on Jail

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/graffiti-group-nabbed/1671749.aspx

How lucky were they that the Premier tough new jail laws weren't in yet

No reply as yet to my email about graffiti to my local MP Barry Collier.

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I emailed the Telegraph

(Yoursay Daily Telegraph 10/11/09)

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2007/12/26/sin_no_more

The letters editor "for space reasons" shortened my letter, see link above.

I sent Jason Morrisson at 2GB the four links of minors receiving "Police cautions" in the Sutherland Shire.

Supercheap Auto the graffiti vandals friend.

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2009/10/12/supercheap_auto_the_graffiti_vandals_fri

Police Cautions for vandals

November 8th, 2009

Links for newspaper stories about 3 lots of graffiti "artists caught and let go in the last 6 weeks.

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2009/11/02/title_67

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I emailed the opposition leader Barry O'Farrell
in June about graffiti.

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2007/12/29/common_sense

Get young crims back on the streets faster.

November 8th, 2009

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2007/12/29/common_sense

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http://www.smh.com.au/national/spraycan-vandals-face-prison-under-crackdown-20091107-i2ss.html

We've had a gutful...NSW Premier Nathan Rees stands in Cox Lane, Toongabbie, near his home in Western Sydney. Juveniles must now have a legitimate reason for having spray paint on their person Photo: Adam Hollingworth

Which costs more?

November 5th, 2009

RTA "preferred" flashing lights installed today at The Boulevarde Gymea near The Princes highway.

Note the brake lights
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Peter Olsen's Flashing lights at Peakhurst

Note the brake lights.

THEY BOTH DO THE SAME JOB .... SLOW CARS

Which flashing lights are the the best value for the taxpayers dollar?

Peter Olsen's lights cost..........$350 each.

The RTA preferred lights cost...$58,125 each. (or 800 signs for $46.5M )

http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/Prod/parlment/hansart.nsf/V3Key/LC20070927015

What can I say?

Getting 'tough' on graffiti vandals

November 4th, 2009

Graffiti vandals sentenced to talking, tea and scones

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/graffiti-vandals-sentenced-to-talking-tea-and-scones/story-e6freuy9-1225794061401

"It makes me mad, but you can't tell teenagers anything - or you can, but they won't listen."

"they need discipline."

After reading the scone and jam article I emailed The Daily Telegraph

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2007/11/01/houston_i_have_a_problem

This bit was printed this morning

My original must've been a bit long.

I also emailed my local State Member Mr Barry Collier MP on Wednesday morning, I'll post a reply when I get one.

He as the member for Miranda must be dismayed with the leval of graffiti vandalism in his electorate.

This clever work in Oak road Kirrawee

To be continued.....

Official Police Caution.

November 2nd, 2009

We are urged to "look out for vandals during the holidays"

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/look-out-vandals-about-in-holidays/1643621.aspx

Because graffiti vandals mainly sneak around at night to do their destructive rubbish, they are very rarely caught.

Although in the last few weeks four young graffiti grubs have been apprehended.

These two early October

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/teens-arrested-after-graffiti-found/1640896.aspx

"Police gave the teenagers OFFICAL CAUTIONS"

I don't read anywhere that the parents or the vandals cleaned the up mess, or paid for it to be done.

this young individual in Kirrawee

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/graffiti-teen-arrested/1660635.aspx

"The Sutherland boy was CAUTIONED under the Young Offenders Act."

and this one in September in Kirrawee

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/graffiti-youth-nabbed-with-help-from-the-public/1633388.aspx

and "the police gave him a youth caution"

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In Perth earlier this year:

This fellow needs a "Police Caution"

(Highlight and drag whole link into browser)

http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/comments/0,21590,24958175-2761,00.html

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To make it clear to a minor that illegal activity will not be tolerated this happened on Tuesday night

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/girl-15-cautioned-for-driving-stolen-car/story-e6freuz0-1225794530514
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I WENT TO A POLICE STATION TO ASK WHAT A "POLICE CAUTION" WAS.

I was told that if the person arrested and charged, admits to the crime, and agrees, then they get a police caution.

This consists of a talk, pointing out that what they have done, is bad

I suggested to the officer that maybe a fine of a $1000 to the parent of a minor caught doing graffiti might be more of a deterrent, and the parent would then perhaps keep a closer eye on what their child gets up to.

I said that if I mistakenly park in a disabled spot I can get fined $405, but someone caught doing thousands of dollars damage with a $2.50 can of spray paint, gets a talking to.

Obviously on the record the officer couldn't comment and they have to follow procedure, and explained that as the law stands that's all they can do.

"You should write to someone" the officer said.

"The Sutherland mayor hasn't replied to 2 emails* from me on this subject." I said.

Later:

I rang Sutherland Council and was put through to a graffiti person who agreed that as it is so hard to catch graffiti vandals that when you do they should be made an example of.
I popped into Rockdale Council and was told the same by council staff and a young Policewoman outside Kogarah Police station told me that young offenders treat police cautions as a joke.
A polite young Policeman at Miranda Police station, shall I say, didn't disagree with me that maybe a $1000 dollar fine for parents of minors caught graffiting, would be more of a deterrent than a "Police caution".
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Update Fri 6 Nov

* I wrote to the Mayor about TV advertising during the Bathhurst 1000

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2009/10/12/supercheap_auto_the_graffiti_vandals_fri

More about Supercheap Auto that in previous pages.

To be continued....

Close to home

November 1st, 2009

Two doors up from my place is a council "park" that used to have a climbing fort swings and a slide, but they were removed for some reason leaving only a seat.
Last night to make the streetscape better some grub has sprayed one fence

I've emailed the mayor twice recentily about graffiti matters and had ...NO Reply.

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2009/10/18/no_reply

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2009/10/21/feedback

Mayor Lorraine Kelly

Does the mayor really care about graffiti?

Supercheap Auto, super smart

October 25th, 2009

Fly spray in Summer, cold and Flu medicine in Winter.

Business targets a need.

Two weeks ago Supercheap Auto featured on a TV ad during the V8 Bathurst 1000 CHN 7 telecast, a "special" on 4 cans of spray paint for $10.

Aerosol paint spray cans are the weapon of choice for graffiti vandals. I wonder how many "4 for $10 cans" cans were bought from Supercheap stores while they were on special, and have been used for this illegal purpose?

Today during the Surfers Paradise V8 meet I notice on TV advertising during the race that Supercheap Auto also sells paint thinners.

Very handy to know, if your property has been graffitied.

Thank you Mr Supercheap.

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This van drove along side me on Parramatta rd on Friday

And I spotted this lady painting out graffiti same afternoon in Annandale.

Graffiti won't stop unless someone gets serious.

Update: 28 Oct.

No reply from my Mayor Kelly to my 2nd email.

For a person who publicly has a such a strong view against graffiti, you'd think sending me a couple of lines and pushing the reply button wouldn't be too much to ask.

Feedback.

October 21st, 2009

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On the Kingsway Miranda

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No comment from my Mayor Cr Kelly about Super cheap Auto's help in the fight against graffiti.

I've sent her another email and also one to Supercheap.

----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: lkelly@ssc.nsw.gov.au
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 10:09 PM
Subject: Fw: graffiti and corporate responsibility

Dear mayor,
last monday I sent you (and after reading it back) a rather passionate email regarding graffiti and advertising.
Graffiti is a huge problem in the Sutherland Shire and when I saw spray paint cans advertised as a "special"during the Bathurst 1000 I was angry, as it's mainly young men that watch the race and mainly young men that do graffiti.
I was angry that money and profit trumps community goodwill.
Do you think that promoting a special on spray paint cans during the Bathurst 1000 telecast (even though legal) was a responsible thing to do considering the audience demographic of this V8 race?

Regards
Hans Stephens

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Would it hurt if the Sutherland Mayor publicly questioned the need to feature repeatedly, this "special" on spray cans by Supercheap Auto during the Bathurst 1000, which although legal wasn't helping in the battle against graffiti.

No reply

October 18th, 2009

This house owned by Railcorp in Sutherland about 1 1/2 kl/mh from Sutherland Council Chambers was repainted by graffiti vandals.

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/350k-for-
eyesore/1651369.aspx

( Drag all of above link into your browser to view article)

I emailed Sutherland Mayor Cr Kelly last Monday about the spray paint bargains Supercheap Auto were spruiking during the Bathurst 1000 but obviously she doesn't share my concern.

Well not concered enough to push the reply button to me and say she'll as the Mayor of an area with a massive graffiti problem she would contact Supercheap Auto about their legal but maybe morally inappropriate marketing.

Supercheap Auto the graffiti vandals friend

October 12th, 2009

The Bathurst 1000 V8 car race is the NO 1 motor race in Australia.

Channel 7 did a magnificent job to bring the drama into my lounge room.

The necessary advertising was pitched at mainly the male market.

On a large track side SUPERCHEAP AUTO billboard (the main sponsor of the race) states that it has over 200,000 items in it's Australian stores.

Why out of 200,000 products, and from page 19 of it's 20 page "specials" catalogue did they have to feature the special on aerosol spray paint cans at

"4 CANS FOR $10."

Graffiti is costing untold millions and to advertise this product to an audience of mostly young males, obviously legal BUT..is it the right thing to do????

How many thousands of dollars damage can be done with $10 worth of spray paint?

I know it's a legal product and you have to be over 18 to buy it.

You can't buy alcohol either unless you're eighteen and have a look at whose off their face on the streets at night.

I emailed Supercheap Auto but no reply was forthcoming

Graffiti

October 8th, 2009

Feel free to clean up your tags says mayor

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/feel-free-to-clean-up-your-tags-says-mayor/1643620.aspx
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This was on the Leader website

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Teens arrested after graffiti found
BY DAVID MCCOWEN
5/10/2009 10:41:00 AM
Sutherland police arrested two teenagers from Sutherland and Woronora on Friday for graffiti offences.
Police allege the male pair, aged 15 and 14, are responsible for graffiti sprayed on Railway Street, Jannali at 10.20pm on Thursday.

Police gave the teenagers official cautions for malicious damage, and possessing spray paint can with the intent to damage or deface property.

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Did the teenagers or maybe their parents clean off the damage or pay to do it?
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After three more letters about graffiti in the Leader, I sent in this one.

To: leaderletters@fairfax.com.au
Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 10:19 PM
Subject: graffiti

Dear sir,
it seems that almost every issue of the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader has an article about the ever increasing scourge of graffiti.
I read on the Leader website that police arrested two teenagers and charged them with malicious damage and possessing a spray can with the intent to deface or damage property.
The male pair 14 and 15 year old were given "official cautions"
My question is wether they, or their parents were required to, or pay to have the "malicious damage" cleaned up?
Unless there are consequences, graffiti vandalism will only get worse.
Parents have to be made more responsible for what their offspring are up to.
Maybe parents would care what junior does at night if they were handed a $1000 bill for cleaning up graffiti vandalism.
Park unintentionaly in a diabled spot and it costs $405, forget the time and drive through a school zone and there goes your license, but sneak around and deface property and it's an "official caution" Get serious.

Regards Hans Stephens

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Sutherland Mayor Cr Kelly is right when she said,

"The State Government needs to look at the Young Offenders Act,'' she said.

"There should be more moves and more options to make offenders clean up their graffiti.''

Work to rule

September 24th, 2009

In Willarong (South) just off Captain Cook drive Caringbah is a school zone fitted with a set of flashing lights

as you turn right off Capt Cook drive into Willarong the school zone sign is so close to the corner, the flashing lights so high, fitted with shields and although it also has the red cicle lit up, because drivers are busy making the turn, who sees them?


If you turn left from Capt. Cook drive, being are so close to the corner and so high that seeing them is nigh on impossible.

BUT yes you can get a very clear view of these flashing lights if you come across the intersection from Willarong South, BUT THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE, as that road is blocked.

So instead of having this school zone sign and it's expensive flashing unit a bit further up the road where it can be seen,
No doubt it is installed at the "REGULATION" distance from the school and is practically useless.

I will email the new roads minister Mr David Campbell and see if he can get this flashing light unit moved to the Beverly Hills school zone sign (below) where it can do some good.

I have tried previously tried to get flashers there, and emailed Mr Roozendaal and his successor Mr Daly,.... with no result.

The archive page (below) shows my efforts to try and get an extra flashing unit.

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2008/11/21/beverly_hills_continued

The archive page (above) shows my email to Mr Daly, and all that came back from his office was,

To: stephens1510
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 9:34 AM
Subject: RE: Beverly Hiills School zone.

Dear Mr Stephens,

Thank you for your email to the Hon Michael Daley MP, Minister for Roads.

The Minister has arranged for the matters raised to be examined and a response will be provided as soon as possible.

Office of the Minister for Roads

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Mr Roozendaal's office only answered after this appeared in the Daily Telegraph....

The reply said they'd "look into it," and nothing has changed at Beverly Hills.

To be continued

Road safety not revenue.

September 19th, 2009

As I told Jason Morrison on 2GB this morning whenever they announce new speed cameras they always say that the money from the fines isn't important, and they wouldn't care if no driver was fined.

To sound even more genuine, revenue from cameras was promised for spinal injury research

It's funny that even when millions are collected from just one speed camera this article was in the Telegraph this morning.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/superman-speed-camera-pledge-broken/story-e6freuyi-1225776080069

Speed cameras are all about safety.... not revenue ????

South street Kogarah

September 10th, 2009

When I first stood in my Santa suit at the Kogarah school zone and waved my sign (Dec '04)I could see that South st entry to that school zone was a problem

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2004/12/

Drivers sit at the lights waiting for the lights, then turn right accelerate and flash.

As you turn right your attention is on turning right,looking at at getting around the centre medium strip, not on the school zone.

What is needed there opposite South st is a school zone sign facing South st with... you guessed it,..... "Flashing lights," to remind drivers waiting at the lights of the zone.

How many drivers have been caught after visiting patients at the hospital there and are thinking of a sick friend or relative while waiting for a green.

I have mentioned South st before,

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2007/01/

Today a customer, a local Kogarah businessman told me he had been caught by the camera recently after coming out of South st.

I will email and see if I can at least get a sign facing South st installed there.

If drivers continue to "speed" there it must continue to be a road safety issue for the school kids.