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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

bitchen in Tasmania update

Robertsons Bridge – Wielangta Road

DATE 04/11/2010
In recognition of the Wielangta Road’s importance to the local community, tourists, and the forest industry, the State Government recently announced that it would provide funding of $500,000 to construct a replacement for the now-closed Robertsons Bridge.
Forestry Tasmania is overseeing the works, and it is expected that the road will re-open to through traffic early in 2011. Gunns Limited, which maintains the road, will fund the cost of removing the old bridge.
Robertsons Bridge, which provided the crossing on the Wielangta Road over the Sandspit River, was erected in 1987-88 of timber construction. It would normally have been expected to have a working life of 25 years. However, decay was more rapid than expected due to the damp forest environment, and the bridge was closed following an engineering assessment carried out after heavy rains in July 2009. Consequently, the Wielangta Road, previously an important link between the east coast and Tasman Peninsula, has also been closed to through traffic since this time.
Forestry Tasmania, supported by specialist environmental advice, has completed a thorough assessment of the site, including surveys of the site’s flora, fauna, geology, soil and water, cultural values, stakeholder issues and operational requirements. These assessments will ensure that any unfavourable impacts from the site works can be minimised or mitigated, for example, preventative measures will be put in place to control sediment movement in the river.
A formal cultural heritage record of the old bridge, which was of traditional construction and built from local blue gum, has also been compiled.
If required for safety reasons, specific hazardous trees near the work site may need to be felled.
Current road safety requirements will ensure improvements to guarding and sight distances at the approaches to the bridge. Additionally, signs will be installed to warn traffic to give way at the crossing and slow down near the Sandspit picnic area.
The Sandspit Forest Reserve, which includes a picnic area adjacent to the bridge, will be closed to the public during the reconstruction works.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

So sorry for the miners families.

There could be further explosions in the pike river mine, The mine would have to be flooded with inert gas or water to be sure the fires at out  before anyone goes in that mine again. I feel so sorry for the families of those miners.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

golden staf

I have been given antibiotics for Golden Staf and the only place I could have got it from was the washing machine. I got the infection round the wrists and on the front of my legs. This being the places the washed clothes and the disease laden water would have touched me. Thanks to WHIRLPOOL FOR HELPING ME WITH THE PROBLEM, like fuck they did. So here it is be warned, there is a fault with the new washing machines on the market today as they don't have a lint filter on them. I have sent a copy of this to and will advise you of the results. Please feel free to contact them yourself if you have one of the above machines and are worried about this post and get a guarantee for your self.

mine explosion

When you have an explosion that rips the ventilation fan off its base there is not much hope of someone left in the mine. If you look at the images of the NZ blast you will notice the carbon marks on the trees near the entrance. This was a methane and or coal dust explosion and the cause was some sort of ignition most likely from a hot roller on a belt. When these explosions hit they give no warning and every thing is blown from original resting place. Pipes twisted like spaghetti and blown to the nearest intersection. Pit props blown out and unsafe conditions are all that there is left.  If you watch the video you will see how they treat the explosion as if it is nothing.  
or the closed tank explosion Which I think was irresponsible as the tank could have blown to smithereens could you imagine the pressure that was instantly in that tank. Or this  That was on the surface how would it have been underground sucking up all the air to burn. There is still a big risk of the mine exploding again.
I will let you know this is serious stuff and should be treated with respect. I know as I worked in a coal mine doing underground roof support and working with methane gas. There is a culture in coal mines that needs to be changed, My father worked in a coal mine and there was a fire in the mine that he worked at and he was lucky to get out. I suffered burns to my face and chest from a gas explosion in a model boat that I made and this was about half a ltr. of gas and air. I do hope for miracles though. I was lucky to be carried out Wongawilli mine on a stretcher and still be able to walk and live the rest of my life. Yes I do have mental scars.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


The ACCC is set up to stop monopolies taking over and stopping competition in Australia. This is a commendable roll but I know they have lost there way. I know that David Hughes called the boss of the ACCC a Pseudo professor wonder why....?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

drug sub

Drug sub is probably not a good image to portray for a recycled sailing boat. This lead me to what to call it, Its made from glass and plastic commonly called glass reinforced plastic ( G.R.P.) Now if it going to float then Jesus what a miracle.
So we put the two together and we get Plastic Jesus.
Now there is this song Plastic Jesus  which is a fun song about a plastic Jesus doll riding on the dash board of a car. This doll is filled with booze which is a drug of one kind which brings us back to weather the boat is going to sink!
Drug sub, and it looks like one a bit.
Think it all ties in so there it is. That's how I came about with the name. Plastic Jesus...

I have been working on the navigation lights and interior lights and doing the wiring which is all soldered and shrunk wrapped on all joints. There is also a hole on the interior of the boat that has been fixed and still needs about an hours work to finish. All of these jobs are not ones that I will bore you with but need to be done. I have just ordered a 6 HP Tohatsu four stroke outboard motor .with power propellor and control stuff so this will be installed in the coming weeks.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


This is where I do some mad thinking. But please look and don't be offended as I did offend my readers there and they all stopped reading. Yes all of them so be warned it might make you think. Just click on the word starshipchurch