From: Roderick Smith [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, 13 May 2018 12:21 PM
Subject: Sun.29.4.18 daily digest
180429Su Melbourne 'Herald Sun':
- letters, energy, roads. with tdu/flickr
- transit cop fired.
2.54 Belgrave line: Buses to replace trains Bayswater - Upper Ferntree Gully
(an equipment fault at Ferntree Gully). Buses have been dispatched, but may
take up to 60 min to move into position.
- 3.09 Services are now resuming, with minor delays.
10.29 Frankston line: Minor delays (a trespasser on tracks).
- Apparently it was a child on the tracks.
- 10.45 Still minor delays.
11.35 Pakenham line: Minor delays after an earlier train fault near Narre
16.47 Buses to replace trains Glen Waverley - Darling (an overhead power
fault). Buses have been ordered but may take over 1 hour to arrive.
- 17.05 Consider the use of alternative transport, such as tram route 75.
[wrong place, inadequate capacity].
- 17.11 Buses will replace trains between RICHMOND and DARLING.
- 17.18 Line suspended Burnley - Darling; trains are running Darling - Glen
Waverley. Take a Belgrave/Liydale service to Burnley and change for a
replacement bus service.
- 17.41 Anticipate buses to replace trains Burnley - Glen Waverley until at
- 18.03 Are trains operating Darling-Glen Waverley? Your last two tweets
contradict each other.
- 18.03 Train services have resumed between Burnley and Darling.
- 18.04 Train services have resumed on the Glen Waverley line.
18.09 Richmond Station - Swan/Stewart St and Olympic Boulevard entrances are
also open, with minimal traffic/crowding. Please use all entries.
- 18.22 Current wait time via Brunton Avenue 8-10 min. Please also use
Swan/Stewart and Olympic Boulevard Entrances.
- 18.29 Current wait times leading into the station are 7-8 minutes.
- 18.38 Current wait times leading into the station are 2-3 minutes.
- 18.45 crap service big foot ball game, can't get home.
19.50 Belgrave/Lilydale Lines: Major delays while we recover from vandalism
at Flinders Street.
19.52 Pakenham/Cranbourne Lines: Major delays while we recover from an
ambulance request at Carnegie.
20.17 Frankston line: Minor delays citybound through Mordialloc (an
- 8.03 Maybe just work this into the timetable, since it's every day?
Frankston line: Buses replace trains to Caulfield from 20.30 (works). For
stations South Yarra - Caulfield, take a Sandringham train to South Yarra.
For stations Caulfield and beyond, take a Glen Waverley train to Darling.
Pakenham/Cranbourne lines: Buses replace trains to Westall from 20.30
(works). For stations South Yarra - Caulfield, take a Sandringham train to
South Yarra. For stations Caulfield and beyond, take any train to Burnley.
Sydney Trains tight lipped on molester's history 29 April 2018.
A major NSW government agency has refused to explain how a repeat
drink-driver convicted of assaulting a woman obtained a "relatively senior
position" in its workforce before he molested a heavily intoxicated woman in
the toilets of a Sydney bar.
A man has been jailed over the sexual assault of a woman at a Transport
NSW/Sydney Trains function. Photo: Rob Homer William Nhan - a man who then
went on to wound his partner in an episode of domestic violence - has been
jailed over the sexual assault, which happened in the toilet cubicle of a
Surry Hills bar at a Sydney Trains/Transport NSW work function.
Nhan was imprisoned for at least two years and 10 months, with a maximum
term of five years and four months, on December 15 last year. The incident
on June 10, 2016, began with him attending to help the sick woman.
In sentencing Nhan, NSW District Court judge Stephen Norrish QC described
how that once in the cubicle, the intoxicated man then removed the woman's
underwear and tried to have sex with her while she was vomiting.
The victim gave evidence saying that she lost consciousness repeatedly as he
attempted to have sex with her, forcing her legs down to meet his height.
"I was blacking out a bit," the woman said.
Before the incident Nhan's rap sheet included convictions for driving with a
mid-range of prescribed concentration of alcohol in 2003, 2008 and 2012.
He also has a conviction for driving while disqualified in 2012.
In January 2008, he was convicted of common assault and property damage and
received two apprehended domestic violence orders to protect his victim,
believed to be a woman.
A jury convicted Nhan on October 30 of attempted sexual intercourse without
consent, and of indecent assault.
Judge Norrish said Nhan "had a relatively senior position with Transport New
South Wales at the time of the offending."
He was a "person of some authority and importance" who worked between the
City and Burwood offices of Sydney Trains.
While Nhan admitted to being in the women's toilets, he denied any sexual
contact with the victim.
The Herald put a number of questions to Transport NSW about Nhan's
employment, including how he was able to attain such a position with his
criminal history, and whether or not the department knew about that history
at the time of the sexual assault.
"If so, how was it dealt with?" and "If not, were standard criminal checks
not completed in this case?" were two of the questions put to the department
But in a delayed response handled by Sydney Trains, a spokesperson declined
to provide details "due to privacy issues."
"Sydney Trains holds its staff to the highest standards and expects them to
adhere to our code of conduct at all times. Breaches of the code can lead to
disciplinary action," the spokesperson said in a statement.
"As soon as we were made aware of this matter, we suspended the person and
terminated his employment after our internal investigation was completed."
Judge Norrish said Nhan was a "well-regarded, popular member of the staff."
While on bail for the sexual assault Nhan caused his partner to badly cut
her head when he pushed her against a door during an argument at their Glebe
She climbed over the balcony and fled down the street in just her underwear
before being found by police in a distressed state.
Nhan was jailed for six months after being convicted of reckless wounding,
released on September 19 last year.
Powerhouse Museum collection caught in version of beds-to-the-west 29 April
In 1982, Laurie Brereton took on the thankless job of reorganising the
state's health system, taking maternity beds from the eastern suburbs and
inner city to Sydney's rapidly growing western and south-western region.
The NSW government has drawn a line under its own cultural version of beds
to the west, announcing a dedicated science and innovation museum for the
heart of Parramatta.
Peter Denham, the Powerhouse Museum's director of curatorial, collections
and exhibitions in front of the Boulton and Watt steam engine in 2017.
Photo: Ben Rushton The decision is both an exercise in political pragmatism
and answer to historic public funding inequities in western Sydney. A big
vision, it is also surprisingly vague around the future of Ultimo where
clarity is necessary to assess the true value and costs of such an ambitious
project, iconic or not.
When the Sydney Opera House was commissioned in 1958, Sydney was a city of
1.8 million. Western Sydney's population passed that milestone in 2011 and
will be closer to 3 million by 2031.
Yet the region attracts a mere 1 per cent of Commonwealth arts program
funding, 5.5 per cent of state funding. Five of the major cultural museums
and galleries lie within five kilometres of the CBD, none in western Sydney.
That the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo was singled out three years ago to
redress that neglect reflects Treasury's aversion to building and operating
a new museum from scratch in Parramatta - even one in which some locals are
keen to celebrate the city's Indigenous and migrant past.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces the Powerhouse Museum's Parramatta
site during a press conference in Parramatta on Saturday.
Photo: Cole Bennetts
The Powerhouse building has its limitations but the Art Gallery of NSW has
its faults too, a sandstone pile on the edges of The Domain too small to
display and celebrate the full story of Australian art, distant from train
stations and equally reliant on international blockbusters.
Whereas the Art Gallery is to receive $244 million public money for a new
wing to showcase contemporary art, the Powerhouse has lacked influential
Surprisingly it has tended to undersell its veritable treasure trove of
Australia's social history and industrial and transport heritage. And it is
this - the sledges of Mawson and Scott, a priceless working Boulton and Watt
steam engine, built into the museum itself, the wool samples of Samuel
Marsden - that sits at the heart of these policy decisions.
Cabinet could well have opted to expand the flagship cultural institutions
in western Sydney than go to the massive expense of relocating the
Powerhouse. The Campbelltown Arts Centre is crying out and for a new
318-seat theatre, studios, rehearsal and workshop spaces. The Joan
Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith could be expanded to include a
Western Sydney Conservatorium.
Costs of moving Powerhouse to western Sydney to top $1 billion.
As the University of NSW's Joanna Mendelssohn notes, these venues are lean,
innovative and deeply connected to their audiences, producing programs of
intellectual rigour that are massively popular and entertaining.
Equally, they have developed independently around local councils, which have
seeded them and so lack a broader state focus.
In this, the distribution of art and cultural resources in western Sydney
reflect a region that is effectively four separate cities, where the
extremes of rich and poor often live side-by-side in the same
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So it may take another generation or two before a homegrown millionaire
philanthropist with the vision and deep pockets of David Walsh can establish
a Museum of Old and New Art in the region.
Until then, arts and cultural leaders of western Sydney say the new museum
is merely the start.
They will be agitating for programs and resources that will provide a proper
home for the city's creatives - the architects, designers and writers - and
And the defenders of the Powerhouse Museum's collection will continue to
remind the government that its cultural legacy is precious and should not be
used as a political football.