Contractors Association

24 February 2013

Information about the Association

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Member Update 7th February 2013

07 February 2013

7th February 2013 Dear Members, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, New Year and enjoyed your holiday period. This is the first Member Update for the year and it brings with itsome pluses, but also some minuses. The year got off to a good start with all the Run Cards being sent as […]

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Member Update 6th December 2012

06 December 2012

6th December 2012 Dear Members, Since my last contact a meeting has been held with the DEC and AST management at the request of Brian Smyth King Director of Disability Programs who asked that some Association members attend the city office on the 5th November. This meeting was to present to us the progression of […]

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Good Stuff

25 October 2012

From: Rhonda Sent: Thursday, 25 October 2012 1:43 PM To: Subject: Email 4 Good Stuff Our last conversation accidentally provided some good news so will the following be something I can share with members or do they still need final concurrence? I have also asked about some that you may still need to review. Industrial […]

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Manipulation

25 October 2012

From: Rhonda Sent: Thursday, 25 October 2012 11:18 AM To: Subject: Email 3 Manipulation ………………………………………other manipulative practices from the AST and it is hard to determine what annoyances would be considered “manipulative” or what are just plain annoying/rude/disrespectful/antiquated/one sided/insulting/unnecessary/stringent/inconsistent/belittling/intimidating/unfair/unethical or appearing to be in place simply to abuse power. I believe much of what operators […]

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Emails Strike Days/RAMS

25 October 2012

From: Rhonda Sent: Thursday, 25 October 2012 10:57 AM To: Subject: Email 1 RTA Record ……………………………………Anyway, I have attempted to write some things in point form and will send probably in a succession of emails. Still going with them as I have been a bit flat chat of late. I have come across one today […]

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Member Update 23rd October 2012

23 October 2012

23/10/2012 Dear Members, Just a quick message to let you know that there have been some positive developments which I will be sharing with you all on Saturday. For members not attending I will be quick of the mark to have the Minutes sent out to all which will include this news. Regards Rhonda 25 […]

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Member Update 20th October 2012

20 October 2012

20/10/2012 Dear Members, An Association meeting is to be held this Saturday the 27th October at the Wyong Leagues Club at 1pm. The location was chosen due to the proximity of many new members in the Hornsby, Central Coast and Newcastle areas. This meeting is replacing the proposed Sydney area meeting which was to be […]

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Interpretive Decision??

30 September 2012

Email September 2012 I must say ***** I was surprised to learn that you were at a meeting where the new Category Lowering option was discussed. I know you said it was only a discussion and not set in concrete, but at some stage – it was. Again, the timing of this bothers me, but […]

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Comments on Draft Guidelines

27 September 2012

MAPPING OF A RUN. (Updated Summary) Since our meeting I understand more the predicament on this subject but I still want to state my view here. At the bottom of these notes are the original ones I had at our meeting if you choose to read them. They are long and probably not necessary now […]

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Transparent Clauses

27 September 2012

A “tongue in cheek” look at how Clearly Clarified and Consistent Contract Clauses should be written if done in the literal way they are, were or should be, to understood the new unilateral category sliding method and other typically inconsistent and Department favoured practices. (Plus notes on why these need to be clarified properly) Vehicle […]

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Mapping

23 September 2012

Hi Simon, I just thought I would give you some examples of a glitch with Google in case you are unaware of this one. If unknown to those mapping the runs, it may explain some of the calls to the Department about inaccurate distances. It is how Google shows proposed roads as being an existing […]

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Member Update 22nd September 2012

22 September 2012

22nd September 2012 Dear Members, It has been five weeks since my last update so by now many of you are probably wondering what, if anything has been accomplished. Well the answer is a bit yes and a bit no, but ‘work’ has not ceased. There was a slight delay in receiving the first draft […]

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Due Diligence –

10 September 2012

St George Tender Briefing 2010 – Did these questions plant the seed? Is it legal to LIE at a Tender Brief? DUE DILIGENCE (Short Version) Wheelchair Vehicles. Lady – So what happens if you don’t give us kids that use the wheelchairs – what rate? Answer – The rate that you tendered for. The department […]

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The Wrong View

23 August 2012

Many problems between operators and the ASTU can be attributed to the view that appears to be strongly held throughout this Department. I am surprised just how much it seems to affect every decision. I now realize this deep seated view was the basis for the original wrongly devised rates, and continues to be the […]

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Who Is Dishonest?

22 August 2012

While operators have always sensed an ever present mistrust by the Department, it was still upsetting to have this confirmed as such at our meeting. There can never be any chance of solving the “Us and Them” situation while ever this reasoning exists. Perhaps if even a small amount of respect was shown to operators […]

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Misleading Rates

21 August 2012

After our last meeting more thought was given to the way in which the rates were offered and agreed upon. It was quite frankly mind boggling to us when first brought up at the meeting in the city, but when confirmed by you that this was the way it was done, it seriously astounded both […]

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Establishing Estimations

20 August 2012

It was hard enough with the structure of the Tender and the job requirements to make estimations based on nothing, yet we were to get as accurate a price as possible to submit. Imagine then, having to estimate for this new addition of unpaid loaded kilometres that we would have needed to include for this […]

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Update Campbelltown DEC Meeting

18 August 2012

18th August 2012 Hello Members, This update brings with it more good news so I must say our effort in contacting the Ministers office has really paid off (excuse the pun). It was of immense pleasure to realize that operators, and their issues, are really being taken seriously and attempts are being made to rectify […]

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Campbelltown AST Meeting

16 August 2012

QUESTIONS about categories. What is Phillip’s current understanding of the new method? What is David’s understanding of the contract clauses? When was the decision made to pay by student numbers? Who interpreted this method and made this decision? Who writes the contract? What date was the current contract (including amendments) finalized? Why wasn’t this change […]

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Progress News

15 August 2012

15th August 2012 To Operators with the Assisted School Travel Program, We are writing to advise you of the progress of the Contractors Association in resolving ongoing issues experienced by Operators with the program. We invite you to support this organization by becoming a member. A meeting was held at the DEC office in the […]

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Update City DEC Meeting

28 July 2012

28th July 2012 Dear Members, This letter brings wonderful news. Our meeting on Wednesday, held in a boardroom of the DEC building in the city, was very successful having six people from the DEC attending. Peter Riordan – Director, Schools Department Deonne Smith – General Manager, Access and Equity Robyn Bale – Acting Director, Student […]

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Issues Presented to DEC City Meeting

27 July 2012

The below Issues were submitted to the Department of Education and Communities at a meeting held in July 2012. The contentious topic of Category Lowering was left to discuss at future meetings due to time. As of the time these were added to the website in March 2013, there have only been 2 of the […]

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Spy Alert

26 July 2012

26th July 2012 Dear Members, A spy is in our midst. While this probability was (fortunately) pre-empted – hence all names have been removed in all the Modified Minutes – confirmation of this was gained last week. Everything I have sent to you all is now in the hands of not only the Department but […]

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Which Half is Half?

13 July 2012

As most are now aware, last month, at the discretion of the Department, a newly conceived and implemented contract change was introduced. (Nothing unusual in that) Half Day Rates just “materialized” from nowhere, without consultation or even notification. This contravened our somewhat dubious contract by: 1) Making changes to a legal document. 2) Not paying […]

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Quick Member Update

10 July 2012

10th July 2012 10th July 2012 Dear Members, Our letter worked. I received a phone call followed by an email confirming a meeting for the 25th July. Not with Minister (was expected) but with The Deputy Director General of “Schools Department” (Peter Riordan) and 2 others. I only have 30 mins (and you know how […]

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Letter To Minister

09 July 2012

Mr Adrian Piccoli, MP Level 34 Governor Macquarie Tower 1 Farrer Place SYDNEY NSW 2000 9th July 2012 Dear Sir, I am writing this letter to bring your attention to the continuing unrest of many Operators with the Assisted School Travel Program. Individually and as a group we have tried unsuccessfully to have these issues […]

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Member Update 9th July 2012

09 July 2012

9th July 2012 Dear Members, Hello to you all and I hope you are enjoying your holiday. I hesitated in calling this letter an update since that would imply some news. Since the only news is the ‘same old same old’ perhaps I should have called this a ‘downgrade’, but then that’s another word Operators […]

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Beware – Check June Payment

26 June 2012

Things to look out for when checking your June payment. 1) Belated Deductions. Deductions could be made from this pay for your first 3 pay claims if your Kilometres were more than what the Dept’s new, you beaut, highly accurate system shows. (As one operator has found out due to a belated correction) 2) Wrong […]

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Further Garry Browne Update

26 June 2012

26th June 2012 Dear Members, Further to my update last week, the call to Garry Browne. I will attempt not to make this lengthy. My call was to simply request a time to have a meeting with him to get some answers to our issues. Unfortunately this call was anything but quick and simple. Firstly, […]

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St George Meeting Update

22 June 2012

22nd June 2012 Dear Members, We had a very successful meeting last Saturday, despite the dreary weather. There were twenty four people in attendance, including one who defiantly wore his blue and gold colours into the recently defeated St George club. There was much verbal participation from old and new members. Membership forms were also […]

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Member Update 20th June 2012

20 June 2012

Assisted School Travel Contractors Association Incorporated PO Box 101 Narellan NSW 2567 asc@assistedtravel.info 20th June 2012 Dear members, Saturday’s meeting at St George Leagues Club was very successful with many more new Contractors joining the association. Many issues were discussed and it was decided another meeting with Garry Browne will be made to discuss these […]

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Minutes St George Meeting

16 June 2012

Modified Minutes St George Meeting. The meeting was held at St George Leagues Club Saturday 16th June 2012 and was opened at 2pm. Committee members present: Les Ross, Gary Davies, Rhonda Hinds Apologies: David Heckenberg and various local and country Members. Attendance: A total of 24 in attendance. Minutes: The minutes from the last meeting […]

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St George Meeting Invitations

13 June 2012

 Assisted School Travel Contractors Association Incorporated PO Box 101 Narellan NSW 2567 asc@assistedtravel.info   Dear Contractors, The Assisted School Travel Contractors Association is holding its next meeting at the St George Leagues Club this Saturday 16th June 2012 at 1.30pm in the Premiers Lounge. We are inviting all Operators in the area to attend this […]

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Member Update 31st May 2012

31 May 2012

31st May 2012 Dear Members, Well it seems as though we have taken one step backwards in our efforts to correct this Category changing problem. As you know, emails were sent and conversations were had with Garry Browne and a small win was had when Garry acknowledged that operators who had tendered in a single […]

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Introduction To Contractors

31 May 2012

Assisted School Travel Contractors Association Incorporated PO Box 101 Narellan NSW 2567 asc@assistedtravel.info   Thursday 31st May 2012 Dear Assisted School Travel Contractor, On 5 April 2012 a group of contractors under the Assisted School Travel Program incorporated an association – the Assisted School Travel Contractors Association Incorporated which aims to:  Advance the interests of […]

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Questions To Garry Browne

27 May 2012

Calculation Form. Are the calculation sheets definitely being sent to every operator with every invoice starting from the June Payments? Why are some of these forms not being sent in their entirety? Why are the “Claimed” Klms the same as the “Est. Klms and aren’t showing what was claimed by the operator. Are claimed Klms […]

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Update Garry Browne Meeting

15 May 2012

15th May 2012 Dear Members, I apologize for the lateness in this letter with updates of our meeting last Tuesday with Garry Browne. It has been a busy week for me since, both with other commitments and with ongoing communication with Garry Browne. I will keep you posted as to any outcomes. The Meeting Two […]

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Opinion Request

13 May 2012

13/05/2012 Dear Members A reminder to those who can make it, the third Association meeting is being held this Saturday at St George Leagues club in the Premiers Lounge at 1.30pm. This is to be a very important meeting because we need to decide our next step in having our issues attended to in a […]

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Category Emails – Garry Browne

09 May 2012

Email 9th May 2012 Hi Garry, These are some of the reasons we spoke of with our concern about Category Sliding and some of the problems this has caused. We are not sure where this decision has come from but it has had a huge impact on contractors, particularly those that have previously worked for […]

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Re Cap Garry Browne Meeting

08 May 2012

Hi Garry, Apologies in advance for my lengthy email but I felt the need to recap our meeting today (probably more for my benefit). Most is not urgent so read when you have the time. Firstly, thank you for allowing us to talk with you and please also thank Kerri, who made us feel very […]

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Minutes Hornsby Meeting

28 April 2012

Modified Minutes Hornsby Meeting 28th April 2012 The meeting, held at the Hornsby RSL Club, was opened at 1.15pm and was chaired by Les Ross. Those in attendance were President Les Ross, Vice President David Heckenberg, Secretary Rhonda Hinds, Treasurer Gary Davies, plus 12 members and 8 visitors. A Total of 24 in attendance. Minutes […]

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Dianne Murray Letter

26 April 2012

 

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Introduction To ASTU

10 April 2012

Assisted School Travel Contractors Association Incorporated PO Box 101 Narellan NSW 2567 asc@assistedtravel.info   Tuesday, 10 April 2012 Dear Catherine Naismith and the ASTU, I am writing to introduce the department to the Assisted School Travel Contractors Association Incorporated. For some time a number of operators under the Assisted School Travel Program have called for […]

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Minutes Rooty Hill Meeting

31 March 2012

                                                                                           Minutes of Inaugural meeting   (The below minutes are a modified version with only names removed of those in attendance for privacy […]

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Letter To Ken Boston

06 February 2012

To Mr Ken Boston 6th February 2012   Dear Sir, We are a group of Operators for the Assisted School Travel Program in the Campbelltown area. Having heard you are currently conducting an inquiry into reasons behind the recent problems, we believe it imperative we provide you with further information. Summary 1)      Schedule of Rates […]

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