Two NSW bureaucrats spend $200K to meet contractors in Europe building light rail system

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 14 Feb 2018 13:18
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Really?  Would have been cheaper to fly to Melbourne and see how we build them down here.

Two NSW bureaucrats spend $200K to meet contractors in Europe building light rail system

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  Matthew Junior Train Controller

Really?  Would have been cheaper to fly to Melbourne and see how we build them down here.

Two NSW bureaucrats spend $200K to meet contractors in Europe building light rail system
bevans

Nope - TfNSW project managers have made it quite clear they are building a 'modern light rail' system and Melbourne has those old fashioned tram things so there is nothing to learn from Melbourne.

They actually said this to a room full of engineers at the presentation I went to. The audience was remarkably restrained Smile
  apw5910 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
Really?  Would have been cheaper to fly to Melbourne and see how we build them down here.

Two NSW bureaucrats spend $200K to meet contractors in Europe building light rail system
bevans
In the 1930's Jack Lang said you could have had all that guff for the price of a postage stamp, when his heads of departments raved about attending conferences overseas. And now we have the internet...
  kitchgp Chief Train Controller

I doubt Melbourne much cares. Given the project here is well advanced in construction and the equipment finalised, what are they inspecting overseas?
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
I doubt Melbourne much cares. Given the project here is well advanced in construction and the equipment finalised, what are they inspecting overseas?
kitchgp
Nothing I suspect. Probably taking a very expensive holiday.
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

I really don't see the point of them going over to europe aside from checking out how the french made rolling stock is going. I am not sure why they have to get treated so lavishly at our expense as well. Just put them up in a budget motel should be all that they need.
  James974 Deputy Commissioner

Really?  Would have been cheaper to fly to Melbourne and see how we build them down here.

Two NSW bureaucrats spend $200K to meet contractors in Europe building light rail system

Nope - TfNSW project managers have made it quite clear they are building a 'modern light rail' system and Melbourne has those old fashioned tram things so there is nothing to learn from Melbourne.

They actually said this to a room full of engineers at the presentation I went to. The audience was remarkably restrained Smile
Matthew
Well go to the Gold Coast then? Seriously they have a modern light rail system.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
I really don't see the point of them going over to europe aside from checking out how the french made rolling stock is going. I am not sure why they have to get treated so lavishly at our expense as well. Just put them up in a budget motel should be all that they need.
simstrain
I think it's called a "Junket" and our political rule of thumb is a "junket" is an overseas trip, not a domestic one
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After all some things just can't achieve on the telephone or a video link can they? Rolling Eyes
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

With reckless spending like that on these two NSW bureaucrats. I really don't want to hear the NSW government complaining about not being able to give train drivers a pay rise unless they believe that these 2 are more worthy then our train drivers.

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