A fine use of taxpayers money

By 10 January, 2013 46

post it notes

Neil has sent in this one:

Someones been busy with post it notes – Dept of Infrastructure etc in Civic.

Nice to see they’ve got time to get their geek on.

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46 Responses to A fine use of taxpayers money
#1
pezza6:44 pm, 10 Jan 13

Can we just give the various Government buildings several boxes of post-it notes instead of spending some ludicrous amount of money to install a giant butt plug in the footpath? Hell we could have different ones every week for decades for the same expense.

#2
Spykler6:48 pm, 10 Jan 13

Quiet start to the year, that’s all..Nothing to see here. At least they weren’t pressing their backsides up against the glass.

#3
drfelonious6:49 pm, 10 Jan 13

Efficiency dividend obviously not biting very hard in that work area.

#4
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd8:24 pm, 10 Jan 13

Somebody hire this peep to curate all of the new public arts,

Awesome.

#5
buzz8199:21 pm, 10 Jan 13

What? I bought the post it notes with my own money and used my lunch break at my desk to do it.

#6
c_c™11:42 pm, 10 Jan 13

You’d be lucky if theres was 30c worth of notes on that whole window. Given government departments manage to lose hundreds of laptops in a financial year, I think it’s the losses you don’t see that really count.

#7
miz7:45 am, 11 Jan 13

Gotta do something to personalise those drab office interiors. In relation to resourcing, section staff (including me) had to buy our own Xmas cards to send to valued interstate work contacts, for the second year running (AGD). Not even a Departmental electronic one was provided this year (AGD) – not that our contacts can receive those anyway given computer security!

#8
stormboy687:51 am, 11 Jan 13

buzz819 said :

What? I bought the post it notes with my own money and used my lunch break at my desk to do it.

I think its kinda cool,and no i’m not a geek or a public servant :)

#9
thebrownstreak697:57 am, 11 Jan 13

c_c™ said :

You’d be lucky if theres was 30c worth of notes on that whole window. Given government departments manage to lose hundreds of laptops in a financial year, I think it’s the losses you don’t see that really count.

And the cost of the time…?

#10
Deref8:45 am, 11 Jan 13

miz said :

Gotta do something to personalise those drab office interiors.

Hear, hear.

You put people in soulless boxes all day, you have to expect – indeed hope – that they’ll do something to add some personality and humanity to them. Good on them.

#11
Genie9:03 am, 11 Jan 13

c_c™ said :

You’d be lucky if theres was 30c worth of notes on that whole window. Given government departments manage to lose hundreds of laptops in a financial year, I think it’s the losses you don’t see that really count.

When was the last time you purchased stationery for a Government department…. ?
Post-it note are quite expensive through the “must use” providers. In fact a lot of the stationery, esp post-it notes are cheaper at Costco than places like OfficeMax, Cos etc

#12
Holden Caulfield9:23 am, 11 Jan 13

Regardless of the debate over their creation, those post-it note artworks are fantastic!

#13
Antagonist9:34 am, 11 Jan 13

thebrownstreak69 said :

c_c™ said :

You’d be lucky if theres was 30c worth of notes on that whole window. Given government departments manage to lose hundreds of laptops in a financial year, I think it’s the losses you don’t see that really count.

And the cost of the time…?

Happy staff are productive staff. I imagine the cost of time has been repaid a thousand times over thanks to improved morale. It certainly have a dozen or so Rioters something to do with their time :)

#14
zorro299:36 am, 11 Jan 13

oh get over it…these have been up for a while, i walk past them everyday and they make me smile.

#15
Aladdin19639:43 am, 11 Jan 13

Jon Stanhope would have paid $250000 for such a fine effort. People should thank the artist for doing it for free!

#16
Aladdin19639:45 am, 11 Jan 13

Its been there for months and now watch this space as the bosses make them take it down because some clown has complained about the waste!

#17
Madman9:58 am, 11 Jan 13

I’ve calculated how many post-it notes where used.
I’ve then costed a per unit price of each post-it note from officemax and it would have cost approximately $8.06

I’m more than happy with the cost of that art compared to the cost of the other art being paid for.

#18
GrumpyMark10:10 am, 11 Jan 13

Aladdin1963 said :

Its been there for months and now watch this space as the bosses make them take it down because some clown has complained about the waste!

I like it, but I agree now they will be told to pull it down – not because the bosses particularly want it to be brought down but because threads like this have drawn attention to it.

It’s just a little bit of harmless fun and worst case scenario ask the person/people who did it to pay for the PostIt’s, if the “waste of public money” is seen to be that big an issue, and let’s move on.

#19
Aladdin196310:18 am, 11 Jan 13

GrumpyMark said :

Aladdin1963 said :

Its been there for months and now watch this space as the bosses make them take it down because some clown has complained about the waste!

I like it, but I agree now they will be told to pull it down – not because the bosses particularly want it to be brought down but because threads like this have drawn attention to it.

It’s just a little bit of harmless fun and worst case scenario ask the person/people who did it to pay for the PostIt’s, if the “waste of public money” is seen to be that big an issue, and let’s move on.

My son did it. He paid for the post it notes himself.

#20
Seakas10:28 am, 11 Jan 13

Aladdin1963 said :

GrumpyMark said :

Aladdin1963 said :

Its been there for months and now watch this space as the bosses make them take it down because some clown has complained about the waste!

I like it, but I agree now they will be told to pull it down – not because the bosses particularly want it to be brought down but because threads like this have drawn attention to it.

It’s just a little bit of harmless fun and worst case scenario ask the person/people who did it to pay for the PostIt’s, if the “waste of public money” is seen to be that big an issue, and let’s move on.

My son did it. He paid for the post it notes himself.

I am currently watching them take this fine artwork down.. Such a shame :(

#21
Bassman197711:23 am, 11 Jan 13

As a child of the 80′s, I love it. I’d gladly give up $10 to the Department involved to keep them up.

#22
DoityBoid11:23 am, 11 Jan 13

Congratulations Neil & Johnboy/Riotact.
Those have been up for weeks, and I’m sure the bosses didn’t have a problem with them.

Were you guys also the school prefects or hall monitors?

#23
zorro2911:24 am, 11 Jan 13

taking it down???? noooooooooooooooooooo. it’s adorable!

sorry to the public for people being allowed to have some colour in their work station…jesus christ

#24
johnboy11:31 am, 11 Jan 13

DoityBoid said :

Congratulations Neil & Johnboy/Riotact.
Those have been up for weeks, and I’m sure the bosses didn’t have a problem with them.

Were you guys also the school prefects or hall monitors?

It’s a fine line we run often with street art.

Br profiling it we make it much more likely the government will remove it.

A couple of years ago I had a chat to some of the country’s biggest street artists at the National Gallery about the issue.

The consensus I got from them was that getting the work seen was the big thing, so they were fine with publicity even if it did get the work painted over.

#25
Antagonist11:37 am, 11 Jan 13

zorro29 said :

taking it down???? noooooooooooooooooooo. it’s adorable!

+100. Bunch of kill joys.

Antagonist said :

sorry to the public for people being allowed to have some colour in their work station…jesus christ

Little boxes on the window,
Little boxes made of post-its,
Little boxes on the window,
Little boxes all the same.

There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of post-its
And they all look just the same.

#26
zorro293:46 pm, 11 Jan 13

damn you…now they’re gone…RIP post-it video game characters

*hits table with fists

#27
Spykler3:55 pm, 11 Jan 13

Neil sees street art
Attention leads to removal of 80′s icons
tears flow freely on RA

#28
Roundhead894:02 pm, 11 Jan 13

And I suppose all those stories about public servants not having enough work to do are an invention by the shock jocks and Murdoch newspapers …

#29
Dante4:13 pm, 11 Jan 13

It’s now been posted twice that the person that posted it up paid for it out of their own pocket and that it was done in their own time. Can we stop repeating the same tired lines now?

Of all the people in Australia to bash public servants, I thought Canberrans would have been the most reasonable. It appears not.

#30
c_c™4:21 pm, 11 Jan 13

Antagonist said :

And the cost of the time…?

Happy staff are productive staff. I imagine the cost of time has been repaid a thousand times over thanks to improved morale. It certainly have a dozen or so Rioters something to do with their time :)

Yeah quite right. The whole concept of being chained to a desk doing solid work between allotted times has well and truly being debunked as aiding productivity.

Genie said :

When was the last time you purchased stationery for a Government department…. ?
Post-it note are quite expensive through the “must use” providers. In fact a lot of the stationery, esp post-it notes are cheaper at Costco than places like OfficeMax, Cos etc

Buying a single 5 pad pack of multicoloured sticky notes (not 3M brand) from a place like Officeworks retail, that whole window would have cost $2-3 to do.

I am assuming that government departments but in bulk, using combined accounts to achieve some bulk savings. If that’s not the case, then I think we may want to make this article about the fault of managers and bean counters in the public service to achieve better value for the taxpayer’s dollars.

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