The SMH has a fun little story on the herculean task being undertaken at the house on the hill where all the locks need changing.
The existing locks are beautiful things with two keys set alongside one another.
(They’re ridiculously over-engineered considering that anything of any interest is in the server room these days. One decent padlock on that and you’re basically done securing the building. Especially considering the cleaners all have master keys anyway.)
But the beautiful locks are wearing out and the company that made them is no longer with us (possibly because no-one actually needs such complicated beasties).
And so 6,200 locks are having to be re-done and the thousands of people with existing keys are going to have to have them re-issued.
And the tendering process has not gone smoothly either:
- The tender process for the lock replacement had to be done four times. The first tender was withdrawn over concerns about value for money. The second was withdrawn after only one supplier was invited to submit a tender. The third fell over when one of the officers from the tender evaluation committee was spotted accepting “hospitality”.