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  1. AlexB

    The New Atlantis - Construction Updates

    @AlexB is always drunk skeet. @AlexB is always drunk, skeet. Punctuation is important. You decide, either could be true.
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    The New Atlantis - Construction Updates

    I don't get what kids these days are doing. I don't see any emojis in what i quoted? what are emojis? I just do smileys. they're groovy.
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    The New Atlantis - Construction Updates

    We used to have sarcasm tags on these boards. it'd be super great if these tags were restored.
  4. AlexB

    The New Atlantis - Construction Updates

    @themagician - do keep up mate! We're on page 17 of this topic, so its extremely unlikely the thread title has anything to do with the current conversation. in this case, as you can see, we're talking about Dreamworld's install, and obviously, there's no lake between the install site and the carpark. The other clue would have been that Leviathan is a wooden coaster, so generally, the track pieces are fabricated on site, and you wouldn't need as much space to store large elements. Pretty sure there's a few youtube videos out there that show how woodies go together - the space Sea World has made up near the old Corkscrew site is going to be plenty.
  5. AlexB

    The New Atlantis - Construction Updates

    I doubt that. Rivals took up almost half the movie world carpark. if track pieces had arrived, they'd be using the carpark (especially since its the closest point to construction they could store that many containers), and we'd have all seen it. If there is to be bailouts coming from State gov, the theme parks would be near the top of the list IMO - they're probably one of the large contributors to the state's tourism, and large youth employment to boot. That said, cue the rest of the state whinging about how the south east gets all the funding, without taking into account the balance of population and\or visitation.
  6. AlexB

    Hot Wheels Sidewinder Refurbishment

    plus, its in the wrong area of the park to be trying to link it to a snake theme... (and yes, i'm aware of its proximity to 'cut snake')
  7. AlexB

    The New Atlantis - Construction Updates

    I think its safe to say things will get pushed back - what better excuse, right? nobody can hate on them for this kind of delay (we'll ignore that Vortex should have opened before this stuff all happened though right?) But... Bush Beast went up in around 6 months. I'm sure the complexities and pushed boundaries we see in modern woodies would add extra time, but - a wooden coaster can be built in this time period, assuming construction is permitted to continue (which so far, as an industry - is actually happening).
  8. Well I mean technically yes - it's south from Melbourne CBD - but I guess which direction is up to your perspective, isn't it?
  9. AlexB

    Coronavirus and theme parks

    I've got to be honest and say I don't know. The fact sheets they've got out there is all i'm working off. In my personal experience, since they don't define it, that means it is either: a commonly used term in workplace law already defined elsewhere based off of the ordinary dictionary meaning of the word loosely defined and therefore subject to discretion without limiting the authority to specifics. I had a quick look around and the fair work commission has a definition, and that's probably where the buck stops: (My emphasis) There are several other legal or authorities on the definition and they all seem to be fairly similar. My personal opinion on it is that the line i've bolded above is the crux of it. Regular doesn't mean frequent or often, just a recurring pattern, so "on the books for a year" would broadly tick the box, provided shifts were offered periodically suiting the worker's availability (which could even extend to "only during school holidays" if the employer found that arrangement workable), and that worker accepted the offered shifts regularly enough (which doesn't mean they had to accept every shift either). If you were still "engaged" (or, "on the books") as a casual simply on the basis that you hadn't resigned and they hadn't terminated you, but you weren't offered or considered for shifts, and you never asked or made yourself available to be rostered, then you arguably aren't employed on a 'regular basis' as there is no recurring pattern of availability or shifts offered. Thats what it seems like, in my opinion anyway.
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    Coronavirus and theme parks

    Treasury papers were updated around this language yesterday to be clear that full time and part time employees are eligible, and casual employees that were employed on a regular basis for 12 months are also eligible. I know it can be read that way above (and its how it reads in the treasury link above too), but it seems there was some confusion about workers who were full time (or part time) employed but had worked for that employer for less than 12 months - so that clears that up!
  11. Yeah I think that was me. First pictures I saw of the Play School Wheel were full perspex (which would have only been the one side where it actually is) which I translated to the whole cabin being fully enclosed with it. I've since been corrected however.
  12. AlexB

    Coronavirus and theme parks

    Mickey - I respect you mate, but just like your superannuation fund advice, you've missed the mark again (although, a lot of this stuff is info heavy - which is typical of government guff of this type). Folks - there's a lot of rumor, half-truths, and opinions out there. Make sure you get your info from reputable sources - sites that end in "" or in the case of the virus - '". (And also, there's now an app for that). In this case, this is the treasury fact sheet for the Job Keeper payment. Points from the fact sheet to note: The business has to show at least a 30% downturn in business, or 50% if their turnover is over $1Billion (Either way village hits this easily due to the shutdown) the worker must have been engaged as at 1 March (ie: "on the payroll") and they have to continue to be engaged - which includes workers if they were subsequently 'stood down' and\or 're-hired'. The worker is an eligible employee if they were full time, part time, or casual employed on a regular basis for longer than 12 months as at 1 March. The worker has to be over 16, be an Australian citizen, or hold a permanent visa or special category (new zealand) visa, and not be receiving the job keeper payment from another employer. Also - regardless of how many hours the person worked, they receive the full $1500 per fortnight (before tax). If you're a casual 17 year old who has worked at the park selling popcorn since you were 15, doing 1 shift per week for 5 hours - you will get $1500 per fortnight under this scheme (provided you're a citizen or relevant visa holder). If you normally got paid more than that, what you get depends on if you continue to work or were stood down (theres some examples at the bottom of the fact sheet). All of the information I have provided here is based entirely on publicly accessible information on the treasury website. So to all those folks who are out of work - keep an eye out (or ask your boss) whether they are applying for the job keeper payment system, and what this means for you. I did not know that! I know several parks and other tourism based organisations that have large casual workforce, so i'm rather surprised that Village isn't the same.
  13. AlexB

    Coronavirus and theme parks

    ...number one right after money! ...where we've been forced to do so! ...and we're gonna make you click an analytics link just to find out its the same date as everything else! providing them with letters they can give to Centrelink ... of course, this won't be a major cost to the business, since the majority of our stood down staff are employed on a casual basis and have no leave entitlements whatsoever! push them to allow us to open as soon as we can, and preferably sooner than the other guys. by remaining open to anyone potentially infectious, so we can show them our posters of how to wash your hands. ..thank goodness!!! (Although there was that one guy that had us worried for a bit...) ...mainly because we had to find a way to use the word 'unprecedented' in a sentence, so thanks for letting us do that! ...and will continue to offer them bribes until we reopen. *If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably shouldn't read this. For those who enjoy the laugh, you're welcome. For those who are morally outraged or offended, try to find something you can laugh at. it will make you feel better.
  14. AlexB

    Coronavirus and theme parks

    Cheers for picking up the typo. of course, I meant April 14th, which is also what the date in the link gave...