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A Friday Note - 13 July 2018
It was fantastic to be at the Premier’s NAIDOC awards last night to see our own Joyleen Thomas awarded this year’s Premier’s NAIDOC Award.
It is a fitting recognition for all of Joyleen’s hard work and commitment to reconciliation, social justice and the employment of Aboriginal people. It is typical of her character that Joyleen was so quick to point out the achievements of the other finalists – Uncle Frank Clarke, Winnie Warrior and Ian Sansbury, as well as Dr Alice Rigney Prize winner Peshwar Fielding.
Joyleen’s tributes to the strong women in her life brought much of the crowd to tears and reinforced NAIDOC Week’s theme Because of Her, We Can.
Joyleen Thomas with Premier Steven Marshall
There is good news for passengers on the Gawler line today, with the Minister for Transport, the Hon. Stephan Knoll, announcing the electrification of the entire line from the City to Gawler.
Detailed design work commenced in early 2018 for the Adelaide to Salisbury section and will now incorporate the full line to Gawler. Works are expected to be completed in late 2020.
This upgrade is a partnership between the State and Federal governments and will create a faster, safer, more reliable travelling experience when completed.
The important projects undertaken by DPTI often have far-reaching effects even before completion, including the creation of employment opportunities.
One such example is Michael Sumner, who jumped at the chance to work for Gateway South on the Darlington Upgrade Project, which is part of the North South Corridor program.
The project is proud of its Aboriginal Participation Policy targeting 2% or more of total project hours on-site to be completed by Aboriginal employees. This target is currently achieving 7% participation.
As the City Tram Extension Project is nearing completion, driver training will start on Monday 16 July, with passenger services to begin on Sunday 29 July.
Training will be conducted on the full tram network, including the new sections of track along North Terrace to East Terrace, and King William Road to the Festival Plaza precinct.
Details on driver training and new services are available on the Adelaide Metro website.
It’s not unusual for DPTI staff to go the extra mile to help the public of South Australia, but Transport Safety Compliance Manager Lloyd Sanderson has taken things one step further.
After completing traffic control duties for the Port Adelaide v St Kilda football match at Adelaide Oval, Lloyd stepped in to help a young couple change a flat tyre at the Carrington St bus layover.
Great work, Lloyd.
NAIDOC Week still has three days to go and it has been encouraging to see DPTI staff participating in this important cultural time.
Thank you to those who took part in the NAIDOC marches and other events and to those who shared their stories in our Because of Her We Can videos.
Some DPTI project sites held their own functions, including the Northern Connector team, who celebrated NAIDOC Week at NorthHub by recognising the ongoing achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the delivery of the project.
Today’s Flashback Friday photo is of Jetty Road, Glenelg, around 1876, with the masts and spars of a ship visible in the distance. Shops on the left are C. Hambridge, Draper and Outfitter; Glenelg, Brighton and Sturt Building Society and the Glenelg Photographic Rooms.
The Congregational Church is in the centre and the familiar tram lines run down the centre of the road.
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