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A Friday Note - 15 June 2018

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

Please take extra care in the coming days, with more wet and windy weather forecast.

Our department has already taken the step of closing metropolitan jetties at Largs, Brighton, Grange, Henley and Semaphore as a safety precaution.

Please be careful as you go about your work and particularly on the roads.

Staff recognised

Congratulations to Traffic Operations graduate Nabela Tasnim, who has been selected as the South Australian winner of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management (AITPM) Young Professionals Award.

Congratulations also to Sushmitha Babu, who was selected by the Australasian Railways Association (ARA) to participate in the ARA future leaders program for 2018.

It’s great to see our young talent gaining well-deserved recognition and experience.

Fond farewell

DPTI will next week say farewell to Phil Blake, after 32 years of service to the department.

Phil began his career in 1986 as a junior engineer in the Central, Southern and Eastern Region and progressed through DPTI to finish as Lead Engineer, Intelligent Transport Systems.

He has become an expert in his field and has led work in DPTI on connected and autonomous vehicles, and frequently presented at conferences and workshops, as well as writing papers which are still used by the engineering sections of the department.

As a parting gift, Phil has shared this photo of an ARRB conference held in Christchurch in 1996 – with a few familiar DPTI faces. Phil is second from the left in the back row.

We wish Phil all the best for the next chapter of his life.

Safer walk for students

Students at Cowell Area School have a safer path to school now, after a united effort by Way2Go, the school and local council delivered a koala crossing to help them navigate the busy Lincoln Highway.

The school joined the Way2Go program in 2015 and worked with DPTI staff to develop the case for an improved crossing location.

Way2Go commissioned an independent road safety assessment of the local school precinct, which helped secure DPTI funding to design and construct the koala crossing.

Planning for the future

DPTI has been well represented at the important STEM Aboriginal Student Congress by surveyor James Williams, who volunteered to help out at the SA Migration Museum event.

James spoke to  delegates  about surveying techniques from early settlement to the current day and the history of surveying and land administration in South Australia.

He also gave students an insight into the profession, with the hope it may influence their career pathways into the field of surveying and spatial sciences.

Aboriginal Power Cup

Last week DPTI staff participated in the career and health expo at Le Fevre High School as part of the Aboriginal Power Cup, meeting several hundred students to promote DPTI programs and initiatives.

The expo was an opportunity to survey many students about road safety and to offer information about DPTI career pathways.

The Aboriginal Power Cup is an annual event that invites more than 450 students from 70 schools across SA to connect with their Aboriginal culture, community and environment. It uses sport to engage Aboriginal secondary school students in their education and to provide pathways into the workforce.

Flashback Friday

Today’s Flashback Friday photo is of the Royal visit in 1977, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II walking in Rundle Mall.

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Enjoy your weekend,

Julienne TePohe
Acting Chief Executive