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A Friday Note - 17 August 2018

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Members of the SA Police Band perform at Adelaide Railway Station.

Dear all,

Rail Safety Week started on Monday, with members of the SA Police Band giving travellers a musical welcome to Adelaide Railway Station as other officers handed out cards with important information about how to stay safe around rail corridors.

It’s been great to see bright orange hats, posters, stories and social media posts highlighting the event.

The message of Rail Safety Week is clear and vital to us and the public we serve – rail safety is everyone’s responsibility.

The Gawler Electrification Project team also did their bit by holding a morning tea to mark the week.

Key speakers at the event included National Australasian Railway Association Chairman Bob Herbert and Senior Rail Safety Officer Tony Keely.

Staff and speakers at the Gawler Electrification Project morning tea.

Financial statements

The Finance Section has undertaken an immense amount of work over the past few weeks finalising DPTI and other statutory financial statements.

This year has been extra challenging as the State budget process and the DPTI internal budget processes have been running in parallel to the end of year period.

Thanks to all Finance staff involved and to everyone who has supported them in helping achieve these critical DPTI deadlines.

Ride for a cause

Well done to Systems Support Officer Darcy Tregilgas on his efforts to help an important cause in the 190km Ride Against Suicide on Sunday 10 September.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15 to 44 and each year 3000 Australians lose their lives this way.

All funds raised through the ride will go to Silent Ripples, to help prevent suicide.

Each rider has their own fundraising page and you are invited to contribute to Darcy’s page here.

Darcy Tregilgas with his motorbike. 

Focus on Darlington Project

The Darlington Upgrade Project was showcased at the Australian Steel Institute Case Study held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Tuesday evening, with about 180 people in attendance.

The project was selected for the Case Study to provide an overview of the use of steel on the Project.

Key members of the design and delivery project team presented to the group about the rationale behind the selection of steel, considerations of fatigue, the corrosion process and the erection process.

Host David Ryan, from the Australian Steel Institute Case Study, said the Darlington Upgrade Project was the best Case Study he had been involved with.

Medal winner

Congratulations to DPTI information management officer Amy Reid, who took home the Best and Fairest Award for the SAWFL Division Three competition at the annual Dutschke Medal awards this week.

Amy has only been playing for two years and took the award with a six-vote margin over the runner-up.

Well done Amy.

Best and Fairest winner Amy Reid.

Oil and gas information

DPTI is set to release a revised version of its Protecting Our Waters brochure, outlining its role in oil spill prevention and remediation.

This will be followed up with Information sessions next week addressing the important topics of how gas exploration and production in the Great Australian Bight is regulated, who does the regulating and what is done to limit environmental and safety risks.

Find out more about the sessions here.

Community engagement panel

The planning department is looking for people from across every area of South Australian life to be a part of a community engagement panel to provide their views on draft state planning policies.

A wide range of opinions is integral to developing and delivering an effective and workable planning system.

If you know someone outside of the planning and development industry who could be interested, please invite them to register for the Community Engagement Panel by emailing

More information on the community engagement panel is available here.

Driver training survey

South Australia’s driver training and assessment process is being reviewed to deliver a best-practice driver training model that is customer and road safety focussed.

Members of the public are invited to have their say about their driver-training experience and how training should be shaped for the future.

You can take the survey here.

Flashback Friday

Today’s Flashback Friday is of Hindley Street in 1978. The photo shows a section of the Fletcher Jones store, Peel Street, the offices of TAA, and a TAA bus.

SLSA B 36550

Enjoy your weekend,

Julienne TePohe
Acting Chief Executive