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A Friday Note - 19 October 2018

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

Our new Chief Executive, Mr Tony Braxton-Smith, will formally begin with the department on Monday.

With Tony’s arrival, I will return to the Chief Corporate Officer role.

It has been a privilege to lead the department as Acting CE and has reinforced to me how many talented and dedicated staff we have.

Thanks to each one of you for the support you have shown over this time as we navigated some difficult challenges and achieved outstanding results.  A special thanks to my executive team over the last few months – Andrew McKeegan, Anne Alford, and Wayne Buckerfield and to the staff in the OCE.  Your commitment to DPTI has been outstanding. You have all been fabulous!

I look forward to joining with Tony and all of our staff to help build an even better DPTI.

East End trams

It has been great to see passengers enjoying the new East End trams this week, after major works for the City Tram Extension Project.

The project has delivered a 1km tram line extension along North Terrace to Botanic Gardens and a 350m extension along King William Road to the Festival Plaza Precinct, offering frequent services to the art gallery and museum, universities and East End, as well as the Adelaide Festival Theatre on weekends and special event days.

Well done and thank you to all who put in countless hours or work to ensure that the new tram services operate safely and efficiently and that they are easy to use and understand for our customers.

Bus service changes

There were also big changes to our bus network this week, again with our customers front of mind.

The new timetables dramatically reduce weekday bus movements along Currie and Grenfell Streets due to re-linked services, as well as providing better services to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Lyell McEwin Hospital and Adelaide Airport.

Again, thanks to all who put in the time to make sure our passengers could easily make the transition to the new timetable.

Planning Commission Chair

Michael Lennon has been appointed as the new Chair of the State Planning Commission following the resignation of inaugural Chair Tim Anderson QC earlier this month.

DPTI has enjoyed a strong relationship with Mr Anderson over the years and we wish him all the best for the future. We look forward to continuing our ties with the State Planning Commission through Mr Lennon.

Flashback Friday

Today’s Flashback Friday shows part of the Esplanade at Semaphore back in 1930, with some of the foreshore reserve in the foreground. Some of the buildings you can also see in the foreground are associated with the foreshore amusement park.

SLSA B 5541/4

Enjoy your weekend,

Julienne TePohe
Acting Chief Executive