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A Friday Note - 25 May 2018

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

In recent weeks, we have had many of our younger people participating in the ‘Shadow a Leader’ program.

This terrific initiative aims to give young employees exposure to different areas of DPTI and give them a glimpse into the day-to-day workings of the leaders in our department.

It is a unique opportunity for them to gain experience and for DPTI to build a new generation of leaders. Well done to all.

Emu Dreaming

The Kardi Munaintya (Emu Dreaming) tram is rolling along the tracks to mark the upcoming National Reconciliation and NAIDOC weeks.

Designed by DPTI employee Paul Herzich, the images recognise and celebrate the diversity of Aboriginal cultures in South Australia, acknowledging the main Aboriginal nations that are located within the state. Paul speaks on the experience of having his work on a moving canvas in the short film Tram Wrap.

For further information about National Reconciliation Week, visit here and for NAIDOC Week visit here.

A tram wrapped in Aboriginal artwork, at Victoria Square.

Women in construction

The Darlington Upgrade Project team was proud to host a group of National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC) members on a tour through the project site.

The project team was pleased to be able to share some time and knowledge with the group and support the mission of NAWIC to champion and empower women in the construction and related industries to reach their full potential.

A group of people wearing helmets and hi-visibility vests on the tour of the Darlington project.

Link connected

The recent approval for 36.5m road trains to travel on the Yorke Highway marks another significant achievement for South Australia’s heavy vehicles.

This removes the ‘missing link’ between Ardrossan and Port Wakefield, allowing higher-productivity vehicles to travel the length of Yorke Peninsula on its eastern side. Well done to all who’ve helped make this happen and for your continued efforts to resolve transport issues across the State.

Partial map of South Australia showing Yorke Peninsula and Fleurieu Peninsula

Safety first

Staff at Adelaide train station did a great job keeping patrons using the northern doors safe at last Friday night’s football, during torrential rains.

Special thanks goes to the team that kept vigilant checks on the conditions outside the doors during the night, under testing conditions, with the extreme rain creating safety issues at the station’s northern entrance.

The drainage has now been improved to prevent further safety issues.

Two people partially silhouetted against the open northern doors of Adelaide Railway Station.

Farewell to Nick Tridente

Last week Nick Tridente brought his three-year tenure as the Associate Government Architect to an end.

Nick helped to redefine the Department’s focus on quality design outcomes, advising the State Commission Assessment Panel on significant developments across metropolitan Adelaide.  

He provided valuable insight into the private sector’s building and construction industry, creating professional development opportunities for staff.

He currently has a presentation of the Tonsley Main Assembly Building project at Venice’s Biennale architecture exhibition.

We wish Nick all the best as he now devotes his efforts towards his private design practice.

Nick Tridente sitting at a desk containing a folder and papers

Flashback Friday

Today’s Friday Flashback photo is of the Adelaide to Glenelg bus around 1926.

The Adelaide to Glenelg bus about 1926. One man is checking a tyre as other men in hats look out the window. The background is bare.
SLSA B 59771/46

Enjoy your weekend,

Julienne TePohe
Acting Chief Executive