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A Friday Note - 2 February 2018

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

Some cooler weather and decent rains throughout the state this week.


The State Government is seeking feedback on a series of recommendations to reform the motorcycle licensing system in South Australia and improve safety for novice riders.

As of midnight on Thursday, February 1 there had been five fatalities on South Australian roads so far this year.


A massive congratulations to three of our staff, whose quick thinking and calmness in a crisis potentially saved the life of an elderly lady, who collapsed while crossing West Terrace.

One provided CPR, while another rang 000 and went to the nearby Royal Adelaide Hospital to get a defibrillator, and the third contacted Tram control to hold trams from entering the area.
They worked on the lady until two ambulances arrived, as well as a passing doctor, to provide advanced care. The attending doctor advised that everyone on site did a fantastic job and helped to keep the lady alive.


The Torrens Rail Junction Project is already delivering great results for train passengers and road users and it has been pleasing that this has been delivered with great respect to stakeholders in the work zone.

This is from the Founder of the Deceased Workers Memorial Forest, which was next to one of the most heavily trafficked areas of the project’s work zone:

“At every step of the rail upgrade your team have worked with me, they have kept me informed and they have done their utmost to ensure the safety of each and every Memorial Tree and for that I am beyond grateful.”

The Deceased Workers Memorial Forest


Keith Neller (Facilities Services tradesperson) was awarded a Certificate of Achievement from the RSL.

For many years, Keith has assisted the RSL in maintenance of the War Memorial and raising of flags on government buildings.

Pictured: Bronson Horan (RSL State President), Keith Neller, Genevieve Theseira-Haese (Lady Mayoress of Adelaide).


Reconciliation Australia has given final endorsement for the DPTI Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which represents our department’s commitment to reconciliation.

Our department also has a series of Cultural Learning and Development Programs available to all staff.


Well respected Rail Maintenance Signal Fitter John Petropoulos sadly lost his fight with cancer last weekend.

Our condolences to John’s wife, Bronte, and his family.


This week’s Flashback Friday photo is of the Parcels Office at Adelaide Railway Station in the early 1900s.

SLSA 280/1/5/463

Have a good weekend,

Michael Deegan