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A Friday Note - 4 May 2018

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

On Tuesday, the State and Federal Governments confirmed funding for the Regency Road to Pym Street section of the North-South Corridor.

The $354m project will connect the already completed South Road Superway and the Torrens Road to River Torrens Project (T2T), which is due for completion later this year. A big thanks to everyone who has been involved in getting this project ready for funding approval.

The Federal Budget will be released next week and we look forward to learning what other future projects our department will deliver.

O-Bahn tour

We were pleased to be part of a visit from the Governor of Okayama Prefecture, Mr Ryuta Ibaragi, and his staff during the week.

The Governor was shown through the 670m O-Bahn tunnel, which has provided faster and more reliable services into and out of the CBD for our passengers.  

Michelle Spagnoletti and Dariusz Fanok did a fantastic job of explaining both the role the O’Bahn plays in the Adelaide passenger transport network and the engineering approach taken in delivering the new tunnel.

Planning reform

After an extensive consultation process, the Minister for Planning has approved the Community Engagement Charter, which supports new and innovative ways to talk to communities and other interested parties about planning issues.

Government and councils will need to meet world-class standards in working with local people when drawing up the planning rules that shape cities, towns and public spaces.  

The charter aims to get people involved early to design neighbourhoods, and has legally binding principles to ensure engagement is inclusive, fit for purpose and transparent.

The State Planning Commission will now use the Charter in the next year to ensure great community engagement is at the heart of creating the planning vision and priorities for our state.

For further information visit the SA Planning Portal.

Youth Connect

Last Friday, Youth Connect hosted the first ever “Shadow a Leader” networking morning tea to quick start the Shadow a Leader Program.

The program aims to build the capability of younger employees by exposing them to the diverse operations of the department and its leaders.

Participants met the senior leaders hosting the shadowing events and listened to a panel discussing the topic of ‘Effective Public Sector Leadership’.

Thank you to Gabby O’Neil, Amanda Lamb, Jane Fitzgerald, and Nicole Gilbert for their feedback and expertise. Also, a special thank you to the program coordinator, Monira Osman, on the initiative.

Flashback Friday

Today’s Flashback Friday photo is of the Glenelg Town Hall as it was reconstructed in the 1920s.

Enjoy your weekend,

Julienne TePohe
Acting Chief Executive