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A Friday Note - 9 March 2018

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

Another burst of warm weather this week.


It’s been a tough week on our roads, in the city, hills and across the regions.

There’ll be a lot of people on the roads over the long weekend, so take extra care. Plan ahead, allow for longer traffic queues, take regular breaks and swap drivers where you can, especially if taking a long trip. We want you all back home again safely.

As of midnight on Thursday, March 8 there had been 14 fatalities on South Australian roads so far this year.


This week marked International Women’s day – we have so many talented women working for, and with, our department.

With the hashtag #pressforprogress trending across the globe as the theme of International Women's Day 2018, we chose to celebrate by shining a light on DPTI’s press for progress on inclusion, diversity and equality for all staff.

The Darlington Upgrade Project invited some Year 10 students from Seaview High School studying STEM subjects to spend time with women working on the project. By engaging with different women on the team and going on a site tour, these students were able to learn more about career paths available to them.


Well done to our Rail Infrastructure Maintenance team, who installed this great piece of art on the tramline fence at Morphettville, in time for Monday’s Adelaide Cup.

The mural was completed under a Rail Care Arts Grant by local artists Vaughn Odendaal and Samuel Hue.


Welcome to our new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees, who have begun work at various locations across the department, including Netley, Walkley Heights, Leigh Street, Roma Mitchell House, 101 and 77 Grenfell Street and Adelaide Railway Station.

The trainee program is a 12-month entry level employment program that will provide an introduction to the skills and knowledge necessary to start a rewarding career with our department and the broader public sector.

Left to right: Jazmyn Bullen, Ty West, Shemikha Pearce, Jayden Beattie, Shailah Cleaver-Karpany, Dayna Jackson, Louisa May, Chyanna Sumner, Portia Bond, Danni-Lee Coppins


This week, the PMO group visited the Northern Connector project site to observe the standards of safety being implemented across the project.

The approach the project team takes to safety was clearly demonstrated throughout the site visit, through clear separation of people from plant and tight control of site access, including site inductions lifting the overall safety and production performance.


This year, 8000 students across the State will participate in the Way2Go Bike Ed program.

Delivered through expert instructors, it supports children ages 9 to 13 years to develop on-road bike riding skills, knowledge of the road laws and responsible behaviours and attitudes to ride safely.

Formal evaluation has demonstrated its success including a significant increase in the parents’ confidence about their child’s ability to ride safely on both the footpath and road after participating.  
To learn more about the program from the students, teachers and instructors, click here.


A key network has opened up on the Eyre Peninsula for freight along the Balumbah to Kinnaird Road.

The project, undertaken by the district councils of Kimba, Cleve and Tumby Bay, sealed 97 kilometres of road between the Eyre Highway and Lincoln Highway.

To complement these improvements, DPTI funded the upgrades of the junctions at Eyre and Lincoln Highways, including a partnership with DC Tumby Bay.

The project is one of many freight improvement projects delivered by our department in the past two years.

Mayors Sam Telfer (Tumby Bay), Roger Nield (Cleve) and Dean Johnson (Kimba) at the official opening.


Today’s Flashback Friday photo is of racegoers at Adelaide Cup Day in 1919.

SLSA PRG 280/1/25/186

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan