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A Friday Note - 10 August 2018

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

It was a privilege to attend the Department's Safety Awards this morning.

There were 16 nominations across various categories and my congratulations goes to each person who was involved.

The consistent aim of The Department is to make sure that staff arrive safe, work safe and go home safe in every situation, and it’s encouraging to see people delivering innovative ideas that ensure this happens.

A selection of nominations will go on to compete in national safety awards.

You can watch the Safety Awards video here.

International Youth Day

Sunday is International Youth Day and we are pleased that The Department is active in accepting, developing and nurturing young people as they make their way through the organisation.

The theme for International Youth Day this year is Safe Spaces for Youth, and we all have a role in creating such environments.

Find out more about the experience of two young departmental staff members.

Project celebration

The Northern Connector reached a significant milestone this week with the first of 12 beams lifted into place for the Waterloo Corner Interchange bridge.

This interchange will provide the link between the Northern Connector, Port Wakefield Road, St Kilda and surrounding areas.

Following this, concrete paving works will commence in that area,  which brings further job opportunities and economic benefits to local suppliers.

The Northern Connector is an exciting project which will make a major difference to the public and transport industry when completed.

Rail Safety Week

The Department is preparing to help spread the message of Rail Safety Week next week, from 13 to 19 August.

This is an annual community awareness event held in Australia and New Zealand and is designed to engage the community in safe rail practices.

The theme this year is that rail safety is everyone’s responsibility and the message will be pushed across DPTI’s media platforms.

I encourage you to embrace any events you see next week and to help get this vital information across to as many people as possible.

Future mobility

Adelaide has been further endorsed as a hub for future mobility innovation, with Cohda Wireless taking possession of two Lincoln MKZ left-hand drive vehicles fitted with an autonomous driving system.

As a recipient of the Future Mobility Lab Fund, which is administered by DPTI,  Cohda is working to conduct on-road trials on the streets of Adelaide to test how vehicles communicate with one another and with roadside infrastructure, as well as expanding its work in ‘Vehicle to Everything’ communications (V2X).

The Self Driving Development Vehicles will be driven in manual mode on open public roads but, subject to Ministerial approval, will operate in autonomous mode in controlled environments such as closed car parks and roads, always with an operator on board.

Activities such as this further enhance Adelaide’s reputation as a smart city.

Discussion papers

Two important documents have been put up for public consultation by the Planning and Development department.

The Integrated Movement Systems Policy Discussion Paper addresses key issues and opportunities in planning policy which relates to transport infrastructure, and the Natural Resources and Environment Policy looks at planning policy in that area.

Walk for others

Well done to the  Department's staff who braved the cold this morning and joined hundreds of others to take part in Walk a Mile in My Boots, which raises funds to help people facing homelessness.

The Enterprise Information team raised $230 as by walking walk from the Victoria Park Racecourse down Hutt St to the South parklands, where they enjoyed a hot breakfast.

Flashback Friday

Today’s Flashback Friday is of Pirie Street, Adelaide, looking east from King William Street about 1890. It shows  a leisurely scene from the era of horse transport, featuring a horse tram in the centre of the view.

SLSA PRG 631/2/862

Enjoy your weekend,

Julienne TePohe
Acting Chief Executive