Skip to main content

DPTI Matters - 14 December 2018

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or concerns, please email them to

Graduates celebrated

Congratulations to our 2018 Aboriginal trainees who completed the requirements of their traineeship and received their certificates at a celebration morning tea in Grenfell Street yesterday.

The celebration marks the commencement of their careers as successful trainees who will now go on to work across DPTI in ongoing roles. We acknowledge their achievement and wish them well in their future endeavours.

Jayden Gade-Beattie, Kathrine Edwards, Julie Whitehead, Portia Bond, Danni-Lee Coppins, Scott Wagenfeller, Louisa May, Ty West, Zoe Waters, Sally Geisler and Jazmyn Bullen.

Globelink launch

DPTI yesterday took the opportunity to join with the freight industry at the Globelink DPTI & SA Government Freight Market Sounding.

Globelink is a long-term plan to maximise South Australia’s import and export potential for the economic benefit of the state.

We have already started work on a major study of a new intermodal freight hub in the Murray Bridge region, which includes looking at a freight-only airport and road and rail link to the road north of Whyalla, bypassing Adelaide.

Thoughts and ideas are currently being gathered and will be analysed during 2019.

Stretching the point

The team working on the  Northern Connector project have put a positive focus on health and wellbeing in the lead-up to Christmas.

Throughout the year, the site operates the SafeSpine Injury Prevention Program, conducting regular assessments and toolbox presentations to integrate soft-tissue conditioning practices into daily site operations.

Fifteen employees across the project have been trained as SafeSpine leaders and one of the initiatives includes running a regular stretching program at toolbox sessions – like this one held at the Southern Interchange site compound on Wednesday.

Regular stretching sessions are part of Northern Connector’s SafeSpine Injury Prevention Program.

Touching base

Regency Road to Pym Street Project information sessions were held last week to give the community an opportunity to meet the project team and provide feedback.

The project will connect with the already completed South Road Superway and Torrens Road to River Torrens Project.

Once the Northern Connector Project has been completed, the Regency Road to Pym Street Project will complete a 47km non-stop free flow roadway between Gawler and the River Torrens.

There was plenty of interest in last week’s two Regency Road to Pym Street information sessions.

Thank you, Alan

Next Friday will mark the end of an era, when Special Projects Manager Alan Hartley retires from DPTI after 53 years of service to the department.

Alan’s first role at DPTI involved knocking markers into the ground at 100m spacings and he later moved on to a diverse range of positions including special projects manager in property, managing the relocation from Walkerville and other sites to 77 Grenfell Street, managing the creation of the Port Augusta West office and managing the establishment of the Traffic Control Centre.

He has also been a guest speaker at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the International Right of Way Association.

Alan’s experience, dedication and friendly manner will be greatly missed. We wish him all the best in retirement.

Alan Hartley, centre, with some of the long-term friends he’s made at DPTI.

Well played

A big shout-out to those who helped move passengers safely and efficiently to and from the Test cricket at Adelaide Oval last week.

There were big challenges to be tackled and, in true DPTI style, they were met and overcome in a positive and friendly manner, with a minimum of fuss.

Thank you to all involved.

Generous gifts

Well done to all DPTI staff who donated to our collection of Christmas gifts for the Hutt Street Centre and the Smith Family’s Toy and Book Appeal.

The spirit of giving is clearly alive across the department, with a wide range of gifts received. Your generosity will make a big difference to people in need.

Donations co-ordinator Lisa Turner with some of the gifts.


With the appointment of Graeme Jackson to the position of Acting General Manager, Commercial and Legal Directorate, Jenny Cottnam has been appointed to the position of Registrar-General until November 2019.

This appointment is especially significant, as Jenny becomes the first female to be appointed to the position of Registrar-General in the 160-year history of the role in South Australia.

Congratulations to Jenny who, with more than 35 years experience at the Land Titles Office, including six years as Deputy Registrar-General, will provide a steady hand for the Office of the Registrar-General during this period of heightened technological change to ensure the integrity of the land titles system is maintained.

Leaders elected

DPTI’s Youth Connect members recently held elections for leadership positions, with seven nominations for the three available roles of president, vice-president and media marketing officer.

Emily Wren and Dylan Anesbury have been appointed as co-presidents (a sharing of role and responsibility) and Georgia McClements will be Youth Connects new Media Marketing Officer.

We congratulate those appointed and commend the outgoing leaders, Nic Mavrogiannis, Arna Smith and Daniel Cappello, on a job well done.

The outgoing and incoming leaders with Mick Lorenz.

Glowing reference

It was great to receive some recent feedback from a member of the public who lives near the Oaklands Level Crossing Project. While the letter writer says he has been impressed by the level of communication and consideration shown to locals in construction, it was a simple act of kindness that prompted him to make contact.

Since his father passed away recently, the man has been walking 5km each way to get to his father’s house to clear the property.

On a hot day, when he was feeling exhausted, a first-aider on the project offered him an ice block as he walked past, which he was glad to accept.

“Her actions, her thoughtfulness, and the work ethic that this seems to reflect from your team in general is remarkable,” the man wrote of the action. “You should, you must, be very proud that you are able to instil such positive attributes into all those I have encountered on the project.”

Well done, team.

Rail Operations Centre

Over the weekend the Rail Operations Control Centre was successfully relocated from North Terrace to the Rail Operations Centre at Dry Creek.

This is the culmination of nearly three years of work since initial feasibility studies and 18 months of construction and fitout works, plus multitudes of system and communications testing.

The new centre places us at the forefront of the latest technology and approach to managing our train network.

Thank you to the many staff across DPTI who worked tirelessly to ensure the relocation was a success and train service able to operate as usual on Monday morning for our customers.

Christmas break

This is the last DPTI Matters for 2018 and we look forward to returning on January 18, 2019.

Thanks for reading this year.

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows Father Christmas arriving in Adelaide at the John Martin’s Christmas Pageant in 1962.