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DPTI Matters - 16 November 2018

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

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School innovation

The $100 million Adelaide Botanic High School achieved practical completion this week.

The school is the first truly vertical school in South Australia and will open for Term 1, 2019. It will start with Year 8 and 9 students, growing to include Years 7-12 and 1250 students by 2022.

The project officially started late in 2015 and was delivered on time and budget under a collaborative Design & Construct procurement model. More details of the project and the school are available here.

The project team includes: Department for Education (Lead Agency), DPTI (Project Delivery Agency), Turner & Townsend (Support Project Management), Lend Lease (Head Contractor), Cox Architecture (Lead Architect), Design Inc (Support Architect), TCL (Landscape Architect), RLB (Cost Management), KBR (Civil and Structural Engineering), and Arup and Aecom (Services Engineering). A fantastic achievement by all those involved.

Farewell Julienne

It is with mixed feelings that we bid farewell to Chief Corporate Officer Julienne TePohe. After starting with the department as an accounting graduate in 1999, Julienne is finishing up with DPTI today to take up a role with SA Health.

I know in her time here, Julienne has mentored many and contributed to improving the department and driving many of the positive initiatives being delivered.

She leaves with my best wishes, however I am personally disappointed we did not get more time working together. The fact that it has been such a smooth transition for me to take over as Chief Executive is largely due to her leadership and acumen.

Thanks for books

Earlier this year, our department collected hundreds of new and as-new books to support indigenous literacy throughout our state.

Those books have been delivered and are already making a difference.

DPTI received a thank-you card from one of the schools which was presented with books donated by staff to help make a difference to the lives and future prospects of young indigenous children in remote communities.

Books were sent to Flinders Children Centre (Port Augusta), Port Lincoln Children’s Centre, Ngura Yadurirn Child Family Centre (Ceduna), Minya Bunhii Kindergarten (Ceduna) and Kalaya Children’s Centre (Queenstown).

International Men’s Day

International Men’s Day will be marked across the world this Sunday, under the theme of Men Leading by Example.

DPTI is proud of its record of offering flexible work arrangements for all staff to assist in meeting a work-life balance.

International Men’s Day celebrates the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities, and is aimed at highlighting positive role models and raising awareness of men’s wellbeing.

AGFMA workshop

The Across Government Facilities Management Arrangement (AGFMA) recently hosted a Cooling Towers Workshop, attended by  almost 30 representatives from some of the 33 Agencies under the arrangement.

The workshop addressed the risks and effects of Legionella in cooling towers, outbreaks in South Australia and the world, the role of SA Health and local council in investigating outbreaks and the legislative compliance requirements.  Practical information on the variety of cooling tower models, findings of site inspections and work health safety risks was also presented.


DPTI’s Way2Go program continues to successfully partner with schools and local councils to make primary school precincts safe by reducing congestion and creating people-friendly routes that support families and children as they walk, ride or scoot to school.

Way2Go has active partnerships with 43 councils and 238  primary schools across the state.

The Kadina Way2Go  partnership project is a great example of the program’s sustained work . To learn more from those involved, watch the video below.

Christmas gifts

The pageant has signalled the start of the festive season (where has the year gone?) and DPTI will again collect donations for those doing it tough.

This year we will be donating again to the Hutt St Centre and also to The Smith Family’s Toy and Book Appeal.

The Smith Family’s Toy & Book Appeal is your opportunity to help bring a smile to a disadvantaged child’s face this Christmas. Sadly, thousands of Australian kids will go without receiving a gift this holiday season simply because their families can’t afford it.

This year, with your help, The Smith Family aims to deliver more than 75,000 new toys and 50,000 new books to children in need around Australia. The  Toy & Book Appeal provides gifts to children in need, allowing them to feel a sense of belonging.

Hutt St Centre provides a place of hope, belonging and care to men, women and homeless families. Each year Hutt St Centre serves around 50,000 meals and offers social work and support services to nearly 2000 people. Showers, laundry facilities, visiting health professionals, an aged city living program for our older clients, recreation activities, education and training, legal aid and assistance with finding housing are all services provided to the 200 plus homeless people who visit Hutt St Centre each day.

The link to Hutt St Centre will direct you to its Christmas Wish list with suggestions of items that can best assist those in need.

Marathon Man

Congratulations to DPTI’s Julian Rackham, who has put in the hard yards to complete the gruelling New York Marathon while raising funds to help  seriously ill children.

Team Leader Traction Power Julian, from Rail Maintenance, was with a large group of South Australians raising money for the Little Heroes Foundation. He ran a time of 5 hours 43 minutes.

Study findings

Key DPTI staff were recently given the opportunity to attend a presentation of the findings from a 10-year international study Into trespass and self-harm within a rail environment undertaken by the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation.

The presentation was delivered by Professor Anjum Naweed, from the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences at CQUniversity in Adelaide.

The session involved an open feedback discussion regarding our rail environment and is to be used in an ongoing study into the important issue within Australian Rail Environments.

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback  shows crowds watching a swimming gala from the pavilion and kiosk at the end of Henley Jetty in the 1920s.

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