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DPTI Matters - 30 November 2018

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

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Champion effort

Staff from DPTI’s Marine Safety department had a special helping hand as they took their summer water safety message to the streets in Rundle Mall yesterday.

Olympic gold medallist swimmer Kyle Chalmers spent time with the team as a special guest of SASI at a combined outing by organisations who make up the South Australian Water Safety Committee.

Kyle is a keen fisherman who says he makes sure he’s up to date with safety requirements and equipment, and is always keen to encourage others to make sure they stay safe on the water.

International Day of people with Disability

As the world marks the International Day of People with Disability on 3 December, DPTI will change the name of a key department to better reflect its values in this area.

The Disability Discrimination Act Unit will be renamed the Access and Inclusion Unit, helping to put the focus on dismantling barriers that people with disability can face, which is vital in the work DPTI undertakes.

This is something we can all play a role in. To find out more about the International Day of People with Disability, take a look at our our story

Forward work plan

More than 450 people attended an industry briefing at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Wednesday, where a $5.4 billion pipeline of infrastructure works over the next four years was outlined.

The Minister for Planning, Transport and Local Government, Hon Stephan Knoll, MP, DPTI Chief Executive Tony Braxton-Smith, GM Procurement Brian Roche, Acting Chief Corporate Officer Wayne Buckerfield and GM Infrastructure Delivery Jon Whelan presented to industry representatives.

As well as outlining the pipeline of works in the fields of transport, public transport and building infrastructure, the presentation stressed the importance of partnering with industry to ensure the best project results, maintaining the highest standards of safety, promoting innovation and driving good outcomes for local workforces, trainees and apprentices and Aboriginal workers and businesses.

A special thanks to Sam Brown for her great work in coordinating all of the information from various sections of the department for the presentation, which can be viewed here.

Movember success

With Movember coming to an end, the AdelaideMetMo tram will soon be pulling out the razor.

The tram has clocked up more than  4500km travelling between Glenelg, the Entertainment Centre, Botanic Gardens and Festival Plaza to raise awareness of the Movember cause while transporting thousands of passengers to and from Rundle Mall, and events such as the One Day International, Melbourne Cup festivities and the Christmas Pageant, just to name a few.

Many staff also got involved by growing their own mo’s and raising money for the cause. Members of the tram operations team have raised over $400 so far. Congratulations and happy shaving to all who have taken part.

Tram operations team members with the Movember tram.

Vacation Employment Program

This week DPTI welcomed 34 university undergraduates, from a variety of disciplines, who have been successful in winning a position in our Vacation Employment Program.

They have been placed across the organisation to work on allocated projects for the next 12 weeks.

Indigenous commitment recognised

DPTI and Lendlease have been acknowledged for Contribution to Aboriginal Workforce Participation at RAW Recruitment’s inaugural Gala Dinner.

The Northern Connector, through NorthHub, continues to set a high standard for Aboriginal employment, consistently maintaining 11% Aboriginal workforce participation on the project.

Luke Backo, Lendlease Structures General Foreman on the Northern Connector Project, was also recognised for his contribution to supporting Aboriginal workforce participation at the Governor's Aboriginal Employment Industry Clusters Forum.

The award was presented by The Honourable Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia. Luke is a proud Aboriginal man and, in addition to his significant responsibilities on site, has taken on a leadership role within the project and wider Lendlease business to support other Aboriginal employees in building their career in construction.

Making ends meet

The new Ayliffes Road bridge being constructed as part of the Darlington Upgrade Project is now a complete structure, following the installation of the final two girders for the southern half.

The northern section of the bridge was built off-line and then transported into place and installed in September via self-propelled modular transporters. The southern section has been built in situ, with the piers and abutments constructed first and steel box girders installed afterwards.

The overall structure is 377 metres long and will carry northbound traffic on Main South Road over the lowered motorway to Ayliffes Road. It is scheduled to open to traffic in mid 2019.

Discussion paper

DPTI’s Planning department has met another planning reform milestone with the release of a policy discussion paper about SA’s economy in the context of the new development system.

The Productive Economy Policy Discussion Paper proposes a framework for discussion about how key policy areas will play a critical role in delivering a vital, prosperous economy for our state.

It is now available for public consultation on the SA Planning Portal.

Consultation on the Productive Economy discussion paper is open until Friday 22 February 2019.

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows Rundle Street 145 years ago, in 1873. The photo is looking east from the intersection at King William Street.

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