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DIT Matters - 12 April 2019

A word from the Chief Executive

Rail R U OK?Day

Yesterday was Rail R U OK?Day and, as a great testament to our supportive rail family, our tram and rail operations teams got together to share morning tea.

You can see some of the photos from their events on our website.

The rail maintenance team will be doing the same in May at its all-staff monthly toolbox.

Some of our staff also took a moment to share what they think about the day and the simple ways they reach out to their workmates. While this is for Rail R U OK?Day, there are great lessons for all staff in the video below.

Safety connection

Members of the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) SA Branch recently attended the Northern Connector Project for a tour of the site. The SIA is the National Association for the Health and Safety Profession.

The tour was a terrific opportunity for members to get an ‘inside’ experience of the project’s safety systems, along with an appreciation of the types of high-risk activities that are associated with a major project.

SIA members, pictured below, were escorted by DIT Program Lead George Panagopoulos and Lendlease Safety Advisor Aaron Bramham, who gave the group an insight into the safety management systems implemented by Tier 1 Contractor, Lendlease.

A group of people in a line, each wearing hi-vis safety gear.

Important closures

The Oaklands crossing project reaches an important milestone this weekend as a partial rail closure on the Seaford line and a full closure of the Tonsley line take place to allow the connection of the new Oaklands Station and rail line to the Seaford corridor.

Train services between Adelaide and Brighton will be replaced by substitute buses from the first scheduled service on Saturday, 13 April, until the last scheduled service on Sunday 5 May. Substitute buses will run between Adelaide and Brighton and trains will operate between Brighton and Seaford railway stations, with details on the Adelaide Metro website.

While this closure will cause some disruption for travellers, it is a sign of the near completion of a project that will have major benefits for years to come.

An aerial view of the work on the Oaklands crossing
Work on the Oaklands Crossing upgrade.

Bridge to community

DIT staff this week joined with the Port Augusta community at information sessions to answer questions about the Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication Project.

Extensive community consultation is critical to successful delivery and it was good to see about 300 people making the most of the opportunity. Congratulations to the team on taking the information to the local community in such an open and positive way.

A large group of people in a hall gather around tables, looking at maps and diagrams.Community members study details with DIT staff.

Growing minds

While in Port Augusta, Project Manager Nick Prescott and Senior Transport Planner Michael Whitford visited Year 3, 4 and 5 students at Stirling North Primary School, where students have been learning about bridges and have even produced some models of their own.

The pair gave a brief overview of the project, spoke about how it will be built, what types of skills are required and answered many questions. This is a great investment in encouraging young people and helping them to understand the importance of the work we do.

A bridge made of cardboard and painted paper
One of the bridges designed by a student at the school.

Holiday safety

With the Easter break beginning at the end of next week, many staff are taking leave and heading away on holidays, while others will continue to keep important infrastructure and customer services moving.

Whatever you’re doing, I encourage you to be safe  at work, on the roads, on the water or in any other activities you enjoy.

DIT Matters won’t be published next week but will return on Friday 26 April.

I wish those of you who are taking time off a happy and safe Easter break and offer thanks to those who will work over the public holidays and weekend.

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows Racegoers travelling through Oakbank to its racecourse in 1923.

A black and white photo with mostly men in suits walking across a small wooden bridge to the left of the image. To the right there is carriage being pulled by two horses and behind it are two old-style cars travelling along the road.
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