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DPTI Matters - 26 April 2019

A word from the Chief Executive

Critical incidents

In recent weeks colleagues working on the rail network have been particularly challenged by the need to respond to critical incidents.

These occurrences are difficult and personally challenging for those involved in managing our response to them. Increasingly the public are aware of the difficulty rail employees face in these circumstances. Rightly, there is widespread community support and respect for the work they carry out, and we should be proud of the way our team conduct themselves during these incidents, responding to the needs of the situation and at the same time maintaining a service to customers as best they can.

Within the Department, particularly during these times, it is important that we also recognise the impact of these events on our colleagues, show empathy and rally together to support them.

We should also express our appreciation of their professionalism in trying circumstances.  So, please join me in acknowledging the outstanding effort of our rail and public transport teams in both responding to the incident itself and the extra effort the team makes to get our customers to their destinations.

Smart Seeds

The Department was represented by five enthusiastic participants, among a group of 30 industry representatives, at the recent Smart Seeds Showcase Event.

After five weeks of hard work, Rachel Wardle (Office for Design and Architecture SA), Michael Marks (Procurement and Contracting – Northern Connector), Yanyan Xiao (Technical Services), Melanie Keetch (Technical Services) and Scott Wagenfeller (Performance Support Services) each played a part in pitching their own team’s final idea.

The Judge’s Choice Award was collected by Rachel’s for its pitch on Regional Green Microgrids – a solution to fast-tracking the adoption of renewable energy to create self-sustaining regional economies. The People’s Choice Award was taken out by Melanie’s team for Coolamon Co-op – a solution to addressing mental health and culture disconnect issues experienced by Indigenous communities.

The Department’s Executive Director Transport Project Delivery Jon Whelan was on the judging panel and championed the program as a Fellow for one of the challenges.

A group of five people in front of an elevated screen with the words "Smart Seeds Showcase Event" on it.
DPTI participants Rachel Wardle, Michael Marks, Yanyan Xiao, Melanie Keetch and Scott Wagenfeller with Smart Seeds Judge and Challenge Fellow, Jon Whelan, third from left.

Thank you, Harry

It’s a very significant day for the  Rail Operations team today as they say farewell to Harry Taylor after a long and distinguished career.

Harry began his working life with the South Australian Railways in 1965, at the age of 17, before returning home to look after his mother following the death of his father. Eight years later he continued his  railway life on 26 April, 1973, as a porter.

Over the years Harry worked in various roles, from shunting wagons at Dry Creek, to being a ticket inspector, as the famed “Man in Blue” at the Adelaide Railway Station, as a Field Supervisor and eventually ended his career as a Shift Coordinator.

Harry now considers it an appropriate time to retire, at 71, after “46 years of enthusiasm” and still with his health.

We wish him the very best as he spends his time in retirement travelling, visiting family and taking it easy. Thank you, Harry.

Harry Taylor at Adelaide Railway Station. He is wearing a navy blue uniform with a hi-vis vest and a cap.
Harry Taylor

Safety message

The Department has thrown its support behind an important national initiative to build consumer awareness and understanding of vehicle safety by placing crashed vehicles on display in car dealerships.

Director of Road Safety Gabby O’Neill recently joined representatives from RAA and ANCAP when Adelaide’s CMI Toyota became the first dealership to take possession of a vehicle for display.

Sitting alongside its uncrashed equivalent, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid hatch carries the marks of a side pole test, replicating a run-off-road collision with a tree or pole.

With crashes involving a single vehicle hitting a fixed object the most common type in South Australia, this is an important message that we need to drive home.

Three people in front of a smashed car.
ANCAP Chief Executive James Goodwin, Gabby O’Neill and RAA General Manager Government & Public Policy.

Apprentice award

Congratulations to Sasha Menzel on winning the Peer Refrigeration Apprentice of the Year award.

Sasha works at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital under the Across Government Facilities Management Arrangement, and previously worked at the Old Royal Adelaide Hospital site.

The Department’s support of youth and vocational learning is demonstrated by the on job training opportunities made available through the AGFMA and Sasha’s assignment to the Made Available Team, that provides labour services to various hospital sites in the metropolitan area.

A man holding a certificate, next to a woman hokding a trophy
Sasha Menzel at the award presentation with his wife Stephanie.

Airport funding

The Department, together with the Federal Government, is funding an upgrade project at Clare Valley Aerodrome. The $964,819 project was funded by $469,191 from the Commonwealth’s Building Better Regions Fund, a South Australian contribution of $395,628 and $100,000 from the Clare Valley Flying Group.

The project includes sealing of the runway and the installation of new runway lighting.

Works are almost completed and the aerodrome was recently reopened for traffic.

Fpur men in hi-vis clothing in front of a brown corrugated iron wall with the Clare Valley Aerodorme logo on it.

Future instalment

The Department's staff have employed technology in the Darlington Project's lowered motorway to help inform future projects.

Strain and Weigh-in-Motion gauges have been installed in the roadway to allow important data collection and analysis to enable future design and construction to be more efficient.

As the state and federal governments continue to invest in new road infrastructure, forward thinking such as this is important to the improvement of design standards based on solid evidence.

The North-South Corridor will have two measurement points, one at the Port River Expressway and one at Darlington. Well done to the team involved.

Three people working in hi-vis clothing and helmets on section of road. Two are crouching at either end of a tape measure, some distance apart, and the third is standing next to the one foremost in the picture. There is a concrete wall behind them.
Engineers from Technical Services Michael Rander, Zeinab Naimi and Johnny Tran installing the gauges.

Speed changes

Our Marine Safety team has done a great job driving changes to the speed limit for boats in the Barker Inlet and North Arm of the Port River, which came into effect this week.

This speed change was introduced after reported near misses between larger boats and unpowered vessels and damage from boat wash, as well as risks to local marine life.

It’s great to see our department working towards and policing changes to help keep the community safe.

Watch the video below for more information.

Leigh Street Exhibition

The Office for Design and Architecture SA proudly houses the 28 Leigh Street Gallery, which hosts an array of exhibitions throughout the year.

Currently on display is The Evolution of Leigh Street, which forms part of the South Australian History Festival Program and draws attention to the unique story of Leigh Street, one of Adelaide’s busiest pedestrian thoroughfares.

As part of the History Festival Open Doors Weekend, the exhibition will be open to the public on Monday 29 April.

This exhibition is showing until 17 May 2019. If you wish to view this exhibition at a time other than Monday 29 April, please make an appointment by email or on 8402 1884.

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows the Adelaide Anzac Day parade turning right from North Terrace into King William Road in 1936.

Tightly packed crowds line the intersection of North Terrace and King William St as marchers goes past in clean formation. The photo is black and white.
SLSA B 9368