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DPTI Matters - 5 April 2019

A word from the Acting Chief Executive

Autonomous first

The practical use of autonomous vehicles has just taken a big step forward, with the launch of Australia’s first driverless mobility service in a retirement lifestyle village.

As a part of Future Mobility lab, a fund administered by DPTI, UK-based company Aurrigo and Regional Development Australia began the autonomous vehicle trial at the Lendlease owned Elliot Gardens retirement village at Port Elliot.

This is an exciting trial which is believed to be a world first and it will show how autonomous technology can deliver improved mobility for the 330 residents living in 194 villa homes at the 27 hectare village.

It’s great to have DPTI playing an important role in delivering this technology to South Australia and we are excited to see what will evolve in the years ahead.

Five well-dressed people, three men, two women then another man stand in a horizontal line in front of the Aurrigo pod, most of which is not visible.
Roger van der Lee (Aurrigo), Stephen Shotten (RDA), Member for Finniss David Basham, Jo Murray (DPTI), Vicki Neilson (Elliot Gardens) and Lavendra Selva (Lendlease) with the autonomous vehicle.

Academic recognition

Congratulations to two of our staff on being recognised in the 2019 Procurement Academic Excellence Recognition Initiative.

Contract Manager Steven Robertson and Contract Administrator Joseph Royle have each received $1500 towards further professional development activities related to procurement as recipients of the University qualifications award category for Graduate Certificate Management.

Steven and Joseph will be presented with a formal certificate of academic excellence at an event in June.

Two men sit at a round table with a map behind them. Each is holding a mug with a tea bag in it. There are two manilla folders in front of them which are partially obscured. The top folder, which is green, has the words "Temporary Cover" on it.
Steven Robertson and Joseph Royle.

Whale rescue

DPTI’s Marine Safety team has been involved in another rescue this week, this time helping to disentangle a 10m humpback whale caught up in craypot ropes and floats near Chiton Rocks, south of Adelaide.

Marine Safety Officers Pat Sparks and  Stephen Kusznir joined a 14-strong team which included marine scientists and staff from PIRSA Fisheries and the Department of Environment and Water to perform the first successful disentanglement of this type in South Australia.

Three people in a boat near the whale. The whale's back and tail are partly visible.
Some of the rescue team monitor the whale.

Great support

It’s always good to have recognised and respected members of our community support DPTI projects, as was the case when marathon runner Jess Trengove helped launch a new Way2Go family website on national Ride2School Day.

The website provides useful tips and information and is designed to encourage safe and active travel to school.

You can see how the school celebrated with Jess in the video below.

Flying high

We were pleased to receive some recent recognition for the great work DPTI does in the regional airports area.

DPTI plays a key role in collaborating on infrastructure issues with regional airports and administering funding. Key to this is an award-winning program developed by the department to help airports develop their master plans.

Feedback from the latest annual master-plan workshop reflected its success, with one attendee writing: “I find the information presented and discussed at these workshops very relevant and informative and it is a great chance to catch up with other managers from around the state. The Support Regional Aviation is a godsend ….as it enables essential works and upgrades to assist us to meet legislative requirement and keep the airport operating for the benefit of the whole community.”

Well done to Senior Planner Aviation Juergen Ruppert, who drives the airports program.

Historic restoration

Motorists on the South Eastern Freeway may have recently noticed the historic tollgate has been reinstalled after a three-month absence.

The tollgate has undergone a full restoration under the direction of DPTI’s Field Services team, using local businesses. The condition of the tollgate had deteriorated due to age and exposure to the elements.

The restoration works included blasting and painting of the original steel fittings and restoration and replacement where necessary of the timber structure of the gate.

The tollgate, which is white and attached to a stone pillar

Rail R U OK?Day

Next Thursday, 11 April, is Rail R U OK?Day and there are some very simple things we can learn from its message.

Turning a train of thought into a meaningful conversation, started by a simple “are you ok?”, can make a big difference in the lives of our workmates.

I encourage everyone to look to their co-workers and offer friendship, a listening ear and support.

Find more information about Rail R U OK?Day and tips for how to start the conversation at the official Rail R U OK?Day website.

The Rail R U OK?Day graphic

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows a long line of tram drivers and conductors with Municipal Tramways Trust vehicles, waiting for passengers near Victoria Park Race Course in 1913.

This is an old, black and white photo showing a line of trams stretching to the background, with drivers and condcutors standing at various points along the line. To the right of the trams is a stretch of dirt and grass and there are poles and cables to the right of this.
SLSA PRG 280/1/7/398