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DPTI Matters - 16 August 2019

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

LGA briefings

DPTI’s Planning Reform team has again been engaging with local government through LGA briefings, to share important information and further develop South Australia’s Planning and Design Code.

The briefings enable us to keep councils updated on the latest reform news, to hear directly about issues or areas of concern and to participate in workshopping ideas.

The August briefing included discussions on heritage and character, along with workshopping of the code engagement plan, which will set the direction for formal consultation on Phase Two and Phase Three of the code, commencing in October.

Find out more about the new planning system here.

Groups of people sitting around tables and having discussion. They are dressed in business attire. At two of the tables there are men standing, talking to the groups.

Safety tune-up

The important messages of Rail Safety Week have been shared across Australia and New Zealand this week, with passengers at Adelaide Railway Station copping a musical reminder as they arrived for work on Monday.

Members of the SA Police Band helped kick the week off on a high note, as support staff handed out flyers and shared information with the passing public.

We at DPTI are acutely aware of the significant and lasting effects dangerous behaviour around the rail network can have.

Thank you to SA Police and our own staff who helped organise the communication of potentially life-saving information.

Five members of the police band playing brass instruments in Adelaide Railway Station. Each has a music stand with a draped and tassled SA Police insignia on it.
Members of the SA Police Band at Adelaide Railway Station

Islington morning tea

As part of Rail Safety Week, the team at the Gawler Rail Electrification Project held a morning tea at the Islington site office this morning to share experiences and highlight the importance of rail safety.

The team heard from David Klippel-Cooper, who has many years of experience in rail and most recently as the Corridor Facilities Co-Ordinator for the department. He spoke about how the rail industry has changed over time to sharpen the focus on safety , shared some key lessons he’s learnt from working in the rail environment, and facilitated an important discussion among the wider Project Team.

The theme for Rail Safety Week this year is “Rail Safety – its everyone’s responsibility”, and as the team continues to plan for major construction works commencing later this year, this message is at the centre of all its activities.

A man wearing hi-vis clothing addresses staff seated at desks around the room.

Great service

If you’ve ever wondered whether the little things we do can really make a difference, you can take some encouragement from the response to some great customer service at Adelaide Railway Station recently.

Students and staff from Mount Carmel College were travelling to town by train regularly in preparation for their musical production at the Scott Theatre, and they were greeted each day by Linda Dunn, who went out of her way to assist them as they went through the group gates at Adelaide Railway Station.

The school later sent a letter of thanks, saying the students looked forward to seeing her, so much so that they invited her to attend the production. Linda accepted and was invited to join the group on stage for a photo, which was later published in a school newsletter.

Well done, Linda - that’s outstanding customer service.

A woman holding a letter, inside Adelaide Railway Station

Easy information

Our Road and Marine Assets section has recently completed a Web-Map which shows both historic projects and planned road improvement and rehabilitation works to be undertaken across South Australia.

This is the result of months of planning, collaboration and data collection, working with the assistance of Safety, Major Projects, Field Services, Traffic Services, Planning, Finance and GIS Services.

The new Web-Map will enable members of the public, service authorities, local councils and other government departments to access information on upcoming works across the state, with the aim of reducing correspondence and ministerial enquires relating to future work plans by enabling ‘self-service’ of the information.

The map can be accessed on the DPTI website. Please take the time to have a look and send any feedback or comments to

A map showing highlighted roadworks spots

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows a photo of Adelaide Railway Station under construction in 1927, taken from eastern side of building.

The partially built eastern side of the Adelaide Railways Station. The building has scaffolding around most of it. In front of the station are very old cars and a truck, with two well-dressed women about to enter a door. There is also a carriage with two horses.
SLSA PRG 1316/12/220