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DPTI Matters - 23 August 2019

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

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Making a difference

I was pleased to have DPTI well represented on a panel to discuss Sustainable Indigenous Employment recently, with Regulation Assistant Project & Policy Officer Brenz Saunders playing a key role in the event.

Brenz joined Workskil Australia Chief Executive Officer Nicole Dwyer and Adelaide Venue Management HR Manager Simon Hockridge as part of the discussion panel, hosted by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia and held at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

With an audience of around 200 key business people, panel members shared their views on the achievements and challenges of Sustainable Indigenous Employment and what should be considered when developing or maintaining pathway solutions.

A large crowd of people seated at tables with four people at a long table and a presenter in the background.
Attendees at the Sustainable Indigenous Employment discussion.

Important meetings

Thank you to all who attended important meetings this week to discuss the proposed introduction of a contracted-out model for operations, maintenance and service delivery on Adelaide’s rail services.

Bringing staff together over two meetings presented enormous challenges but was extremely valuable in allowing direct and meaningful communication.

We are at the beginning of a lengthy process and we remain committed to being consultative and transparent as progress is made.

Conversations around change are not always easy and I appreciate the willingness of staff to engage, consider and speak candidly as we work towards a new service-delivery model.

Priority performance

A recent campaign by Adelaide Metro to highlight priority seating options on public transport has received positive feedback from a key representative group.

The campaign includes recorded messages on trains, aimed at reminding passengers to choose their seating kindly, while respecting the fact that other people may have a greater need for the signed and coloured priority seating.

A representative from the Office of Ageing Well contacted Adelaide Metro, offering the encouraging feedback that the messaging did not speak down to people of other abilities and conditions, and applauding the fact that “kindness” was a key feature.

A great job by those involved.

The sign placed in trains. It shows a pregnant woman, a person with a cructh, a [erson with a walking stick, and a person with cane and a dog under the words Priority Seating. Someone else may need this seat more than you. Please remember not all disabilities are visible.

Bouncing back

Environmental Officer Sam Clarke was caught on the hop this week when Rail Maintenance staff reported a kangaroo inside the Seaford Rail Car Depot.

The kangaroo had settled next to trains before Sam teamed up with two Fauna Rescue volunteers to attempt to move it towards the facility gates.

The roo initially resisted but the dedicated team moved in to gently catch it and release it back to its mob, just next door in Onkaparinga River National Park.

Our sincere thanks to Fauna Rescue for their quick and professional response to our call for assistance and to Sam for springing into action in unusual circumstances.

A man in an orange vest carries a blanket as he approaches a kangaroo next to a railway line. There is a stationary three-carriage train in the background.
Moving in to meet the roo.

Building benefits

While major projects in the city attract a great deal of media attention, the work done in regional areas also makes a major difference, and we have some great people driving those changes.

Rocky River Bridge, located on the Augusta Highway near Crystal Brook, was recently widened, with new guard rails and bridge barriers put in place, as part of the Regional Bridges Upgrade Project.

Projects such as this are important to improving road safety and freight efficiency, and always carry benefits for the communities around them.

This is the sixth bridge upgrade to be completed under the program, which is benefitting road users in all of the Mid North, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley and Riverland.

A flat bridge with a sign in the foreground. The sign reads "Rocky River Broughton River Catchment".

The Rocky River bridge.

Safety Awards

Nominations for the DPTI Workplace Safety Awards are now open and I encourage you to nominate individuals or teams for the great work that’s being done in this area.

We’ve celebrated some important safety innovations and practices in the past and once again we’re eager to recognise those who contribute to health, safety and wellbeing, and show continuous improvement in their business performance.

The three award categories this year are Best Solution of a WHS Risk, Best Individual WHS Achievement, and Best Health and Wellbeing Program.

A crowd of people sitting at an awards presentation. There are safety banners at the front and a speaker at a lectern.

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows what a big crowd in the city once looked like. The intersection of King William and Hindley streets is packed for a visit by the Prince of Wales in 1920.

A huge crowd of people packed together in the street. The crowd stretches as far as can be seen. Most of the people are well dressed and wearing hats.
SLSA B 70865/18

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