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DPTI Matters - 2 August 2019

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

Oaklands opening

It was an exciting day for the Oaklands Crossing project team last Sunday when about 400 people took part in the official opening of the new Oaklands station.

The special event  included market stalls, entertainment, kids’ activities and guided tours of the project site.

This project has delivered important solutions across a number of levels, including first-class customer facilities, improved safety for all road users and the easing of traffic congestion as a result of lowering the rail line under the road and removing the level crossing at the intersection of Morphett and Diagonal Roads.

Early monitoring of traffic indicates that motorists are now saving up to 15 minutes in peak hour.

People at the community day. They are dressed casually and there are food vans and marquees visible, with a bright blue sky and several trees in the background.

Share the Dignity

Throughout August and November we are supporting Share the Dignity through the distribution of sanitary items for disadvantaged women and girls.  Share the Dignity is an Australian charity which helps bring dignity to those who are homeless as well as at-risk women and girls experiencing domestic or family violence.

Ten donation collection points for DPTI staff and the public have been placed at various locations. The Share the Dignity website is also receiving online donations.

City South open

It’s great to see the new City South tram stop fully open this week, offering great improvements to accessibility and safety for our customers.

Importantly, the new stop, created as part of the $17.5 million City South Tramline Replacement Project, meets Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) requirements, which is vital to those living with disability.

The project also involved replacing and upgrading the tram line tracks on King William Street, between South Terrace and Victoria Square.

The work on the stop included the demolition of the existing tram stop and construction of new platforms, shelter, signage and platform furniture, similar to tram stops along North Terrace.

The teams behind this have delivered an outstanding result, working around the clock in challenging weather conditions. Well done to all involved.

A tram at the new City South tram stop. The platform is elevated and includes access ramps and safety railing.
The newly completed City South tram stop.

Awards recognition

I’m delighted to report that DPTI  received two awards in the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects 2019 SA Landscape Architecture Awards, which celebrated the very best landscape architecture projects in the state recently.

The awards were Landscape Architecture Award of Excellence in the category of Parks and Open Space for the Pelzer Park / Pityarilla (Park 19) Activity Hub, and Landscape Architecture Award in the category of Community Contribution for the Acknowledgement of Aboriginal Country Signage Strategy.

The Pelzer Park / Pityarilla (Park 19) Activity Hub was set up to involve and inspire the community and ensure that the built outcome of Pelzer Park / Pityarilla reflects their values, needs and aspirations.

The Aboriginal Country Signage Strategy has made a significant visual contribution within the South Australian  landscape, acknowledging and educating the wider community to the existence and diversity of our state’s Aboriginal Nations.

Congratulations to all involved in the important and successful projects.

Community care

Rail Maintenance staff have completed their third winter of collaboration with the Department for Environment and Water, using  Project Firefighters to reduce fuel and control woody weeds across the Seaford, Belair and Gawler lines.

A long list of persistent weeds continue to be removed or re-treated, including grassy weeds, feral artichokes and fennel, bamboo, olives, boxthorn and desert ash.

Rail Care has followed up at an olive-infested Year 1 site at Lynton, replacing the unwanted trees with plants that would have been in the original bushland of the Lynton area.  The before and after shots alongside a shared-use path show a wonderful transformation.

A before and after image showing the section of path with fallen olive trees on the left and the newly planted section with a new fence around it.
The Lynton site, before and after.

Outstanding service

Traffic Access and Integrity unit manager Jasmina Jovanovic has been presented with an Outstanding Service Award for her contributions to The Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management Incorporated  and the transport industry through her involvement in AITPM activities at state and national levels.

Jasmina joined AITPM in 2000 and  was upgraded to Fellow in 2011.

This recognition for almost two decades of commitment is richly deserved and I congratulate Jasmina on a wonderful achievement.

A man in a dark suit presents a plaque to a woman in a dark evening gown. There is a Powerpoint slide on the screen behind them with most of the main words obscured.
Jasmina Jovanovic receiving her award.

Regional projects

There are exciting developments happening in some of our regional areas, with three important projects entering the expression of interest and tenders stage.

The $200 million Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication Project, $90 million Port Wakefield Overpass and Highway Duplication Project and $14.6 million Penola Northern Bypass Project will all offer long-term benefits to local communities and create employment and business opportunities during their construction.

Well done to those involved in bringing these projects to this stage.

Vale David Samardzic

We are shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of our colleague David Samardzic.

David joined the Department in 2017 as a highly experienced and respected property professional, bringing to the Department his skills and experience in commercial property, particularly in the complex field of lease negotiations. David’s career started with the Australian Property Group and covered operations in all mainland states, with several years in Sydney, where he was involved in property development before focussing on property management and high-level lease negotiations in the corporate environment.

He has been involved in Corporate Real Estate around the country including SA, WA, Victoria and NT as well as the principal for several outsourced Corporate Real Estate contracts.

David was instrumental in changing the delivery of Across Government Leasing Services and in contributing to the Whole of Government Accommodation Strategy. He was a much loved leader, mentor and team member of the Property Directorate, known for his mischievous humour and consummate professionalism. He was a well-liked and respected character within the SA property industry who will be sadly missed.

Our condolences are with David’s family, who have encouraged donations to be made to Diabetes Australia.

A head and shoulders photo of David Samardzic
David Samardzic

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows what is believed to be the first motor bus in South Australia, which ran on the Glenelg to Adelaide route in 1908.

A grainy. black and white photo of a very old-style bus. There is a staircase going from the back of the bus to the roof, which has a high rail around it. There are a group of men on the roof and one standing on the staircase. The driver's section is all open and the lower passenger section is windowed but there appears to be no-one in there.
SLSA B 7229