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DPTI Matters - 13 September 2019

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

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Award winner

I’m delighted to report that DPTI safety advisor Tyrone Hughes has won the award for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year at the 2019 SA Training Awards.

Tyrone, who is a proud father and Yorta Yorta man, received the award at a special function last Saturday night. This was a very proud moment for Tyrone and his family, and also for us at DPTI.

Tyrone consistently demonstrates excellence in his work, he is professionally kind and respectful to his peers, open to suggestions and is dedicated to making Field Services a safer place to work.

Well done, Tyrone.

Three men on a stage with a blue, purple and pink backround. The man on the left is holding a certificate and the man in the centre is holding a round trophy.
Tyrone Hughes receives his award.

‘Leading’ rating

The T2T Alliance has been awarded a ‘leading’ Infrastructure Sustainability rating, with a final ‘As Built’ score of 81.9. This exceptional achievement was celebrated last month with a presentation from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia to the Alliance partners.

The IS rating is independent recognition of the Alliance’s commitment to the sustainable design and delivery of the asset.

Key outcomes included a significant reduction in carbon emissions (achieved through design modifications, use of Green Power at site offices and use of materials with low embodied energy), close to 100% diversion of waste from landfill, and a greater focus on non-financial benefits which drove contractor decision making behaviours beyond cost, program, quality and safety.

T2T is the first DPTI project to achieve an Infrastructure Sustainability rating. Congratulations to all involved on this fantastic result.

Six people standing in a horizontal line. They are smartly dressed and three of them are holding framed certificates.
Cathy Chesson (Mott MacDonald), Rebecca Giles (CPB), John Mowat (CPB), Andrew Larwood (DPTI), Harry Turner (Aurecon), Jon Avery (ISCA).

Dignity donations

DPTI’s involvement in the Share The Dignity #dignitydrive has delivered great results, with about 400 items donated by staff and the public across 10 sites.

Share the Dignity will distribute the sanitary products to its partner charities, such as homeless and women’s shelters. Your donations will give a woman experiencing homelessness or financial crisis the essentials, so she doesn’t need to choose between food and dignity.

For more information on the work that Share the Dignity does, click here.

A large collection of personal hygiene items in front of two collection bins
Donations collected across the sites.

Delivering change

It’s great to see DPTI making a difference in the APY Lands, not just in infrastructure but by improving training and employment prospects for local Anangu.

The Anangu Lands Flexible Learning Options newsletter recently reported on students preparing to take part in the APY Lands Main Access Road Upgrade project by undertaking white card , first aid training, gaining learner’s permits and working on their cover letters and resumes for future employment.

The Department for Education, DPTI and Lucas Total Contract Solutions partnered to offer eight FLO students the opportunity to participate in work experience, providing students a general taste of employment and the different aspects of work carried out while they assist with general tasks.

The particularly exciting news was that one of the participants has already gained employment with Lucas Total Contract Solutions. That’s the kind of result we love to see.

A group of nine people wearing hi-vis clothing in two rows in front of a gravel mound with a fuel tank and shipping containers in the background.
FLO students with Anangu mentor and Lucas TCS staff celebrating finishing their site induction.

Checking in

The Northern Connector and Gawler Rail Electrification Project teams took time out yesterday to take part in R U OK? Day.

The day was also supported by MATES in Construction through the Fly the Flag initiative, which promotes mental health management and suicide prevention by inspiring all people to regularly ask each other “R U OK?”

The two Project Teams used this as an opportunity to support local charities and community groups by engaging generous volunteers from the Angle Vale Lions Club, Backpacks 4 Kids SA, Rotary Club Golden Grove, Legacy Adelaide, Childhood Cancer Association and Tauondi Aboriginal College to host morning teas and lunches for more than 500 staff across both projects.

It takes less than a minute to start a conversation that could change a life, so let’s encourage each other to ask ‘R U OK?’ regularly and maintain a sense of connection and care.

a group of more than 50 people, most of them wearing hi-vis clothing. Many have a hand raised and the four at the front are holding a banner with the words Mates in Construction and the phone number 1300 642 111.

A wide image taken from a high vantage point, showing about 50 people, mostly in hi-vis clothing. Many are raising a clenched fist high above their heads and there is a banner at the front  with the words Mates in Construction and the phone number 1300 642 111
The teams from the Northern Connector Project (top) and Gawler Rail Electrification Project mark R U OK? Day.

Shared journey

Our Port Wakefield Overpass and Highway Duplication Project team hosted community members at a drop-in style information session this week, with a good number turning out to ask questions and gather facts.

The latest concept design was on show, with members of the public able to provide feedback directly to the team.

The Australian and South Australian Governments have committed $90 million for the project, which will improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for all road users, particularly during peak travel times and public holidays, and improve safety and freight productivity along the National Land Transport Network.

A large group of people in a room. Many of them are gathered around tables where they are talking with project staff.

Friday Flashback

This week’s Friday Flashback shows a view of Rundle Street, before it became Rundle Mall, back in 1964.

A view of Rundle Street in 1964, showing buildings including Coles, John Martins and Edments. There are old-style cars parked along the street and a bus in the foreground.