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DPTI Matters - 1 November 2019

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

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Safety out and about

With summer holidays just around the corner it was the ideal time for our Marine Safety team to touch base with the boating public at the SA Boat and Fishing Show last weekend.

The team offered safety advice, conducted boat licence examinations and encouraged passers-by to complete the Boating Safety Survey, which will help provide an up-to-date picture of current boating law compliance and understanding.

More than 150 survey responses were completed at the show, with more promotional flyers handed out so that people could complete the online survey later. The number of responses is now climbing towards 900.

People at the Marine Safety stand at the boat show. They are a marquess and there are pamphlets laid out on a table in front of them. There is a rescue boat in the background and on the left there is a pull-up banner with the words "Boatind Safety Prize draws" above images odf safety euqipmet including a lifejacket, some flares and a fire extinguisher.
Members of the public at the Marine Safety stand.

Just a Mo

It’s that time of year when men start to bristle with pride as they take on the Movember challenge to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

Once again DPTI is highlighting this important campaign by adding impressive moustaches to the front of 10 trams and five buses.

A number of DPTI staff let their top lip grow wild last year and we are hoping even more will get involved this time. There is also the option to take up the Move for Movember quest by pledging to walk 60km over the month to put a focus on the fact that 60 men are lost to suicide each hour across the world.

Departments may also opt to host a Mo-Ment, which is about getting the team together for an event that focuses on having a good time and raising funds for a great cause. More information about Movember options is available here.

A bus on the left has a black moustace low down on the front, just above its number plate. The moustache is large and kicked up at the ends. The same moustache, but coloured white, is on the front of atrain to the right of the bus. It is placed low on the front, below an Adelaide Metro logo, which sits on a black panel beneath the train;'s deep front window.
Helping to spread the Movember message.

Smooth run

Community events can have a big impact on traffic, so it was pleasing to see our Traffic Management Centre team acknowledged for their role in the smooth running of this year’s Bay to Birdwood car run.

The Bay to Birdwood is the largest continually held motoring event for veteran, vintage and classic vehicles in the world and making sure the line-up of cars can complete the journey with a minimum of disruption takes considerable planning and real-time intervention as the rally moves along the route.

The organisers of the event sent a plaque and letter of thanks to the Traffic Management Centre to acknowledge their great work this year. Once again we see goodwill built up by providing great customer service.

Three men and a woman are standing in front of a wall of TV screens showing CCTV images of traffic. One of the men is holding a plaque.
Jim Chaousis, Michael Southern, Jacqui Featherston and Justin Wearne at the Traffic Management Centre.

PRIDE march

The 2019 PRIDE March will be held tomorrow, 2 November, and all SA Government staff are invited to take part under the “South Australian Government Supports Social Inclusion” banner.

Everyone is welcome to join the march, whether you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ), wish to support friends, family or colleagues who identify as LGBTIQ, or simply want to demonstrate personal support for the diversity that makes South Australia a great place to live.

Sharing knowledge

Members of the Customer, Community and Public Affairs directorate took a trip to the Northern Connector Project site this week as the completion of the impressive construction draws closer.

After a tour of the site there was the chance to share learnings gained from the complexities of creating this important link in the North-South Corridor.

It’s important that we share our knowledge from project to project and task to task, and learn from each other’s experiences.

A group of men and women standing in two hozizontal lines. They are on a wooden verandah with timber decking. Behind them the sky is quite blue and there are various work vehicles with a large concrete-making  plant in the distance.
Members of the Customer, Community and Public Affairs directorate at the Northern Connector Project site.

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows Eden Hills railway tunnel under construction in 1927.

An old black and white image showing part of a tunnel. Men is work clothes including soft hats are standing on a high wooden platform which is accessed by a ladder. Two are digging the side walls with shovels and another two appear to be operating some form of machinery in a wooden frame.
History Trust of South Australia