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DPTI Matters - 22 November 2019

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

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Extreme heat

A quick word of thanks to everyone for your efforts and cooperation on the day of extreme heat this week. Days such as this are testing for people across many areas of our department and responding well is always important.

With more heat coming over the summer months, our priority must always be to keep our customers and ourselves safe.

It was especially good to see some social media recognition for the team handing out bottled water at Adelaide Railway Station as a result of the heat.

Reform recognition

Our Planning and Design Code writing team was honoured with the National President's Award in recognition of its great efforts in delivering planning reforms in South Australia at the recent Planning Institute Australia Awards 2019.

The team has worked tirelessly over the past few years to develop a foundation policy that will support better planning outcomes for South Australians in the decades to come.

Thank you to all involved in this project, and congratulations on a well-deserved win.

A group of people standing ona stage. One is holding an award.
The National President's Award presentation.

Healthy initiative

I’m proud to have DPTI involved in the Healthy Parks Healthy People Initiative, a collaboration between departments and the SA chapter of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, which highlights the critical role our natural environment plays in supporting the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Creating Greener Places for Healthy and Sustainable Communities and Ideas for Quality Green Public Space in South Australia provides a strong framework for community members, landscape professionals, urban planning professionals, local councils and regional authorities to protect and enhance quality green spaces in recognition of the health, wellbeing and environmental benefits they provide.

The Henley Beach seafront, with manicured lawns, stylish shelters and a wave-like artistic strucrure. There are people sitting and walking around the area. The sea is calm and the image looks peaceful and relaxed. A jetty is visible in the distant background and the sky is blue with soft, white clouds.

Share the Dignity

DPTI is supporting Share the Dignity’s It’s in the Bag campaign this Christmas by collecting personal care and sanitary items for distribution to women in South Australian shelters and refuges.

The women’s charity aims to provide women experiencing homelessness, domestic violence and poverty with a handbag full of essential items.

Donations can be made at collection points available for DPTI staff and the public between Friday 22 November and Saturday 7 December 2019.

Two women standing each side of a collection box, the top of which comes to about shoulder height. Each woman is holding one side of the top of the box with one hande one side of a handbag handle with the other. The hnadbag is held up in front of the collection box. the collection box has a wide, oval shaped opening on the top and a sign behind that is raised and includes the words "Help us" The collection box is pink and white.
Domestic and Family Violence Community of Practice members Natalie Ponting and Inez Grimaldi at a collection point.

Community art

October was a busy month for the makeover of DPTI assets, with seven art installations coming to fruition courtesy of some extremely skilled artists and our own Rail Care team.

The scope of art covers everything from fences to a communications room, a lift and wayfinding signs, each playing its part in adding beauty and culture to its local area.

You can Find out about the seven installations, and see the photos of each, on our website story

A long fence with a mural painted on it.
This beautiful mural was created by Scott Rathman and tells the story of a journey between people and places.

More Mo Bros

The #AdelaideMetMo trams and buses running through town now have some serious competition, with a collection of drivers and operations staff growing their own moustaches to raise awareness and donations for the Movember cause.

Adelaide Metro’s Mo Bros have collectively raised more than $1750.

A graphic with a purple background with scattered softer purple moustaches on it. There are five link irregular shapes with a photo of a man with a moustache in it.

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows a new charabanc, or motor coach, parked in front of the Intelligence and Tourist Bureau, next to the Prince Alfred Hotel on King William Street in 1926.

A large group of people sitting in rows  in a charabanc, which looks like an extremely long vintage car.
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