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DPTI Matters 13 December 2019

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

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Spirit of giving

During this traditional time of giving, it’s a privilege to be able to highlight and give some recognition to a program initiated and run by a DPTI team that has been giving to others consistently for almost 40 years.

The Special Projects Foster Parents Group was formed by a dedicated group led by Reg Clark in the Department of Lands in 1980, with the aim of helping underprivileged children in other countries to access clean drinking water, clothing and education.

There are currently 36 members (26 still working and 10 retired) who contribute a small sum of their own money each week to sponsor eight children. Since the group formed, they have raised a total of $171,229.

It’s always great to see colleagues uniting to do something for a community that is above and beyond the workplace. In this example, it is truly inspiring to appreciate how much they have contributed by the collective and steadfast commitment to this cause.

Digging in

Three DPTI projects had plenty to celebrate this week with sod turning ceremonies celebrated by stakeholders and community members.

The Paradise Park n Rides, Regency to Pym Project and Golden Grove Road Upgrade Project are projects that will deliver a range of benefits to communities across the metropolitan area.

They are part of an enormous program of infrastructure works throughout the state which our department is in various stages of delivering. These three projects will have great benefits to commuters in Adelaide, especially those in the northern suburbs.

A group of 10 people wearing white safety helmets and hi-vis vests, wach showvelling dirt in front of them at the same moment.
Celebrating the sod turning at the Golden Grove Road Upgrade Project.

Making art

A beautiful piece of artwork by Indigenous artist Elizabeth Yanyi Close has risen on the side of a lift shaft at Elizabeth railway station.

Delivering a project on a canvas this large is a complicated business and the process has been captured in a time-lapse video of the work coming to life with painstaking skill, detail and accuracy.

Artwork such as this is being delivered in conjunction with the DPTI Rail Care team to refresh the rail corridor, and each has its own special story.

You can watch the time lapse below and find out more about the artwork here.

Honouring women

The 125th anniversary of South Australia’s nation-leading legislation that allowed women to vote in general elections and stand as Members of Parliament will be marked next week.

To celebrate the occasion, on December 18, DPTI has released a new, more interactive timeline honouring some of the women who have held senior positions within the department, forging a pathway to the current day when DPTI’s executive management team is a healthy 50/50 gender split.

The timeline makes a fascinating read and I encourage you to take a look now.

A graphic with 125 in large letters and the words "Theri triumph our motivation #SASuffarge125"

Adelaide Metro survey

The Adelaide Metro website is being refreshed following feedback from our customers that an improved site would better meet their needs.

Customers can now choose their favourite new design from three professionally developed options through a quick online survey hosted on the Adelaide Metro site.

The results will determine which design style is applied and a site rebuild will commence around this, with user experience testing taking place in the new year.

I invite you to check out the new design and tell us which is your favourite.

A graphic saying " You told us you want a better website. Tell us what you think. We're making changes."

Friday Flashback

This week’s Friday Flashback shows crowds of holidaymakers enjoying the sands at Henley Beach in 1937.

A black and white photo showing people swimming in the sea while others are on the beach, some in tents. There are old buildings in the background and central in the foreground is a person sitting in a white canoe on the water's edge.
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