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DPTI Matters - 15 February 2019

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

Festival city

Adelaide’s arts scene will come to life tonight with the Adelaide Fringe Opening Night Party.

This will mean some road closures and changes to bus, train and tram services in the weeks ahead, including special City Loop tram services which will run through the Fringe, Adelaide Festival and other Mad March events.

Major events are important to our state and it is a privilege for DPTI to help ensure locals and visitors can attend them safely, with a minimum of fuss, while keeping regular traffic  and services moving.

Adelaide Fringe logo

Well handled

Well done to train driver Wayne Paterson on dealing with a difficult situation with professionalism and care when he spotted an unaccompanied young child on a rail platform.

Wayne took control of the situation and the train stayed at the station until SAPOL officers arrived.

Wayne’s attention to detail and care are the kind of attitudes we should celebrate.

New exhibition

The Office for Design and Architecture SA (ODASA) is proud to house the 28 Leigh Street Gallery, which hosts an array of exhibitions throughout the year.

The manifesto for the gallery is to promote the value of high-quality design in South Australia, and the 2019 exhibition program represents a strong collaborative effort with universities, industry bodies and professionals in pursuit of its mission.

The current exhibition is Unplanned Adelaide: Streets between the gridlines,  which celebrates Adelaide’s distinctive urban form through a series of historic drawings and photographs dating back to 1837.

This display, which spreads over two levels, is showing until 6 March 2019.

If you would like to view this exhibition, simply email ODASA, or phone 8402 1884 to make an appointment.

Five images are mounted on easles, which stand in a horizontal line. The content of the images is not clear as this is a wide shot. The easels are on a grey carpet  and there is a wide orange line running on the flooe in front of them. The background is a rough stone wall with a window in it.

Big result

We often discuss the importance of small actions in creating a positive experience for customers, and recent feedback from a happy client again shows how important this is.

A senior citizen who makes frequent phone calls as a volunteer contacted DPTI to congratulate Deb Aitken, a Business Support Officer with Building Policy, on delivering just the right information in a phone message to help her complete a task.

“Deb is the first person I have ever encountered, after years of receiving returned phone messages, who has been thoughtful enough to include the option I needed to select,” the customer wrote.

“I thank Deb for making the whole process so simple. I would be grateful if you would thank her on my behalf.”

So, Deb, on behalf of your customer, DPTI and myself, thank you!

Vacation Program

Today we farewell Undergraduate Vacation Program students across the Department and congratulate them on their achievements throughout the 12-week program.

Pictured below are undergraduate students Will, Taylah and Caitlin presenting their work on the 3D Adelaide city model to an audience from the Office for Design and Architecture SA and the Surveyor-General’s Office.

Rail infrastructure had 11 undergraduates at Mile end and Dry Creek, working on mini projects, ranging from environmental, signalling to track and civil and rollingstock. They, too, were given the opportunity to present to staff on the significant range of projects undertaken.

Well done to all students who joined the Department through the Vacation Program. We wish you the best of luck on your bright futures ahead.

Three young people present  to a group of people seated on chairs.

Apology Day

On Wednesday, DPTI staff attended an Apology Breakfast hosted by Reconciliation SA to mark the 11th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations.

Apology Day is recognised as a key event in the process to reconciliation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with non-Aboriginal people.

The breakfast, held at the  Adelaide Convention Centre, saw 1800 people come together to listen to key note speaker Uncle Jack Charles, share a meal, and embrace the spirit of reconciliation with each other.

DPTI encourages all employees to participate in Aboriginal cultural community events such as this and it was good to see so many involved.

A large number of people sitting around tables in a large partially darkened room. At the front, to the right is a large screen with the speaker projected on to it. To the left is another screen with information on it.


This morning Minister Knoll announced a four-week trial of e-scooters in the CBD, run by the Adelaide City Council.

E-scooters have become popular in many cities around the world and could in the future offer a sustainable alternative transport option for short trips across Adelaide.

The outcome of the trial will be assessed and will inform future permanent regulations.

It has taken a power of work behind the scenes to change legislation to allow this to happen, all in amazingly quick time. Particular thanks to Fiona Cartwright, Andrew Parkinson, Mike Wilde and the Regulation, Parliamentary Counsel and Communications teams.

Well done to all ... we will all watch this trial with great interest.

A graphic featuring a purple and black artwork scooter on a green background. Above the scooter, to the left are the words E-scooter trial safety rules. Below the scooter are the words Adelaide CBD 15 February to 17 March. Check all rules at There is a Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure logo

Brushing up

Staff in Facilities Services at our Netley office are enjoying a brighter view, thanks to the skills of a colleague.

When it was suggested  the office was looking a little drab and weary, Asset Data Officer Michelle Redjepi brought in some of her artwork to help add some colour to the workplace.

The fruits of Michelle’s considerable talent are now taking pride of place and contributing to a more lively and happier environment.

A woman standing next to two abstract paintins. One is predominantly red and black and the other is a mixture of yellow, white, blue and black

Tonsley survey

DPTI is consulting widely with the community on options to enhance the public transport system and facilities in the Tonsley area and one of the key ways we are gathering information is through the online Tonsley Line Review survey.

The survey forms part of the Tonsley Line Review , which will consider options within the engineering and operational capabilities of the line.

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows a different approach to travel, with passengers gathering around the Lounge Car piano for a sing-along at a social evening on the Trans Australian Railway train in 1950.

A black and white image of people in fifties clothing standing and sitting around a person playing a piano.
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