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DPTI Matters - 12 July 2019
A word from the Chief Executive
NAIDOC morning tea
It was my privilege to be invited to address staff at a special morning tea to celebrate NAIDOC week at our Grenfell Street office yesterday.
It was also pleasing to see a healthy turnout of staff eager to hear Narungga Nation Chief Executive and Aboriginal leader Uncle Klynton Wanganeen speak about this year’s NAIDOC Week theme, “Voice. Treaty. Truth”, and how it relates to the Buthera Agreement.
The theme acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always sought an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia’s democracy.
These are issues that must be addressed with honesty and integrity across our nation, here at DPTI and in our personal relationships, and I encourage all staff to begin that journey by finding out more at the NAIDOC website.
Staff at the NAIDOC Week morning tea.
Northern Connector celebration
The Northern Connector Project team also hosted a NAIDOC Week morning tea to recognise the positive contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the project.
DPTI and Lendlease have worked together to achieve almost 11% of all on-site labour hours undertaken by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with more than over $9 million spent with Aboriginal owned businesses.
Uncle Jeffrey Newchurch and Auntie Lynette Crocker received a framed copy of the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Kaurna community, signed by Kaurna representatives and Lendlease, which formalises an ongoing commitment to Aboriginal economic participation and cultural development beyond the Northern Connector Project.
George Panagopoulos, Uncle Jeffrey Newchurch, Danny Parkinson and Auntie Lynette Crocker.
Tram works on track
Work on the City South Tram Line Replacement Project is progressing well, with major concrete breaking works already completed. This will improve access to the stop for people with disabilities and is a major milestone for the project as it signals the end of one of the loudest and most difficult work activities.
The patience of residents, businesses, local workers and commuters, and the continued support of the public for local businesses, is much appreciated and we look forward to offering an even better tram service for the people of Adelaide on the completion of this project.
Work on the City South Tram Line Replacement Project.
The previously dusty site under the Morphett Street Bridge has received a new lease of life, thanks to DPTI’s summer undergraduate program.
A need to minimise dust entering the power room was identified, with an initial proposal to bituminise the site, until a landscape architecture student taking part in the program came up with a plan to design a shade-tolerant garden.
His design came to life last week with 200 square metres of landscaping completed. Future plans will see the fence repainted, and a splash of street art adding some vibrancy.
The Morphett Street site, before and after.
It’s great to receive feedback about the positive role DPTI is playing in regional areas, especially as many are facing major challenges created by the lengthy drought.
We recently received an email from the Yunta Hall Committee, which is responsible for maintaining the Yunta airstrip, expressing thanks for an “excellent and timely job” in having the airstrip rolled.
In part, the email said: “The RFDS will be very happy as well on their next visit, as this work will make a huge difference to their plane. I cannot express how grateful we are for you bringing this all about for us, especially through this very difficult drought.”
The rollout of new digital real-time tram stop signs has begun, with the first screens installed at the Adelaide Railway Station stop.
The signs will be installed at six more highly patronised CBD tram stops over the next few months, with the package of works also including new audio units and hearing loops added to the Currie, Grenfell Street and O-Bahn digital bus stops, and new interchange digital screens along the O-Bahn and at Mt Barker.
Changes such as this can make a very real difference to customers and I congratulate the team behind this.
The new digital sign outside the Adelaide Railway Station.
Staff at the South Australian Public Transport Authority recently held a morning tea to raise money for CanTeen, which supports young Australians aged between 12 and 25 living with cancer.
Three of the team went even further, by donating their locks to help others.
Michelle Spagnoletti, Samantha Fox and Ciara Warman had their ponytails cut off to donate to charitable organisations and wig makers where they can become wigs for those suffering from medically induced hair-loss conditions such as cancer. What a great effort!
Before and after views of the lost locks.
Today’s Friday Flashback shows the demolition of the Australia and New Zealand Bank, on the corner of Currie Street and King William Street, in 1968. If you look closely you’ll get a picture of just how far safety standards have advanced in the past 50 years.
Source: Adelaide City Council