Skip to main content

DPTI Matters - 5 July 2019

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Earlier this week a major announcement was made about the next step in modernising our public transport through the introduction of a contracting-out model for Adelaide’s rail services.

I would like to share the video message below, which was sent to rail staff on Monday, to give all DPTI staff a clear understanding of what this means and how we intend to approach it.

A word from the Chief Executive

If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or concerns, please email them to

Planning rollout

The Planning and Land Use Services Division this week achieved a major milestone, with the implementation of our new Planning & Development System for the outback.

Congratulations go to Sally Smith and her Planning Reform Program Team, who have been working incredibly hard to deliver the first step in what is a significant program of work, not only for SA but in leading the way nationally.

A new online system was introduced with this change and has already produced a peak activity increase of 133% in unique page views as well as the online lodgement of development applications from the outback.

To learn more about the new planning system, watch the video below or visit the SA Planning Portal.

Happy customer

After receiving a report of five potholes affecting a major transport company recently, our Traffic Management Centre team quickly dispatched contractor Fulton Hogan to remedy the situation.

The transport company called back less than an hour later to pass on positive feedback “for outstanding work” as the potholes had been fixed. They were very impressed with the level of service.

Again, this is the kind of service we strive for at DPTI. Well done to those involved.


Next week is NAIDOC Week and all DPTI staff are invited to join in a morning tea as part of the celebration. NAIDOC is a time to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people.

Narungga Nation’s chief Executive and Aboriginal leader Uncle Klynton Wanganeen will speak at the morning tea about this year’s theme “Voice. Treaty. Truth” and how it relates to the Buthera agreement.

Other NAIDOC celebrations will be held at sites across the state and I encourage you take part in these important events.

Please also take the time to watch the video below, which continues our Country & Culture series.

Survey success

Team members from Maritime Safety were busy at the Adelaide Boat Show last weekend, delivering information on water safety, education and compliance.

The team had excellent engagement over the three-day event, which also saw the successful release of the DPTI Maritime Safety Boating Survey.

Early indications suggest that boaties are enthusiastic about having an opportunity to provide feedback to help shape future education strategies for the Boating Safety Unit, with the survey already reaching almost 400 submissions.

Wardang Island

DPTI’s specialist maritime engineers have taken up the challenge to come up with a sustainable and reliable boat landing facility, as part of an important project to develop much needed infrastructure on Wardang Island, off the west coast of the Yorke Peninsula.

The project is in partnership with the Aboriginal Lands Trust, The Point Pearce Aboriginal Corporation and the Narungga Nations Aboriginal Corporation, and works include a jetty for landing boats, demolition of 19 buildings containing asbestos, and the design and construction of sustainable accommodation facilities to accommodate 12 people, including Indigenous Rangers.

This project is a priority of the State Government, made possible under the Buthera Agreement, which was established in February 2018. The Buthera Agreement aims to develop a respectful and constructive relationship to assist the Narungga community to secure cultural, social and economic wellbeing.

A graphic artists' representation of the proposed jetty. There is a large flat area at the shore end of the jetty. The jetty steps down over several levels with yellow ramps transition between each stepdown.
A graphic impression of the proposed Wardang Island jetty.

Prevention initiative

An important initiative was launched this morning, with DPTI, Lifeline Australia and the TrackSAFE Foundation partnering to promote and support suicide prevention.

Rail suicide is a tragic issue faced by our staff, and our communities, too often and it has a substantial impact on all involved.

Pause.Call.Be Heard is a vital national campaign to encourage those who are in need to stop, call Lifeline’s crisis helpline, and be heard.

A partnership of this scale across the rail industry on a national basis is the first of its kind, harnessing the commitment and capabilities of key organisations to gain a better understanding of rail suicide and community needs which leads to greater encouragement of help seeking behaviour.

Two people in front of a railway station sign that says "In times of crisis we're here to listen. 13 11 14 Pause Call Be Heard - Lifeline

Award finalist

DPTI safety advisor Tyrone Hughes has recently been named as a finalist for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award, as part of the 2019 SA Training Awards.

The proud Yorta Yorta man joined DPTI on a traineeship in Civil construction and Plant Operation in 2015 and has risen through the ranks to his current position, partly through taking on a Certificate IV in Work, Health and Safety. Tyrone is now leading positive change for all in his role, based at our Walkley Heights facility.

The nomination as a finalist is wonderful recognition in itself and we wish Tyrone the very best for the awards.

Tyrone Hughes in a warehouse, standing in front of a forklift. There are shelves with various items on them in the background. Tyrone is wearing blue jeans, a hi-vis safety jacket and safety boots. He has his hands in the jacket pockets.
Tyrone Hughes at Walkley Heights.

Safety recognition

Our Maritime Safety Team has had some great recognition recently, with an independent report rating it as a Safety Leader in the area of managing client initiated aggression. Safety Leader is the highest level that can be achieved in a report such as this.

Among DPTI’s extensive work to implement effective health and safety procedures is the Workplace Aggression and Violence Procedure, which we released in January this year.

In line with this, Maritime Safety brought in a number of control measures to mitigate risks, including training, maintaining distance from a client’s vessel and the use of body cameras. Congratulations to all involved on delivering such an effective result.

A body worn camera being worn by a marine safety officer. The photo is a close-up of the camera, showing part of the chest section, which is dreseed in a navy blue uniform, with the camera on top. The right-hand index finger of the wearer is pointing at the camera as though it is about to press a button.

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows the caravan park at Kingston Park, with Brighton and Seacliff Yacht club and Brighton jetty in the distance around 1974.

A black and white photo taken from a high position just south of the caravan park at Kingston Parke. The foreground shows caravans, tents and ammenities buildings  in an open area which joins on to the beach. There are peoples on the beach and people and boats in the water. The Brighton and Seaccliff Yacht Club is visble next to the caravan park and the background shows suburban beachside housing and, in the distance, the  Brighton jetty
SLSA B 53407/34