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DPTI Matters - 14 June 2019

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

Budget thanks

With the State Budget due to be handed down next week, many across our department have been working hard to deliver important information on existing and potential projects across our state.

This behind-the-scenes effort is very important and I thank all involved for providing accurate and up-to-date information in such timely and professional manner.

Flinders Link

Tonsley Line services will terminate at Clovelly Park Station with Tonsley Station to permanently close after last service Friday, 28 June.

Clovelly Park will remain the final station until completion of the Flinders Link project, when services will operate to the new Flinders Station, adjacent the Flinders Medical Centre.

A community information session on the project will be held on Sunday, 16 June, at the site compound, corner of Sturt Road and Laffer Drive, Bedford Park. More information is also available on the Flinders Link website.

Information on the Tonsley closure is available on the Adelaide Metro website.


Big rig

Staff from DPTI’s Heavy Vehicle Access, Policy and Reform Unit and the Road Access Unit recently took part in a significant event for transport in South Australia with the commissioning of SA’s first B-Quad Road Train.

The heavy vehicle was designed and manufactured in SA by Southern Cross Trailers and will be operated by Symons and Clark Logistics to transport produce from farms in the Southern Mallee to Virginia Farm Produce at Virginia.

The B-Quad is 36.5m in length and features multiple articulation points, which optimises on-road performance while maximising payload for both the transport operator and produce company.

Congratulations to the DPTI staff who contributed toward introducing this new, highly productive vehicle onto the South Australian road network.

A primr mover with three smaller trailers and one longer one attached.
The B-Quad Road Train at the commissioning.

Granite Island Causeway

The announcement this week of a $20 million overhaul of the Granite Island Causeway is exciting news for Victor Harbor locals and visitors.

Work such as this is another important part of what we do, and our teams will be helping to investigate all options to deliver the best outcome.

More immediately, we have been involved in helping to resolve important maintenance issues to allow the resumption of horse-drawn tram activities on the current structure in coming weeks after a suspension over the past six months due to safety concerns.

This will bring immediate benefits to businesses and allow locals and tourists to again enjoy a time-honoured tradition.

Master Specification Framework

A new Master Specification Framework has been uploaded to DPTI’s website and released to the department and industry.

This major work sets out the requirements to achieve the quality and performance outcomes we must achieve and enables DPTI to communicate standards and legislative requirements across industry to supply materials, plan, design, construct and maintain its infrastructure assets.

Producing a framework that reaches alignment across so many technical and professional disciplines required significant effort, led by Technical Services, Procurement and Transport Project Delivery in collaboration with Rail and Traffic Operations. Thanks to all the individuals involved.

Information sessions on the new Master Specification Framework and associated digital tools will be held at 77 Grenfell St, Ground Floor Ngutto Ku Markutye room, on Thursday 20 June, 1-2pm, and Monday 8 July, 1.30 – 2.30pm.

Healthy hike

Continuing to take up the challenge with striking a healthy work-life balance, a couple of our staff members recently completed the 80km JLF Trek in support of Bowel Cancer awareness for the Jodi Lee Foundation.

The trek takes in Fleurieu Peninsula coast and inland countryside around Victor Harbor, with the distance completed over two days.

Congratulations to Ana Glavinic and Kathryn Twelftree for their efforts in fundraising and completing such an enormous challenge.

Two women stand side by side, holding their medals
Ana Glavinic and Kathryn Twelftree.

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows the west side of King William Street, with North Terrace in the distance, in 1870. The original English, Scottish & Australian Bank premises and the Bank of Adelaide can be seen, and the building with a verandah is the original Gresham Hotel. Horse cabs for hire line the centre of the road.

A brown sepia showing old buildings and a a wide dirt road. a long line of horses and carriages are in the centre of the road.
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