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Connect - 11 September 2020
Message from the Chief Executive
Efficient marine response for summer
With the weather warming up and the summer boating safety season set to commence on 26 September, our Marine Safety and Compliance team recently conducted an operational exercise and safety review for a more efficient oil spill response in metropolitan waters.
The exercise saw an oil spill response boom (pictured below) deployed directly from the department’s marine emergency response vessel, Murex.
Previously this boom had been stored in sheds on land and required transport to the water before being used. As a result of this exercise, the boom is now permanently stored on the Murex and ready to be deployed at short notice.
Well done to all involved.
Above: Oil spill response boom deployed on the Port River from the ‘Murex’
Morning tea with Kaurna elders
This week I joined Kaurna elders and leaders at a morning tea hosted at Flinders Street which provided an opportunity to spend some time together and meet leader to leader in a relaxed setting.
As the department increases our activity in and around the Adelaide metropolitan region, the relationships we build and maintain with the Traditional Owners of our capital city are critical to making sure we deliver social, economic and cultural benefits to the Aboriginal community.
Kaurna Elder, Lynette Crocker shared her thoughts about the event: “It makes it easier going into dual naming projects with names and faces – when you know someone, you feel culturally safe to work towards a shared vision for what we are trying to achieve together.”
The time spent together led to many interesting and productive conversations and will help guide future initiatives that support and strengthen cultural identity and the spiritual and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people and communities.
From left: Michael Scerri, Frank Wanganeen, Lewis O-Brien, Jude Formston, Khatija Thomas and Lynette Crocker.
Recycling our lost property
The Adelaide Railway Station InfoCentre has been doing some great work with MobileMuster to ensure mobile handsets and accessories handed in to public transport lost property don’t go to waste.
If unclaimed, mobile phone components that have been held in the InfoCentre’s lost property for up to two months are handed to MobileMuster for safe and secure recycling and resource recovery to the highest environmental standards.
In doing so, the Adelaide Railway Station InfoCentre recycled 37 kg of mobile phones from lost property last financial year.
This helped contribute to the collection of 84.7 tonnes of mobile phone components across the country.
Securing our information and data
Our flexible working response to COVID-19 has seen us spending more time working remotely with greater emphasis on securing Departmental information and data. Our Information Services team has risen to this challenge and continues to support us through our changing working environment.
We have now switched on ‘Multi Factor Authentication’ for Office 365, which will lower the risk of unauthorised access when you connect away from the SA Government Network.
This week’s Friday Flashback was found by a department staff member in a History of Registration and Licensing folder. These files, held at Grenfell Street, hold a range of historical information about registration and licensing in South Australia from 1904 onwards.
The photo below shows the Jubilee Exhibition Building, which was located opposite the corner of North Terrace and Pulteney Street (on what is now the University of Adelaide’s North Terrace campus). Motor Vehicles Department staff and records occupied the building for a period of time from the late 1940s. However, the building had a range of other interesting uses during its time including as an isolation hospital during the 1919 outbreak of the Spanish flu pandemic.