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Connect - 23 October 2020
Message from the Chief Executive
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Building on success
With the first stage of the Golden Grove Road upgrade successfully nearing its completion on schedule and ahead of budget, it was announced yesterday that the second stage will commence immediately, supported by a new $30 million commitment as one of the State budget stimulus measures.
Work on the next segment of this road will include key intersection upgrades back towards Tea Tree Plaza, delivering time-saving, convenience and safety benefits for residents in Adelaide’s fast-growing north-east.
I congratulate everyone who has worked behind the scenes on the delivery of stage one and in assisting in securing the funding for the delivery of this important second stage. Find out more about the project here.
Standing tall on cultural heritage
There was a wonderful moment on the Darlington Upgrade Project last week when two outstanding works of art honouring the Aboriginal heritage of the area were installed.
Exhibition Studios, in collaboration with Kaurna man, Allan Sumner of Aboriginal Contemporary Arts, were commissioned to create the pieces and it is clear they have delivered meaningful and enduring works which honour the Tjilbruki Dreaming Story and pay respect to the Coolamon vessel with elements reflecting family, fire and water. The sculpture also represents the narrative of leaving the camp on the journey to Kingston.
These important cultural pieces will become Adelaide icons in the future and I’m delighted to have something so relevant to our history and our future form part of this project. Well done to the team involved.
Tjilbruki is installed at the Darlington Upgrade Project site.
Working with communities
Our emphasis on working with the community creates goodwill and makes a difference in neighbourhoods around our projects.
It was encouraging to receive some very positive feedback from a resident impacted by the Gawler East Link Project recently.
Work was done to restore the customer’s verge and the resident contacted us to say the completed job far better than he imagined.
“It looks great and exceeded my expectations,” the customer told project staff. “It’s blended really well with the house so please send my thanks to all involved.”
Thank you to those who did the work to achieve a great result.
Extending southern rail services
Residents, students and workers from Adelaide’s southern suburbs will soon be able to take advantage of extra rail services until late on weeknights and an increased frequency at peak times on weekdays as part of a new timetable proposed for the soon-to-open Flinders train line.
The new Flinders line, an extension of the existing Tonsley line, is expected to open later this year once infrastructure works are complete for the Flinders Link project.
The proposed timetable will help connect employment, education, community resources, medical care and recreational opportunities.
Thank you, Garrin
A special thank you today to the department’s longest-serving Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander employee, Garrin Dodd, who is leaving our employment after 30 years.
Garrin commenced with us in 1990, working the Birdsville track and since then has held a number of roles driving trucks, graders and other machinery across the Outback.
The contribution he has made to Outback Roads on or around his country is tremendous and he will be missed by all who worked with him.
Thank you, Garrin, for an outstanding commitment over the past three decades. We wish you the best for the future.
Extending the gift of art
Our bus network is about to benefit from a fresh look, with one of our most successful programs extending to bus interchanges.
The Rail Care program is expanding with public art and large-scale murals progressively being introduced at the three O-Bahn interchanges.
The Paradise Interchange is the first participant, with a mural on the new carpark wall as well as a mural on the drivers’ rooms on the platform. The artwork is a collaboration by artists Thomas Readett, Elizabeth Close and Seb Humphreys and is based on an overall concept of iconic Australian fauna inhabiting Adelaide’s creek and river systems, set against a background of Aboriginal art.
The Tea Tree Plaza and Klemzig interchanges are next in line for a makeover.
As we move towards a new Flinders line in the coming months to replace the existing Tonsley line, we flash back to the original construction of the Tonsley line back in the 1960s.
The Tonsley railway line was originally constructed as a spur line off of the Seaford line we know today to serve a Chrysler plant located at Clovelly Park at the time.
The below photo shows the first steam train (A.R.H.S. F 240) to Tonsley line during this era and shows a number of people walking in the rail corridor alongside the train … something that would not be a normal occurrence today!
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