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DPTI Matters - 10 July 2020

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

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Opening the door to design review

Our Office for Design and Architecture SA is currently in public consultation after working to develop a new and more inclusive approach to help councils review development submissions.

The new Local Design Review Scheme will be pivotal to the independent process in which experts review and discuss proposal design quality, as our planning system places increasing emphasis on reaching the highest of standards.

ODASA has prepared the draft scheme in collaboration with the State Planning Commission, more than 50 council staff from across the state and representatives from peak industry bodies. The draft scheme is open for public consultation for the next six weeks and closes on Friday 21 August.

A consultation guide has also been prepared to provide background information and is available to download along with the draft scheme from the SA Planning Portal and YourSAy website.

Four people sitting at an angled desk, each is sitting at an angle so they can face the front where a woman is prsenting, using images on paper attached to two pinup boards.

Creating our own butterfly effect

It’s always good to see our projects sending a ripple of benefit to local communities through their strong commitment to improving surroundings as projects are completed.

The R2P Project is currently working with Adelaide Secondary School of English, The Grove Education Centre, Kilkenny Primary School and Woodville Gardens School to deliver a Community Wildlife Project focused on butterfly gardens.

Sessions have already been held to help schools in the development of gardens on their grounds and on World Environment Day students from two of the schools began planting varieties that will hopefully attract and increase the local butterfly population.

This is a great partnership that will have lasting local benefits.

A close-up of plants in pots with students in the background in soft focus

Helping to keep South Australia safe

Thanks to the teams involved in helping SA Police and the Australian Defence Force as they set up border controls to help keep South Australia safe as Victoria struggles through a new wave of COVID-19 cases.

DPTI staff are involved in a range of tasks, including determining which roads are controlled by DPTI and which fall under local councils, loading road closure information on Traffic SA and liaising with Victorian counterparts so they can load the same information on their side, assisting with VMS messaging, and assisting with placing barriers on some roads.

This was an issue that demanded a quick and comprehensive response and, once again, our staff have done us all proud.

Enhancing the public transport experience

Our work to improve public transport accessibility is continuing, with the installation of eight more digital bus and tram stops around metropolitan Adelaide, adding to the 50 that were upgraded last year.

The digital signage offers passengers a better experience, including real-time arrival information, voice information options and wayfinding maps, depending on the stop location.

Stops upgraded so far this year include Elizabeth Interchange, Mawson Interchange, Flinders Medical Interchange, North Tce – Lot 14, and the City South and Art Gallery tram stops.

Improving the customer experience is an important part of attracting people to public transport and I thank the teams involved for their ongoing innovation in this regard.

Acting on our website feedback

After a review of feedback provided by customers and staff, the DPTI website home page design and menus have been refreshed to improve usability.

The feedback revealed opportunities for improvements, including shifting the home page focus from our news and campaigns to departmental outcomes, such as key infrastructure projects, and moving the internal menu structure to the side instead of the top.

The new design brings the site more in line with current trends, allowing users to quickly find information and providing the ability for DPTI to update key links and projects to suit current department priorities. Thanks to all involved.

A screengrab of the DPTI website

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows The Parade, in Norwood, in 1914. Last week’s mystery Friday Flashback location was Rundle Street, looking west from a point west of Synagogue Place, near the intersection with Pulteney Street.

A tram runs down the centre of a wide street as well dressed people, men in suits and hats, women on frocks and hats, cross the road, which is lined with buildings.