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DPTI Matters - 12 June 2020

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

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Helping to share an important message

If you travel across the city’s main roads, you may have seen a DPTI Variable Message Sign being used in a special way lately.

After an approach from SA Health, a VMS has been placed at various locations across Adelaide to remind people to download the COVIDSafe app.

In its first four weeks of operation the sign delivered the COVIDSafe invitation to more than 100,000 drivers.

It’s a privilege for us to be able to work with another government agency on such an important community initiative.

An electronic sign saying Download teh COVIDSafe app" in the centre of the South-Eastern Freeway, with traffic passing by.

Powering ahead on a difficult challenge

An unusual technical challenge was overcome during a recent Gawler rail line closure, when high-voltage transmission network owner and manager ElectraNet modified two 275kV transmission lines that cross the Gawler rail corridor.

The lines had to be lifted via the construction of new transmission structures to provide clearance for the future installation of the rail overhead wiring as part of the Gawler Rail Line Electrification Project. They remained active for most of the work period as they are critical to Adelaide’s power supply.

There were potential high risks with such an operation, which was unusual even for ElectraNet, and after months of planning, the site team completed the works with professionalism and without incident. Congratulations to all involved.

Workers are high in a cherry picker box attached to a crane with two new, high electric cable towers to the left and right and the old tower, partially dismantled, in the middle.

Creating another artistic space

The push to beautify our railway stations and surrounds rolls on, with even more outstanding artwork appearing at Mitcham.

The work below is by well-known local street artist Adam Poole-Mottishaw, who used his modern-contemporary art style to create a mural capturing images of native wildlife and the mountain bike culture that the Belair line attracts.

A section of a mural on two opposite sides of a walkway with stairs. The main focus is someone riding a BMX bike while wearing a helmet and colourful racing clothing

Celebrating Men’s Health Week

Next week is International Men's Health Week, which highlights men's health and what it means to be healthy.

Through a series of promotions, events and publicity around the country, Men's Health Week is designed to provoke thought and discussion about what needs to be done to improve male health.

This is a great chance to stop and reflect on the value of protecting our health and I encourage you to do just that in the days ahead.

There’s some useful information available on our Men’s Health intranet page and on the International Men's Health Week website.

Listening to customer needs

As I mentioned in today’s video, some great work has been done to refresh the Adelaide Metro website.

Importantly, the principles of Human Centred Design were employed, with customers consulted throughout the project and a survey circulated widely to decide the final design of the site.

I encourage you to visit the Adelaide Metro website to take a look at how things have changed.

Well done to the team involved on delivering this easy-to-use platform that will serve us well into the future.

A screen shot of the Adelaide Metro website. It features boxes for Journey Planner, My Next Service and Service updates, with a row of icon links to Timetables, Maps, Fares, metroCard account, Travel tips and FAQs. Parts of this are overlaid on a wide image of a bus coming out of an O'Bahn tunnel with parklands and tress on either side.

Reaching across the community

The team on the Regency Road to Pym Street Project are doing a great job of staying in touch with their local community.

With COVID-19 restrictions making face-to-face contact more difficult, they are sharing information on works via the R2P Project website, the SitePodium app, notices in letter boxes, phone calls and emails but also through good, old-fashioned community noticeboards for those less technology inclined or simply without internet access.

The community noticeboards are placed at various bus stops and streets around the project and updated regularly. This is a great example of understanding and meeting community needs.

A bus stop with a noticebard attached to the shelter wall.

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows a coupled set of Glenelg trams on the tramway bridge over the railway at Goodwood Station around 1950. The overpass was built in 1929 and the wooden deck was replaced with concrete in 1978/79, which many may remember.

A black and white photo of a double tram mving up a wooden ocerpass bridge
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