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DPTI Matters - 1 May 2020

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

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Keeping One and All shipshape

The tall ship One and All has successfully been dry docked for maintenance and refit activities as part of a project managed by DPTI Field Services in conjunction with Friends of the One and All.

The biennial out-of-water survey is a requirement to meet the Australian Maritime Safety Authority code.

The significant scope of works includes blasting and refurbishing the wooden hull, painting the hull, replacing the propeller and an engine rebuild. The works will provide a strong foundation for the recommencement of sailing activities after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

The tall ship One and All in dry dock

Marking an important day

The team working on the Gawler Rail Electrification Project took part in a work pre-start meeting with a focus on Rail R U OK?Day yesterday, as foreman Luke Backo spoke about the importance of the event.

An online Microsoft Teams virtual afternoon tea was also held for those working from home, with two guest speakers reminding participants about the R U OK?Day message.

Workers in hi-vis clothing seated at safe distances listening to a speaker.
Gawler Rail Electrification Project staff at the pre-start meeting.

Reaching the right standard

We can never overstate the importance of communicating well with public bodies, clients and partners in the work we do, and that includes providing great detail that makes it easy for projects to be understood and approved.

To that end it was great to get some feedback from the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC on an email regarding works proposed for the Lincoln Highway.

The work by the technical services section was recognised for the rare quality of detail it contained, which allowed for an informed and timely approval. Developing positive relationships such as this should be the goal in all of our communications.

Delivering a blooming success

It’s amazing how some early work and a bit of time can change things for the better.

Last spring our Rail Care team organised a new garden filled with native plants at Marino Rocks Railway Station to improve the tired precinct. And as you can see from the before and after shots below, their effort has made a substantial difference.

Thanks to the team for the work they do with locals and volunteers to improve the look and feel of train and tram stations and rail corridors for neighbours and travellers.

Before and after pictuures side by side, showing barren ground next to a train platfrom on the left and the same ground with blooming plants on the right.

Friday Flashback

In the current era of social distancing, today’s Friday Flashback may come as something of a shock to the system. The video below shows the massive crowds that gathered in the streets when The Beatles visited Adelaide in 1964.