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DPTI Matters - 29 May 2020

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

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Tapping into National Reconciliation Week

The annual National Reconciliation Week Breakfast was delivered in a new way this year, with COVID-19 restrictions creating the need for a fresh approach.

It was a privilege to join the online breakfast and to hear keynote speaker Patricia Turner AM, CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, speak on the theme “In This Together” to a virtual community. DPTI staff gathered in two locations to meet social distancing requirements.

National Reconciliation Week runs from 27 May to 3 June.

A group of executives seated around a Board roomtable. There are four men and one woman and they are watching a Tv screen with a woman presenter.
DPTI staff listen to speaker Patricia Turner AM in the Yami Lester Room at Flinders Street.

Getting learners up and running

There was great news for people wanting to get a motorcycle licence this week with the announcement that basic and advanced Rider Safe motorcycle training courses will resume from mid-June, after being on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Service SA is doing a great job of carefully resuming its services and, like other operations that have reopened, this will be conducted with appropriate numbers, social distancing controls and thorough cleaning regimes.

Customers who had previously had their Rider Safe booking cancelled will be contacted to arrange a new time, and new bookings are already open.

A group of mototrcyclists sitting in a line on their motorbikes facing an instructor who is addressing the group.

Recognising a great team effort

The work done by our teams to manage issues created by a mechanical fault on our diesel train fleet has been outstanding, with normal timetables back up and running from last week.

Managing customer demands, communicating with the public and working quickly to replace the faulty part across the fleet were all tasks handled to the highest of standards.

At a meeting with our Rail Commissioner's representatives, the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator noted our proactive response, including the appropriateness of actions taken and provision of timely communications that kept relevant authorities informed.

Recognition such as this speaks volumes about the quality of people in our system and the advanced plans we have in place to respond appropriately when unexpected circumstances arise.

Two red diesel trains, sitting on either side of platform at Adelaide Railway Station. The photo is taken from the front of the trains, looking back towards the concourse.

Creating a brighter view at Goodwood

There is some outstanding new artwork gracing the Goodwood Railway Station underpass thanks to some incredibly talented Aboriginal artists and the Rail Care team.

A new mural is based on the theme of Future Leaders, incorporating some of those who have been recognised by the Aboriginal community as Leaders of the Future.

Not only does this meet Rail Care’s aim of improving the look and feel of train and tram stations and rail corridors, it is artwork of considerable importance that contributes richly to our state’s culture. I encourage you to make some time to take a look.

A horizontal mural on the wall of an underpass, showing brightly coloured Aboriginal artwork merging into a side view of the eyes and nose of a man, in black and white.
Part of the mural at Goodwood Railway Station.

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows a group of girls and one young man mastering the art of using a typewriter, around 1945. If you can remember doing this, please explain to your colleagues, as some may not be familiar with the technology.

A group of 18 young people in a classroom, each tying on a very old fashioned typewriter.