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DPTI Matters - 6 March 2020

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

A word from the Chief Executive

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International Women’s Day

DPTI staff this week joined with a host of others for a special breakfast to mark International Women’s Day, which is Sunday, 8 March.

The function brought together guest speakers Dr Fiona Kerr and Dr Michelle Perugini to share on the future for women in the innovation and science industries.

I’m proud of DPTI’s role in recognising and valuing women in the workforce, and particularly excited to see more women flourishing in these areas.

A goup of people at an event. They are standing around a table. There are other tables and people in the background.
Department staff at the International Women’s Day breakfast.

Northern Connector

The new Northern Connector will open tomorrow morning, bringing about a much anticipated change to traffic flow in Adelaide’s north.

This is a crucial link in the North-South Corridor and will save drivers considerable time while also alleviating congestion and travel time on Port Wakefield Road.

The project has been a great success and everyone involved in it deserves to feel proud of all they have achieved.

An aerial view of a section of the Northern Connector, showing and long stretch of multi-laned concrete road with a bridge over part of it, leading to a roundabout and a roundabout. Either side of the Connector are green fields and market gardens in the foreground, leading to suburban housing further back and hills are visble in the background. To the righ of the photo, towards the back, salt pans are visible.

New trainees

The Department's Aboriginal Traineeship Program is a 12-month entry-level employment program that provides young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people a structured introduction to the skills and knowledge to start a rewarding career in the Department and the SA Public Sector.

The 2020 cohort of trainees started their employment here this week with a two-day Induction and have now commenced in their business areas.

The trainees had the opportunity to meet with senior staff as well as receive an introduction to the Department. We welcome this new intake and wish them well as they also commence their off-the-job training through TAFE SA.

A group of seven young men and women standing in front of a wall. There is a glass-panel wall vaguely visinble to the left of the picture.

Flourishing fauna and flora

DPTI’s Rail Care program has continued to see success, with two recent projects improving the habitats of nearby fauna.

A check on the fauNature wildlife boxes installed along the Belair line showed all have been used in the past 12 months by rosellas, lorikeets, kookaburras and possums. These wildlife boxes were installed on large trees by Laing O’Rourke, at different heights and orientations to suit a range of hollow-dependant Australian fauna. Some recent orientation tweaks are expected to also encourage micro-bats to move in during the coming year.

On the other side of the city, dozens of small butterflies have been spotted around the new Albert Park station gardens. These gardens were designed with City of Charles Sturt architects just six months ago and are already flourishing.

A baby bird on the floor of a wooden box. The floors is covered in multi-coloured feathers and the chick is grey in color
A baby bird in one of the wildlife boxes.

Eight men and women dressed in work clothes and hi vis vests standing in a horizontal line in front of bushland.

Clean sweep

Well done to DPTI staff who chipped in to do their bit for Clean Up Australia Day last weekend.

Engaging with the community and leaving a good impression in every area of what we do is crucial to a positive outcome on our projects.

Than you to the staff from the Flinders Link Project (above) and the Regency to Pym Project (below) for going above and beyond.

a group of people in horizontal line with a wire mesh fence in the background,. They are wearing safety clothing and giving a thumbs up to the camera.

A group of five people in hi-vis safety gear, holding full rubbish bags.

Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows Monash Playground in the 1980s.