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Connect - 15 October 2021
Message from the Chief Executive
G'day. I'm at Coopers Creek in Innamincka at the other end of the Strzelecki Track.
We're 473km from where we started our epic road journey.
For the next few minutes we're going to show you some footage of this part of our road network, which is just part of over 10,000km of road that we maintain across our great state.
THINK! Road Safety kicking goals
Our THINK! Road Safety partnership team recently enlisted the help of Adelaide United players for a film shoot at their Elizabeth training facility. Both the women’s and men’s squads participated.
The campaign focuses on the risks of being distracted while driving and on drink-driving, reminding viewers of the importance of having a plan to get home after the match. The videos will be shown on Coopers Stadium’s big screen, with supporting messaging around the ground.
THINK! Road Safety partnerships with sports teams like this enable us to use the power of advocacy, amplifying key campaign messages through the Club’s social media channels and through player appearances at road safety events and displays.
Ovingham project update
There has been very encouraging progress on the Ovingham Level Crossing Removal project since construction commenced mid-year.
Bridge support structures and pylons are now “out of the ground”, and the structure is taking shape. This makes it easier for the community to visualise the end result and helps people to see the safety and traffic movement benefits the completed project will provide.
The project remains on target for completion in 2023.
Accolade for small business support
I recently received a letter from retiring Small Business Commissioner John Chapman in which he acknowledged the benefits of early and genuine engagement with his office.
While praising the leadership provided by Jon Whelan (Project Delivery), Jeanette Koukourou (Engagement) and Paul Kermode (North South Corridor), he acknowledged the positive and caring approach that everyone who engages with small businesses is taking during project delivery.
Mr Chapman noted that it is a credit to all involved that he had not received a complaint from any small business this past year. That is a remarkable achievement given the number and scope of projects we have under way. Well done all.
SAPTA’s Claudia Alfaro and Devan Goodfellow recently presented at a “Step Up Life Skills Program” organised by disability services provider Novita. This session focussed on helping the organisation’s clients to develop the skills and the confidence to use public transport services. This makes an enormous difference, with the independence that this brings.
Working with organisations such as Novita is another aspect of collaboration. We can all be very proud of the Customer Transformation team and the work it is doing in this space.
Bottom left, card from Novita.
Sending the right message
Some of our Boating Safety and Compliance staff at Regency Park went the extra distance to highlight National Safe Boating Week by stepping up for ‘Wear a Lifejacket to Work Day’ last Friday.
It’s a sobering fact that nine out of 10 people who drown in a boating mishap were not wearing a life jacket, so wearing a life jacket while enjoying a day on the water can be a real life-saver.
The team is now in the process of preparing for the SA Boat and Fishing Show, at the showgrounds from 22 to 24 October. This show will be a great opportunity to spread the safety message ahead of the summer boating season.
Compassion in acquisition
Compulsory acquisition Case Managers help people through what can be a difficult process, in a very specialised role that requires empathy, sensitivity and resilience.
While the media tend to focus on the negatives, every so often we receive positive feedback and messages of genuine gratitude from people affected for the understanding and care they receive from Case Managers. Here is an excerpt from an email received this week from a client whose property was acquired, writing about their experience with the Case Manager.
“… he has been kind, considerate and understanding. He has taken the time to talk us through the process and made himself available to answer our questions. Our conveyancer had a conversation with [him] along the way, she made the comment to us that ‘he cares’.“
The email finished with a request to express sincere appreciation to the Case Manager and to thank him: I would like to add my appreciation and thanks to all of our Property Directorate Case Managers.
Online licence learning launched
You may have seen the news that Service SA has launched myLs this week. This is a great online educational tool for novice drivers, offering an alternative to in-centre testing for Learner Permits.
A quality animation was created by our team to show budding learners how the system works. I encourage you to take a look below to see what it’s all about.
Dudley Park rail care
I’d like to join with Rail Care Program Manager Roger Agius in congratulating the Dudley Park Rail Care volunteers who last weekend celebrated their 10th year greening and caring for the station with a morning tea and, true to form, a working bee.
Working bees were held last weekend at various stations across the network, including Seacliff, Kilkenny, Glanville and Coromandel, so thanks to all involved. We owe a lot to our almost 200 Rail Care volunteers, who are dedicated to making our Adelaide Metro railway stations inviting places for their respective communities.
The Dudley Park team.
Today’s Friday Flashback shows the “tractor train” on Granite Island in 1960. The South Australian Railway's horse tramway ran until 1955, after which this tractor train ran. It in turn has been replaced by the present horse tramway.
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