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Connect - 19 March 2021
Message from the Chief Executive
Our Marine Safety and Compliance team sprang into action late last Friday night to support the Metropolitan Fires Service when a fire broke out at the Torrens Island power station.
This could have resulted in oil from transformers and other equipment escaping into the Port River and Barker Inlet dolphin sanctuary.
The team, led by Gordon Panton, Todd Graham and Steve Roberts, quickly launched the on-water pollution response vessel MUREX with its 200m oil-spill recovery boom and other specialist equipment.
The MFS extinguished the fire with no oil spill and greatly appreciated our team’s quick response and professionalism.
Upgrading regional roads
Road safety projects on the Eyre Highway are continuing to come on line, with a tender being called for the next section of road between Ceduna and Kyancutta. This package of regional road safety improvements will add to the works on the section between Kyancutta and Port Augusta.
Our Road Network Maintenance people are doing a great job managing these projects that provide employment opportunities and most importantly are significantly upgrading our regional road network with shoulder sealing, replacing guide posts, line-marking and installing audio-tactile edge-lines.
Capturing community colour
Have you travelled under or near the new Regency Road to Pym Street Project pedestrian and cyclist overpass yet? If so, you could not have missed the now-completed colourful murals on its base.
The vibrant, interconnecting artworks on the retaining walls and under-stair walls were painted by local artist Sam Songailo, with some help from Matt Fortrose, to create a more welcoming and certainly more attractive alternative to plain concrete. That’s important, especially in a high-traffic area.
The designs reflect community feedback and were influenced by traditional textile patterns from prominent local cultures. The video below captures how it all came together.
Happy Harmony Day
You will have seen the meeting invitations that went out on Wednesday so I’m hoping as many Adelaide-based people as currently allowable will be at today’s Harmony Day lunch at 77 Grenfell Street (ground floor, Ngutto ku marnkutye). Other sites are also marking the occasion, and hopefully will be enthusiastically embraced .
This is a great opportunity to get together and celebrate the multiculturalism we all enjoy here in South Australia.
Today’s Friday Flashback goes back to a ‘60s view of the South-Eastern Freeway. The clip below features highlights from a promotional video we found in our archives. There are certainly some classic cars on show.
If you have your own photos of Adelaide landmarks or events in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s that could fit into Friday Flashback, feel free to scan them and send them through to us for consideration.
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