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Connect - 29 January 2021
Message from the Chief Executive
Going full cycle
Our team did a great job in tough weather conditions to deliver the “Think! Road Safety” message at the Festival of Cycling last weekend.
Despite the extreme heat, representatives from the Department, along with our external partners, reached out to the public through small giveaways, quality conversations and a multi-player interactive screen game which tested participants’ knowledge of road rules relating to cyclists and car drivers.
Thanks to those who took part and represented us so well.
Department staff Neetij Parekh and Alissa Gowland with Shane Pike and Rob Hutchison, from THEM Advertising, at the “Think! Road Safety” tent.
Responding in rapid time
The Department’s marine safety experts were called into action recently when a boat sank in the Newport Quays Marina.
Key to their response, conducted in conjunction with EPA staff, was containing and mitigating potential damage from pollutants leaking into the water, along with raising the vessel.
A boom of absorbent pads was placed around the affected area, containing the spread, and the boat was brought back to the surface in a salvage operation.
This work requires expertise and a rapid response, and we can be proud that we have a team that handles such situations so well.
Above: The sunken vessel in Newport Quays Marina and (top) the boat after retrieval.
Helping parents with school travel
With students returning to school this week, Adelaide Metro InfoLine has geared up for the traditionally significant number of calls from parents seeking details about sending children to school on public transport.
To better support those parents, the SAPTA team rolled out the first stage of a new “Travel to School with Adelaide Metro” campaign this week, which features radio commercials and social media posts.
The promotions link to adelaidemetro.com.au/Using-Adelaide-Metro/Travel-to-School consolidates the details many parents are seeking. So, keep an ear out for the ads, and if you know any parents who are exploring ways to get their children to school, send them to Adelaide Metro
Delivering Christmas cheer
Staff at the Whyalla Service Centre have managed to deliver their own Christmas gift for a delighted client.
The centre was contacted after a motor vehicle dealer who used our delegates system to register vehicles accidentally entered the client’s personal details instead of a business name for registration.
With the car insured in the business name, a dilemma arose where the client couldn’t take delivery of the vehicle on Christmas Eve, as anticipated. With many dealership staff on leave, our team took the initiative and contacted its head office for details in order to fix the situation.
After working through the issue and coming up with a solution, the helpful staff contacted the owner with some very good Christmas cheer, allowing for delivery of the vehicle.
Thanks to all involved.
Moving the mountain
As I mentioned in today’s video, one of the big achievements we’ve already had this year is the installation of the Regency Road overpass centre spans, in the first week of January.
This involved moving the giant structures from their Polonia Reserve compound using Self Propelled Modular Transporters, which boasted a total of 60 axles and 240 tyres.
For those into numbers, the delivery and installation over one week involved 21 cubic metres of concrete, 4000 bolts, and approximately eight kilometres of power cables. The two overpass centre spans each measured 84 metres and weighed around 1300 tonnes.
Take a look below at how it all came together.
Protecting against ransom demands
Now that we’re all back in work mode, it’s important to remind ourselves of the need to protect our IT integrity as we go about our business.
One area we should be aware of is the use of ransomware by cyber criminals to deny access to files or devices, and then demand payment to restore it.
You may remember a video from last year about Wardang Island and the important work we were doing there. Undertaken through an agreement between the South Australian Government and the Narungga people, known as the Buthera Agreement, the work has progressed well and is due for completion later this year.
The project’s delivery has been in close consultation with local Aboriginal people and surrounding communities, and includes the construction of a boat landing facility, the removal of asbestos and demolition of 19 abandoned buildings which were used for sand mining on the island during the 1940s and 1950s. New buildings will accommodate Indigenous rangers and the community as they come and go from the Island.
The video below show the beauty of the island and some of the work that is going on there.
This week’s Friday Flashback Mr Harold Gore, the first market gardener at Summertown driving his truck near the East End fruit and vegetable market in Adelaide in 1914. Clearly he was gifted in the art of packing, but not necessarily so in road safety. Do not try this at home.
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