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A Friday Note - 14 August 2015

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

Please drive carefully, switch your lights on and leave some extra distance between you and the car in front.  Visit to keep an eye on the Bureau of Meteorology's weather warnings.


This week is National Rail Safety Week and together with the Police, the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and TrackSAFE we are urging everyone to take responsibility at rail crossings and to not put their lives on the line by taking risks around trains and trams.

It is simply unacceptable for anyone to be injured or to lose their life at a rail crossing, and as a Department we will of course continue to work throughout the year to promote rail safety. If you haven’t already I would encourage you to watch this video at, and test your knowledge with our Rail Safety quiz.


I’m delighted that representatives from our On the Right Track Remote and APY Lands Main Access Road Upgrade will be on hand at next week’s Anangu Work Expo up in the APY Lands.  Our staff will provide hands on training, practical advice and support to secondary students and job seekers to help them find pathways for employment.

The On the Right Track Remote team will provide driving lessons and other learning activities associated with getting a driver’s licence, and the Access Road team will be providing Expo participants with the opportunity to undertake virtual machinery operation using a simulator.

Updates and videos from the Expo will be posted on our Intranet so watch this space.


Janice Collinson

A big well done to one of our Aboriginal Trainees, Janice Collinson who has won the 2014 Australian Vocational Student Prize of $1,000 for her National recognition of outstanding vocational achievement and excellence in secondary education.

Janice has been with us since January 2015, and works in the People and Business Division as a personal assistant to the Manager of Organisation Performance and Development. Janice supports the learning and development function in the Directorate, enjoys working for DPTI and has aspirations to be a Manager one day.

Roadside rescue

A member of the public wrote to us to express her thanks for the community spirited actions of two members of our Littlehampton Maintenance Depot staff.  The woman found herself in the unfortunate position of being in a broken down car on Tippett Road in Chain of Ponds, and then our very own ‘Knights in shining armour’ appeared in the form of Matt Minard and Andrew Cox in their road-side truck.

Matt and Andrew stayed by the woman’s side, keeping her safe and with quick thinking set out all the appropriate safety precautions – including pushing the car to the side then swiftly and professionally placing signage on the road to warn that the vehicle had left a trail of fuel strewn over the roadway.

Trained mechanic Matt then went to work locating the source of the problem, and Andrew offered the woman his seat and even shared his sandwich – great work guys!

Have a good weekend.

Andrew McKeegan

Acting Chief Executive