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A Friday Note - 11 March 2016

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all

Adelaide has been enjoying some beautiful hot and humid weather.  Add some rain – beautiful.


In just a short time huge strides have been achieved.  Well done to everyone.  Keep going and checking.  Some housekeeping improvements at our main railway station have seen a gold medal effort in a number of cases.


In any organisation undergoing significant change there are always challenges and opportunities. If you are finding things stressful please don’t hesitate to discuss with one of your managers or the employee assistance program on 8352 9898. Despite the pain for some of the people involved the executive leadership are clear that our commitment to staff to flatten the structures of old, engage staff in the process and recognise the enormous skill and potential of our people is fundamental. We have now reduced the executive by nearly 50% and we are improving the percentage of female executives from 16% to nearly 44% as part of that commitment. Our general managers are also looking to spend more time with staff – whether in the office or out on the road, rail or in construction.  I am also keen that staff involved with industry spend more time face to face.  Get in a truck, a train, a workshop etc.

Cultural Walking Tour

A cultural walking tour is being held on 19 March, in honour of National Close the Gap Day, which aims to share the rich history of the Kuarna people within the CBD by visiting various sites. This provides a fantastic opportunity to understand the cultural significance of each location.  Click here for more information.

International Women’s Day

An enjoyable and inspiring demonstration of cross departmental collaboration occurred on International Women’s Day, where staff worked together to improve gender equality in our Department.

Living Neighbourhoods projects promote safer streets through community art

Two highly creative projects to make street environments safer were recently completed – one in Owen and the other in Heathfield - under DPTI’s Living Neighbourhoods program. Watch the video stories and meet the local residents, artists and community groups that brought them to life. Read more here.

Architecture Awards

28 Leigh Street is fast becoming a centre of architecture, design and planning with a busy program of government workshops and public exhibitions. Pop in to see an exhibition of the 2016 Architecture Awards entrants including public, commercial, heritage and residential projects. Click here for more information.

Influenza Vaccination Program

As part of our Department’s ongoing commitment to health and wellbeing a voluntary influenza vaccination program will be facilitated between 29 March and 8 April 2016.

Reform Update

A warm welcome to Emma Carter and Philip Dunn who started in our reform team in February.

Following the executive reform workshop that was held on 11-12 February, it was determined that there is a need to focus on a more targeted approach to reform this year.

Well Done

I’m delighted to announce that the Bill on Planning Reform has been passed by the Legislative Council. This is a significant milestone and a great reward for the extraordinary hard work of so many staff in our planning area.

A massive well done to Keira Bennett from our information services area, who along with her sailing buddy came 6th in the 2016 Sailability State championships.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan, Chief Executive