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A Friday Note - 11 November 2016

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Dear all

We’re still waiting for some consistency with our weather, with maximum temperatures ranging from the high teens to the thirties this week and some rain due over the weekend.

Today marks Remembrance Day, a time to honour our servicemen and women and pay respect to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. If you haven’t yet had the chance to see the Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk, today is a fitting occasion to do so. Lest we forget.


Awful to see another tragic loss of life on our roads when two trucks collided on the Eyre Highway at the weekend. As is often the case in these terrible events, our people assisted in the recovery stage to reduce hazards at the scene and to ensure the road could be safely reopened. Craig Stinear, Ricky Collins and David Wilson from our Ceduna depot were recognised by SA Police for their hard work and professionalism in trying circumstances.


A visit to the APY lands this week looked at our road building, driver training for Aboriginal people, landfill project, government housing and facilities services. Great to see our staff commitment, particularly in safety. The new camp at Umuwa for our department will make a great difference including staff from different areas working together in even better ways. Special thanks to Jodie Grayson for her amazing organisation, Mick Horner, Warren Peterson, Karl Dowling, Bob Spencer, Kathy Tapley, Darren Carter, Dave Sutton, Shane Pilot, Stuart Sturgess, Nathan Ahmat-watkins and Marg Howard.


In an important milestone in developing public transport in the state, the first of our Community Open Days and Design Labs were held this week focusing on the AdeLINK tram network. Forums will continue over coming weeks. More details here.


Our department has received praise from the SA President of Planning Institute Australia, highlighting the passion, courage and tenacity of our planning reform team and the groundbreaking work being done. Read here.


As a White Ribbon accredited workplace, staff are encouraged to support White Ribbon Day on Friday 25 November. White Ribbon is Australia’s only male-led campaign to combat violence against women. The department is supporting a range of initiatives.


Next Wednesday is national Go Home on Time Day. This is a great opportunity for staff in DPTI to have a conversation about working hours, how work might be done more efficiently and work/life balance.


The Department for Education and Child Development has singled out Giulio Pellegrini and the team from Facilities Services for their outstanding response to a sewer problem that had the potential to disrupt services at a school. Giulio acted promptly in arranging contractors and equipment to fix the problem, and kept the school community and the department in the loop at all times.

Facilities Services has also been recognised for swift work on the recent rebrand of Families SA to Department for Child Protection. Well done to Peter Wendelborn and the team.

A graduation ceremony has been held for DPTI’s Aboriginal administrative trainees who have completed a certificate in business with training provider Maxima. Shazzaray Dodd from Safety and Service was a stand-out, receiving the award for Indigenous Student of the Year. Congratulations to all.


Cruise ships are returning to our shores, signalling the start of what’s expected to be another record-breaking season. Coordinating public transport between Outer Harbor and Adelaide is an enormous task which is only made possible by solid collaboration among several teams. This season, we’ve rolled out the special cruise ship metroCARD to replace the paper daytrip tickets following a successful trial last year.

The cruise industry is a major economic driver and we are proud to play such a vital role in hosting visitors.


Another significant public transport operation is getting families to and from the city’s Christmas Pageant. We thank everyone who will be involved in tomorrow’s effort and, if you are watching the parade, keep an eye out for our staff on Ye Olde Pageant Tram float.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan