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A Friday Note - 8 July 2016

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all

This week many staff paused to remember the wonderful life of veteran train driver Rob Dale, who was a pillar of our rail family. Rob passed away aged 49; he spent 31 of those years working here, demonstrating loyalty, leadership and a commitment to serving the public. Many of his colleagues attended his funeral yesterday; as well as being a true gentleman, Rob was also a colourful character and will be sorely missed. With scores of our people uniting to farewell Rob, we applaud the rail and bus staff who helped minimise service disruptions and we thank the public for their patience and compassion which has included some very heart-warming messages of support. Rail staff are also extremely grateful to the media for their respectful coverage.


Our infrastructure brief is ever-expanding. This week saw the announcement of $50m for the first stage of the AdeLINK tram network to the East End.

The 2016-17 State Budget also commits:

  • $12.1b investment in infrastructure over four years, including the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, major road projects, public transport upgrades and residential housing
  • $500m to upgrade facilities in our schools, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics labs
  • The transition of transactional land services to the private sector
  • $25m to modernise and simplify our planning system, bringing it into the digital age
  • $40m for recreation and sport, including new artificial pitches, upgrades to female change rooms and a world standard BMX track

For more details on the State Budget, click here.


The department played host to visitors from near and far last week during two events to showcase our transport system. Local stakeholders joined visitors from interstate for the 4th Australian Special Events Forum. Our staff also held a ‘transport day’ for a delegation of officials from China. Guests were given a tour of the Traffic Management Centre, enjoyed a ride on the O-Bahn and some of them observed our event transport operations for a footy game at Adelaide Oval.


Some of our experts will be volunteering their time and wisdom tonight in the name of open data. They'll be mentoring participants at a networking event for the annual Unleashed competition. Entrants use government data to come up with new innovations or problem solving tools. Our staff will be on hand at the contest later this month. We wish them and the competitors well.


Last Friday, I had the privilege of meeting the department’s latest intake of graduates, a top bunch of young adults hailing from a vast array of disciplines including accounting, law and marketing.


Our staff have been embracing NAIDOC Week, culminating in a march through the city this morning. The department has also marked the occasion with the launch of Aboriginal artwork on two of our most prominent buses. Have a look and learn the stories behind the designs here.


And the NAIDOC SA Awards were presented on Monday at Adelaide Town Hall – among the recipients, DPTI Customer Service Officer Dylan Campbell who was named Trainee of the Year, and DPTI contractor Allan Jones, Director of Aboriginal Recruitment Training (ART) Employment Services, which was recognised for its outstanding achievements.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan