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A Friday Note - 03 November 2017

Dear all,

Beautiful warm weather in the APY Lands and Coober Pedy this week.


The Safety section has three Work Health and Safety documents open for consultation here.

Please take the time to look at these and provide your feedback to by close of business on Tuesday, November 28.
As of midnight on Thursday, November 2 there had been 84 fatalities on South Australian roads so far this year.


Our team on the APY Lands roads continues to do fantastic work, overcoming the logistical challenges of working in a remote and isolated area of the state.
They have developed a great working relationship with the local Anangu people as we build a new road, continually hitting or exceeding our targets for local Anangu employment.
Well done to Mick Horner, Warren Peterson, Jodie Grayson, Herb Kohler, Ben Deegan, Karl Dowling, Iain Robertson, Steve Scott and Patricia Johnston.


We will be bidding farewell to one of the great people in the department this year, with Chief Operating Officer Paul Gelston retiring just before Christmas.
Paul’s career with our department has spanned 40 years and will leave a remarkable legacy.

He’s most proud of his involvement in the department’s move to competitive maintenance in the 1990s, the Gallipoli Underpass and over the past few years preparing DPTI for the future.

He has also played a leading role in our department’s focus on continuous improvement to our safety standards and commitment to reconciliation and having a culturally diverse workplace.

He is knowledgeable, hard-working and humble and it has been a pleasure to work with him.


The Rail Care Art Grants program continues to make a great difference to the amenity of our rail corridors.

This vinyl wrap at the Goodwood Road tram stop (pictured below) was made possible by the hard work of artist Michelle Ude and her partner, Chris.

It wasn’t an easy job as every vent on the signal box had to be trimmed to maintain air circulation.


Today’s Flashback Friday photo is from 1936 of a building in Gawler Place, decked out to celebrate South Australia’s centenary.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan