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A Friday Note - 08 December 2017

Dear all,

A fairly cool start to summer, but some warmer conditions are on the way


Riding a motorcycle in Australia will soon be much safer.

Last Friday, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure, signed in a new Australian Design Rule to require advanced braking systems on motorcycles and mopeds when first supplied into the Australian market.

DPTI has been working with interstate road authorities and the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for a number of years to achieve this national safety standard.

Australian research shows that these systems have been up to 31 per cent effective at alleviating trauma crashes.

Further information is available here.

As of midnight on Thursday, December 7 there had been 95 fatalities on South Australian roads so far this year.


This Sunday from 11am we are hosting an O-Bahn Community Fun Day to thank the residents, businesses and commuters for their patience throughout the tunnel project.

There will be a market, food and drink stalls, exhibitions, family activities, performances by local musicians, as well as the chance to walk through the new O-Bahn tunnel before it opens for use.

More details about Sunday’s event here.


Our Marine team, headed by Gordon Panton and Ian Hunter, led an emergency response activity at Keswick Army Barracks that brought together officials from various local and interstate agencies.

In real time they dealt with a mock oil spill off the coast of Port Adelaide in what was an important element in ensuring our State’s readiness to deal with such an emergency.

Well done to Jim Psyridis, Danielle Kowalski and team for their hard work in organising the exercise and pulling together so many people from different agencies, and to Emma Kokar, Paul Gelston, Emma Cavaggion, and Ben Seidel for their time and support during the exercise.


The transition to our planning system is in full swing and a number of key achievements are being realised.

The State Planning Commission, bringing together members with expertise in planning, urban design, construction, economics and public policy have been providing direction to the planning team as they build the State’s new planning system.

The Community Engagement Charter will start in early 2018 and be the first of its kind in Australia. The charter puts community participation at the forefront of the planning process and will set out a tailored approach for engaging with our community on planning policy changes.

The current round of consultation on the draft Charter closes today.

Over the past six weeks, the planning reform transition team has held initiation workshops with all 68 councils across the state to prepare for our new planning system.

Particular thanks to staff who spent time away from family and collectively travelled over 27,000km to facilitate and establish collaborative working arrangements with council.  


Welcome to the thirty two Undergraduate Vacation Employment Students who recently commenced with the department.

The students are undertaking 12-week placements on various projects across the department and are based at our CBD offices, Norwood, Mile End, and Walkley Heights.


Today’s Flashback Friday photo is of West Terrace, looking south from slightly south of Currie Street, around 1880.

SLSA B9173

Have a good weekend,
Michael Deegan