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A Friday Note - 15 December 2017

Dear all,

A few bursts of hot weather with more on the way.


This has been a momentous year for the department, with great change and achievement.

Any trip through the CBD, through our suburbs and through the regions reveals the work we as a department have done – and are continuing to do – to improve the lives of South Australians.

We have worked closely with industry on some significant reforms; continuing to progress Planning reforms with considerable engagement with community and local government across the state, we have made significant improvements with heavy vehicle and taxi reforms.

We have fast-tracked procurement reforms and are moving into a new phase of construction delivery to see faster outcomes and more benefits to industry and communities.

There’s been significant success with our major projects from Darlington through to Torrens Junction.

Property has delivered significant benefits, not just for the department, but across government.

We have seen one of the biggest years for investment in grass roots sport.

Our regions continue to provide for their communities and we have seen a heavy focus in the Outback.

We have updated our Aboriginal Reconciliation Action Plan and showcased some magnificent artworks with public transport wraps.

We have boosted our capabilities and seen some exciting talent and ideas shine with our Trainee and Youth Connect programs.

We have introduced Enterprise Information Section.

Considerable insight has been realised with the introduction of Gateway Reviews by the PMO.

Safety plays a pivotal role and we have seen the introduction of Contractor Safety Management Framework.

Our support staff and services continue to be the backbone of the department and we are seeing continual performance improvement initiatives.

Above all, we’ve seen a greater commitment to working together, collaborating and a real desire to continue to improve outcomes for the state.

There have been many challenges but I am proud of the way we have faced them as a department, even in the face of criticism.

Many thanks to each and every one of you.


Out of near tragedy a good result.  

This week a first year apprentice was lucky not to be electrocuted on one of our sites. The response from his employer, the MBA, has been simply outstanding.  

I want to publicly applaud Ian Markos for his approach to this and broader safety issues, and commend the apprentice for raising the issue.

Well done to our Marine Safety officers and Communications team for their work in setting up a cross into the Channel 10 news on Wednesday night, promoting our message of safety on the waters and new lifejacket regulation.


Congratulations to the MetroMATE team, which took out two awards at the Adelaide Advertising and Design Club awards – for Best User Interface and Best App.


It was pleasing to see more than 5000 people attend the O-Bahn Community fun day on Sunday, when the Premier, the Hon Jay Weatherill, and Transport Minister, Hon Stephen Mullighan, officially opened the tunnel.

Well done to the O-Bahn team for organising a tremendous community event and to the team which built the tunnel, which has already received excellent reviews from O-Bahn passengers for the time savings it has delivered them on their journey into the city.  
Good on you Dariusz and everyone involved.

Check out O-Bahn opening


It is appropriate to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of Dennis Watson (Regional Area Supervisor, Limestone Coast) as he heads off into retirement after 49 years and 5 months with our department.

Dennis worked in road construction gangs, building many of the roads in the South East of the state, and also led maintenance gangs before assuming his current role in 1998.

He has been generous in sharing his knowledge with others, especially Graduate Engineers. The ability to travel safely along road in the Limestone Coast region is largely thanks to the efforts of Dennis and the gangs he has led.


Congratulations to the 2017 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees (pictured below) who have completed their traineeships here at DPTI.

(Left to right) Joyleen Thomas, Julienne TePohe, trainees Roxanne Dodd, Ngahuia Henry, Paige Treloar-Starkey and Taylor Wittwer, and Paul Gelston.


SA Government Architect Kirsteen Mackay refers to the shortlist of teams selected for the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition as the “dream team” of local and international architectural practice.

The shortlisted teams will now work on concept designs for Adelaide Contemporary, a proposed new landmark for the city combining a contemporary art gallery with a public sculpture, park, and meeting place at the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site.  

The shortlist includes a number of Adelaide firms and we look forward to the ideas that will be unveiled publicly in April next year.  


Today’s Flashback Friday photo is of a Proclamation Day crowd at Glenelg Beach in the late 1800s.

Enjoy a well-deserved break over Christmas and New Year.

My sincere thanks to those who are working through the festive season to continue to deliver services for our customers.

Have a good weekend,
Michael Deegan