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A Friday Note - 22 September 2017

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

Friday Note, September 22

A real burst of warm weather this week, a sign of things to come.


October is National Safe Work Month and events are being held across our department to promote safety, health and wellbeing within our workplaces.

As of midnight on Thursday, September 21 there had been 76 fatalities on South Australian roads so far this year.


The Planning and Transport Policy Directorate has been restructured with the following changes to come into effect from Monday 25 September 2017:

Scott Cooper, Manager, Infrastructure Planning and Investment; Phil Lawes, Manager, Mobility Policy and Strategy and Jude Formston, Acting Manager, Policy Advice and Coordination.


From Sunday night, the big push of work will begin on the Torrens Junction Project.

When completed, this will result in the separation of freight and passenger train lines at Bowden and the removal of three rail crossings, providing significant benefits to road users, train passengers and freight trains.

To make this happen the Outer Harbor and Grange lines will be temporarily closed from Sunday night until early December. The Gawler line will also be temporarily closed from October 1-15.

Free substitute buses, including extra express services, will operate until the lines are re-opened.


The Project Office, as part of the 3PMO, has recently begun applying the Gateway Review Process to some of our department’s Category 1 projects.

Further information on the Gateway Review Process can be found here:


From November 1, registration labels for heavy vehicles will be abolished in South Australia, removing a layer of red tape for approximately 86,000 SA registered heavy vehicles over 4.5 tonnes.

This has been welcomed by the industry, with South Australian Road Transport Association CEO Steve Shearer saying in an interview:

“The South Australian government to its credit has acknowledged that … we shouldn’t be bogged down by a stupid administrative requirement that adds no value or safety to the whole operation. There are better ways nowadays to manage that using the computers and the overhead cameras out on the road network.”  

We have also increased access for heavy vehicles in various regions throughout the state contributing to increased productivity.  Well done to all involved.


On Wednesday the Morgan Dockyards team (Troy Collins, Simon Reusch, Matt Ridley, Steve Mattschoss, David Carter, Shane Loffler, Sam Copeland and Beau Jinks) replaced the Cadell 18m timber ferry with a recently refurbished 25m steel hull ferry.

This has removed a previous load limit of 16 tonnes per vehicle, an upgrade to facilities for the community of Cadell.

The refurbishment of the steel hull ferry was undertaken by the Field Services Ferry Maintenance Team at Morgan.


The metroMATE app continues to go from strength to strength. Since its launch in December last year, it now has a total of around 83,000 downloads, with around 44,000 regular monthly users and 8,800 daily users.

We reached the 10,000 daily user target during the Royal Adelaide Show – a terrific achievement.

New features will be added in the coming months, such as an ability to pin your journey, hop off at next stop notifications, the ability to customise destination images and mark them as your home or work locations.


The Jobs4Youth Program graduation took place on Wednesday. This program aims to help young people kick start their careers in the SA Public Sector.

Congratulations to Benjamin Hindle, who was awarded ‘Graduate of the Year’, and Ben Seidel, who was nominated for ‘Supervisor of the Year’.

DPTI’s graduates were:  Andrew Oliver, Anoop Mishra, Amina Sabin, Ashley Leow, Benjamin Hindle, Cody Sharrad, David Homley, Felix Zhu, Hoai Tan Ho, Jack O’Loughlin, Linda Tu, Michael Caroscio, Nicklas Abel, Peter Du, Robert Toner, Stratton Killis, Teodora Dragomirescu, Zara Carman, Zeinab Naimi, Monira Osman, Sun Park and Scott Pyke.


Many present and former DPTI staff were on hand at a lunch to farewell the old Royal Adelaide Hospital during the week.

Well done to all of those who have been involved in the transition to the new RAH over the past few week and to those still involved at decommissioning work.

Past and present maintenance crews from the old Royal Adelaide Hospital.


Well done to Giles Standish, Team Leader Environmental Maintenance, who has worked tirelessly to ensure a commitment made to Hove residents about replacing foliage is met.

This commitment was made well before Giles’ time with our department and his efforts have been most appreciated by local residents:

“Many thanks to you Giles for your ongoing efforts and dealing with an issue not of your making. In this cynical world it is good to see a promise being honoured.”

Our cooperation, dedication and assistance has been recognised this week by one of our external partners around continued efforts focussed on delivering cultural change.

Well done particularly to Alexandra Calicchia, Helena Rolan Pitcher, Querida Sayce, Rob Stopp and Allen Maciunas.

It is not an easy task to change a culture developed over decades and requires a sustained, determined approach at all levels to deliver real, positive change.

Congratulations to Altamush Saeed, Senior Electrical Engineer, for earning ‘Chartered Professional Engineer’ status and gaining CPEng, NER and RPEQ awards. A good reward for much hard work.


Darlington Upgrade Project Manager Harold Carn and Matt Saviano took the ice bucket challenge and raised more than $460 towards the fight against Motor Neurone Disease.


This week’s Flashback Friday is of trams on King William Street, in the early 1900s.

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Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan