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A Friday Note - 23 June 2017

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

More crisp, clear days with some rain on the way to break up the dry start to winter.


Our department received funding in yesterday’s State budget for many infrastructure projects, which will significantly improve the safety of South Australians. These include a $305 million investment for Stage 1 of the duplication of Main South Road between Seaford and Sellicks Beach. This section of road has been identified as a priority in the State Government’s Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan and the highest priority for upgrade by members in a recent RAA Risky Roads survey.

Our program of works for 2017/18 also includes improvements to Port Wakefield Road (at four locations between Dry Creek and Lower Light).

These are just a few examples of works which will produce significant improvements to safety on our roads, as well as supporting many jobs for South Australians.

As of midnight on Thursday, June 22 there had been 39 fatalities on South Australian roads this year.


The Budget also provided funding for us to run extra train services during evenings, weekends and major event periods. New timetables will be released later this year, with changes to include: the Gawler, Outer Harbor, Seaford, Tonsley and Belair lines running to a 30-minute frequency instead of 60 minutes during week nights and Tonsley line services running at a 20-minute frequency instead of 30 minutes during peak periods.

The Budget also announced $9.3 million to upgrade jetties across South Australia. The investment will ensure jetties at Port Bonython, Port Noarlunga, Whyalla, Henley Beach and Semaphore remain accessible and safe for all users.

$14m has been provided to boost the Women’s Sporting Facilities Fund and $4.5m has been included to facilitate the first stage of the redevelopment of Priceline Stadium.

$1.1m will be provided to upgrade Mt Gambier Airport.

Thanks to all who worked so hard in preparing our department for Budget day.  For more information on the budget visit


While many put significant effort into our preparations, the true departmental hero of yesterday’s budget is Paul Gelston. Every significant improvement has Paul’s fingerprints on it in some form – improvements to rail services, the realignment of the intersection of Daws, Springbank and Goodwood Roads, Blackwood Roundabout, Main South Road duplication … the list is impressively long. We have been lucky to also have a Minister to drive and recognise the value of these projects to the state.

Paul’s service, loyalty and commitment to supporting the community is without peer and he is humble to a fault. We can all learn much from him.


Some fantastic feedback for our Vehicle Regulation team from a client who stated: “it’s nice to deal with someone that actually cares”.

The client contacted DPTI regarding a Jubilee plate his now 91-year-old father used to have back in 1995, which held sentimental value to the date he and his wife met but since been surrendered.

Once fully subscribed Jubilee plates were discontinued, but the client contacted DPTI to see if there was any way he could surprise his father by obtaining these plates again.

The Vehicle Regulation Team made a considered determination to allow the plates to be reallocated back to his father (pictured below), who subsequently transferred them to his son, as the father no longer drives.


Well done to Stuart Sturgess, who has completed a three-year project to clean up and reconstruct landfills across 11 communities in the APY Lands.

These communities now have improved facilities, which are essential to managing waste and keeping communities clean. Additionally, Stuart has developed innovative community engagement and education tools to promote waste management practices across the Lands. He was able to deliver these results through the great working relationships he formed with Anangu and local service bodies, as well as support from project teams.


Organisation Performance and Development, together with the DPTI Library, invite our staff to the NAIDOC Week Lunch ‘n Learn: ‘Ngandhi Bala-dhu’ (‘Who am I’) exploring culture and identity on Tuesday, July 4.

‘Ngandhi Bala-dhu’ is an interactive Australian Aboriginal board game designed by William Carter to build and explore cultural awareness and understanding among all peoples, while improving knowledge of Aboriginal peoples’ history, right up to the current day. 


This week’s Flashback Friday photo is of South Road at Reynella in the 1940s.

Photo courtesy of: State Records of South Australia, GRG 7/70 unit 19 no. 1185

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan