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A Friday Note - 26 May 2017

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

A thunderstorm to start the week, followed by a few showers.


A saying heard recently from one of our new operators is one we should all take note of: “No job is too important that we can’t do it safely.”

The Northern Connector project team facilitated a Safety Focus Day, exploring safety topics and strategic challenges to drive high safety performance outcomes in the project. The one-day workshop was a joint initiative between the DPTI project team and major works contractor, Lendlease, bringing together the project team, DPTI senior executives and industry partners.

As of midnight on Thursday, May 25, there had been 31 fatalities on South Australian roads this year.


This week we officially opened our magnificent new offices at 50 Flinders Street. It was an honour to be a part of the ceremony, particularly the opportunity for our department to follow through on its commitment to reconciliation by integrating aspects of indigenous culture into the new building.

The artwork on each floor, wonderfully designed by Paul Herzich, is inspired by various Aboriginal language groups, with a different theme on each floor. The meeting rooms honour the contribution of prominent individuals from the Aboriginal community. I’d invite you to learn the story of each person recognised.

The room naming and artwork represent a specific action of our Reconciliation Action Plan: “integrate aspects of Aboriginal culture into major development projects.”

The benefit to our department goes well beyond the improved amenity of a new office space. DPTI will save around $14million over the term of the lease. Other benefits to our department include an increase in space utilisation, a reduction in DPTI occupied accommodation and consolidation of DPTI into two buildings within close proximity of one another.

A big thank you to Steve McQuillan and those who played such a big role in the relocation, particularly Tim Kilgariff, Robin McIvor, David Yates, Joe Dagg, Nadine Wessel, Brad Deer, Jason Minnie, Carrie-Anne Ktoris and Sarah Stuart.

Our focus now shifts to our other properties, looking for improvements and savings and I’d welcome any suggestions.


National Reconciliation Week starts tomorrow, May 27, and runs until June 3. These dates mark two important moments in Australia’s reconciliation journey – the 1967 referendum and Mabo decision 25 years ago.

Dr Jackie Huggins gave an enlightening speech at Adelaide’s NRW breakfast, reflecting on the ongoing battle indigenous people face 50 years on from the referendum which saw Aboriginal people counted in the census for the first time.


Caught a bus, train or tram lately? Try it. It’s an easy way to get from A to B and opens new opportunities: bushwalking in Belair, beach walks along Seaford or Grange. And as soon as we finish the Jetty Road tram track replacement works, why not go down and make a day of it at Glenelg and support the traders.

For the more adventurous, the bus trip to Mt Barker has some brilliant viewing spots. Travel on the Gawler line and imagine what else we can do. The city bus service and trams are terrific. We provide a lot of services and I find public transport so much easier than driving.


Today’s Flashback Friday photo is of crowds flocking back to the city after a football match at Adelaide Oval in 1921.

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Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan