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A Friday Note - 27 October 2017

Dear all,

A little cooler on the weather front this week.


As of midnight on Thursday, October 25 there had been 81 fatalities on South Australian roads so far this year.


Well done to our Marine Operations team, particularly Todd Graham and Marilyn Hood, for their work in responding to the oil spill on the River Torrens at Underdale this week. The team mobilised equipment quickly from Walkley Heights and worked efficiently in collaboration with the Metropolitan Fire Service to contain the spill.


Our team at Darlington successfully implemented a traffic switch this week, which will allow for the start of works on a lowered motorway. The next major milestone for this project is the rolling in of the bridge over the Southern Expressway next month. This bridge has been constructed off site and will be moved into place using self-propelled modular transporters.


Last weekend, around 2000 people helped celebrate the centenary of the first passenger train on the Trans-Australian Railway setting off from Port Augusta for Kalgoorlie.

Local groups and organisations were involved in the celebration and the department assisted by organising support services, safe access and funding the commemorative monument (pictured). Well done to Maria Kollar, Arvin Kaur, Domenic Barbaro, Brian Miller and Bill Reid for their work.


It has been nearly a year since the SA Planning Portal went live. It is the first centralised website for the SA planning system and will evolve into a 24-hour, one-stop shop for all planning information, services and data.

The Portal is being redesigned to better meet the needs of its customers. A short survey, which takes around 2 minutes to complete, has been prepared to understand the various needs of South Australians in our planning system.

You can complete it here.


The mySA GOV app has been shortlisted for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management.

This is a significant achievement that recognises a very successful partnership between DPTI and DPC.

The Regulation Directorate put in a lot of work on this project – in particular Amanda Corrigan, who also acted as the mySA GOV program manager from July to September and Stu Gilbert who, as always, provided vital project management and mentoring input.

From the TRUMPS team, Luke Robinson, Craig Oliver, Stephen Neal and Ben Hughes were all pivotal in building a scalable customer service and were key to the transformation of over 350,000 EzyReg accounts into ‘mySA GOV’ accounts.


Land Services has released an upgraded version of the public Property Location Browser (PLB).

Developed by our GIS Office, PLB is a free map-based online application that can be used to view South Australian land administration boundaries and get information about the ownership of land.

PLB is a valuable tool for development industry professionals, consultants, councils and the public and can be accessed here.


Thanks to Bernhard Sayer for this week’s Flashback Friday picture. It is of Fire Alert Day in 1960, on the main road of the mid-north town of Appila.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan