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A Friday Note - 28 July 2017

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

Some really cold nights in Port Augusta this week, with the temperature dropping to around zero degrees


This morning we recognised some champions of safety within our department at our Work, Health and Safety Awards. These are people or teams who have contributed greatly to our safety first culture and commitment to zero harm in our operations.
In the field of Outstanding Employee Contribution to Work Health and Safety or Return to Work congratulations to Anthony Joseph, Kym Conway, Mel Hurrell, Matthew Brodie, John Callea and Stan Lyden. And for Best Work Health and Safety Solution, congratulations to the teams at Asset Management, Field Services/Fleet and Depot Management, Infrastructure Delivery Services, GIS Office, Solution Services, Risk and Assurance, GM People and Performance, Workplace Management team; Frontline Services, Field Services and Safety Policy Unit, Safety Strategy.
As of midnight on Thursday, July 27 there had been 51 fatalities on South Australian roads so far this year.


There has been a great response to our first Youth Excellence awards, with 86 nominations from across the department. Well done to all.


Prompted by feedback from across our department, the draft Drug and Alcohol Policy Q&As have been updated.  
The policy is built around four key pillars:

The policy aims to promote a safety-first culture within DPTI that is in step with being part of a modern public sector workforce. It also reflects community expectation of our people and ensures a consistent approach for all of our staff.


Minister Mullighan on Thursday announced a proposed law which would see tough new penalties for heavy vehicle drivers who don’t obey speed limits or use low gears on the down track of the South Eastern Freeway.
This week, a new law was also proposed that would see vehicles parked in in clearways, bus and bike lanes will be towed away and the registered owner billed for the cost.
The initiative, which is part of Operation Moving Traffic, will remove obstacles which create delays on arterial roads, particularly during peak periods.


You may have seen the Seven Sisters painting (below) on display in the 50 Flinders St office or the Jet Express bus wrapped in a design of this artwork. We are privileged to have this original art as Tjungkara Ken, one of the Tjala artists of this painting, has been nominated as an Archibald Prize finalist. Another 15 artists from APY lands were announced as finalists for this year’s Wynne Prize for Australian landscape painting.
Congratulations to all the Tjala artists on their prestigious achievements.

Tjungkara Ken’s Archibald finalist entry “Kungkarangkalpa tjukurpa Seven Sisters Dreaming”.


From 7pm tonight, teams of developers will compete to build working applications using open data made freely available by government agencies. For the first time DPTI has released sample data from our Bluetooth network, allowing users to count and track vehicles as they travel across the road network.
Chris Rawlinson, Bert Bruijn and Zara Carman will support competitors and help them understand and make the best use of our datasets. The target for competitors is to complete their applications by Sunday night and make a short video showing what they did and why.


Around 180 department staff will be taking part in this year’s Corporate Cup, a terrific step for their physical health and mental wellbeing.


This week’s Flashback Friday is of the former Port Adelaide Station, renamed “Port Dock” in 1916, when the Outer Harbor Railway was diverted around Port Adelaide. This is at the corner of St Vincent and Lipson Streets in 1952.

Doug Colquhoun Photo.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan