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A Friday Note - 30 June 2017

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

A bit cool this morning in Wudinna, where the Commissioner of Highways has signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding with the 11 councils on the Eyre Peninsula about a collaborative approach to road maintenance. We are also talking about regional planning - a great opportunity for a completely different approach to developing the State.

Our department takes the safety and protective security of its people, physical assets, personnel, customers, resources and information extremely seriously. The new DPTI Employee Security Guide 2017-19 has been developed to inform staff on how they can help keep the work environment safe and secure. Access a copy of the guide here.
As of midnight on June 29, there had been 41 fatalities on South Australian roads this year.

The power of work our department put in preparing for the budget has been recognised by Minister Mullighan and his colleagues in Government. This from his office:
“I just wanted to thank everyone for their assistance in putting together this year’s budget, especially all the work that went into business cases, media releases, images and all the other supporting documentation. I know there is more to do including the delivery of these projects but the support from everyone in the Department was truly outstanding.”
The projects which received funding in the Budget, along with our other major infrastructure work, will have a massive positive impact on the daily lives on thousands of South Australians.

After a 90-Day Project initiative, a joint procurement process was undertaken to contract a single provider to deliver property and maintenance services for all South Australian Government buildings in the APY Lands and adjacent towns.
The new contract with Furnell Plumbing brings together the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, on behalf of the South Australian Housing Trust and DPTI to deliver reliable maintenance to approximately 400 community housing program-funded properties and around 240 State Government properties in the region. Increased local Aboriginal employment is a key focus area and contract requirement, along with improving service delivery and value for money outcomes. The contract starts tomorrow.

Well done to Michael Conroy for his hard work, along with Bettina Carn, Casey Corkin and Shirley Milton-Wells from Facilities Services, AGFMA’s Mark Peterson and Peter Keys and Graeme Brown for his support, leadership and drive.

At the Adelaide boat show today, Minister Mullighan launched the new South Australian Boating Facilities Strategic Plan. Many staff from Marine Operations and the Road and Marine Assets Sections have been involved in preparing this document and it will be warmly received by industry and councils. The Minister also promoted the increased usage of lifejackets for improved boating safety.
Congratulations to Gordon Panton and his team for the DPTI stand at the Show. Our stand won an award for its professional approach and appeal to boaties.
Please consider visiting the boat show over the weekend and drop into our stand. Thanks to the team for staffing the stand over the weekend.

In a great example of collaboration to achieve economic and environmental benefits, out Bus Asset Management team has arranged for recycled stormwater to be connected to the Morphettville bus depot’s bus wash facility. The water comes from the Oaklands Park Wetlands Aquifer Storage and Recharge system, which is managed by the City of Marion. This has enabled a 50 per cent cost reduction for water supply, using water that would otherwise have run off into the Gulf St Vincent. It has involved DPTI’s Environmental Management and Bus Asset Management teams working together with the City of Marion and Light City Buses.

Pictured: Chris Hanney (LCB), Simon Bredereck (DPTI) and Glynn Ricketts (City of Marion).

There is only one week remaining to get nominations in for the Youth Excellence Awards. DPTI employees under the age of 35 years are eligible, in categories of Leadership, Excellence, Innovation, Customer Service, Safety and Culture. Details here.

All staff are invited to participate in NAIDOC week celebrations next week, to help celebrate the history culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
This year’s theme ‘Our Languages Matter’ aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and important role Indigenous languages play in cultural identity. More in news below.

Today’s Flashback Friday is of open-top double deck Garford buses of the South Australian Railways at their depot on North Terrace in 1926. The buses operated on Anzac Highway and were later sold to the Municipal Tramways Trust, operating between the city and Glenelg until the early 1950s.

John Radcliffe Collection

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan