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DPTI Matters - 23 November 2018


A word from the Chief Executive

If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or concerns, please email them to telltony@sa.gov.au.


Department structure

This week marks my fifth week at DPTI. I have visited many of our project sites and will continue calling into the Department’s office and operational locations, to meet our teams.

Last week we farewelled Julienne TePohe, Chief Corporate Officer. I advise that Wayne Buckerfield will be Acting Chief Corporate Officer. To enable our continuing focus on project planning and governance, the Directorates of Infrastructure Planning & Investment (led by Scott Cooper), and the Portfolio Management Office (led by Andy Excell) will report to the Acting Chief Corporate Officer.

As a few of our major infrastructure projects are nearing completion, the Directorates of Capital Initiatives and Infrastructure Delivery will be combined to form the Infrastructure Directorate, led by Jon Whelan as General Manager.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Jeremy Conway on his appointment as interim Chief Executive of Infrastructure SA. The creation of Infrastructure SA by the Government will see the development of a 20-year State infrastructure plan. While Jeremy progresses the mandate of Infrastructure SA, Graeme Jackson will be Acting General Manager, Commercial and Legal.

I continue to be inspired by the great work the Department does and see the above structural alignments will support the delivery of great service and quality outcomes for our community.


System rollout

The phased rollout of South Australia’s new planning system has been announced this week by the State Planning Commission.  Phase one will begin mid-2019 with the introduction of core elements of the Code for rural and remote land which is not within a council area.

Phase two, from late-2019, will see the introduction of the Code to regional council areas, as well as the new ePlanning solution.

Phase three, from mid-2020, will introduce the Code to Greater Adelaide council areas.

These are important steps in the modernisation and streamlining of our state’s planning system. More information is available on the SA Planning Portal.


White Ribbon Day

Today is White Ribbon Day and DPTI remains resolute in its commitment to ending all violence by men against women.

As a White Ribbon accredited workplace, we encourage staff and the community to speak out and act to prevent violence against women and to make visible their commitment to a violence-free workplace.  Staff are invited to show their support by taking the White Ribbon oath, which is a pledge to do the same personally.

You can read more about DPTI’s commitment here.

Tony Braxton-Smith with DPTI White Ribbon Sponsor Surveyor-General Michael Burdett at the Flinders St Pledge Wall.


Taking shape

The Oaklands crossing upgrade is taking shape, with work on the construction of platforms for the new lowered train station beginning with the installation of precast panels.

The panels are transported to the construction site and lifted into place using cranes before cabling is fed behind them, and backfilled to create a flat level that can be walked on.


Interest in cloud move

DPTI’s move into use of open-source, cloud-hosted database infrastructure is continuing to gain attention, with Business and Location Services Manager Greg van Gaans recently presenting on the subject at the Amazon Web Services public sector summit in Canberra.

Earlier this year Greg was invited to speak at the Environmental Systems Research Institute User Conference in San Diego.

His presentation in Canberra has been picked up  by itnews.com.au, which has quoted from his delivery extensively.


Sports awards

Congratulations to DPTI’s Caroline Jackman and Debbie Burrows, who were recognised for their services to sport last Friday night at the SA Sports Awards, held at Adelaide Oval.  Both are part of the Land Boundaries Team.

GIS Specialist Caroline Jackman, who has officiated at sporting events across Australia and internationally, took the Official of the Year Award. Caroline has been an official for almost 20 years, including at the Commonwealth Games, and is one of Australia’s most highly qualified in the field.

Senior Analyst Urban Development Debbie Burrows was inducted into the SA Hall of Fame as part of the all-conquering SA Women’s Lacrosse Team that won 11 straight National Championships between 1985-1995. Debbie began her SA representation in 1986 and competed in nine of the 11 consecutive victories. She represented Australia for seven years.


Debbie Burrows (left) and Caroline Jackman.


Big picture

Recent drone images of the Darlington Upgrade Project are a very visible reminder of the magnitude of the work we and our partners have already done in this area.

This is a massive undertaking which, when completed, will continue to deliver benefits to the people of South Australia for decades to come.


Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows a panoramic view of Adelaide from Adelaide Oval in 1922. If you look carefully you can see a crowd of people crossing the Adelaide Bridge on King William Street and making their way across the park.