DPTI Matters - 12 April 2019
A word from the Chief Executive
Rail R U OK?Day
Yesterday was Rail R U OK?Day and, as a great testament to our supportive rail family, our tram and rail operations teams got together to share morning tea.
You can see some of the photos from their events on our website.
The rail maintenance team will be doing the same in May at its all-staff monthly toolbox.
Some of our staff also took a moment to share what they think about the day and the simple ways they reach out to their workmates. While this is for Rail R U OK?Day, there are great lessons for all staff in the video below.
Members of the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) SA Branch recently attended the Northern Connector Project for a tour of the site. The SIA is the National Association for the Health and Safety Profession.
The tour was a terrific opportunity for members to get an ‘inside’ experience of the project’s safety systems, along with an appreciation of the types of high-risk activities that are associated with a major project.
SIA members, pictured below, were escorted by DPTI Program Lead George Panagopoulos and Lendlease Safety Advisor Aaron Bramham, who gave the group an insight into the safety management systems implemented by Tier 1 Contractor, Lendlease.
The Oaklands crossing project reaches an important milestone this weekend as a partial rail closure on the Seaford line and a full closure of the Tonsley line take place to allow the connection of the new Oaklands Station and rail line to the Seaford corridor.
Train services between Adelaide and Brighton will be replaced by substitute buses from the first scheduled service on Saturday, 13 April, until the last scheduled service on Sunday 5 May. Substitute buses will run between Adelaide and Brighton and trains will operate between Brighton and Seaford railway stations, with details on the AdelaideMetro website.
While this closure will cause some disruption for travellers, it is a sign of the near completion of a project that will have major benefits for years to come.
Work on the Oaklands Crossing upgrade.
Bridge to community
DPTI staff this week joined with the Port Augusta community at information sessions to answer questions about the Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication Project.
Extensive community consultation is critical to successful delivery and it was good to see about 300 people making the most of the opportunity. Congratulations to the team on taking the information to the local community in such an open and positive way.
Community members study details with DPTI staff.
While in Port Augusta, Project Manager Nick Prescott and Senior Transport Planner Michael Whitford visited Year 3, 4 and 5 students at Stirling North Primary School, where students have been learning about bridges and have even produced some models of their own.
The pair gave a brief overview of the project, spoke about how it will be built, what types of skills are required and answered many questions. This is a great investment in encouraging young people and helping them to understand the importance of the work we do.
One of the bridges designed by a student at the school.
With the Easter break beginning at the end of next week, many staff are taking leave and heading away on holidays, while others will continue to keep important infrastructure and customer services moving.
Whatever you’re doing, I encourage you to be safe at work, on the roads, on the water or in any other activities you enjoy.
DPTI Matters won’t be published next week but will return on Friday 26 April.
I wish those of you who are taking time off a happy and safe Easter break and offer thanks to those who will work over the public holidays and weekend.
Today’s Friday Flashback shows Racegoers travelling through Oakbank to its racecourse in 1923.
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