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DPTI Matters - 26 July 2019

A word from the Chief Executive


New station, new artwork

New artwork at Oaklands Railway Station is receiving the finishing touches this week after Jess and Rachel, from project-2-project, were selected by a panel to design and deliver their history-inspired artwork under the Morphett Street bridge.

The pair found that the land surrounding the Sturt River (Warripari) once provided food and resources to the local Kaurna people, as well as a travel route from the hills to sea. After colonisation, agricultural industries, particularly almonds and grapes, prospered in the area.

With this in mind, they created a piece that reflects the history of the City of Marion, as well as highlights the strong connections between the people of the area and the surrounding landscape.

The artwork will be completed ahead of the Community Celebration being held at the Oaklands Railway Station forecourts this Sunday. The Oaklands Crossing Project team is holding the event to thank the community for their support and to celebrate project completion. Find event details here.

Photo of Jess and Rachel with their artwork at Oaklands Railway Station

Artists, Jess and Rachel, with their artwork under the Morphett Street bridge.


Donated vessel

As part of the revitalisation of boating facilities at Wardang Island off Port Victoria, DPTI Maritime Safety have provided the Aboriginal Lands Trust a surplus patrol vessel.

The vessel will have many benefits to the local Point Pearce community and the Aboriginal Lands Trust including employment and training opportunities and the improved management of Wardang Island and the Point Pearce coastal area.

Photo of the vessel donated to the Aboriginal Lands Trust

Simon Schwerdt (left) and Aaron Hicks (right) from DPTI Maritime Safety stand with John Chester, Chief Executive of ALT.


Flinders Link sod turning

The first sod on the $125 million Flinders Link Project was turned last Friday, marking the start of works to extend the current Tonsley rail line to the Flinders medical and education precincts.

Piling works are now being undertaken along the length of the project site, with these works expected to be complete by the end of August. A total of 147 piles, or support columns, for the new rail bridge and elevated walkway will be installed.

The project will improve public transport services and provide better connectivity via a reliable, convenient and accessible elevated rail connection.Visit the project website for more information.

Photo of Mr Mark Gregory from Flinders University, Mr Stephen Murray, Member for Davenport, Hon. Stephan Knoll, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government and Ms Nicolle Flint, Member for Boothby turning sod at the Flinders Link project

Mr Mark Gregory from Flinders University, Mr Stephen Murray, Member for Davenport, Hon. Stephan Knoll, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government and Ms Nicolle Flint, Member for Boothby turn the first sod.


Aids to navigation

DPTI’s Maritime Safety team recently upgraded 60 aids to navigation in Barker Inlet near Port Adelaide, with works undertaken over three financial years.

Aids to navigation are like road signs and assist mariners in determining the location of safe waters.

DPTI owns and maintains 760 aids to navigation located from Fowlers Bay on the far west coast to Port MacDonnell near the Victorian border, as well as on the River Murray and in the Lower Lakes. Some of these DPTI assets are located in very remote areas or islands that are only accessible by helicopter.

Maritime Safety has also installed fourteen new lit aids to navigation in the Goolwa channel between the Goolwa Barrage and the Murray Mouth, with future works to be undertaken in the Coorong and Narrung channels.

Photo of an aid to navigation

Aid to navigation.


Greg Daw

We are saddened to learn of the passing of our colleague Greg Daw. Greg held a number of public service roles, commencing as an apprentice electrical fitter in 1979 and working his way through Australian National Rail, the Department of Treasury and Finance and DPTI.

During his career within DPTI, Greg guided a number of internal reforms to improve business operations within Lands Services, Building Management, Corporate Services and Public Transport which included an integral role for the integration of rail operations of the Rail Commissioner into the Department in 2011.

Most recently, Greg was instrumental in enabling the Department to achieve our current White Ribbon Accreditation status. In all of his leadership roles, Greg placed significant importance on engagement and communication to create a culture that encourages inclusiveness and contribution.

Our condolences are with Greg’s family who have encouraged donations to be made to the Leukaemia Foundation.

Photo of Greg Daw


Flashback Friday

Today’s Flashback Friday shows an aerial view of Memorial Drive tennis court and the Creswell Stand at Adelaide Oval during the Davis Cup in December 1952.

Photo of Adelaide Oval in 1952

Source: City of Adelaide