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DPTI Matters - 17 May 2019

A word from the Chief Executive


Lifejacket message

This week holds two very important lifejacket awareness days – today’s International Wear Your Lifejacket to Work Day and ‘Ready, Set, Wear It’ Lifejacket Awareness Day on Saturday 18 May.

In honour of today’s event, Gordon Panton, Emma Kokar and Don Hogben have donned their best lifejackets and are encouraging all boaters to show their lifejackets some love and check their condition and suitability for the waters they visit.

While the busy boating season is coming to an end, many still enjoy a winter fishing trip or water activity and I join with the team in encouraging you to make sure you check your safety equipment before heading out.

Photo of Gordon, Emma and Don wearing lifejackets

Gordon Panton, Emma Kokar and Don Hogben in their lifejackets.


Standing with colleagues

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia and many of our staff are wearing a special splash of rainbow to join in the event.

Some have also been at an across-government breakfast this morning, showing their support as Rainbow Allies.

DPTI is proud to support a workplace culture where all employees feel free to be themselves every day.

Image for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia


Award winners

There was great news for DPTI at the Planning Institute Australia Awards for Excellence 2019 this week, with two of our own recognised with the prestigious National President’s Award.

Manager Planning Reform Anita Allen received her award for commitment to driving planning reform.

Kym Pride, who recently joined DPTI on secondment from the EPA for 18 months, was recognised with the same honour for her position as PIA SA Division President and for working with Anita to bring the Department of Planning and PIA together to drive reform.

Congratulations to both on an outstanding achievement. It’s exciting to see our people and efforts gaining well deserved recognition on the national stage.

Photo of Anita Allen receiving her award

Anita Allen receives her award.


Discussion panel

As part of its commitment to Reconciliation, the Department of Human Services will present a discussion panel on Aboriginal Leaders in the Public Sector, hosted by Tony Harrison, DHS Chief Executive, during Reconciliation Week.

DPTI will be represented on the panel by Khatija Thomas, Director, People and Performance, with other panellists including Nerida Saunders, Executive Director, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and Dale Agius, Manager, Aboriginal Youth and Family Services, Department of Human Services.


Train simulator

The question on how our train drivers learn their trade is being answered for the general public.

A video showing our train simulator has been produced, with one of our drivers and two trainers opening the door on what it takes to join our suburban train driver team.

Public connection such as this is important to putting a human face to the services we deliver and can be a valuable tool in recruiting people with a passion for particular tasks.

As you’ll see in the video below, it’s quite a fascinating area of what we do. Thanks to all involved in its production.


Ready to rumble

DPTI has begun the trial of Bituminous Edge Line Rumble Strips on the Copper Coast Highway, between Kadina and Paskeville, to help counter fatigue-related crashes on our roads.

The bitumen rumble strips are the result of an innovative idea from Andrew Bosco, Serviceability Unit Manager, Road and Marine Assets. They differ from the white audio-tactile line marking travellers are more familiar with in texture, colour, size, cost and potential longevity.

The trial is still in its infancy but DPTI has already received positive feedback from the local community.

Well done to those who brought this project to life and especially Andrew on making a creative contribution which may well save lives.

Photo of the rumble strips being trialled on the Copper Coast Highway

The trial rumble strips on the Copper Coast Highway.


Full cycle

Our Way2Go team have had a great result recently, with Vale Park Primary School students embracing the program to promote riding bikes and scooters safely to and from school each day.

The school doubled the number of students regularly riding to school, which is an excellent result. Watch Vale Park’s Way2Go journey in the video below.


Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows bitumen laying on Anzac Highway during the 1920s.

Photo of bitumen being laid in the 1920s

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