DPTI Matters - 3 May 2019
A word from the Chief Executive
It’s great to see new life being breathed into the Main South Road/Sturt River Underpass in Bedford, thanks to a community art initiative funded by the Darlington Upgrade Project.
A 40-metre Aboriginal art mural has been painted on the southern wall of the underpass and, along with new lighting, it brings a brighter focus to the walkway.
The mural depicts the ancestral being Tjilbruke and ties into the adjacent culturally significant area of Warriparinga. Tjilbruke is a Bookyana miyu Ancestor being of the Kaurna people.
Thank you to artists Allan Sumner, Shane Cook and Thomas Readett for bringing this vision to life. Thanks also goes to Zancott and Onsite for contributing resources.
Part of the mural in the Main South Road/Sturt River Underpass.
Road Safety Week
Next week is National Road Safety Week and DPTI staff, along with the rest of the community, are being encouraged to help make our roads safer by driving so that others survive.
Every year more than 35,000 people are seriously injured and more than 1200 lives are lost on Australian roads.
Every one of us can make a difference by thinking about our own driving and changing behaviours or habits, as well as refreshing our road rules knowledge.
There will be opportunities for us to learn more next week and I encourage you to take the important messages on board.
DPTI has a new graduate of a whole different breed, with trainee Operation K9 Dog Raven finishing puppy school and moving up to “big” school for another six months of training before going into service.
Raven has been a regular visitor on the seventh floor at 50 Flinders St, where she has been learning appropriate behaviour in and around the office, travelling in lifts and travelling around the city, under the watchful eye of relief carer Toni Caputo.
Operation K9 dogs, which come under the Royal Society for the Blind Guide and Assistance Dog Service, are provided to veterans of the Australian Defence Forces who have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to operational service.
Raven learning her craft at DPTI.
DPTI is proud to support a workplace culture where all employees feel free to be themselves without fear of bias, labels or negative behaviour, and this will be highlighted through our participation in the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), on 17 May.
Staff are encouraged to show their support as Rainbow Allies during the week of 13-17 May 2019 and are invited to attend a whole-of-government breakfast on May 17.
Creating a safe space for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or questioning and those who support them is integral to ensure that our workplace is truly inclusive.
It’s great to have DPTI staff members reaching goals, then reaching into the community to help others achieve theirs.
Aboriginal Engagement and Inclusion Executive Officer Tahnee Sutton is sharing her love for health and fitness with others after having her life changed by the Indigenous Marathon Project, a program started by former world champion marathon runner Robert de Castella, which uses running to celebrate indigenous resilience and achievement, and create inspirational Indigenous leaders.
As a graduate of the project, Tahnee has run in the New York and Berlin marathons but is also helping others to embrace health and fitness as a key organiser of the Deadly Fun Run in South Australia.
The free community events for walkers or runners are open to everyone, with the first for this year kicking off from Semaphore Jetty on Sunday 5 May. If you’re keen to join Tahnee in the 3km or 5km events, registrations open at 10am with the action beginning at noon.
Tahnee Sutton with medals from the New York and Berlin marathons, and the finisher’s medal from the Deadly Fun Run.
The exciting autonomous vehicle trial on the Glenelg foreshore has extended its hours of operation to include weekends for the first time.
Through May and June, the shuttle will run from 9am-5pm from Thursday to Sunday.
The trial, featuring autonomous vehicle Olli, began at the start of this year and is a great way for the public to get up close with vehicle technology of the future. It is also important for us to understand how driverless-vehicle technology can benefit the wider community.
If you haven’t had a look yet, book a ride for your own glimpse into the future.
Today’s Friday Flashback shows a time when inspecting railway tracks was pretty hard going. A South Australian Railways employee known as Old Langhoff is seen on a Kalamazoo trike, way back in 1890.
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