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Connect - 10 September 2021
Message from the Chief Executive
Building for future generations
Our infrastructure task extends far beyond roads, rail and bridges, with the Across Government Services directorate responsible for delivery of a portfolio of around 150 social infrastructure projects.
One of these is managing the Department for Education’s current Capital Works Program. This consists of 70 separate school upgrades, ranging from basic refurbishments to constructing multi-storey facilities, all aimed at providing best-practice learning spaces for our secondary students.
The program, with a budget just under $1 billion, is being driven by James Macdonald and his team of Project Managers (below). Eleven of the 70 projects are complete, with the balance due in the period through to early next year in readiness for Year 7s entering our high school system.
This is one of the teams behind the scenes that is delivering the infrastructure for future generations.
Congestion busting gets real
The realignment of the intersection at Goodwood, Springbank and Daws Roads (below) is now complete, the speed restrictions have been removed and the road opened to traffic. This is one of a number of congestion-busting projects across the metro area on which there is excellent progress.
Another high-profile project at Scotty’s Corner has reached its halfway point, with the opening this week of two lanes for northbound traffic and the extension of a left-turn lane and priority bus lane for southbound traffic. This project is due for completion by the end of the year, with the addition of dual right-turn lanes from Main North Road on to Nottage Terrace. Then we move on to upgrade the intersection on Nottage Terrace and North East Road.
Despite all of the challenges in the past two years, these projects are either on schedule or early. This is thanks to exceptional teamwork, combining skills across the agency and with delivery partners. If you have been involved in any aspect of these projects, now’s the time to proudly tell your family and friends how we are getting people home safer and sooner on our road networks with this program.
Next gen engineers
Our relationship with the University of South Australia continues to develop, with Community Engagement’s Lisa Jefferies (below, right) teaming up with Project Manager Sonya Djukic to deliver further online seminars to undergraduate and masters engineering students on the importance and mechanics of successful community engagement.
When setting up for last week’s virtual meeting, UniSA’s Mark Ellis (on screen) spoke glowingly of the department’s excellent contribution in coordinating and presenting the seminars. Such collaboration with universities reinforces our reputation for excellence and I congratulate everyone involved in this program.
RU OK? Day video from staff
Yesterday, to mark 2021’s RUOK Day, we released a video in which some of our colleagues expressed what the RU OK? Day message means to them.
Looking after each other in good times or bad is what makes us better as individuals and stronger as a team. As mentioned in last week’s Connect RU OK? piece, asking how someone is going can create the moment that changes their emotional trajectory.
View the video below.
Staff spotlight is on …
Anastasia Tavlaridis came to the department after starting in 2008 in the offices of ministers and the premier. Now enjoying her projects role within the Regulation area of Road and Marine Services, Anastasia is focussed on excellence via improvement of procurement and contract management practices with particular interest in digitisation, progressing Digital First.
Today’s Flashback Friday shows Victoria Square about 1950, highlighting shaped lawns and flower beds, with pedestrians walking near the traffic of trams and cars.
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