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Connect - 26 November 2021
Message from the Chief Executive
G'day. For almost two years now we've been doing a tremendous job of keeping our workplace COVID safe and making sure that we can continue to deliver those important and essential services on which the community relies. So right at the start I want to say thank you to everyone for playing their part in keeping us COVID safe.
This week was the latest development with the opening of the borders and I know right now it's very much a part of the conversation about how we feel about that and some of the adjustments we might need to make.
We start from a strong place because we've already adopted measures that help to keep the workplace safe but what's needed now is vigilance. We need to continue with those practices and those habits that have become part of our daily routine but the single most important thing that each of us can do to keep ourselves and our workmates safe is to be vaccinated.
There's clear evidence that vaccination reduces the risk of contracting covid as well as reducing the severity of the impact on a person's health so if you're one of the small percentage in our community that's yet to be vaccinated, please put it on the top of your to-do list.
Earlier this week we also asked everyone in our team to volunteer their vaccination status. This will help us to better understand and manage workplace risk.
Already, in the first couple of days, 500 people have gone online to provide us the information required, so if you haven't done that yet please take a couple of minutes now to click on the links below, follow through with the instructions and do your bit with this measure to help keep you and your colleagues safe in our workplace.
Milestone for Ovingham project
There was an important moment on the Ovingham Level Crossing Removal Project this week when the first bridge girder was lifted into place. In all, sixteen 100-tonne, 50-metre steel girders will support the road-over-rail bridge, eliminating the level crossing on Torrens Road.
The project is also supporting South Australian business, with the girders being manufactured locally by Bowhill Engineering before being safely transported to the project site by heavy transport operators.
With the girders travelling from Bowhill, over the Murray River at Blanchetown and into Adelaide, this is a prime example of how upgrades to regional roads not only have safety benefits but also provide economic opportunity.
Protecting our motorcyclists
A colossal effort from multiple areas of the department came to fruition this week with the implementation of changes to our Motorcycle Graduated Licence Scheme that included raising the minimum age to gain a motorcycle licence from 16 to 18 years.
Well done to all involved in the project: Road Safety, Policy and Research; Legislative Services; Service SA; Information Services and Public Affairs. This was a very impressive example of collaboration from conception to implementation.
This link will take you to full details on the changes to the scheme.
Some of the team behind the revised Motorcycle Graduated Licence Scheme.
Granite Island Causeway touchdown
I was delighted to read an email congratulating our Portrush and Magill Road Community Engagement team for the speed and sincerity of their response to an on-site access problem and the priority given by the contractors, when alerted, to fix the issue.
The correspondent had seen someone in a wheelchair having difficulty traversing a path adjacent to the worksite and contacted DIT Customer Relations, who informed the contractors involved.
“I had received a response from the intersection team who immediately swung into action, adjusting ramps to reduce steepness of slopes and assessing the footpaths. I also received a further update later that same day”. It was a Saturday afternoon.
Excellent work from the Community Engagement team and the contractor.
This week’s Friday Flashback shows holidaymakers enjoying the sands at Henley Beach in 1937.
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