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A Friday note - 30 January 2015

Dear All,
 
Still a little on the cool side for the middle of summer – no blizzard warnings though.
 
SAFETY
Many children are returning to school and many staff are back at work increasing traffic on our roads.  I cannot stress enough the need to take care on our roads. The past week has highlighted that our toll really is more than just a number.  Every death on our roads is somebody’s family, friend and impacts work places, schools, organisations and wider communities.
 
Internally, the ‘back to school’ rush has also seen a return to work for many people who have taken leave over the Christmas/ New Year period.  Welcome back! Holidays, flexible work options and other leave arrangements play an important part in achieving a healthy life balance. As an organisation we will continue to look for opportunities to promote, encourage and support the use of leave and flexible working arrangements as a way of keeping both individuals and the department as a whole more healthy and productive. 

REJUVENATION
Consultation is continuing with staff and the Public Service Association around the proposed transitions for Performance Support Services (People and Business) and Risk and Assurance (Investment Services).  Feedback from staff involved in these transitions has been essential in shaping our new business.  Transitions will start in other areas of the department as each area progresses and you will be invited to comment on those transitions impacting you.

STAFF RECOGNITION
We have had a significant round of bus service changes as well as providing transport services to cycling and cricket fans with the Big Bash and Tour Down Under.  My thanks to all involved.  The planning that happens ahead of any significant event is considerable and efforts often go unnoticed.  Well done to all – from operations, road assets and maintenance to the Traffic Management Centre and frontline staff.
 
Have a good weekend
 
Julienne TePohe