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A Friday Note - 16 September 2016

Dear all

Our people have been out in force this week as another severe weather event ravaged the state.

Flooding caused havoc, creating huge hurdles for our public transport services and an enormous repair job for our road crews and local councils.

I want to acknowledge the collective effort of our department. Our people who went out into the weather to keep the roads safe or braved the elements to inspect our jetties. Our teams who worked to keep the train lines operational and the quick response of our Traffic Management Centre and Train Control Centres. The tireless efforts of our customer and communication teams and a special mention of the selfless efforts of those who attended the State Emergency Centre which operated around the clock to manage the whole situation.

Our field crews now face the challenging task to restore our road network quickly as we approach the summer season when new threats may emerge. It could take months to fix all of the damage and follows recent downpours across Outback SA, which resulted in extensive road closures.

Thank you to everyone involved in the response effort this week – the determined work ethic and generosity of spirit displayed in these challenging conditions as we work to keep the public safe is indeed inspiring. Our thoughts are with those families whose homes were so badly damaged in the storms.

INNOVATION

Road and Marine Assets, working collaboratively with ICT Services, has released a cloud-hosted product developed by ARRB Group Ltd. Hawkeye Insight (HI) is an online data viewing tool which integrates Google Maps, DPTI sealed road network videos, and road condition and geometry data layers.  Watch the induction video.

CYCLING

The department has launched a campaign to raise public awareness of the responsibilities of cyclists on footpaths under new laws. The Path to Safer Cycling includes an online quiz; test your knowledge here.

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

DPTI’s Executive has approved the Gender Equity in Leadership Action Plan 2016 -2017. Crafted by the Organisation Performance and Development team, the plan and its initiatives will be supported by the newly-formed Women in DPTI Steering Committee, which involves an equal balance of male and female leaders.

Female supervisors and managers are invited to participate in a new research project. UniSA is teaming up with the University of Melbourne to examine women’s day-to-day negotiating skills.  Click here for more information.

As we continue to advertise positions, it is essential that interview panels have a gender balance and that Aboriginal people are also represented.

EXHIBITION

The Office for Design and Architecture SA is hosting an exhibition by UniSA industrial design Alumni to welcome international delegates attending the Asia Pacific Space Designers Alliance Conference. Displayed in the front window at 28 Leigh St, passers-by can learn about locally designed products that have gone global as the exhibition evolves over the next three weeks.

ACHIEVEMENTS 

The department has received glowing feedback from pedestrians and cyclists about the new Hallett Bridge, constructed across the River Torrens as part of the T2T Project. One resident says it’s getting good use by the community, including by his dog who was frightened by traffic when using the old footpath.

Adelaide Metro staff have been praised for helping two passengers, including one in a wheelchair, who missed their train at Showground Station and had to wait in the cold for the next service. They were given hot tea, which they described as the best cuppa they’d had all day. They were also impressed with the station’s facilities and the assistance provided with the wheelchair ramp.

Another colossal effort is the provision of MAC Footy Express services, which have wrapped up for another season. Adelaide Metro staff are to be commended for their dedication and professionalism in getting thousands of footy fans to and from the game week in, week out.

RIO

Our Paralympians have been doing us proud in Rio with highlights including Brayden Davidson’s gold medal in the long jump. We hope to see even more triumphs over the final few days.

Have a good weekend

Julienne TePohe