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A Friday Note - 30 October

Dear all,

Once again our bus contractors got behind Loud Shirt Day, which raises funds for the Cora Barclay Centre for deaf and hearing impaired children, by wearing their loudest shirts and raising over $3,000. 

Paul Herzich from Project Delivery was the first of many to correctly identify Nova Peris-Kneebone as the first Aboriginal athlete to win an Olympic Gold medal. Nova won gold as part of the women’s hockey team in Atlanta in 1996.

This week’s Australiana question - what is the Arabana name for Lake Eyre?

SAFETY

Safe Work Month

Thank you to everyone who participated in DPTI’s Safe Work Month activities. Guests from Laing O’Rourke, CHG, CancerSA, BikeSA and SafeWork SA shared their health and safety insights over 17 presentations throughout the month. While Safe Work Month has now concluded for 2015, safety should continue to be at the forefront of everything we do.

Signpost for safety

Last Friday, as part of a trial with a supplier Artcraft, a new and innovative sign was installed on the approaches to the Koala crossing on Barossa Valley Way, Gawler. The radar actuated red circle on the sign flashes as a vehicle approaches and serves to alert drivers to the lower speed limit when the orange lights at the crossing are flashing. It is expected that this new device will result in improved safety for all.

Convention Centre

Luigi Rossi and I conducted a site safety inspection this week at the Convention Centre Stage 2 with our independent safety auditor. I was impressed by Samaras, the steel fabricators and erectors for their absolute focus and commitment to safety.

REJUVENATION

The majority of our sections are well advanced or have completed their transition with 2244 staff placed in roles. A further 539 will transition over the next three weeks.  In some areas feedback and consultation with you on structures has required more thought from our leaders and, in some instances, this has affected decisions on the roles required in those sections. This has seen a cascade effect in filling roles in some structures which I know is welcomed by many, giving greater opportunity to more of you. I have attached more detail on the status of rejuvenation within each section.

Accommodation

Walking around our buildings and sites watching and listening to our staff relocating, removing tonnes of old material and getting set for the next stage of the rejuvenation of our department is very exciting.  While this process hasn’t all been peaches and cream I enjoy the continuing commitment from staff to look at fresh ways of serving our community.  You are an impressive bunch. 

ANANGU CULTURE TRAINING PROGRAM

Our Department, Lucas TCS and Toll North employees currently working in the APY Lands on the Main Access Road Upgrade and the Landfill & Waste Management Projects recently participated in an Anangu Culture Training program at Umuwa. A Lucas TCS employee remarked that they now have a much better understanding of the APY Lands, traditional owners and Anangu. They also loved that the training was held on Country in a creek bed, and the damper they cooked was very tasty.

BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS

It is rewarding when members of the public show their appreciation for our partnering approach. Mark Gauci took the time to thank me on behalf of the local residents of West Croydon and those who joined us from Blackwood and Kilkenny, for time given last Saturday during the working bee held on the West Croydon Train Station platform gardens.  Huge thanks to Karan Coombe-Smith for her tireless work on our amenities.

WELL DONE

The Local Government (Accountability and Governance) Amendment Bill has now passed through both Houses of Parliament – updating the Local Government Act to include higher standards of transparency, accountability and governance. Well done to the Office of Local Government who supported Minister Brock to get this Bill – his first significant piece of legislation – through Parliament.

I have been mightily impressed with the feedback to my Friday Notes, always something different and a range of views expressed.  Keep them coming please.

Have a good weekend.

Michael Deegan