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A Friday Note - 24 June 2016

Dear all

Another week, another deluge across many parts of the state. Whilst it’s great to see everything looking a lot greener, the weather has produced extra challenges, including flooding and rock falls on our roads, from metro Adelaide to the far reaches of SA. As we are yet to hit the peak of winter, no doubt we can expect more of the same. Please take extra care.

SAFETY

Still on safety, I would like to applaud the work that has been done to make our rail network safer, more accessible and more reliable. As this financial year draws to a close, the department has delivered advanced lighting upgrades to 31 stations, completed 80 kilometres of track maintenance and installed more than three kilometres of fencing along the tram corridor.

A seminar is coming up which will look at how we can build, maintain and operate safer transport infrastructure. It is a timely opportunity, as we continue to receive feedback on our driver safety proposals.

PROJECTS

Our Office for Design and Architecture has been working hard on a “softer” project – the upgrade of Marshmallow Park in the south-east Park Lands. It will incorporate a fenced dog park, community courts, improved bike and pedestrian access, lighting and shelter and the installation of public art and signage. This is another example of how we continually connect with our communities.

CONVERSATIONS

“The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.”  Powerful words from David Morrison, Australian of the Year, former Army Chief and Chair of the Diversity Council Australia. His latest campaign #WordsAtWork asks Australians to make a simple change to the way we converse with our colleagues. Watch the video here.

CUSTOMERS

The ticket vending machines on the paid concourse at Adelaide Railway Station have greatly increased revenue since being relocated from the unpaid concourse. They are promoting “self-serve” to customers and are also encouraging passengers to purchase their ticket on board.

After well-received feedback, DPTI’s Customer Service Charter is now finalised and out for the public to view. If you haven’t already, please have a look at the framework here.

WELL DONE

Desmond Khoo, one of our experienced project managers and planners, has been providing valuable guidance to civil engineering students at UniSA. The students have tackled real-life situations at the intersection of South Road and Henley Beach Road, working up some innovative solutions. It has been a fantastic learning experience for them and they recently expressed their appreciation during a function at Mawson Lakes. Desmond’s commitment to passing on his skills and knowledge is commendable.

Also, Rail Care’s been celebrating its success at the South Australian Volunteers Awards. Minister Mullighan rubbed shoulders with some of the program’s treasured members at a special event last weekend.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan