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A Friday Note - 30 September 2016

Dear all

So much for thinking the weather had calmed down last night. It's been a shocker.

Our executive were again reminded of all the moving parts of our business and the impact on them and our people in the 24 hours/7 days a week operation we run.

After the energy issues on Wednesday, trying to contact all our staff in regional SA to check on their welfare was both essential and difficult with phones and power down in many parts.

Getting diesel back up saw enormous cooperation between our people, farmers, suppliers and the trucking industry.

So many of you worked tirelessly in the most challenging of situations, from those who guided customers in Adelaide Railway Station, to bus drivers who went above and beyond to get passengers home and maintenance crews keeping our roads as safe as possible. It truly was a team effort.

Thank you to those who’ve been monitoring our jetties and marine safety, and staff working around the clock in the Traffic Management Centre and the State Emergency Centre. Well done also to our property people who found an innovative solution to deal with flooding at Netley and for their efforts in getting a staff member out of a lift in Leigh St.

Our regions have been hit hard and we are working with communities to assist.

Every element of the business has been involved and our appreciation is deep felt.  Of course we will review what worked and where we can improve and I would love to hear your thoughts. Fatigue management is one element of concern.

During these events, the well-being of our employees is paramount. Your families, pets and property are also important to us. Please let us know if you need help or contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for further support.

SAFETY

This week’s hazards present a timely opportunity to recognise National Safe Work Month, which starts tomorrow. I ask all staff to get behind the campaign.

With the October long weekend and the recreational boating season upon us, marine safety is in focus, so please take extra care.

Our department is also working extremely hard to improve safety around heavy vehicles. We’ve outlined a new inspection scheme that applies when vehicles change ownership. Click here for details.

JOBS

More and more local jobs are being created as billions of dollars are invested in South Australia’s roads and infrastructure. DPTI plays a vital role in realising the state’s economic and social objectives. Find out about jobs and investment here.

STAFF

The Learning and Development Unit from Dry Creek and the Organisation Development and Culture Unit from Roma Mitchell House have come together and relocated to Level 11 at 77 Grenfell St. Email addresses remain the same, but phone numbers have changed for the Learning and Development Unit, with the directory currently being updated. And, amidst the move, congratulations to Belinda Halling who has been confirmed in the role of Manager, Organisation Performance and Development.

If you have thought about going part-time or asking for a flexible work arrangement, I strongly encourage you to do so. If enough people try it, then we can bring in more people to share our knowledge and learn from. Contact Gabby O'Neill for further information.

REMINDER

Daylight saving is back again, so clocks need to go forward one hour on Sunday, always easier to do it before you turn in on Saturday night.

Have a good long weekend

Michael Deegan