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A Friday Note - 5 May 2017

Dear all

Cool temperatures and clear skies this week.

SAFETY

Next week is the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week and it will focus on the speed and its impact on road fatalities. Global Road Safety Week will highlight the safe systems approach, including interventions to ensure safer speeds. Speed contributes to around 25 per cent of all fatal road crashes in South Australia and managing speeds on our roads continues to be a high priority. Take a moment to visit the Global Road Safety Website here to learn more and take the pledge to #SlowDown and save lives.

As of midnight on Thursday, 4 May there had been 29 fatalities on South Australian roads this year.

RAIL SAFETY

A fine initiative by some of our senior Passenger Service Assistants, who visited a northern suburbs high school to talk with the school’s management about behaviour issues at a nearby railway station following reports from drivers. More school visits will occur where potential issues are identified.

MAJOR DEVELOPMENT

Our Planning and Development Section has played a leading role in unlocking one of South Australia’s most significant major development projects, the Centre Eyre Iron Project.

If the company meets the conditions of the approval, the project will be Australia’s largest magnetite mine, estimated to produce 21.5 million tonnes each year. It will require more than 700 jobs to construct the mine, which will be linked by a 145km rail line to a deep water port at Cape Hardy, which could also support grain shipments.

It has taken a power of work to get to this stage. Congratulations to Karen Ferguson, Lee Webb, Sharon Wyatt, Jeremy Wood, Rob Kleeman and Janine Philbey from the Major Development and Crown team, who have been working closely with Premier and Cabinet’s Minerals Resources Division to provide two concurrent and comprehensive assessment processes. Special mention to Sally Smith, General Manager, Planning and Development and thanks also to Phil Lawes’ transport team for their contributions to keep transport moving in the state’s west, whether by car, truck or rail. 

COUNTRY CABINET

The Premier and his Cabinet were in the APY Lands this week for their regular regional meeting. This photo shows the magnificent work Mick Horner and his team, including; Jodie Grayson, Warren Peterson, Steve Scott, Karl Dowling, Ben Deegan and Iain Robertson, have done in building a brand new 210km road for the community. Well done to all.

FEEDBACK

It has been especially rewarding to receive positive feedback from members of the public about many of our major projects. This is just one example: “The great experience this morning was the additional city bound right turn lane from North East Road onto Nottage Terrace. So much lane space instead of the snarl of the past. WOW – thank you and may the restructuring continue.”

Well done to all who continue to have a positive influence on the daily lives of South Australians.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY

Thanks to Brenton Triplow from Transport Operations for this week’s Flashback Friday photo, showing three tram lines in the 1950s.

The tram on the left is on King William Road, coming from the Hyde Park terminus. The tram in the middle is on the Colonel Light Gardens line heading towards Enfield, via the city. The line on the right is the current Glenelg line.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan