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A Friday Note - 7 April 2017

Dear all

Pleasant weather this week - blue skies and higher temperatures.

SAFETY

From one of our safety auditors: “Often when a worker hears the word ‘safety’ they think ‘paperwork, procedure and punishment’ and a supervisor tends to think ‘paperwork, people and problems.’ We need people to see fun, the ability to engage, potential to ensure mums and dads and boys and girls go home to their family free of injury, an opportunity to change the way we do business and above all relate to our people.”

North Terrace between King William Street and Victoria Street will be closed following major events at Adelaide Oval in the interest of public safety. The closures, from 15 minutes before the end of an event, will be in place for this weekend’s showdown, following a successful trial after the Adele concert. It allows the safe movement of large crowds leaving the venue.

The road toll as of midnight 6 April is at 20 fatalities. No fun in this result. What else can we do to save lives and injury?

COUNTRY CABINET

It has been a big week with Country Cabinet in Port Pirie, Port Broughton, Clare and many other places in between.  Our department gets many guernseys at these events, including road safety, planning, local government, roads, public transport, sport and recreation and heavy vehicle access. The three days are always pretty intense but have a lot of engagement with local communities which is a terrific experience. The Premier’s style in managing the community functions is engaging and entertaining and everyone gets a chance to ask their question of the elected representatives.  It makes one proud of the South Australian approach to democracy. 

ROAD TRANSPORT FOR PRIMARY PRODUCTION

While at the Country Cabinet stage 2 of the 90-day transport project was launched, building on the success and momentum of the initial phase, which has helped South Australian primary producers and transport operators realise more than $50 million in savings over the past 18 months. This has been a collaboration between our department, Primary Industries and Regions SA and Primary Producers SA. More info here.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Our department recognises World Health Day today with its focus ‘Depression: Let’s Talk’. We are committed to promoting staff health and wellbeing and support initiatives that help reduce associated stigmas. 

SHARE THE ROAD

All drivers, whether driving your own car or a work vehicle, need to be mindful of cyclists on the road. Drivers are required to give cyclists at least one metre of room when passing when the speed limit is 60 km/h or less and 1.5 metres when the speed limit is more than 60 km/h. Know the law, more here.

RIP IT UP          

Our department has reached an important first milestone in its goal of more user-friendly, online customer and business forms as part of the Rip It Up initiative. The form field audit has been completed, a milestone step that will lead to significant improvements in the way we do business.

INNOVATION

Road and Marine Assets’ work with Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) for collection of road pavement condition data and video imagery is underway. For the first time lane laser technology is being used to conduct the survey, demonstrating higher precision data quality. 

WORKFORCE PLANNING

If you have been considering putting your hand up for a Targeted Voluntary Separation Package this financial year, all requests must be in to Gabby O’Neill before close of business Thursday, 20 April.

INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY IN SPORT

Registrations are now open for the Inclusion and Diversity in Sport Conference to be held at Adelaide Oval on May 1st and 2nd, 2017. The conference, supported by the Office for Recreation and Sport, will discuss how sport continues to play a leading role in shaping a more inclusive community. Find out more, here.

More on sport: last Saturday, Jane “Needles” Fitzgerald, Manager, Performance Support Services was in the premiership-winning team, Norwood, in the inaugural SANFL Statewide Super Women's League.

IN THE COMMUNITY

Last week we put out a call to try to help DPTI’s Kate Raftery find a matching bone-marrow donor as she battles acute myeloid leukaemia. Eszter Bona, Maintenance Coordinator, from Facilities Services in Murray Bridge who has Hungarian heritage similar to Kate has answered the call and is now registering as a bone marrow donor. It’s good to see DPTI’s sense of community in action. See if you can help.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY

Today’s Flashback Friday is of Port Road. It is amazing to think how much this road has changed, and continues to change with works ramping up this weekend as part of the Torrens Road to River Torrens Project.

Archival photo of Port Road showing a pedestrian and a car with wide open streets

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan