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A Friday Note - 19 May 2017

Dear all,

Milder nights and a few showers around this week.

SAFETY

Today is National Walk to School Safely Day, which encourages primary school children to walk and commute safely to school – not just on this day, but every day. As well as promoting the benefits that regular walking can provide for children’s long-term well-being, the day also promotes reduced car-dependency and greater use of public transport.

As of midnight on Thursday, May 18, there had been 31 fatalities on South Australian roads this year.

INNOVATION

Our department has begun a digital notification system for notifying residents affected by night works on our tram and train lines.
Once registered, residents and businesses will receive notifications via SMS or email to advise when maintenance works are planned in their area.

Not only will this cut down on paper notices, but it will make it easier for our department to inform residents of changes in work schedules due to weather conditions, logistical considerations or in response to emergency work activities.

RED TAPE REMOVAL

More classic car lovers will be able to enjoy their hobby out on the road after changes to the current conditional registration scheme for historic, left-hand drive and street rod vehicles. More information here.

RIP IT UP

Significant progress continues to be made in the important Rip It Up program. After extensive analysis of all DPTI forms, work is continuing on grouping these forms, based on customer experience, specifically looking at strategic direction and user touch points. Rip It Up aims to provide more user-friendly, online customer and business forms and will lead to significant improvements in the way we do business.

IN THE COMMUNITY

Today a number of staff attended the 2017 National Reconciliation Week Launch breakfast. This year’s NRW theme is ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps.’

Next Thursday is DPTI’s ‘Biggest Afternoon Tea’ in support of the Cancer Council. More in news below.

HAVE YOUR SAY

Public consultation on proposed greenways for the Bandaleer and Wirrabara Forest closes on Monday, June 12. You can have your say here.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY

Today’s Flashback Friday photo is of the former Grenfell Street Power Station. It is now the Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute.



Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan