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A Friday Note - 17 July 2015

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

Cool conditions continue.


While we continue to work through industrial issues with the Rail, Tram and Bus Union, the department is implementing a new rostering system that will help ensure the well being of staff. From Sunday, the new ‘Rosman’ system will manage the work roster of our tram drivers. It provides a ‘live’ indication of compliance with fatigue regulations to ensure all drivers receive the required breaks and rest. Previously this was achieved by manually preparing a fatigue report following the creation of each roster. The new system ensures changes to the roster will take into account the fatigue levels of drivers, while reducing the administration required. Congratulations to all involved in building this system ‘in house’, including staff from Tram Operations, Rail Operations, Safety and Risk and Information Services. Next it will be rolled out for use by train drivers.


So far 846 letters have been sent to staff transitioning into ‘Like for Like’ roles across the department. If you have questions about the transition process, the new Frequently Asked Questions page may be of assistance.

As the transition of Performance Support Services is at a different stage to most other teams, Erika Aliyev has arranged a Performance Support Services FAQ page to address questions and concerns specifically for these staff members. The Performance Support Services structure is being worked through and once it is ready for release, Erika will organise discussions with groups of Performance Support Services staff to address any questions or concerns.

If you have concerns or questions about your situation, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your Manager, General Manager, Gabby O’Neill or another member of the Transition Team.


Dorothy Nycz will be leaving the department next Friday 24 July. Since 2003 Dorothy has been involved in the renewal of the Across Government Facilities Management Arrangement and more recently the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. In her new role with ECH Inc, Dorothy will be leading the organisation's property development and building business. I wish her all the best for the future.


Locally made ferry launched

A new steel-hulled ferry hull has been launched at Bowhill on the River Murray. It was manufactured by local contractor Bowhill Engineering and is the first of two in a program to replace the remaining four ageing timber hulled ferries. The new ferry hull will be floated to the department’s Morgan Dockyard for the fit out stage and commissioned later in the year. The department provides a 24/7 river crossing service at 11 crossings using a fleet of 14 ferries. Well done to the Fleet Management and Mechanical Services unit and the Ferry Replacement Project team, led by Carmelo Rositano, for reaching this milestone on time and on budget. Watch a video of the launch.

Park Terrace, Fitzroy Terrace, Torrens Road Upgrade

This week construction started on the upgrade of the inner city ring route, including Park Terrace, Fitzroy Terrace and Torrens Road. The new lanes being built will ease congestion for the tens of thousands of motorists who use this route daily, especially during the construction of the upcoming Torrens Road to River Torrens project. It’s being carried out by local company Bardavcol. The start of works is a result of much community consultation and planning by the project team, led by Ben Champion.

Have a good weekend.

Michael Deegan