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A Friday Note - 7 August 2015

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

The key focus of this week was jobs and what we as a Department can do to help stimulate the economy and create both short term and long term job opportunities for South Australians. I encourage you all to keep thinking of ways in which we can continue to play a role in this significant agenda. I was also lucky enough to get a tour of the rapidly advancing new Royal Adelaide Hospital. Very impressive!


There are now more than 5,000 primary school students from 60 schools participating in the department’s Way2Go Bike Ed initiative. The program promotes safer, greener and more active travel and is based on partnerships with councils and school communities. Congratulations to the School Community Partnerships team, which is working to double the number of students participating by 2018.


Travel is changing to be managed centrally. A pilot program is being rolled out and is expected to be live by the end of the month. More information will be available in coming weeks.


This week major construction started on the Torrens Road to River Torrens section of the North-South Corridor. The project will expand the capacity of this section of the North South Corridor from its current usage of 52,000 vehicles a day to 115,000 when it’s completed by the end of 2018. Congratulations to the project team for a well organised commencement event this week and another step towards the building of this important piece of infrastructure.


Last Friday the South Australian Sports Institute, Cycling SA and Sport Pathways at the Office of Recreation and Sport invited 45 potential new athletes to attend a day of testing at the Adelaide Super-Drome to try and identify the state’s future cycling champions. As a result a small number will be joining the SASI Talent Search Cycling program, where they will follow a specific training program under SASI Coaches, former Olympic Champion Brett Aitken and former Commonwealth Games Champion Jason Niblett. SASI Talent Search tests over 5,000 SA school children each year providing opportunities for other Olympic sports including Rowing, Canoe Sprint and Volleyball. Well done to SASI’s Talent Search coordinator Susan Bassett for putting the successful event together.


Good luck to staff competing in this Sunday’s Fitzy’s 5 fun run. The event honours David Fitzsimons, a former department employee and Olympian and aims to raise awareness and funds to support vital cancer research conducted by charity partner the Hanson Institute as well as promote an active and healthy lifestyle.


We’re starting to get a lot of feedback from customers who are appreciating the service they are receiving and especially the effort staff are going to explain issues and generally communicate. Thanks everyone for your efforts to continue the improvement in this area and those within the department who perhaps don’t have any direct external customers, but back up our frontline teams with high quality service.


Well done to all the staff in the Strategic and Development Planning Section who have assisted the Minister for Planning to approve the rezoning of the Minda North Brighton Campus. The rezoning opens the door for Minda to implement their master plan, which will comprehensively redevelop the facility with approximately 690 new dwellings over the longer term, including 275 new retirement apartments. The value to the state’s economy is around $250 million over a ten year period. The development will also provide access to the coastal zone area to complete a key link in the Coast Park.

Coles Express

The Windsor Gardens Coles Express wrote to thank staff working on the North East Road and Sudholz Road intersection. The project team worked with the business to minimise the disruption the road works would cause, particularly regarding access for customers and fuel deliveries. The communication and temporary access provisions put in place ensured the business was able to continue to operate, which was very much appreciated: “thank you for working so well to ensure our business was not affected. Best communication I’ve seen,” wrote Fiona Burrow, Retail Area Manager. Well done to the project team, especially Sonya Djukic, Babu Varatharaju and Chris Shaw.

Service SA

The Manager of the Prospect Service SA Customer Service Centre, Kristy Doherty, rang to thank Brendon Batt and Amber Phillips from Registration and Licensing Policy. Kristy is new to the role and said Brendon and Amber have been providing fantastic support and she’s appreciated them taking the time to use practical scenarios to explain how and why policies, processes and legislation were created. Well done.

Driving assessment

The proprietor of a driving school emailed to thank Martin Taylor of Standards and Accreditation for his assistance conducting a driving assessment. The proprietor thanked Martin for his professional manner and the sensitivity he displayed with the client, who did not pass the assessment for medical reasons.

Jolly customer

Matthew Forrest, owner of commercial fishing business and operator of the Jolly Roger 2, has expressed his appreciation for the work of Louise McFetrish of Marine Operations. Louise works with commercial operators assisting them understand and apply marine safety legislation, ensure their vessels are safe and transition to the national law. ”She has helped me so much and has answered all of my questions immediately,” he said.

Have a good weekend.

Andrew McKeegan

Acting Chief Executive