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A Friday Note - 29 April 2016

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Dear all

Yesterday marked World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial - a time to think about the right to a safe workplace. It is important that we always seize the opportunity to reflect on safety and what we can do to look after each other, those we work with and our customers.
South Australia has had terrific news on the local jobs front this week.  The $620m Darlington Upgrade is one project, providing employment for hundreds while helping us to cater for our future transport needs. Federal Major Projects Minister Paul Fletcher joined Minister Mullighan this week for a sod turn event to mark the start of major works.  More below.

A big thank you to all of our staff throughout the department who have been working tirelessly to manage the Seaford line outage. We’ve received some wonderful feedback from our customers about how our people went above and beyond to provide information and assist wherever they could.  Thank you.
With a sell-out crowd expected at Adelaide Oval for Sunday’s A-League Grand Final between Adelaide United and Western Sydney Wanderers, extra public transport services are being provided.  Thanks to staff who’ll be going the extra mile to get fans to and from the game.

The Unleashed Open Data Competition returns in 2016. The event draws together government, industry and the community to use government ‘open’ data in new and innovative ways to benefit South Australia. We saw a fine in-house example last week with the launch of addinsight.  With the talent across our state, the potential benefits are considerable.

The department’s hosting a table at a breakfast for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. It kicks off at 7:45am on Tuesday 17 May. If you’d like to attend this important event, contact Emma Sansbury.

We are trialling a rotation program for managers called SWAP – Senior Workforce Advancement Program, providing supported development opportunities for section managers. SWAP is intended to challenge our managers and broaden skills and knowledge across the department.
Erika Aliyev and Jane Fitzgerald are the first to pilot the program and will commence their new roles on Monday. If you are keen to participate, contact Gabby O’Neill.

The new Anzac Walk, built and managed by this department, was a focal point during Anzac Day services in the city on Monday. It’s a truly fitting memorial to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice. If you’ve haven’t had the chance, be sure to take a look.  Well done again to Kylie O’Leary and team.
Have a good weekend.
Michael Deegan