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A Friday Note - 10 March 2017

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all

A mix of showers and sunshine to take us through the long weekend. Please drive carefully on the roads and take regular breaks.


A reminder to remain vigilant as Mad March takes stride this long weekend.

There will be extra people out and about so road users need to be alert, slow down and watch out for pedestrians. Pedestrians are urged to not take risky shortcuts and stick to dedicated pedestrian crossings.

The road toll, as of midnight 9 March, is at 14 fatalities. Long weekends are notorious for road trauma – remain alert.

An important issue was noted at a safety walk this week: employees unloading equipment from a truck while smoking with flammable containers close by.

If you smoke, please be aware of your surroundings and don’t smoke anywhere near fuel containers. Look after your colleagues and speak up if you see risky behaviour.


The Northern Connector project hosted a morning tea this week to celebrate International Women’s Day, attended by a number of people from our department, Lendlease, as well as other industry stakeholders.

Northern Connector project is proving to be a pathfinder for women seeking jobs in the construction industry. The project has seen women employed at almost twice the national rate for the construction industry, with more than 21% of positions across a range of roles. Five women are among 11 engineers recruited in the project’s first graduate intake for 2017.


This week our department held a workshop in light of this year’s official theme for International Women’s Day, #BeBoldforChange, to explore how we, as individuals, can step up and take bold action and play our part to create more equal, inclusive cultures. There was a big turnout from staff across the department, with discussions centring on two key topics: flexibility and leadership. I look forward to continuing to explore new possibilities to drive positive change. 


Former Supreme Court Justice Mr Tim Anderson QC has been appointed as chairperson of the inaugural South Australian Planning Commission. Mr Anderson’s vast experience in the legal profession will provide much needed rigour and probity to the operations of the Commission. This is crucial in ensuring a high benchmark in both public integrity and contemporary land use planning in Australia is achieved.

Mr Anderson will play a key role in selecting the remaining members of the Commission, which will commence its formal functions under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 in the first half of this year.


In response to manager’s feedback, a Manager’s Portal has been created which provides easy access to information and tools from one simple location.

For those who will be given access, you will shortly receive an email from Piero Sparapani and you are encouraged to explore the portal and provide your feedback.  


Representatives from the department, including some of our existing graduates, will be on hand at university careers expos next week to showcase employment opportunities and the work of our department.

We want to attract the best talent to join us as we become a more contemporary and service-orientated organisation, known for expertise and integrity, and our graduate program is an important part of this. 


Thank you once again to our all our people who will work tirelessly through the busy long weekend, with a number of big events on, helping people get to where they need to be. There is free public transport for a number of events to help people travel safely. More info here.

Have a good long weekend

Michael Deegan