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A Friday Note - 16 June 2017

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Many of us are deeply affected by the death of a young man on the Darlington road project. Despite our efforts to get mums and dads home to their children, that didn’t happen on Tuesday night and one man won’t ever walk through his front door again. Paul Gelston asks that we do all we can to raise our safety level another step to prevent any similar occurrence. I welcome your feedback.

The same of course is true on the road, where there have been 38 fatalities so far this year.

If you or your DPTI colleagues need support, our Employee Assistance Program offers confidential counselling services.


This week a significant milestone was achieved for this world-class facility – commercial acceptance. My thanks to all those who have worked with the department to deliver this: Paul Myers, Judith Carr, Belinda Allen, Barry Anderson, Angeline Teng, Julie Babin, Nives Bacanovic, Cameron Billinghurst, Martin Dinan, John Jenner, Simon Morony, Anthony Muggeridge, Paula Noone, Fay Nunn, Zita Pelling, Karen Polley, Joy Quigley, Brett Rickell, Max Sankauskas, Michael Scerri, Thomas Schleuniger, Seth Coultas, David Stepan, Gary Taylor, Alistair Turner and Sue Edwards.

Each of you can be very proud of your efforts for the State. The Premier, the Hon Jay Weatherill, has asked that I pass on his personal thanks to you.


Congratulations to the Metro Mate team, who were nominated in the Public Service and Government Markets category at the iAwards. DPTI partnered with South Australian company ‘The Distillery’ to develop a public transport mobile app that provides real-time GPS information vehicle location. Metro Mate has already been downloaded by around 25,000 users.

photo of project team at iAwards presentation dinner

Seated (from left): Oliver Prenton, Steven Pritchard, Luke Larsen, Karl Woehle. Standing (from left): Michael Deegan, Paul Gelston, Sadhana Pereira, Mei-Lin Schwarz, Eleanor Freeman, Julienne TePohe.


Skype for Business is now available to all staff across the department – helping you connect, communicate and collaborate with colleagues. A multi-purpose business tool, Skype for Business is another way we are digitally transforming and modernising the way we work by driving greater productivity, simplifying the way we communicate and improving the way we collaborate.


Office for Recreation and Sport General Manager Kylie Taylor is taking part in next week’s St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout. She has a goal of raising $3000. More information here.


Thanks to Tom Wilson for contributing this week’s Flashback Friday photo. It is of Dropcentre Tram No 235 in the Parade, Norwood, in April 1952. There were 84 of these Dropcentre trams, the most common of the more than 300 trams that once operated on about 25 routes in Adelaide.

Photo by Doug Colquhoun.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan