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A Friday Note -29 June 2018


Dear all,

Machinery of Government changes will take effect from Sunday 1 July and again we take the chance to welcome those who will be joining the DPTI team.

Service SA and the Office of the Registrar-General and Office of the Valuer-General will be part of DPTI from next week and the Office of Recreation and Sport and Racing (ORSR) will be joining the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC). While Recreation and Sport will join DPC from July 1, DPTI will continue to perform corporate support services for ORSR as we previously have, while the transition is being completed.

Employees of the incoming agencies will become DPTI employees and continue to report to their current line managers and continue to attend their current work location/s.  There will also be a small number of corporate employees from Service SA joining us in our HR, WHS, Finance, Risk and Assurance and Property teams.


Darlington update

Great progress is being made at the Darlington Upgrade Project site, a crucial link in the North-South Corridor.

Preparation is well under way for upcoming  major milestones, including traffic switches, the opening of the first bridge over the Southern Expressway to live traffic, and two bridge installations.


End of an era

Today marks the end of an era, as Commercial Marine at Regency Park ceases operations after decades within DPTI and becomes part of Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

From 2 July 2018, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will be responsible for delivering domestic commercial vessel services across Australia, taking over from state and territory jurisdictions.

We thank all of those who have worked in this important area for DPTI over the years and wish those moving to the new role the very best.

More information is available here.


Team bonding

The Mile End Rail Infrastructure Maintenance team gathered during the week for an end-of-financial tool box. Acting Manager Simon Bartosak spoke at both the day and night shift sessions to highlight achievements.

This team does a power of work in ensuring our rail services are able to run efficiently through the system.


Driverless shuttle launched

Flinders University has partnered with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, RAA and industry project supporters to deliver the first on-road trial of an autonomous shuttle in South Australia, at Flinders University’s Tonsley and Bedford Park campuses.

The Navya FLEX 15-person electric driverless shuttle bus is part of a five-year driverless shuttle trial conducted by Flinders University, which received $1 million through the $10 million future mobility Lab Fund, administered by DPTI.

You can watch a video from the launch and find out how to book a ride in the vehicle here.


Farewell to friends

Two long-serving DPTI staff members are finishing with the department today.

Project Manager Kevin Wynne began his career in 1978, working in mainly regional locations, with nearly 30 years at the Murray Bridge regional office.

He has had a broad career, from working in the departmental laboratories, to customer liaison, contract management of the River Murray ferries, Riverland routine maintenance and statewide safety barrier program and the delivery of a significant number of civil-construction projects across the region.

John Smith will also leave today, after nearly 23 years of service to the SA Public.

John joined DPTI in 2010, working as a Facilities Manager at the Murray Bridge Facilities Services regional office, and was with Corrections before that.

We wish both Kevin and John well for the future.


Flashback Friday

Today’s Flashback Friday photo is of a Trolley bus at the intersection of Hindley and Morphett Streets, in 1952.

The vehicle is an AEC 661T with a 59 seat double-deck body built by Adelaide firm Lawton, one of 30 delivered to the Adelaide MTT from 1937 to 1939.


SLSA  B 12885


Enjoy your weekend,

Julienne TePohe
Acting Chief Executive