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A Friday Note - 14 September 2018

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

Dear all,

It was great to see our department really get behind R U OK? Day yesterday, an important suicide prevention campaign.

R U OK? Day aims to encourage, inspire and empower people to stay connected, by asking one simple question – are you ok? – that can change a life.

While R U OK? Day was held yesterday, every day is a good day to ask your friend, co-worker or loved one if they are ok.

Find tips for how to start the conversation here.

The Oaklands Grade Separation team took time out to support R U OK? Day.

The Darlington Upgrade Project team held an R U OK? Day breakfast to encourage a conversation and spread awareness.

Major milestone for the Darlington Upgrade Project

It was another successful weekend for the Darlington Upgrade Project with the northern section of the new Ayliffes Road bridge being moved into place ahead of schedule.

Located at the intersection of Ayliffes, South and Shepherds Hill roads, once complete this bridge will carry northbound traffic from Main South Road onto Ayliffes Road.

A great achievement for all involved.

Watch this timelapse to see how the weekend unfolded.

Northern Connector

The NorthHub team, whose efforts on the Northern Connector project in particular, has driven great outcomes for local and re-skilled workers, having collected a prestigious award at the SA Training Awards.

Lendlease was awarded SA Large Employer of the year, for achievements in training initiated on the Northern Connector project. The focus of the submission was training people who have come from non-traditional civil construction backgrounds and are now contributing to the success of the team and the Northern Connector project.

Well done to all involved.

Simply Cups 

After just three months at 50 Flinders Street, the Simply Cups recycling initiative has diverted over 15,000 disposable coffee cups from landfill – well above the initial projections.

It’s estimated that over 1 billion takeaway coffee cups end up in landfill per year, regardless of whether they are placed in recycling bins. This initiative enables cups to instead be collected and sent to a dedicated facility where the plastic liner and paper outer are separated and recycled.

Royal Adelaide Show

Well done and thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly during the Royal Adelaide Show to ensure our public transport services ran smoothly.

Our staff assisted in excess of 50,000 people to catch a Royal Show bus or train to the Adelaide Showground this year, which was an increase on last year’s patronage.

Thank you also to the staff who manned our booth in the Jubilee Pavilion. The Aurrigo driverless pod continued to draw attention from parents and children with thousands stopping by to take a seat inside and hundreds taking the chance to chat about our projects and understand what is happening in our Planning reforms.

Way2Go Bike Ed

Way2Go Bike Ed is a popular component of DPTI’s Way2Go program that aims to develop primary school students’ confidence and competence as safe bike riders.

Approximately 7,500 students participate each year learning skills ranging from understanding road rules to maintaining their bike.

Registrations for the 2019 Way2Go Bike Ed program close on Friday 28 September 2018. Find more information at the Way2Go Bike Ed website.

Flashback Friday

Today’s Flashback Friday was taken in 1901 and shows passengers waiting for the train at the Port Elliot Railway Station.

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Enjoy your weekend,

Wayne Buckerfield
Acting Chief Executive