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A Friday Note - 28 September 2018


Dear all,

You would have seen earlier this week that Mr Tony Braxton-Smith has been appointed as our new Chief Executive and will be starting with us on Monday 22 October.

Tony has three key areas of focus  – building  a reputation for delivering great service; providing quality outcomes for the community; and creating an environment within the Department for our people to flourish.

Tony will be spending the day with us on Tuesday 2 October to meet with the executive team and spend time with our portfolio Ministers, before his start later in the month.

I would also like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in preparing for Estimates this week.  Getting ready for this and other similar committees involves broad input from across the Department.  Your contributions are both recognised and appreciated.


Making a difference

The Torrens Rail Junction Project has delivered outstanding results for passengers on the Outer Harbor Line.

The graphic below shows a marked improvement in on-time running of trains since the TRJ works were completed at the start of this year, with a new timetable released shortly afterwards.

It’s important that we take the time to celebrate such successes and recognise the hard work we put in. Well done to all involved.


RUOK breakfast

On Tuesday 25 September Rail Maintenance and Management staff had a breakfast sponsored by overhead maintenance partner Laing O’Rourke to focus on conversations around the RUOK theme.

RUOK Foundation ambassador Anthony Hart attended as the guest speaker, sharing his personal story.

Anthony’s key message that “nothing is that bad that you can’t talk about it” is an important one for us all to take on board.


Community Day success

The T2T community event last Sunday was a great success, with an estimated 5000 people turning up to have a look at the new roadway, as we took time to thank locals for their patience during its construction.

An event such as this takes hours of meticulous work in preparation and on the day, which was certainly the case for the team behind this particularly successful venture.

Congratulations to all involved on an outstanding success.


Showing our true colours

Staff across DPTI have been joining in Footy Colours Day events to raise funds for the Fight Cancer Foundation, with many enjoying food and a chat while donning their favourite football clothes.


Outstanding Service

Congratulations to recently retired Philip Blake, who was the recipient of an Austroads Outstanding Service Award.

The Austroads Board makes awards to individuals who have made significant contribution to Austroads objectives through the successful delivery of one or more projects or appropriate activity. Philip was nominated for the Outstanding Service Award “in recognition of his outstanding contribution ... over many years.”

Philip said he was “chuffed” and honoured to receive the award.


Flashback Friday

Today’s Flashback Friday shows the horse tram arriving at Granite Island, from Victor Harbor, in 1928.


SLSA B 71737-18


Enjoy your weekend,

Julienne TePohe
Acting Chief Executive