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DPTI Matters - 12 July 2019

A word from the Chief Executive


NAIDOC morning tea

It was my privilege to be invited to address staff at a special morning tea to celebrate NAIDOC week at our Grenfell Street office yesterday.

It was also pleasing to see a healthy turnout of staff eager to hear Narungga Nation Chief Executive and Aboriginal leader Uncle Klynton Wanganeen speak about this year’s NAIDOC Week  theme, “Voice. Treaty. Truth”, and how it relates to the Buthera Agreement.

The theme acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have always sought an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia’s democracy.

These are issues that must be addressed with honesty and integrity across our nation, here at DPTI and in our personal relationships, and I encourage all staff to begin that journey by finding out more at the NAIDOC website.

A man in a dark suit is speaking at a podium. The audience is seated in chairs set up in rows.
Staff at the NAIDOC Week morning tea.


Northern Connector celebration

The Northern Connector Project team also hosted a NAIDOC Week morning tea to recognise the positive contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the project.

DPTI and Lendlease have worked together to achieve almost 11% of all on-site labour hours undertaken by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with more than  over $9 million spent with Aboriginal owned businesses.

Uncle Jeffrey Newchurch and Auntie Lynette Crocker received a framed copy of the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Kaurna community, signed by Kaurna representatives and Lendlease, which formalises an ongoing commitment to Aboriginal economic participation and cultural development beyond the Northern Connector Project.

Four people standing in a horizontal line, with the man third from left holding a plaque with what appears to two certificates and the top and a photograph below.
George Panagopoulos, Uncle Jeffrey Newchurch, Danny Parkinson and Auntie Lynette Crocker.


Tram works on track

Work on the City South Tram Line Replacement Project is progressing well, with major concrete breaking works already completed. This will improve access to the stop for people with disabilities and is a major milestone for the project as it signals the end of one of the loudest and most difficult work activities.

The patience of residents, businesses, local workers and commuters, and the continued support of the public for local businesses, is much appreciated and we look forward to offering an even better tram service for the people of Adelaide on the completion of this project.

A red excavator in the foreground, in the midst of dug up sections of road. There are buildings and a ferris wheel in the background.
Work on the City South Tram Line Replacement Project.


Natural response

The previously dusty site under the Morphett Street Bridge has received a new lease of life, thanks to DPTI’s summer undergraduate program.

A need to minimise dust entering the power room was identified, with an initial proposal to bituminise the site, until  a landscape architecture student taking part in the program came up with a plan to design a shade-tolerant garden.

His design came to life last week with 200 square metres of landscaping completed.  Future plans will see the fence repainted, and a splash of street art adding some vibrancy.

A dusty section of dirt on the left and the same area with plants and paths on the right.
The Morphett Street site, before and after.


Regional recognition

It’s great to receive feedback about the positive role DPTI is playing in regional areas, especially as many are facing major challenges created by the lengthy drought.

We recently received an email from the Yunta Hall Committee, which is responsible for maintaining the Yunta airstrip, expressing thanks  for an “excellent and timely job” in having the airstrip rolled.

In part, the email said:  “The RFDS will be very happy as well on their next visit, as this work will make a huge difference to their plane. I cannot express how grateful we are for you bringing this all about for us, especially through this very difficult drought.”


Digital signs

The rollout of new digital real-time tram stop signs has begun, with the first screens installed at the Adelaide Railway Station stop.

The signs will be installed at six more highly patronised CBD tram stops over the next few months, with the package of works also including new audio units and hearing loops added to the Currie, Grenfell Street and O-Bahn digital bus stops, and new interchange digital screens along the O-Bahn and at Mt Barker.

Changes such as this can make a very real difference to customers and I congratulate the team behind this.

A rectangular digital sign attached to a beam coming out from the roof of a tram stop. Adelaide Railway Station is in the background.
The new digital sign outside the Adelaide Railway Station.


Extra mile

Staff at the South Australian Public Transport Authority recently held a morning tea to raise money for CanTeen, which supports young Australians aged between 12 and 25 living with cancer.

Three of the team went even further, by donating their locks to help others.

Michelle Spagnoletti, Samantha Fox and Ciara Warman had their ponytails cut off to donate to charitable organisations and wig makers where they can become wigs for those suffering from medically induced hair-loss conditions such as cancer. What a great effort!

Three photos across the top show of women with long hair, from the back. Threephotos below show the same view, each with shorter hair, down to the shoulders or just below..
Before and after views of the lost locks.


Friday Flashback

Today’s Friday Flashback shows the demolition of the Australia and New Zealand Bank, on the corner of Currie Street and King William Street, in 1968. If you look closely you’ll get a picture of just how far safety standards have advanced in the past 50 years.

The front wall of an old-style high building with the rest montly demolished. People are walking directly below the wall with a pole and bar barrier keeoing them to the edge of the footpath and on one side between them and the traffic.
Source: Adelaide City Council