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DPTI Matters - 4 October 2019

A word from the Chief Executive

If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or concerns, please email them to telltony@sa.gov.au.


Greening up

Rail Care volunteers from Lynton and the Blackwood Action Group put in a massive effort over two mornings to plant 1400 native understorey tube-stock plants around Blackwood train station recently.

Some of the Eucalyptus trees near the station are more than 150 years old and the understorey is important to providing health benefits in terms of soil, water and fauna to protect and keep them healthy.

The DPTI Amenity Planting Fund provided the plants as an offset for the removal of trees during DPTI projects, while the Rail Care team supported volunteers.

Trees have also been considered in the project to upgrade Blackwood’s entry point paths. After consultation with an arborist, a permeable paving solution is being put in place by Coleman Rail for the path passing under a huge old red gum, while care is being taken across the project area not to disturb tree roots.

Photo of Rail Care activities at Blackwood railway station
The team at work at Blackwood railway station.


Bridge open

The Darlington Upgrade Project had cause for celebration this week with the opening of the new Ayliffes Road bridge to traffic.

It’s exciting to see vehicles moving along the impressive structure, which is another integral link in the North-South Corridor. The corridor is rapidly meeting its target of becoming the major route for north and south bound traffic, including freight vehicles, running 78km between Gawler and Old Noarlunga.

For more information about the project and new traffic arrangements visit the Darlington Upgrade Project website.

Photo of traffic using the new Ayliffes Road bridge at Darlington
Traffic coming off the Ayliffes Road Bridge.


Code consultation

A major milestone was reached this week with the release of the draft Planning and Design Code, covering the rural and urban areas of South Australia, for public consultation.

The Planning and Design Code is the cornerstone of South Australia’s new planning system, and will offer a single, consolidated set of planning rules for assessing development applications across the state. This single set of rules will replace the 72 development plans and more than 23,000 pages of planning policy in the current planning system.

This is a huge milestone and congratulations goes to the whole of Team PLUS, particularly those directly involved in writing the draft Code, who have worked together to make this happen.

To learn more about the new planning system and understand what it means, visit the SA Planning Portal or check out the new video below, which is a fun, light-hearted way to inform the community about the new planning system.


Governor's visit

The Governor of Maryland, United States, was in South Australia last week and visited the Tonsley Innovation District to learn more about the trialling of automated vehicle technologies and our roadmap towards readiness for future transport innovation.

Governor Larry Hogan took a ride in an Aurrigo pod before receiving a briefing from Sage Automation on the Local Motors Olli Trial and Matilda transit hub. The Governor was visiting South Australia following the Premier’s visit to Maryland in May 2019.

Photo of people standing in front of a driverless car
Joanne Murray, Aurrigo’s Roger van der Lee, Maryland governor Larry Hogan, Tony Braxton-Smith and Emma Kokar.


World Architecture Day

Next Monday, 7 October, marks World Architecture Day, a designated day to show appreciation for the work architects do and to celebrate great architectural works around the world.

The Office for Design and Architecture (ODASA) is looking to raise awareness of this day and has expressed its thanks to all staff who contribute to the planning and development of our built environment.

To find out more on World Architecture Day visit the International Union of Architects (UIA).


Cruise mode

After a record cruise-ship season last year, South Australia is gearing up to welcome even more tourists as the new season starts in coming weeks.

Government agencies work together to maximise the return to the state from this opportunity, so it was great to receive recognition from the SA Tourism Commission for the work done by DPTI on the Penneshaw Jetty, on Kangaroo Island, ahead of the new season.

“I would like to thank you and your team for your continued support of the visitor economy, and the positive working relationship between our departments to make it happen,” the note of thanks said. “The cruise sector presents significant opportunity for the immediate and longer term future, and the partnership with your team makes the delivery of this possible.”

Other DPTI teams will swing into action as passengers begin to arrive in Adelaide again. Take a look at the video below to see how DPTI helps move passengers from the terminal at Outer Harbor into the CBD.


Friday Flashback

This week’s Friday Flashback shows the telephone exchange at Adelaide Railway Station in 1929. Wireless was clearly not a thing.

Old photo of telephone exchange
Photo: History Trust of South Australia