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A Friday note - 23 January 2015

Dear All,

The US is experiencing a deathly cold snap with significant snow fall and horrific road conditions as ice glazes most thoroughfares. Back home – please note your weekly weather report is not accompanied by warnings about hypothermia, although we have been experiencing some cooler weather than usual for this time of year.

SAFETY
Cycle fever is in full force.  Please take extreme care on the roads – both as a cyclist or as a motorist.  If you are getting away for the long weekend, please take care on the roads; take a break, be patient and drive to road conditions.  Road safety have launched two important campaigns this week one focusing on child restraints and a video reminding people that each fatality on our roads is more than a number. Both can be viewed here.

REJUVENATION
A number of staff have participated in the PSA member meetings regarding Performance Support Services’ proposed transition. It is critical that employee representatives continue to be engaged and involved in the consultation process and provide feedback as other proposed transitions and new business models are developed. If you are not represented by a union or association, please contact your General Manager directly to get involved and provide your feedback on any of the draft implementation plans presented.

TOUR DOWN UNDER
So many departmental staff have been involved in preparations for, and behind the scenes of, the Tour Down Under both as an employee or as a volunteer.  From the work done to reopen roads and ensure the safety of road users through to those promoting DPTI’s cycling initiatives and programs.  Your efforts have contributed to making the TDU the success it is.

STAFF RECOGNITION
I’d like to welcome Dylan Stephens and David Mitchell, the first of five staff members working with us through a partnership with Barkuma Inc.   Dylan and David will be working in Records Management. The partnership with Barkuma Inc is part of a Change @SA initiative aimed at increasing the workforce participation of people with an intellectual disability in the public sector.   Please make them feel welcome.

Well done to Standards Coordinator Emily Coombes. Emily kept calm when dealing with a serious situation, managing to alert senior staff and assist with subsequent enquiries. Her manner and professionalism in dealing with the situation was impressive.

Enjoy the long weekend.

Julienne TePohe
Chief Corporate Officer