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A Friday Note - 06 of January 2017

Dear all

While the weather is hot, think about all our staff out there building and maintaining roads, rail and construction jobs. Drink plenty of water and keep safe. Our outback crews are also facing significant challenges as an aftermath of the extraordinary recent rains.

THANKS

A special thanks to everyone involved in restoring services after yet more violent storms.  Many of our staff, like the rest of the community, were without power for a considerable time but were also out removing trees and getting traffic lights, rail services etc back up. Resources were stretched at a time when many were on leave and I want to thank each person who went over and above their normal tasks.

Thanks as well to our public transport workers and front line staff who have gone the extra mile in providing services for New Year’s Eve, cruise ship passengers and cricket matches at Adelaide Oval. We manage a 365 day-a-year operation which can only be achieved through the dedication of our people.

PROJECTS

While many are taking advantage of traditional “quiet time” and enjoying deserved leave, it is an extremely busy month for those in project delivery undertaking various rail works along the Outer Harbor and Grange lines worth in excess of $44m. On top of the Torrens to Torrens rail overpass across South Road, the program includes:

*A $4m upgrade of the century-old Port River rail bridge
*Replacement of track on the Grange line between Woodville Station and Port Road
*Essential maintenance works on three level crossings
*Upgrades at eight stations
*Early works for the Torrens Junction Rail Project
*Signal and power cable replacement
*Vegetation and weed control
*Rail Care artworks

See the full details here. It is an incredible undertaking. We wish our project teams well and thank our customers for their patience while we carry out these vital works. Safety for all remains paramount and I want us to continue to pay attention to working safely.

ROAD TOLL

South Australia has recorded its lowest road toll on record with 87 fatalities in 2016, compared with 102 in 2015. It is progress, but any tragedy is one too many. We must maintain the effort through a safe systems approach. We commend DPTI staff and those in our partner agencies who strive to keep people safe and minimise harm. I look forward to seeing further progress in 2017.

WELL DONE

Kylie Taylor and her team in the Office for Recreation and Sport continue to churn out grass roots success stories, overseeing the delivery of important grants to clubs and organisations across the state. Read the latest achievement here.
Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan