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A Friday Note - 10 November 2017

Dear all,

Summer is really starting to kick in back home, but it’s been much cooler in Hobart where the Transport and Infrastructure Council has been meeting.

SAFETY

More than 2000 of our employees have attended workshops for drug and alcohol awareness training, a terrific response and a credit to Andrew Sloan and Tony Hehir who have been running the sessions.

The feedback is overwhelming, based on Tony’s humour and relaxed style, which has put people at ease to absorb the message of achieving a safe workplace for all.

Further sessions are planned throughout December, including a weekend session with the Rider Safe workers.

Questions on prescription medication disclosure, on-call requirements, testing protocols, the definition of non-negative results and any other topic of interest is answered during each session.

The Drug and Alcohol Policy and Program is a key platform in our department’s safety-first culture and the education and awareness sessions an important first step.

If you have not already, register through ELMO to participate in a session. More information here.

As of midnight on Thursday, November 9, there had been 86 fatalities on South Australian roads so far this year.

LIFE AND DEATH

One of our colleagues approached me this week about the reporting of road fatalities. He lost a family member in a road crash and it is a permanent and ongoing issue for him and his family.

The reading each week of the fatalities distressed him in a different way to many others. When our colleague is ready he will write something for this note.

Of course, mere numbers don’t reflect the depth of despair many face. Please keep thinking about driving safely. One mistake can be awful.

INFRASTRUCTURE SUBMISSION

In the past week, the State Government presented a submission to Infrastructure Australia on priorities for initiatives throughout South Australia, including major public transport projects and metropolitan and regional road projects.

A power of work has gone into this submission from our department from a large number of people, headed by Scott Cooper’s team.

These potential projects have the potential to vastly improve the lives of people throughout the State, as well as providing a significant boost to local employment and the economy.

EUDUNDA BYPASS

Minister Brock yesterday officially opened the Heavy Vehicle Bypass at Eudunda, filling in another ‘missing link’ in the B-double freight network.

This new link, built by RC Goyder, improves the efficiency of freight movements in the Mid-North and Barossa regions especially for grain and livestock industries.  

This project addresses another of the key issues identified in the 90 Day Project ‘Improving Road Transport for the Agriculture Industry’.  
The 90-Day Project is a key partnership between DPTI, PRISA and Primary Producers SA that has already provided millions of dollars in benefits to the South Australian agricultural sector.

DPTI seeks to actively enhance the competiveness of the State’s Primary Producers by opening up new freight routes, including over 1,300 kilometres in recent weeks that now allow 36.5m Road train access from Burra to Roseworthy (Horrocks & Barrier Hwys), 36.5m Road train access from Eudunda to Kapunda (Thiele Hwy) and 42m Road train access from SA/WA Border to Two Wells (Eyre and Augusta Hwys).  

Freight access improvements are the result of the combined efforts of DPTI’s Planning & Transport Policy sections, Road and Marine Assets section, Infrastructure Delivery section, Vehicle Permits group, and Traffic Operations group.


The new link road looking towards the Thiele Highway

KNOWLEDGE SHARING

Staff at the Traffic Management Centre and members of the O-Bahn City Access Project team welcomed a delegation of representatives from the Jinan Urban and Rural Transport Commission, Shandong, China.

Our departmental representatives had the opportunity to present on the O-Bahn City Access Project, SCATS and AddInsight.

The delegation will also visit Victoria and New South Wales to learn of Australia’s experience in developing and implementing hybrid transportation systems and traffic intelligence systems.

Thank you to all our departmental staff who were a part of welcoming the delegation and sharing knowledge and experiences.

NORTHERN CONNECTOR

The Northern Connector Project this week unveiled their new cultural heritage display installed in the onsite Cafe de Kaurna.

The display was prepared in collaboration with the Kaurna Community and Heritage Association Board, with the display project led by Kaurna board members Lynette Crocker and Merle Simpson.

It aims to teach project staff and visitors in the cafe about the areas of cultural significance regarding the project area, as well some of the history of Kaurna people in the Adelaide metropolitan region.

The Northern Connector Project is exceeding its two per cent target for Indigenous employment with 11 per cent of total onsite labour hours completed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as at 31 October 2017.


Members of the Kaurna Community and Heritage Association, Merle Simpson, Cecil Graham and Lynette Crocker in Cafe de Kaurna.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY

This week’s Flashback Friday is of workers on Murray Bridge in around 1875.


State Library of SA B11708

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan