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A Friday Note - 18 November 2016

Dear all

Many eyes have been on the skies over the past week, from last Friday’s destructive hailstorm to Monday’s clouded super moon.

SAFETY

No doubt we are certainly taking safety more seriously than ever before, but there’s still a lot of work to be done and it’s a continual process. Are we living a true safety culture, not taking a 9 to 5 approach? Are we leading by example and not ‘clocking off’ when we step out the office or have a break on site? Are we thinking broadly and not just in our own patch? It can be as simple as where we are crossing a road, to removing or mitigating obvious hazards and identified risks in an office or on site, or providing input into how we manage safety on our roads and public transport networks for everyone: Our customers, our staff and ourselves.

PROJECTS

The Torrens to Torrens team is about to reach another impressive milestone on the South Road upgrade with the opening of the Grange Road Bridge on Monday. Crews will spend the weekend dismantling the temporary signalised roundabout, which allowed construction of the bridge in the midst of busy traffic flows. Once the bridge is open, the team will be able to start excavating underneath to build the lowered motorway.

Over at Northern Connector, plans for South Australia’s first major concrete road will result in more local jobs and work for local businesses. The pavement solution will also reduce ongoing maintenance costs. Another example of how we’re partnering with industry to deliver benefits to our communities.

It is always heartening to see the completion of road works to improve safety both in the city and across our regions. One such project is the recently upgraded section of Horrocks Highway between Laura and Gladstone.

The shoulder sealing works will reduce the risk of run-off road crashes, while pavement reconstruction and resealing will extend the life of the road and improve ride quality.

BUS STOPS

As part of Operation Moving Traffic, we are investigating the location of bus stops along key service corridors in a bid to improve travel times. Have a look at our Bus Stop Management Plan and tell us what you think.

INNOVATION

DPTI’s inviting creative proposals that will accelerate the acceptance of driverless cars on Australian roads and position SA as a competitive test bed for autonomous and connected vehicles. It is a key driver for Adelaide’s Smart City initiative. Read all about it here.

SIMPLIFY DAY

This week the State Government held its inaugural Simplify Day to remove outdated and redundant legislation. It is aimed at improving our regulatory environment to support business and industry, and our department plays a vital role. Several reforms are being implemented and more ideas are being sought to help reduce red tape. Share your thoughts here.

YOUR VIEWS

The Employee Climate and Culture Survey 2016 has been launched with emails distributed today seeking your views on our department. The survey is an important platform to pinpoint our strengths, along with areas where we can improve. Ensure your voice is heard.

WHITE RIBBON

A reminder, next Friday is White Ribbon Day and our department is holding various activities including a special Lunch ‘n Learn Seminar. Please get behind this powerful initiative.

FAREWELL

It has been a pleasure for the department to host six Indonesian guests as part of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program. They’ve spent much of the past three weeks undertaking work placements across our business areas in line with their vocational interests. It has been a terrific cultural and professional exchange, with our staff benefiting from the experience just as much as our visitors.

Thank you to everyone involved in setting up work arrangements and to those who acted as host families. We wish our Indonesian friends all the best for a bright future.

WELL DONE

Great work by those who helped families get to and from last weekend’s Christmas Pageant, the busiest day on our public transport calendar.

Some of our people also braved the blustery conditions to escort Ye Olde Pageant Tram along the route, delighting thousands.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan