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A Friday Note - 19 September 2015

Dear all,

A fantastic start to the week with the announcement of $985 million to deliver the Northern Connector road as part of the 78 kilometre North-South Corridor.

Our Department is driving this project to connect the already completed Northern Expressway and South Road Superway links to provide an unimpeded journey from Gawler to Regency Park. This will help move people and goods around more efficiently, improve safety for all road users, and provide hundreds of jobs for South Australians in the construction phase.

CLIMATE CHANGE STRATEGY

The Premier and Ministers Hunter and Koutsantonis have jointly announced the establishment of a SA Low Carbon Economy Experts Panel to advise Government on climate change policy, including how to secure the best economic opportunities for the State.

This announcement also included the launch of public consultation for a new Climate Change Strategy and Low Carbon Investment Plan for South Australia. Go to http://yoursay.sa.gov.au/climatechange for more information about how you can get involved.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Fortunately nobody was hurt in yesterday’s truck fire at Manningham, but the incident served as a reminder of the vital role our Traffic Management area plays in monitoring our roads.  Of equal importance is how we work with Emergency Services to manage such incidents. Below is a photo of SES members visiting the Traffic Management Centre at Norwood to cement this partnership in emergency management.

On a related topic I recently returned from a community meeting in Noarlunga on Tuesday night and the police drug dogs and police officers were out in force at Adelaide rail station. A great collaborative effort with our police force to improve safety on our rail system.

PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT OFFICE IMPLEMENTATION

Work to implement the Portfolio Management Office (PMO) is progressing.  Its remit is to maximise our investment on our strategic objectives and priorities. A number of senior people have been thrashing out the substance of the office and how it will operate. I’m excited about the outcomes for all South Australians who will benefit from a whole of portfolio approach to the delivery of initiatives. Information and updates on the PMO are available here.

REJUVENATION

I’m pleased to hear that transition for Performance Support Services is progressing well and you’ve been asking questions in the information sharing sessions. Consider attending a session if you haven’t already and keep informed. Your questions and their answers can be found in the updated FAQ Performance Support Services.

REGIONAL VISITS

It’s great to hear our senior leaders are making their way across regional areas. The People and Business Executive team is looking forward to meeting our Port Augusta team next Friday, with other locations to follow.

SAFETY & CULTURE

In addition to my note on long hours last week I just want to remind staff that overtime should only be worked with prior approval from Managers (unless in emergency circumstances etc).  Remember to keep a work life balance perspective.

Have a good weekend.

Michael Deegan

Chief Executive