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A Friday Note - 2 December 2016

Dear all

Summer, at last.

SAFETY

The Fire Danger Season has also officially begun, with fire restrictions now in force state wide. Disturbingly, research shows only around half of vulnerable residents are aware they live in a bushfire-prone area. As a community, we need to recognise the danger.

HEAVY VEHICLE REFORM

With SA leading the nation in transferring responsibilities to the national regulator, the focus has moved to our remaining responsibilities. Mark Crossling and Angela Slagter are leading this work on my behalf. Industry are over the moon that we are looking to bring a fresh common sense approach to safety and access instead of inflexible, prescriptive approaches of the past.

The national law now provides road managers with flexibility to make heavy vehicle access decisions in the interest of productivity and efficiency using a risk-based approach to ensure there are no adverse community impacts or significant risk to public safety or infrastructure. I have challenged the Heavy Vehicle Access Reform Group to adopt this risk-based approach and embrace the department’s ‘bias for yes’ to encourage the efficiency and safety of the heavy vehicle industry in our state. I have asked the group to undertake this task by 1 January 2017.

DID YOU KNOW?

TECHNOLOGY
Our MetroMATE app is under testing to see what improvements we can make before rolling out the first phase to the public soon

OPERATION MOVING TRAFFIC
OMT actions so far include: right turn ban from Richmond Rd to Anzac Hwy, extension of right turn lane on Portrush Rd at the intersection with Magill Rd, extended clearway times on Greenhill Rd, road works portal operational with all traffic management companies submitting applications through it

ROAD ASSETS
Approx 100 lane km was resealed/resurfaced in 2015-16 with approx 70 lane km scheduled for 2016-17 under the Critical Road Improvement Program; approx 547 lane km was resealed/rehabilitated in 2015-16 under the Road Rehabilitation and Resurfacing Program with proposed works for 294 lane km on the state network and 156 lane km on the national network

SERVICE
We are coordinating an event to recognise staff with 25+ years of service in the public sector; watch this space

COUNTRY CABINET
After a highly successful Country Cabinet in Whyalla and the central outback last week, plans are well advanced for the next regional gathering which will focus on the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island

PLANNING PORTAL

A new website marks the first step in a one-stop portal for the State’s planning system which is undergoing its biggest overhaul in more than 20 years. Over the coming months, it will reshape how practitioners and communities engage with the new planning system as the tools that support the legislation are implemented. Well done to the team behind it; have a look through the site here.

FESTIVAL PLAZA

To support the redevelopment of Festival Plaza, the northern doors of the Adelaide Railway Station will be closed from next Tuesday for approximately 12 months. Passengers will need to exit and enter via North Terrace. More here.

WHITE RIBBON

Thank you to staff for generating awareness of violence against women to mark White Ribbon Day last week. DPTI invited White Ribbon Ambassador, Ivan Phillips to share stories from his epic drive to highlight the campaign by riding his motorbike around Australia. Hear his powerful words here.

WELCOME

45 Undergraduate Vacation Employment Students have started work experience across the department – from the CBD to Dry Creek, Walkley Heights, Mile End and even Kangaroo Island.

We wish them all the best over the next 12 weeks and look forward to their fresh ideas and innovative approaches.

WELL DONE

The Roadworks Bill passed the Lower House this week, a fantastic effort by our legislation experts and many others. The next stages include going through the Upper House, drafting the Regulations, updating standards, appointing authorised officers and much more. There is plenty of work to do but this is a giant step forward.

Graduate engineer Teodora Dragomirescu is to be commended for her volunteer work with the Encounter Youth Green Team during Schoolies festivities in Victor Harbor. Last weekend, she had to administer CPR to a teenage girl until a paramedic took over, the first time she had performed the life-saving technique.

IN THE COMMUNITY

As we did last year, DPTI is supporting the Hutt St Centre by donating essential items to help those less fortunate. Please give generously before December 15.  RMH foyer and the Library on level 12 at Grenfell St.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan