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Connect - 17 December 2021
Thanks for a great year
G'day. Well we're on the countdown to Christmas and it's been another big year, there's a lot that's been achieved and plenty for us to celebrate.
For some, it's about projects that they've been working on for a number of different years that have come to their ultimate conclusion with the opening of new schools or the opening of intersection upgrades.
For others on projects they're reaching important milestones, like on the North South Corridor where we just finalised the business case and the reference design.
For other teams who work in service delivery, or behind the scenes like here in the Traffic Management Center, there's the quiet satisfaction of knowing that they've sustained the delivery of essential and important services on a day-to-day basis throughout a variety of challenges and changing circumstances.
For many of us there's now an opportunity to take a break and spend some time doing those things outside of work that we enjoy and more time with those people in our lives that are important to us.
If you're in that fortunate position then please stay safe and have a great time. But let's all remember that we've got colleagues who are going to continue to work around the clock to sustain the services over the festive season on which the community depends.
Please join me in saying thank you to them for their tireless efforts, and for everyone thank you for a great year and I'll see you again in 2022.
Marine Safety gets a lift
One of our Marine Safety vessels has a new, permanent home at Outer Harbor following installation of a boat lift.
Not having to transport the vessel from Walkley Heights provides a tremendous increase in efficiency, meaning we have safer boarding, quicker response and easier maintenance.
The summer holiday season is the peak period for our Marine Safety Officers, so please have safety top of mind if you are boating or enjoying other water-based activities over the next few months. Our Marine Safety website is a must-visit site for information and weather updates.
NYE free travel
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and Adelaide Metro will once again be offering free travel on buses, trains and trams from 5pm on 31 December to between 6am and 8am on 1 January, depending on your route.
I encourage you to stay safe and find out more information on free travel for New Year’s Eve. Thank you to all staff involved for their hard work in delivering this vital public transport service.
Teaming up with the Toy Run
Last weekend, Department staff took the Think! Road Safety message to the 2021 Motorcycle Riders Association SA Toy Run.
Despite being a scaled back event due to Covid restrictions, the event was successful in gathering toy and financial donations for St Vincent de Paul to provide for families in need this Christmas.
As well as being a great cause for the community, our Think! Road Safety partnership with the MRA gives us a platform to engage with a key road user group – motorcyclists – and raise awareness on road safety issues.
Photo: Father Christmas with a Think! Road Safety sticker on his throne.
Making travel merry
On a much lighter note, it was good to see Torrens Transit driver Amy Hermann recognised in local media for her Christmas decorations on board the bus services she operates every December.
Amy recently spoke to the ABC about her annual tradition of dressing up Christmas and how she’s motivated by the joy she brings to our Adelaide Metro customers each year. You can listen to her interview by clicking on the image.
Supporting students’ learning journey
The annual Walpaara Anpa Awards is a departmental initiative for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Year 10 students that we should feel extremely proud of.
The awards are designed to encourage and support students who demonstrate leadership qualities and have strong aspirations to complete their schooling and progress into further study or employment.
Applications were received from across metropolitan and regional South Australia, with 15 successful students, represented by Mia Speed from Port Lincoln (below), receiving laptop computers to assist their continuing education.
Thank you for your support
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read Connect in 2021. This is the last edition for this year as many of us head off for a Christmas break.
Connect will be back in late January.
If you have any great stories to share for Connect in 2022, you can email your ideas to DIT.Connect@sa.gov.au
Today’s Friday Flashback Shows us how to party like it’s 1927. Have a great Christmas!
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