Haese will be a huge loss to City Council
TO say the revelation that incumbent Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese will not recontest the coming election is a big shock is an understatement.
On the eve of nominations closing for the November elections, Mr Haese has made the decision to not seek another four years in the top job at Town Hall for personal reasons.
This would have not been an easy decision to make. Mr Haese had already said he was running, had policies ready to roll out and even had started mailing out campaign brochures.
He would have started as a hot favourite to win the election, having impressed in his four years as Lord Mayor.
In an age where councils are increasingly coming under more scrutiny, and the public are not exactly enamoured with them, Mr Haese has come across as a truly likeable leader.
Entering a council where the poorly designed Frome St bikeway, slippery pavers on Hindley St and a lack of action on the former Le Cornu site in North Adel- aide were the big issues, Mr Haese has barely put a foot wrong.
Those issues have been addressed and there is generally more confidence in the current state of the city and how it is placed heading into the future.
Where once the capital city council would be all too ready to get into a fight with the State Government, there is now a more measured approach.
Apart from his incredible work rate, most people who work with Mr Haese say his ability to work with all sides of politics is the most impressive part of his leadership as Lord Mayor.
It is unsurprising that there has been speculation he could be offered a run at Federal or State politics, something he has consistently denied when asked.
But it is also apparent that Mr Haese is someone who just loves the city of Adelaide and wants it to be the best place it can be.
His decision has completely opened up the race for Town Hall and whoever gets the top job has big shoes to fill.