Haese will be a huge loss to City Coun­cil

The Advertiser - - LETTERS -

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.

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