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Martin Haese candidate for Adelaide Lord Mayor:
Bring down the fences on O’Connell Street for the community

Posted: 24 October 2014 Author: Martin Haese

Lord Mayoral candidate Martin Haese will work with the North Adelaide community and the owner of the former Le Cornu site on O’Connell Street to break the 25 year impasse to bring the down the iron fences.

In contrast to Councillor Mark Hamilton’s recent statement for Adelaide City Council to compulsorily acquire the site, Martin states that Adelaide City Council has no authority upon which to deliver such a promise unless endorsed by the State Government. Martin suggests that Adelaide is more likely to enter an “ice age” before which time Council and the State Government would compulsorily acquire the Le Cornu site.

“Any suggestion by Councillor Hamilton that the council will compulsorily acquire the former Le Cornu site would seem to be nothing more than a hollow gesture. Also, has anyone asked where the money is coming from as council already has too much debt.”said Martin. 

  Mr Haese says that if elected as Lord Mayor one of his top priorities will be to work with the owner of the former Le Cornu site to ensure a development proposal is put forward that meets with widespread community support.

“I will work will all stakeholders to ensure that the project meets the needs of the North   Adelaide community and the wider audience that it must attract to be viable.” said  Martin.

Should the owners of the site put forward a proposal which wins community support and proceed with construction, Martin will advocate for an appropriate upgrade to the   streetscape of O’Connell Street.

John Blunt, CEO of the Makris Group who owns the former Le Cornu site said, “We       welcome Martin’s suggestion for an upgrade to the streetscape as it will benefit the    entire community. We look forward to working closely with any Lord Mayoral candidate     that has a positive vision for North Adelaide.”

Martin has been meeting with residents and business owners around O’Connell Street since June and says this is an important issue for the people of North Adelaide and the wider community of Adelaide.

“O’Connell Street was once the pride and joy of the City of Adelaide and is now tired with an unacceptably high vacancy rate. O’Connell Street will respond well to improvements including lighting, public art and higher quality public amenity. There isa great opportunity here for the streetscape to complement the overall quality and character of North Adelaide.” said Mr Haese.

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Martin Haese candidate for Adelaide Lord Mayor:
Martin’s youth focus continues

Posted: 27 October 2014 Author: Martin Haese

Lord Mayoral candidate and founder of the Youthworks retail chain Martin Haese gives a nod to a number of Stephen Yarwood’s youth initiatives but says the next term of council must do even more to retain and attract youth to the city.

Having employed hundreds of people under the age of 25, Martin has considerable experience in youth issues, but also says that he “does not have a monopoly on good ideas.”

While Martin supports the incumbent Mayor’s vision for vibrancy in the City of Adelaide, he states that vibrancy without meaningful career options could soon become a hollow promise. Consistent with Martin’s focus to strengthen the city economy, he says a number of things must be done differently.

The first is inclusiveness: With such diversity of thinking amongst the city’s demographic groups, Martin states that he will lead a more inclusive council which welcomes new ideas from everyone about how to retain our youth.

“It is abundantly clear that the older generations are just as worried about the lack of opportunity for our youth. One parent recently described herself as a “grieving mother” after her children had moved interstate for work,” said Martin.

The next is innovation: After WWII, Britain famously used the phrase “export or die” to encourage business to look offshore for their customers. Today, Martin suggests that the City of Adelaide must “innovate or face decline.”

“Doing things better and smarter must become a quiet obsession for every person in the City of Adelaide. Innovation attracts customers, investment and jobs,” said Martin.

The third is sectors: Martin will prioritise the growth of city-centric sectors such as education, arts, sport, technology, tourism, research and the creative industries as key drivers of the city economy. He will also make things easier for more people to visit the city to provide a welcome boost for our retail, hospitality and service based businesses.

“Jobs growth will happen in the knowledge and service industries and council must make it easier for more people to visit the city to create greater demand,” said Martin.

As a former President of the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation, founder of a national youth retail business and recent Rundle Mall chief who has taught entrepreneurship to MBAs for 6 years, Martin has some very definite ideas on how to build the City of Adelaide’s entrepreneurial ecosystem:

And lastly, the environment, amenity and infrastructure: It is clear that quality of life, amenity and infrastucture are leading factors in retaining youth. Martin will prioritise co-working spaces, transport options, affordable housing, greening and sustainable practices, public wi-fi, technology, creative industries, services to youth, the evening economy, entertainment, city living, safety, public art, skate parks and wide ranging digital solutions to name only a few

“Adelaide must be smart, united, determined and authentic in its quest to build a city that retains and attacts youth,” said Martin.

If elected as Lord Mayor, Martin will also establish a youth forum, which provides a voice for the city’s youth and influences council policy on related matters.  

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Martin Haese candidate for Adelaide Lord Mayor:
Martin’s ‘Great Debate’ speech at PCA function at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Thursday 16 October 2014

Posted: 21 October 2014 Author: Martin Haese

Ladies and Gentlemen,

For those who take a keen interest in the future of the business sector, this Adelaide City Council election strikes to two important things;

  1. The economy
  2. and the role that the City of Adelaide must play in leading change to improve it

In the absence of growth, how will the Adelaide City Council ever pay for all of the other equally important social, community and infrastructure initiatives that it must provide for the city and its people? In the absence of growth, they will tax you. You will pay higher rates.

It was not that long ago that South Australia commanded well over 8% of the national economy. We are now on our way to 6% and falling. Long before that, South Australia was in fact the third most important state in the nation. Are we going to sit back and accept that the City of Adelaide and South Australia are going to fade into national obscurity? I am not and neither are you. This is why you are here today and this is why I am here today.

I would like to talk with you about history, language, culture & vision

History
The City of Adelaide was the first Municipal Government in Australia. Per capita, South Australia was also one of the wealthiest places on the planet. At the time, South Australia attracted many migrants who were builders, craftsman, entrepreneurs, artists and risk takers. Such was our optimism in the early years that the words written in Latin under the crest of the City of Adelaide translate to “united for the common good.” History can teach us a lot; so can language.

Language
The Adelaide of today is vastly different to that in the 1800s and the 1900s. Thankfully, we now have many voices. Those voices can be heard in Greek, Italian, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Bahasa, Hindi, German, Thai, Korean, Arabic, Cantonese, Hebrew, indigenous and so many more – and the City of Adelaide is richer for it.

However, we are far from realising our potential as a city and must ask why?

Culture
Make no mistake; culture always comes from the top. I want to lead a Council and a city that get things done. I want to lead a Council that that focuses on outcomes instead of obsessing over processes. I want to lead a city that builds;

  1. Community
  2. Capacity
  3. Innovation
  4. Excitement
  5. Employment
  6. Investment
  7. A city that builds its residential base
  8. A city that builds buildings

Something has gone seriously astray with the culture of the Adelaide City Council as I have come across very few people enjoy doing business with it. The elected members blame the administration and the administration blames the elected members – and, if these guys cannot even get on the same page, what hope do you have? Culture starts at the top and if elected as Lord Mayor, I will lead a very different Council.

Vision
If elected as Lord Mayor, I will work with you to build the City of Adelaide into Australia’s most innovative city. Together, we will innovate in the key sectors of;

  1. Education
  2. Entrepreneurship
  3. Arts
  4. Sport
  5. Tourism
  6. Entertainment
  7. Financial services
  8. Health
  9. Research and development
  10. Professional services
  11. Retail
  12. Property
  13. Technology
  14. Design
  15. Sustainable practices

These are all city-centric sectors and we must focus on them – often in conjunction with the State Government. We will not build Australia’s largest city, instead we will build Australia’s smartest city – and YOU will each contribute to that.

But, we must have money. We must attract investment and build greater prosperity. I believe that capital follows innovation. In fact, investment capital needs innovation – and will find it.

That means more people will want to live, work and play in the City of Adelaide – and that creates opportunity for all. It means that we provide jobs, retain our youth and build confidence. More importantly, it means that we move from being a state that repeatedly gets kicked in the stomach, stands up and has a sense of pride about who we are and where we are going. 

Experience
My opponents will label me as inexperienced;

Instead, I have very different experiences. I have built businesses from nothing. I have employed over 500 people over a period of 10 years. I have won contracts and lost contracts. I have built companies and sold companies. I have had good times and tough times. I manufactured in China, India and Indonesia. As GM of Rundle Mall, I have secured Public Holiday trading exclusively for the City of Adelaide ($60M). I have united 700 retailers and many property owners and led the precinct through a period of protracted change which has since yielded in excess of $450M of private investment. I am the Chairman of the world’s largest historic motoring event, teach entrepreneurship to MBAs and been a long time advocate for mainstreets.  

However, I continue to see both opportunity and frustration amongst the community.

My strategic vision for the City of Adelaide:

“By 2018, the City of Adelaide will be a compelling place to live, visit, invest, grow a business, work, learn and play. The elected members and administration will be renowned for their customer and community service, responsiveness and professionalism.”  

Summary
Please choose who you would prefer to lead your city.

If we do not do some things differently, we will continue to get what we have got.

Thank you

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Martin Haese candidate for Adelaide Lord Mayor:
From Town Hall to Community Hall

Posted: 13 October 2014 Author: Martin Haese

Martin Haese to bring Town Hall to the community

Martin plans to;

  1. Bring Town Hall to the people and explore the potential of holding a number of Council meetings in community venues across the city every year

    “By bringing Council out of Town Hall and amongst the people, it will soon break down the barriers and include the community who we are representing” said Martin

  2. Martin says that Chinatown is the logical place to start as it has been largely ignored by the current term of Council

    “If we were to hold a Council Meeting in Chinatown, I could guarantee that the public gallery would be full to capacity!” said Martin

  3. After listening to the City of Adelaide’s diverse residential, cultural and commercial communities, Martin says that Council must do considerably more to include everyone on the journey of building a better city  

    “In recent years, the City of Adelaide is littered with a multitude of planning disasters. As we have seen, Council is then immediately on the back foot defending its position and the community becomes even more divided. It does not take a rocket scientist to realise that there is something gravely wrong with the system. A more inclusive style of leadership is now needed.” 

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Martin Haese candidate for Adelaide Lord Mayor:
Martin Haese to tune in an info service called ‘Welcome Adelaide’

Posted: 9 October 2014 Author: Martin Haese

Lord Mayoral candidate Martin Haese is proposing the creation of a new radio station, app or information service for the City of Adelaide called ‘Welcome Adelaide’.

Consistent with Martin’s objective of making things easier for people to visit the city, the radio station would be an Adelaide City Council sponsored initiative that would play 24 hours a day, 7 days week with pre-recorded and possibly live segments.

The programming would feature information for residents, shoppers and visitors to the City of Adelaide with public information that will make their visit, stay or living in the city easier.

Information available on the radio station would include parking availability at UParks and all other car park across the city, events happening in the city, public transport information, road closures, road works and any other relevant information. It would fill a void not previously addressed and would not compete with the commercial networks.

“My aim for Welcome Adelaide is to make things safer and easier for people to come to the City of Adelaide,” said Martin Haese.

“This is a true community service. A radio station like this would be low cost with a maximum effect of getting information out there to visitors and residents,” continued Mr Haese.

Examples of successful information based radio stations are found around regional Australia. There was also a successful radio station developed for LAX airport some years ago which was a popular means of helping travellers make their way to the airport and keep up to date with flight schedules and parking conditions.

“I believe that Welcome Adelaide could be a great asset for the City of Adelaide and most importantly will help break down the barriers for people to come into the city. It’s adds a personal touch and will improve tourism, retail and hospitality within the City of Adelaide. It could even provide an opportunity for an enterprising individual to set it up for Council” concluded Martin.

From now until the election, Martin is out in the City of Adelaide meeting and listening to residents and business owners, encouraging residents and business people to vote when they receive their ballot papers between 20 – 25 October. Further information about Martin Haese and his campaign www.martinhaese.com

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Martin Haese candidate for Adelaide Lord Mayor:
City of Adelaide needs an independent Lord Mayor to lead

Posted: 3 October 2014 Author: Martin Haese

Lord Mayoral candidate Martin Haese believes that the City of Adelaide needs an independent leader, one free from political bias and one that shifts the focus back to listening to the needs of the community and towards getting things done.

“I encourage anyone that is not happy with the decisions made by the current Lord Mayor and wants meaningful change to strongly consider my vote because I represent a new approach for the future of the City of Adelaide.”

With Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood’s very public endorsement by Premier Jay Weatherill and two other Mayoral candidates who have been serving on Council for a combined total of 22 years, the time is overdue to move forward with a leader who brings fresh ideas.

Martin Haese comes to the role free from political bias, baggage and factional alliances and brings a highly inclusive approach. He has a sense of possibility of what can be done and a clear vision for making the City of Adelaide a better place.

“I have extensive community and commercial experience and many new ideas to make Adelaide a more dynamic city. I will work with the residents, business people, fellow elected members, government, opposition and media in more imaginative and consultative ways than the current Lord Mayor has even considered.”

There are several other Councils across metropolitan Adelaide with successful Mayors who had not previously sat on Council. Mayor John Trainer from West Torrens Council and Port Adelaide-Enfield Mayor Gary Johanson are both very good examples.

Martin Haese has the experience to lead a new Council. He is a city resident, entrepreneur, educator and experienced in local, national and international business. Over a period of 15 years, he built and sold a large retail chain. Recently, he has led the Rundle Mall Management Authority where he was instrumental in securing Public Holiday trading in the City of Adelaide. His company, Retail IQ, works with local governments and property groups in Australia and Asia.

“I have the character, experience, education and business acumen to deliver better social, economic and environmental solutions for this city to flourish.

“I am in touch with the issues because I am a long term resident and I started a business right here. My aim is to strengthen communication with the ratepayers and the community and to unify the Council. I will work in a transparent manner and build shared goals that benefit the people of Adelaide.”

“I am all about listening and getting results. I have zero tolerance for spin,” concluded Martin Haese.

From now until the election, Martin is out in the City of Adelaide meeting and listening to residents and business owners. Mr Haese is also encouraging residents and business people to vote when they receive their ballot papers between 20 – 25 October.

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Martin Haese candidate for Adelaide Lord Mayor:
Attention Adelaide City Council – North Adelaide needs your help!

Posted: 26 September 2014 Author: Martin Haese

View Martin’s video presentation for North Adelaide: https://vimeo.com/user13565292/review/107225818/5202e7e8f4

Independent Lord Mayoral candidate Martin Haese announces today that part of his vision in becoming Lord Mayor for the City of Adelaide is to prioritise North Adelaide via the implementation of a Five Point Plan. Martin says that he is appalled and shocked at the declining state of North  Adelaide’s safety, amenity, roads and retail precincts.

“It seems that the Lord Mayor has completely taken his eye off the ball in North Adelaide. This area is far from being the protected enclave that some say it is. Instead, parts of North Adelaide are woefully sub-standard.” said Martin

  1. Improve safety immediately

    The former Rundle Mall chief states that Adelaide City Council have been asleep at the wheel when it comes to providing the residents and business owners of North Adelaide with a safe and    secure environment in which to live and trade.

    Having already door knocked much of North Adelaide Martin says that he is deeply shocked to learn that parents will drive very short distances to collect their teenage children due to their concerns about safety in North Adelaide.

    Martin says that he will commission an audit of North Adelaide’s lighting and footpaths as an immediate first step should he be elected as Lord Mayor.

     “Providing a safe and secure environment in North Adelaide for our children, residents, elderly, traders, students, workers and visitors is non-negotiable. It is a core function of local government and Adelaide City Council needs to pull up its socks” said Mr Haese.

    Martin says that he has met retirees and elderly in North Adelaide who have expressed their concern about the dire state of some of the footpaths.

    “Ensuring that North Adelaide’s footpaths are well maintained in order to avoid falls must   take priority. It is time for the Adelaide City Council to get back to the basics of good local government.”

    If elected as Lord Mayor, Martin will make sure that North Adelaide’s streets and neighbouring Parklands are safe, clean and attractive places to be during the day or night.

  2. Fix the roads

    After walking much of North Adelaide over recent weeks and months, Martin says that he is regularly shocked by the rapidly deteriorating state of the roads.

    North Adelaide is widely considered to be a premium residential area. However, Martin says that in many capital cities it would be intolerable for comparable areas to suffer from such pronounced safety issues and poor road maintenance as North Adelaide clearly does.

    “Once I have improved safety, I will then turn my attention to fixing North Adelaide’s roads” said Martin. “As a former resident of Gover Street, I find it quite incredible that North Adelaide’s level of basic infrastructure has deteriorated to such as significant degree”.

    “I have heard Clr Anne Moran voicing her concerns for North Adelaide and after walking the entire area, I can only agree with her. It is time to re-set Council’s priorities and to get the basics right ” said Martin. If elected as Lord Mayor, Martin will commission an audit of North Adelaide’s roads and ensure that sufficient resources are allocated toward fixing them without further delay. 

  3. Prioritise O’Connell Street and Melbourne Street

    Martin states that Adelaide City Council’s protracted lack of attention toward O’Connell Street and Melbourne Street are further examples of Council sidelining the needs of North Adelaide. As a retail expert, entrepreneur and former Rundle Mall chief, Martin says he has the insight and expertise on how to improve the fortunes of North Adelaide’s mainstreets.

    Referring to O’Connell Street and Melbourne Street as “gateways” to the City of Adelaide, Martin says that “first impressions count and Council has failed to realise the significant opportunity that these streets offer.” 

    Martin refers to a recent article in the Sunday Mail where cafe owner Robert Barbaro laments the state of O’Connell Street. “As a former retailer myself, I do not blame Robert Barbaro at all for voicing his concerns that O’Connell Street has seen better days. Objectively, I can only agree with him. It is time for some positive change.”

    If elected as Lord Mayor, Martin says he will;

    • Engage with the owners of the Le Cornu site to ensure that a development proposal is put forward that meets with widespread community support
    • Investigate the opportunity to upgrade O’Connell Street’s footpaths and streetscape. If the owners of the Le Cornu site put forward an appropriate development plan that attracts widespread community support and then gets on with the project, Martin says that the Adelaide City Council should respond with improvements to the streetscape
    • Implement a retail strategy to attract more people to O’Connell Street and Melbourne Street including finding ways to ensure that the traders benefit from Adelaide Oval
    • Re-direct a portion of Council’s marketing budget toward actively promoting North Adelaide’s hotel, restaurant, cafe and retail districts
    • Instigate more retail friendly car parking regimes across parts of North Adelaide
    • Investigate an appropriate and sensible expansion of the Dunn Street car park (off Melbourne Street)
  4. Heritage & Development

    If elected as Lord Mayor, Martin says that he will find the balance between supporting new development of aesthetic integrity and fighting to protect and enhance the significant heritage character of North Adelaide.”

    Martin says that North Adelaide’s heritage character is its greatest asset and like the Parklands, must be protected. “Having recently met several residents who have benefitted from the Heritage Incentive Scheme, I must give credit where credit is due. Council got this right.”

    Martin further suggests that the City of Adelaide’s heritage buildings are a source of untapped tourism potential.

  5. Protect the Parklands

    Martin says that William Light’s plan for a ‘city within a park’ was visionary.

    In the future, more than ever, the city will need to protect the Parklands as a place for the men and women of Adelaide and their children to meet and recreate. In a time of increasing urban density, we must maintain safe, green, clean, attractive and friendly areas for us all to enjoy.

    If elected as Lord Mayor, Martin will ensure that the Parklands are maintained to the highest standard, the verges to the Parklands are adequately lit, investigate ways of placing the Adelaide Aquatic Centre on a more stable financial footing and ensure that Creswell and Pennington Gardens are re-instated to their former glory.

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Martin Haese candidate for Adelaide Lord Mayor:
Save our Shops (SOS)

Posted: 19 September 2014 Author: Martin Haese

Lord Mayoral candidate, entrepreneur, educator and retail champion Martin Haese says the traders in the City of Adelaide’s mainstreets, small streets, markets, malls and arcades are the lifeblood of the city and the Adelaide City Council must act decisively to prioritise the needs of this important sector.        

The retail and hospitality sectors contribute in excess of $1.5 billion in annual sales to the city economy and employ up to 15% of the City of Adelaide’s workforce. Occupying over 300,000 square metres of space, the retail and hospitality sectors are significant occupiers of city property.

With CBD retail vacancy rates approaching 5%, rising unemployment across the State and
e-commerce accounting for 6.5% of Australia’s annual retail spending, Martin says now is the time for Adelaide City Council to bring more people to the city to provide a welcome boost to the city’s cash registers.

Having built one of Australia’s most innovative fashion retail chains (Youthworks), taught retail studies to university students, travelled widely, spoken on the topic in Asia, a former General Manager of Rundle Mall, a respected retail advisor and candidate for Lord Mayor of the City of Adelaide, Martin has some informed views on how to save our shops.

Martin was a key driver in working collaboratively to secure Public Holiday trading for the City of Adelaide – an outcome that Martin says delivers in excess of $60M per annum to the city’s retail sector.

Recognising that many retailers are struggling to make ends meet in today’s competitive environment, if elected as Lord Mayor, Martin will “force open the doors of Town Hall, welcome in the city’s retail and hospitality operators and prioritise these sectors as prime movers in the city economy.” 

Martin Haese’s decisive plan to Save our Shops (SOS) is:

  1. Adelaide City Council must prioritise retail and hospitality as providing key points of social, cultural and commercial difference for the city. The retail and hospitality sectors are key drivers in attracting more people to live, shop, learn, work, play, visit and invest in the City of Adelaide.
  2. Encourage greater uniqueness. Attract small, medium and large operators who provide the city with greater point of difference.
  3. Scrap the car parking tax. Martin describes this proposed tax as “a sure fire way to strike a fatal blow to the city’s retailers.” Martin expresses dismay that Council has been “mute” about this proposed State Government imposed tax and says that it’s yet another example of  “Council’s lack of understanding and empathy for the hard working business people in the City of Adelaide”.
  4. Support local businesses. Local operators are one the city’s greatest strengths. Council must play a more active role in supporting the city’s network of established small businesses. Martin advocates for greater support to be offered to Renew Adelaide in recognition of the important role it plays in facilitating retail start-ups
  5. Put a stop to the polarising debate between cars and bicycles. Welcome more people into the City of Adelaide and its mainstreets and respect whatever mode of transport they choose.
  6. Build a vision for the future of the Adelaide Central Market and Central Market Arcade. This important part of the city will feature prominently in the next term of Council
  7. Attract a number of key international retailers to the city. Nespresso, Apple, Jamie Oliver and Tiffany are a great start. Let’s bring others
  8. Instigate retail friendly car parking regimes across the city. Car parking repeatedly comes up as the single biggest reason why people do not visit the city. Let’s face facts and solve this by finding constructive ways of rewarding customers who support our retailers and fill the city’s car parking stations
  9. Join the dots with the Adelaide Oval. The redevelopment of Adelaide Oval has been widely celebrated. However, the retail and hospitality community are yet to experience the full benefits. Let’s explore better ways of making sure that our retail and hospitality operators gain from 50,000 extra potential customers 
  10. Celebrate South Australian goods, services and produce. Attract local retail icons to the city and forge greater ties with tourism
  11. Never shy away from providing customers with the highest quality goods and customer service. There are no excuses for poor quality or poor service. Acknowledge and celebrate those retailers who go above and beyond
  12. Widely promote public holiday trading as a key point of difference for the City of Adelaide. Martin says that this is a key source of competitive advantage for the City of Adelaide and must be aggressively promoted
  13. Go digital. Embrace everything that today’s digital environment has to offer
  14. Assist Council’s network of Precinct Groups. The Precinct Groups are a valuable link between Council and the city’s mainstreet communities. Recognising that many people volunteer their time, Council can provide greater support
  15. Improve the public realm. The visual appeal and ambience of our streets plays a large role in attracting and retaining people in our retail precincts. If elected as Lord Mayor, Martin will commission an audit of the City of Adelaide’s mainstreets to find opportunities for improved lighting, seating, public art and amenity
  16. Upgrade O’Connell Street. If elected as Lord Mayor, Martin will investigate the opportunity to upgrade O’Connell Street’s public realm. If the owners of the Le Cornu site were to put forward an appropriate development plan that attracts widespread community support and then gets on with the project, Martin says that the Adelaide City Council should respond with improvements to the streetscape
  17. Activate the evening economy. Martin suggests that retaining people in the city after working hours and welcoming more people on weekends has numerous benefits including improved safety, a more cosmopolitan atmosphere and will stimulate greater demand for city living. Martin also advocates that the needs of city residents must always be taken into consideration
  18. Inside and outside. What happens outside the shops is just as important as what happens inside. Martin supports a vibrant schedule of events, festivals and activities throughout the calendar year
  19. Less red tape and more green lights.  Streamline and fast track the time taken to approve retail fit outs, outdoor dining and signage applications
  20. Set up an investment attraction unit at Adelaide City Council. Ensure that Adelaide City Council has the appropriate expertise to forecast demand, collate data, engage with retail and hospitality professionals, work with the property sector and attract retail, hospitality and other businesses to the City of Adelaide
  21. Engage with non-retail sectors such as education, arts, sport, leisure tourism and business conferencing as drivers of retail sales
  22. Work as a team, set clear goals, measure the results and celebrate the successes of our retailers with an annual awards program

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Martin Haese candidate for Adelaide Lord Mayor:
Adelaide must lift its EQ

Posted: 3 September 2014 Author: Martin Haese

Lord Mayoral candidate Martin Haese says that the Adelaide City Council must encourage and attract greater innovation, entrepreneurship and investment capital.

“Whilst small business plays a very important role in providing goods and services, creating employment, occupying premises and generating tax receipts for all levels of government, the City of Adelaide’s entrepreneurs and the ecosystem that develops around them will enable Adelaide to make its mark on the world stage” says Martin Haese.

Having started, built and sold a number of local and national businesses, a founding member of the Entrepreneurs' Organisation in SA and having worked as an entrepreneurship lecturer for MBA students with the Australian Institute of Business over the last 5 years, Martin Haese has walked the entrepreneurial journey and now wants to help the city’s entrepreneurs and start-up community stake their claim.

As a candidate for Lord Mayor of the City of Adelaide in the upcoming local government elections, Martin has some informed views on how the City of Adelaide’s ‘EQ’ can help define the city’s future prosperity.

Martin Haese’s bold plan to build the City of Adelaide’s entrepreneurial capacity is:

  1. Adelaide City Council must lead by example by setting a goal to become Australia’s most innovative, efficient and responsive local government
  2. The City of Adelaide will look more outwardly and engage with the world. In doing so, the city will attract entrepreneurs and investment capital from across the region
  3. As Lord Mayor, I will invite entrepreneurs, Business-SA, Government, Opposition, Universities, media, education providers and industry groups to the table to build a joint-policy platform for positioning Adelaide as a “city of opportunity”
  4. I will advocate for the City of Adelaide to become Australia and Asia’s gateway city for innovation and entrepreneurship
  5. Adelaide City Council to provide greater in-kind resources to assist the start-up community
  6. Increase and improve Adelaide City Council’s focus, resources and education programs to support entrepreneurs
  7. Set up an investment attraction unit at Adelaide City Council
  8. Draw upon the City of Adelaide’s existing sister city relationships to develop commercial relationships
  9. Unlock vacant property in the City of Adelaide and encourage its use for start-up ventures
  10. Increase support for organisatoins such as Renew Adelaide in recognition of the valuable role that they play in catalysing new business
  11. Support and develop sectors that bring more people to the city such as tourism and conferencing
  12. Reduce the barriers to entry and make things easier for more people to access the city
  13. Learn from other cities such as Berlin and hold conferences and annual events that stimulate entrepreneurial thought and bring like minded people together
  14. Advocate for the State Government to put “South Australia – State of Opportunity” on our vehicle number plates
  15. Advocate for the creation of a state and federal government funded grants program that co-invests with the private sector in early stage growth companies in the City of Adelaide that are aligned with the state’s strategic goals
  16. Focus on and incentivise companies that employ South Australians and sell to world markets
  17. Less red tape and more green lights

Like everything in business, Martin says that the results must be measured. By establishing some robust metrics around the performance of our entrepreneurial ecosystem, we can then benchmark our performance against other cities across the world ... only then can we benchmark the City of Adelaide’s Entrepreneurial Quotient (EQ).

Visit www.martinhaese.com for more information about Martin Haese’s quest to become Lord Mayor.

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Martin Haese candidate for Adelaide Lord Mayor:
Adelaide City Council can save ratepayers and empower its own people by reducing outsourcing

Posted: 14 August 2014 Author: Martin Haese

In some instances outsourcing is important as it brings fresh perspectives. However, the Adelaide City Council has a large number of well trained and highly qualified staff and there is a tendency to outsource parts or all of projects to external consultants when the expertise is already within the administration.

An over dependency on outsourcing is not only expensive for ratepayers, it places Council’s employees in the position of project managing consultants when in some instances they could already have many of the answers themselves. It can also contribute to an overly risk adverse culture.

As Lord Mayor, I will examine the culture of outsourcing and adjust where appropriate so that the staff’s expertise is fully engaged and drawn upon. I will do this by working closely with my fellow elected members and the CEO. In my own experience, this fully engages the team and increases the shared sense of ownership across the entire organisation.

“One of the greatest attributes of a leader is their ability to draw the best out of other people. I have done this with my own companies and if elected as Lord Mayor, I will do the same for the City of Adelaide” said Martin.

I believe that the rate payers are Adelaide City Council’s customers. I also believe that the elected members have a duty of responsibility to ensure that the ratepayers funds are appropriately spent.

As Lord Mayor, I will draw upon my financial literacy skills to look through the Council’s budgets on a line by line basis. If I feel there is waste, I will work with my fellow elected members and our CEO to repurpose those funds towards more productive outcomes for the ratepayers and/or for the community.

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Martin Haese candidate for Adelaide Lord Mayor:
The RAH site – an urban village in the heart of the city

Posted: 6 August 2014 Author: Martin Haese

 

Martin Haese’s vision for the RAH site is for a modern, sustainable urban village.

The 5 hectares of land nestled between historic North Terrace, Frome Road, the Botanic Gardens, Parklands and the River Torrens is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create an environment that could become the envy of the nation. In fact, it is hard to imagine a more idyllic landscape on which to cultivate our city.

It is important to appreciate the wider context in which this site is located. With the National Wine Centre as a bookend to the east and the Old Adelaide Gaol to the west, this streetscape is unsurpassed across Australia. Any re-purposing of the RAH site must sit comfortably alongside its more immediate neighbours including the Botanic Gardens, Ayers House, the Universities, Art Gallery of South Australia and the wider East End precinct. To limit our vision to a single purpose such as a high school could be to squander this unique opportunity.

“My concern about any proposal for the RAH site being primarily re-purposed as a school is that schools operate Monday to Friday, close by 3.30pm, are mostly vacant on weekends and are a ghost town during school holidays” said Martin.

With a name such as the ‘East Adelaide Village,’ the RAH site should become a contemporary melding of family environs, heritage, parklands, public spaces and public services - which is a testament to sustainable urbanism. The site could harmonise the old with the new and become an example of how our heritage can be complemented by contemporary buildings of aesthetic integrity. East Adelaide Village could include a cultural centre and uses for education, retain a medical facility and introduce a boutique Hotel and residential component. I also advocate for an element of public space to be included in the plan.

“Many of us have no idea what happens in the middle of this site. By introducing a shared public space toward the heart of the site, it opens it up and invites us all in” said Martin.
 
With access from Frome Road, this part of the site could ideally be dedicated toward greening and public art. It would also acknowledge the site’s core relationship with the Adelaide Parklands.

This vision for the site will bring new residents to our city - residents who will boost trade in Rundle Street, East Terrace, Rundle Mall and beyond - residents who will work, study, shop, mingle and recreate along our city streets. The flow-on effects for the cultural institutions along North Terrace, the Botanic Gardens and the Adelaide Zoo then become self-evident.

Based on community feedback, Martin is also suggesting that the character buildings located on the corner of North Terrace and Frome Road are pivotal to the future of the site. Due to their prominence and visibility, this portion of the site could include a high profile cultural institution that attracts a wide audience and sets the tone for what happens beyond.

Secondary, tertiary or vocational education can play a role in determining the overall mix of uses on the site. However, Martin is advocating that this component is better located within the heart of the site itself, thus freeing up the prominent street frontages and character buildings along North Terrace for more appropriate uses that welcome and engage the community.

“It is important to ensure that the site is activated 7 days a week and it will take a variety of uses to achieve this. With several thousand people presently using the site every day, any outcome must make sure that we preserve, if not build upon, those numbers” said Martin.
If elected as Lord Mayor, Martin will work collaboratively and as a matter of priority with the East End community, State Government, fellow Councillors and all stakeholders to realise this mixed use vision for East Adelaide Village. Importantly, this must be done whilst decommissioning the old hospital. It is now expected that the RAH will close in over 2 years time - but earliest estimates for any new development of the site stretch beyond the next State Election ... an eternity for the city, its residents and businesses.

“We must ensure that the lights stay on at the RAH site. Turning off the lights will result in the raising of the razor wire and it all goes downhill rapidly from theresaid Martin.

If not managed properly, closing the hospital could be catastrophic for the local community. For 140 years, Adelaide has relied on the Royal Adelaide Hospital – and for more than just medical treatment. Business groups and resident associations are already worrying about the effect the closure will have on their security, trade and property values. And every day those buildings sit hoarded up on 5 hectares of dark and silent land, the city will haemorrhage a little more.

“We must have a smooth transfusion of new development whilst we carefully transition out the old. If necessary, we must also consider the merits of public private partnerships and/or leasehold interests. If we start today, we can achieve smart growth - an investment in our city's physical, economic and social capital. If we wait, the hoarded up RAH will become a blight on our city” said Martin.

Martin Haese is a candidate for Lord Mayor in the upcoming Adelaide City Council elections. After attending the East End Coordination Group’s AGM a month ago where Martin listened to the concerns of those attending, he has written 1,000 letters and delivered them to the residents and businesses of the East End. Martin’s position on this important matter has been written as a result of many discussions with residents, business owners, entrepreneurs, medical practitioners, shoppers and members of the general public. 

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Martin Haese candidate for Adelaide Lord Mayor:
ACC is addicted to car parking fees and fines

Posted: 7 July 2014 Author: Martin Haese

 

Independent Lord Mayoral candidate Martin Haese says today’s debate about car parking fines being waived for elected members at Adelaide City Council puts the topic of car parking for the rest of the community squarely back into focus.

“Receiving a car parking fine in the City of Adelaide always hurts. However, reading that city councillors have had their fines waived hurts even more. Irrespective of the reasons, the waiving of fines sends out a message to the community that there are two sets of rules, one for councillors and one for the community,” said Mr Haese.

In its draft 2014/15 budget, Adelaide City Council forecasts for a whopping $66 million to be raised from various business operations including car parking fees, charges and fines. This equates to a large percentage of Council’s overall revenue position.

“Quite clearly, the Adelaide City Council is addicted to the revenue generated by its car parking stations, on-street car parks and associated fines,” said Mr Haese.

Martin Haese comes with a clear vision for car parking in the city, “As your Lord Mayor, I will welcome people into the city and actively support the city’s residents and businesses by reducing the barriers to entry. On a case by case basis, I will encourage Council to review the city’s on-street and off-street car parking regimes including their pricing, operating hours and availability with the intent of making things easier for people; not harder.”

Should this translate into the levelling off or even a drop in car parking related revenues, Martin suggests that the revenue gains made as a result of welcoming more shoppers, workers and tourists into the City of Adelaide will more than compensate.

“In my experience, the best investment attraction strategy possible is to bring more people to the city - and then everyone stands to benefit.” said Martin.

Martin further suggests that Council must come up with a fairer and more transparent system to ensure that when Councillors are attending to public business on behalf of their constituents, their vehicles are marked appropriately when parked in designated places around the city. With basic details including the time, date, purpose and length of stay, a publicly available register could then be made available.

“If a councillor breaches those clearly stated conditions, they should receive and be obliged to pay their fine like the rest of us. It is the only fair solution and the general public would expect nothing less.” said Martin.

Mr Haese is encouraging residents and business people to enroll to vote before the 8 August 2014 deadline. To check your eligibility to vote, call the council on 8203 7203.

Further information about Martin Haese and his campaign for Lord Mayor: www.martinhaese.com.

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Martin Haese candidate for Adelaide Lord Mayor:
Promises safety in the City of Adelaide

Posted: 25 June 2014 Author: Martin Haese

 

Independent Lord Mayoral candidate Martin Haese announces today that part of his vision in becoming Lord Mayor for the City of Adelaide is that our nurses, students and city residents will be safer when walking the streets and parklands in the city centre and North Adelaide.

Martin Haese comes with a clear vision for safety in the city, “As your Lord Mayor, I will ensure that North Adelaide, the city precincts and parklands are safe, clean and attractive places to be during the day or night,” said Mr Haese.

“I believe in the surety of a safe and secure environment and become alarmed when I hear of violence on our streets. I will make it my highest priority to ensure that North Adelaide, the city precincts and parklands are safe places to be during the day, evening and night time.

I will do this with improved public lighting, working with the State Government, engaging with the community and educating the general public. I will work with the Minister for Police and the South Australian Police Commissioner to ensure adequate resources are allocated toward making our streets and parks safe.

Martin has a strong vision for Adelaide to address the needs of residents, the business community, improve the Council’s service to its rate payers and to sort out the city’s traffic stress. His four point policy platform states that:

From now until the November election Martin will be out in the City of Adelaide meeting and listening to residents and business owners.

“I look forward to working closely with the residents and the business community to listen to their views especially those around safety,” said Martin.

Mr Haese is encouraging residents and business people to enroll to vote before the 8 August 2014 deadline. To check your eligibility to vote, call the council on 8203 7203.

Further information about Martin Haese and his campaign for Lord Mayor: www.martinhaese.com.

#Martin4Mayor

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Martin Haese running for Adelaide Lord Mayor

Posted: 18 June 2014 Author: Martin Haese

 

Independent candidate Martin Haese announces today that he will be running for Lord Mayor of Adelaide in the Adelaide City Council elections to take place this November.

Martin Haese is a city resident, entrepreneur, educator and experienced in local, national and international business. He comes with a clear vision of the city, “As your Lord Mayor, I will represent and lead the City of Adelaide in building upon its credentials as a liveable city. I will ensure that North Adelaide, the city precincts and parklands are safe, clean and attractive places to be during the day or night,” said Mr Haese.

As a resident of the City of Adelaide and a successful business owner over the last 20 years, Mr Haese, who started the retail chain Youthworks in Rundle Mall, continues to play a high profile role in championing the interests of the city’s retail precincts.

In recent years he has also led the Rundle Mall Management Authority where he was instrumental in securing Public Holiday trading in the City of Adelaide.

“I have a vision for the City of Adelaide where it will be a compelling place to live, learn, work, play and visit and I will lead and unify the Council to ensure that it better understands the needs and aspirations of its residents and businesses,” said Martin Haese.

Martin’s vision addresses the needs of residents, the business community, improving the Council’s service to its rate payers and sorting out the city’s traffic stress through a four point policy platform, which states that:

“I am thrilled and can think of no greater honour than to put myself in the running to lead the City of Adelaide toward a wonderful and prosperous future,” said Mr Haese.

From now until the November elections Mr Haese will be out in the City of Adelaide door knocking to meet residents and businesses.

“I look forward to working closely with the residents and the business community to listen to their views over coming months,” said Mr Haese.

Mr Haese is encouraging residents and business people to enroll to vote before the 8 August 2014 deadline. To check your eligibility to vote, call the council on 8203 7203.

Further information about Martin Haese and his campaign for Lord Mayor: www.martinhaese.com.

#Martin4Mayor

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