The City of Adelaide is the gateway to Australia, and the home of the oldest municipality in the country. Not only is Adelaide strategically located near the Centre of the network of major Capital Cities in Australia, but it is easy to get to from almost anywhere in the world.

Founded in 1836 by Colonel William Light, Adelaide is a city which by world standards is small with just over 1 million residents, but it has big city facilities and style while maintaining the safe, clean, affordable, comfortable and convenient lifestyle of a small city. Adelaide is also renowned for its friendly, helpful people, one in four of whom are immigrants representing 130 different ethnic backgrounds.

The City sits on the shores of the Gulf of St Vincent on a wide plain surrounded by green rolling hills under a blue clean sky with average daily temperatures of 25 degrees. It is a city that blends picturesque wide and sunny boulevards with charming, bustling streets.

Adelaide is a vibrant, energetic, artistic City and an intelligent learning city where education has always played a key role. The quality and diversity of the programs offered at the city's universities and wide range of public and private institutions of further education and research in the city centre give Adelaide an outstanding competitive advantage in the provision of educational services.

Indeed, Adelaide's wide ethnic and cultural background and friendly inclusive people make it the premier destination for overseas visitors.

Lord Mayor Profile

KTH_5864_web1Lord Mayor - Martin Haese

Martin was born and raised in Adelaide. As a city resident, business owner and educator, Martin is committed to serving the City of Adelaide. Martin is married to Genevieve, an advertising and global communications professional, with whom he operates a city-based consultancy firm.

At 27 years of age, Martin opened his first retail store in Regent Arcade and grew that business into a successful national enterprise, with 16 stores and 220 employees. Martin went on to study an MBA and became the General Manager of the Rundle Mall Management Authority between 2010 and 2013.

Martin co-founded the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation in South Australia and has served on a number of boards including the South Australian Youth Arts Board (SAYAB), Rundle Mall Management Authority (RMMA), Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB), Property Council of Australia’s Mainstreets Committee and the Bay to Birdwood Run Inc.

Martin has also worked as a lecturer for MBA students where he has taught entrepreneurship, new venture creation, strategic marketing and other subjects in Adelaide and interstate.

As Lord Mayor, Martin is focused on further enhancing the City of Adelaide’s reputation as a great place to live, learn, work, play and visit.

Martin and Genevieve enjoy the arts, music, cycling, heritage and cultural tourism.


Contact City of Adelaide:

  • Colonel Light Centre
    25 Pirie Street

Monday–Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm
Phone:  (08) 8203 7203