Former Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese has been appointed the new Chair of the Premier’s Climate Change Council and will commence on 1 January, 2019.
Mr Haese replaces outgoing Chair Bruce Carter who has chosen to retire from the position after nearly 10 years of service to pursue new opportunities.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said Mr Haese was a well-deserved appointment who had a strong history in leadership and sustainability measures in his recent role as Lord Mayor of the Adelaide City Council.
“I am pleased to appoint Mr Haese as Chair of the Premier’s Climate Change Council,” said Minister Speirs.
“Martin comes into the job with significant experience across a wide range of areas. He has extensive business acumen, high level leadership experience, local government insight and has been involved with the development and implementation of sustainability measures.
“He has worked collaboratively with the State Government on climate change initiatives.
“The Marshall Liberal Government has a strong commitment to addressing the changing climate as demonstrated by our significant environment and energy policies, and I look forward to Martin’s contribution to these going forward.”
Mr Haese, who was Lord Mayor of the City of Adelaide from 2014-2018, said he was looking forward to getting started.
“The Premier’s Climate Change Council already has a wealth of experience amongst its members and I am excited to have the opportunity to be involved,” said Mr Haese.
“Climate adaption can be a huge economic driver for South Australia and I look forward to working closely with the Minister and new government as we continue to deliver practical measures that address the changing climate while optimising the economic opportunity across metropolitan Adelaide and regional South Australia.”
Minister Speirs thanked the outgoing Chair Bruce Carter for his work.
“I want to thank Mr Carter for his commitment to the Premier’s Climate Change Council over nearly a decade,” said Minister Speirs.
“During this time he has helped the State Government develop climate change policies for the benefit of South Australians and our environment.”
The Premier’s Climate Change Council provides independent advice to the government on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change.
The other members of the Council are: Ann Ferguson, Nicole Halsey, Jenny Paradiso, Andrew Stock, Sandy Verschoor, Craig Wilkins, Celia Woolford and Paul Heithersay.
Mr Haese has been appointed to a three-year term.