Mark Hamilton is a capable journalist having been a long term, occasional guest columnist for The Advertiser on planning, development, heritage, park lands and governance issues affecting the City of Adelaide.
Media articles quoting Mark, or written by him, relating to the City of Adelaide are regularly re-published here.
Reviving neglected heritage buildings is being hampered by outdated planning rules and a lack of incentives for property owners, the National Trust of SA says. Dan Jervis-Bardy, Eastern Courier, February 13, 2018
They’ve endured a hospital closure and endless roadwork’s. But East End traders are bouncing back. Jade Gailberger, The Advertiser February 12, 2018
Adelaideans need to better promote their city, Lord Mayor Martin Haese has urged, as new research shows two-thirds of east coast city slickers know nothing about the SA capital as a place to live. Matt Smith, The Sunday Mail February 4, 2018
Foreign interest in South Australian real estate has plunged since the State Government's increase to the foreign investor surcharge, according to the local real estate industry. By Guiseppe Tauriello, The Advertiser January 22, 2018
Cranes dominating the skyline are usually the sign of a healthy economy. While Adelaide continues to languish behind other Australian cities with high-rise building activity, things are looking up. By Jade Gailberger, The Advertiser, January 21, 2018
Despite having every planning clearance needed for its latest brilliant master plan, the Makris Group will sell its vacant Le Cornu site to the Adelaide City Council. Game over says Matt Abraham, in The Advertiser December 31, 2017
The federal MP representing suburbs near Adelaide Airport is vowing to fight to protect the overnight curfew as an Advertiser.com.au poll shows overwhelming support for change. Paul Starick Sunday Mail December 31, 2017
Adelaide Airport chairman Rob Chapman is urging community discussion about the airport’s overnight curfew, saying changing the passenger flight ban by as little as an hour could create a $500 million economic boost. Paul Starick, The Advertiser December 30, 2017
Adelaide’s busiest intersection will be closed from Monday for the laying of tram tracks that will set in concrete the State Government’s decision to exclude a right-hand turn to the East End. Jade Gailberger, The Advertiser, December 30, 2017
Public servants are demanding they be allowed to telecommute, change jobs or have colleagues take their place in a bid to avoid being sent to a new office block in Port Adelaide. Daniel Wills, The Advertiser, December 29, 2017
THE Le Cornu site in North Adelaide is set to be purchased “significantly below its commercial value” by the City of Adelaide. By Jade Gailberger, Paul Purcell, The Advertiser December 20, 2017
A major Australian company’s bid to invest up to $500 million in a light-rail city-airport link is “great news” for SA – but Premier Weatherill says Labor does not support a privatised transport system. Paul Starick, and Adam Langenberg, The Advertiser December 18, 2017
A privately funded 6km light-rail line linking Adelaide Airport to the city, costing up to $500 million, is being proposed by one of Australia’s largest companies. Paul Starick, Sunday Mail December 17, 2017
The future of separated bikeways in Adelaide's CBD is unclear after Lord Mayor Martin Haese admitted his council would not meet the construction deadline in its $12 million cycling infrastructure deal with the State Government. By Bension Siebert, Indaily November 29, 2017
The Adelaide City Council will consider the merits of a congestion tax to reduce traffic woes in the CBD – but the State Government says it’s “vehemently opposed” to the proposal. By Bension Siebert, Indaily November 27, 2017
The negative effect of apartment buildings on the value of neighbouring properties should be considered when deciding to approve them, Nick Xenophon says. By Eugene Boisvert, The City November 24, 2017
Residents have claimed victory after Life Care’s decision to shelve plans for high-rise retirement villages in Adelaide’s east. By Dan Jervis-Bardy, The Advertiser November 14, 2017
Yesterday’s decision by aged care provider Life Care to scrap plans for three suburban high-rise developments was a victory for common sense. By Caleb Bond, The Advertiser November 14, 2017
Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese welcomes the move of the State Government to drop its plans to reform local heritage buildings law. By Martin Haese, The Advertiser October 25, 2017.
The sky’s the limit for Adelaide apartment living, as Premier Jay Weatherill yesterday broke ground on the ground-breaking 40-storey residential complex tower, Realm. By Tom Bowden, The Advertiser September 23, 2017
The State Government’s handling of the old RAH tells business that it cannot be trusted to act in good faith. The project as envisaged has now been replaced with the creative buzz of a government committee. By David Penberthy, The Advertiser September 22, 2017
In her opinion piece, Adelaide City Councillor Anne Moran asks “Is the Local Government Association worth the membership fee any more?” By Anne Moran, The Advertiser September 14, 2017
Outspoken Adelaide City Councillor Anne Moran has accused the Local Government Association of being totally out-of-touch and “divorced” from the struggles of everyday ratepayers. By Kurtis Eichler, The Advertiser, September 14, 2017
Lord Mayor Martin Haese's support for a helipad in the park lands could damage his chances of re-election, argues city councillor Phil Martin. By Phil Martin, InDaily July 24, 2017
A CBD helipad would attract tourists by providing flights that would give people a greater appreciation of Adelaide’s parklands, the City Council’s administration says. This is despite overwhelming rejection to the proposal during public consultation. By Jade Gailberger, The Advertiser, July 18, 2017
A former air traffic controller has condemned the idea of putting an Adelaide city helipad close to the commercial airlines' major flight path into Adelaide Airport. ON ABC radio Adelaide, July 13, 2017
Developers should be forced to relinquish their land if they fail to start construction before a pre-approved deadline, says an Adelaide City councillor in the wake of the latest failed proposal for North Adelaide's Le Cornu site. Erica Visser City North Messenger July 12, 2017
Mark Hamilton says that the Le Cornu site development debacle is a 29-year gross embarrassment to the key players and the community. He says Adelaide City Council must immediately seek the consent of the Minister for Local Government to compulsorily acquire the land for fair market value. By Mark Hamilton, The Advertiser, printed version, July 6, 2017
Mark Hamilton says that the Le Cornu site development debacle is a 29-year gross embarrassment to the key players and the community. He says Adelaide City Council must immediately seek the consent of the Minister for Local Government to compulsorily acquire the land for fair market value. By Mark Hamilton, The Advertiser, online article, July 5, 2017
It may be an emblem of Adelaide's "lack of progress", but the latest development failure on the old Le Cornu site is unlikely to prompt new action from state or local government. Bension Siebert, INDAILY July 4, 2017
Plans for a $200 million retail and residential development of the city's most infamous block of prime real estate, the old Le Cornu site in North Adelaide, have again been shelved. Jade Gailberger, The Advertiser July 4,2017
The Makris Group said it had abandoned plans for the $200 million residential, retail and hotel development on the block best known as the long-time home of the Le Cornu furniture business before it left the site almost three decades ago. Jade Gailberger, The Advertiser July 3, 2017
The developer that owns Adelaide's most infamous vacant plot - the old Le Cornu site in O'Connell Street - has abandoned plans to build a $200 million complex there. Bension Siebert, INDAILY July 3, 2017
An independent assessment of the Adelaide City Council’s redevelopment of Frome Street bikeway has uncovered a plethora of risks associated with the controversial project - including an “extreme risk” it will fail to meet community expectations. Bension Siebert, INDAILY, June 28, 2017
An Adelaide City Councillor broke the law last year by failing to declare a conflict of interest, the State Ombudsman has found. Bension Siebert, INDAILY, June 26, 2017
Two companies half-owned by Adelaide City Councillor Houssam Abiad are being pursued for more than $600,000 by the Australian Taxation Office – but he insists he’s had no operational involvement in them for more than 18 months. By Cameron England, The Advertiser, June 21, 2017
The Adelaide City Council’s new-appointed Deputy Lord Mayor says she has no designs on Martin Haese’s job at the next election – but “never say never”. By Bension Siebert, INDAILY, June 14, 2017
Adelaide City Council is pushing to heritage-list nine buildings located on the grounds of key sites identified within a recent State Government loosening of development laws. Erica Visser, City North Weekly June 7, 2017
In his opinion piece, Sir Montefiore Scuttlebutt is urgently training for a helicopter pilot’s licence in a bid to snatch a slice of a lucrative new monopoly business opportunity in Adelaide’s park lands. The Adelaide Review June 5, 2017
A pair of North Adelaide colleges and an aged-care home says they have no immediate plans to expand despite changes made to height limits by State Planning Minister John Rau. Erica Visser, City North Weekly May 31, 2017
Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese writes that Adelaide is doing very well as far as liveability is concerned, but encourages us to consider the inter-relationships between liveability and prosperity. Could we dare to ask for both in abundance? Martin Haese, The Adelaide Review, May 18, 2017
Panels of everyday residents - known as citizens' juries - should have the final say on major developments such as the $160 million O-Bahn tunnel project, a new report recommends. Dan Jervis-Bardy The Advertiser, May 8, 2017
Suburban councils should help fund the Adelaide Aquatic Centre to secure its survival, Adelaide City Councillor Anne Moran says. Erica Visser, City North Weekly May 3, 2017
The Adelaide City Council has rejected claims by one of its members that North Adelaide is missing out on valuable capital-city works in favour of the CBD. Sam Kelton, City North Weekly, April 26, 2017
Doctors, nurses and a councillor are calling on the State Government to announce its plans for the Women's and Children's Hospital, after its current site was rezoned for high-rise development this month. James Gratton, City North Weekly April 26, 2017
Passionate researcher Kelly Henderson’s keen eye has elevated a secret treasure of Colonel William Light’s extraordinary legacy to its rightful place in South Australian history. Miles Kemp, The Advertiser April 22, 2017
In Mark Hamilton’s letter to the editor he strongly supports the retention of the Adelaide Aquatic Centre for the use of the broader community. He argues the swimming centre should be retained by the Adelaide City Council. City North Messenger April 19, 2017
Councillor Anne Moran argues that candidates who lose their bid to become Lord Mayor could still find a seat on the Adelaide City Council under a push from its members. Sam Kelton, The City, April 19, 2017
The head of the architectural firm assessing whether the park lands should be given new heritage protection says there is no conflict of interest between that role and the firm's work on developments in the city's green belt. Bension Siebert, INDAILY April 19, 2017
The District Court has dismissed the legal challenge by unsuccessful by-election candidate and parklands campaigner Kelly Henderson against the election of an Adelaide City Councillor. INDAILY April 4, 2017
Development of Adelaide’s parklands could be further stifled by a bid to have the entire green belt state heritage listed. While former deputy lord mayor and lawyer Mark Hamilton says loopholes within Government documents on heritage values meant development could still occur under a state listing. Erica Visser, (City North Messenger) The Advertiser March 26, 2017
Rex Jory comments in the dangerous trend to brand those who argue the parklands must be left essentially as they are, as old fashioned, out of touch, opposed to progress, selfish and a NIMBY (not in my backyard). Rex Jory, The Advertiser March 20, 2017
The number of people employed in Adelaide's CBD fell by more than 6000 between 2014 and 2016, a new report has found. Bension Siebert, INdaily March 16, 2017
Landowners could be forced to pay higher rates and risk having land taken from them under an official proposal being considered to upgrade underused Adelaide properties. Matt Smith, The Advertiser March 12, 2017
The National Trust wonders why the State Government has gone quiet on the local heritage debate that generated huge controversy last year. Do they think the best way to deal with the debate is to just hope it goes away? After promising to ‘reset the conversation’ on ill-considered ‘reforms’, they have not followed through with their promise of a wide-ranging consultation. News Release from National Trust South Australia March 10, 2017
The collapse of the New Mayfield project — the spectacular Tagara disintegration and fall of the $300 million apartments and hotel combo last year — has impacted badly on the Adelaide apartment market. Richard Evans, The Advertiser March 4, 2017
Seven prominent licensed venues in the city are for sale – as hotels and restaurants face more competition from small bars. Meagan Dillon, The City Messenger February 22, 2017
Lord Mayor Martin Haese says he supports compulsory voting for the City of Adelaide and would be open to amalgamating with nearby councils – but says he would only consider the latter once the city council has its own house in better order. Bension Siebert, INdaily February 17, 2017
Office oversupply is becoming a major hurdle for Adelaide with new data showing the CBD vacancy rate to be at its highest for 18 years. Richard Evans, The Advertiser February 2, 2017
The proportion of office buildings without tenants in Adelaide's CBD has continued its steep climb – rising to its highest level since 1999. Bension Siebert, INdaily February 2, 2017
Mark Hamilton writes that Adelaide desperately needs a skillfully designed, safe bikeway running through the square mile, based on Frome Street, and says it shouldn't be that hard to give cyclists what they want without disturbing traffic flow. Mark Hamilton, The Advertiser March 28, 2017
Dozens of upmarket apartment projects have been launched in the city - often with glittering images and promises of hundreds of jobs. Richard Evans reveals the barriers holding many back. The Advertiser, March 4, 2017
Visitors to Adelaide's CBD download the equivalent of nearly 300 feature-length movies a day on the city's free public wi-fi network but critics say the service is unrelable and a turn-off for tourists. Renato Castello, The Advertiser, March 4, 2017
Transformation of the former Channel 9 site in North Adelaide is a step closer after an Adelaide City Council committee approved the rezoning of the site. James Gratton, City North Messenger, March 1, 2017
It has never been harder to know who to trust and SA voters should expect to be blasted with a fire hose of spin, mis-information and flat-out lies as the state races towards next year’s election. Daniel Wills, The Advertiser February 4, 2017
Peter Joy, Executive Chair of Brand South Australia says we shouldn’t despair at young people leaving SA, but be proud of what they are doing around the world. The Advertiser February 3, 2017
In their January 2016 e-Gazette, the Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association Inc. carefully outline the flaws in Minister Rau’s reply to Mark Hamilton’s opinion article in the Advertiser on December 27, 2016. The Association’s extensive response to Mr Rau’s comments draws attention to the Government waging war on Adelaide’s Park Lands by land-grabbing with its plans to build 17-storey private residences on the old RAH site, handing over part of Elder Park to a private corporation for new office towers and plans to build a 7-storey building on Park Lands off Frome Road among others.
Details of Adelaide's newest five-star hotel and five other high-rise buildings that will change Adelaide's skyline. Renato Castello, The Advertiser, January 14, 2017
Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese has all but declared he will run again at the 2018 election. Indaily January 9, 2016
More than $1 billion of major developments were approved across Adelaide last year, the second consecutive year that approvals have exceeded $1 billion. Lauren Novak, The Advertiser January 9, 2017
In her letter to the Advertiser's Editor, Adelaide City Councillor Anne Moran questions Mr John Rau's recent action of appointing government employees to sit on the Adelaide park Lands Authority. The Advertiser, January 4, 2017
Planning Minister John Rau writes that Mark Hamilton says he is the enemy of Adelaide park lands. Mr Rau claims Mark is wrong. The Advertiser, January 3, 2017
Buildings still stand empty along the city's most vaunted boulevard, North Tce, despite a Government pledge to fill every vacancy by 2017. Lauren Novak, The Advertiser December 30, 2016
Oscillating between Leigh Creek and Adelaide, Former Adelaide Lord Mayor Jane Lomax-Smith writes that we sometimes forget what we have that is unique and reminds us that the New Year is a good time to start praising the successes and encouraging the genuine innovators. The Advertiser, December 30, 2016
Lord Mayor Martin Haese writes that during 2017 Adelaide City Council will deliver on more than 100 actions in its strategic plan. The Advertiser December 29, 2016
Mark Hamilton writes that Planning Minister John Rau's recent actions stacking the Adelaide Park Lands Authority with three officers of his own department is a direct threat to our park lands. The Advertiser December 27, 2016
Mark Hamilton writes that Planning Minister John Rau’s recent actions in sacking three independent members of the Adelaide Park Lands Authority and stacking the authority with three “planning reform” officers of his own department is a direct and present threat to the continued existence of the parklands as undeveloped open public space. Hamilton says the independence of the authority is destroyed. Adelaidenow.com.au December 27, 2016
Shane Yeend has taken to Facebook in a fiery tirade aimed at the Adelaide City Council and Lord Mayor Martin Haese after his eight-year bid to bring a helipad to the city was once again stalled by council. Sam Kelton, The Advertiser December 15, 2016
A radical redraw of state electoral boundaries has shifted almost 400,000 South Australians into different seats and the LIberals into pole position to form the next government. Daniel Wills, The Advertiser December 9, 2016
Health Minister Jack Snelling's Women's and Children's Hospital fiasco looms as a big a broken promise as they get. Brad Crouch, The Advertiser December 9, 2016
Planning Minister John Rau has been accused of "stacking" the Adelaide Park Lands Authority by jettisoning three members in favour of Planning Department employees. Adam Langenberg, The Sunday Mail, December 11, 2016
Health Minister Jack Snelling appears set to dump one of Labor's biggest promises of the 2014 election - by backing down on a pledge to build a $600 million Women's and Children's Hospital at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital precinct by 2023. Brad Crouch, The Advertiser December 9, 2016
Tycoon Theo Maras's home in North Adelaide was, in its way, a market-place for the business of taking modern Adelaide forward, a period stretching across much of the past 35 years. Richard Evans, The Advertiser December 3, 2016
Mark Hamilton says that a kiosk and heritage-listed building on the Royal Adelaide Hospital is the ideal site for a new council-managed museum. Sam Kelton, The Advertiser December 3, 2016
Mark Hamilton writes to Kelly Henderson (23/11/16) warning of Lord Mayor Martin Haese's promotion of development in our Park Lands of a new museum and soccer stadium, as well as reminding Ms Henderson of the major property developers who funded thousands of dollars towards Lord Mayor Martin Haese's election campaign.
Adelaide should become rate free. While reduced or frozen rate increases would be welcome, they are vastly less visionary than working towards a rate free city in the long term. By Mark Hamilton, The Advertiser November 23, 2016
Executive Director of the Property Council of SA, Daniel Gannon writes there is a way we can encourage development and growth in Adelaide’s CBD that takes advantage of our park lands assets without impacting on them. The Advertiser November 22, 12016
Adelaide City Council seeks a single integrated system for the identification of heritage places to provide a platform for effective reform, enable consistency of approach, and provide administrative efficiencies and effectiveness via streamlined processes.
South Australia's premier soccer club cannot grow without a new city stadium near Adelaide Oval, according to Adelaide United chairman Greg Griffin. Luke Griffiths Sunday Mail November 20, 2016
The SA Museum has always been too small, and some critics think, too old-fashioned. Now it has an ambitious plan to massively increase its exhibition space and rethink some familiar displays. Michael McGuire, The Advertiser SA Weekend, November 19-20, 2016
A $100 million plan to transform the South Australian Museum would include a glass covered courtyard on its front lawn and create more space for bigger exhibitions. Michael McGuire, The Advertiser November 19, 2016
A tramline running down Gouger or Grote streets as part of a city loop has been backed by Adelaide Central Market organisers as it would "bring customers to the door". Meagan Dillon, The City November 16, 2016
The number of new apartments being constructed across Adelaide must not outstrip demand and more needs to be done to attract residents to the CBD, the Property Council of SA warns. Meagan Dillon, The City November 16, 2016
Adelaide City Council has adopted its 10 year vision for the Parklands, which includes a city skate park and better sport and event spaces in the west. Meagan Dillon, The City November 16, 2016
A detailed proposal for the Festival Plaza redevelopment revealing a 27-storey office tower - three storeys higher than originally pitched - is set to win approval from the state's planning body. Sheradyn Holderhead Advertiser November 8, 2016
A stylised 'white box' housing a $250 million contemporary art gallery, and a nearby underground concert hall, have been proposed for the $1 billion old Royal Adelaide Hospital redevelopment. Paul Starick, Advertiser November 2, 2016
Lord Mayor Martin Haese says the State Government’s plan to transform the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site lacks a “wow factor” to draw people to the city. Paul Starick The City November 2, 2016
Demolition of the old RAH site could start two months after patients shift to the other end of North Tce, but the grand vision will take about 15 years to complete. Daniel Wills, Advertiser October 31, 2016
A luxury hotel, commercial complex, multi-storey apartments and a 2ha extension to the Adelaide Botanic Garden are centrepieces of a $1billion redevelopment of the old RAH site. Paul Starick, Advertiser October 30, 2016
A $250 million art gallery will not be part of the first wave of development for the long-awaited old Royal Adelaide Hospital site overhaul. Paul Starick, Advertiser October 29, 2016
Adelaide could become a rate-free “Monte Carlo” as councillors investigate freezing property taxes for a four-year term with the aim of removing them completely. Sam Kelton, Advertiser October 22, 2016
The weakest rental market since 2003, oversupply of new apartment and worsening affordability are three of the reasons underpinning Morgan Stanley’s predictions for a dismal future in housing construction. Michael Bleby, Australian Financial Review October 21, 2016
Prospect Mayor David O’Loughlin has slammed a State Government decision to prevent small bars from opening in the inner-north. James Hetherington, Advertiser October 19, 2016
City roadways will be narrowed and car use will be actively discouraged under long-term plans signed off by the Adelaide City Council last night. INDaily October 19, 2016
A “super council” overseeing the city of Adelaide and its surrounding suburbs would save ratepayers “a hell of a lot of money” according to a city councillor. Same Kelton Sunday Mail October 16, 2016
Mark Hamilton’s views and observations on the state government’s Local Heritage Reform Discussion Paper, as set out in his letter dated October 7, 2016
Walkerville residents are pleading with the State Government to keep their suburb rooted in the Adelaide electorate. James Hetherington Advertiser October 5, 2016
It’s a slippery slope when you star relaxing heritage constraints that have preserved iconic monuments. Jessica Leo-Kelton Advertiser October 3, 2016
Anthony Kelly, partner at Mellor Olsson, summarises the significant changes, particularly regarding the planning application process of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 which came into force in April 2016. Law Society Bulletin, September 2016
A proposal to remove building height limits on 11 key North Adelaide sites would destroy residential living in the suburb, local councillors say. James Hetherington, Advertiser September 28, 2016
Prospect and Walkerville councils have vowed to fight the State Government over a controversial discussion paper which aims to diminish the role of local councils in protecting heritage buildings. Sam Kelton, Advertiser September 14, 2016
A meeting of Adelaide city councillors last week discussed stripping the Lady Mayoress of her official powers, in a serious escalation of the feud between the mayor’s wife and some councillors. City North Messenger September 14, 2016
Adelaide City Council councillors discussed removing the Lady Mayoress’s access to staff and offices at the Town Hall. Advertiser September 9, 2016
Mark Hamilton outlines the dangers of the State Governments's anti-heritage position paper, Placing Local Heritage on Renewed Foundations. The Advertiser September 6, 2016
Comments from Advertiser readers in the “What you are saying about ...” column. Advertiser Online August 31, 2016
A plan to allow the State Government to demolish any heritage-listed building “on merit” has been met with suspicion from inner-northern history advocates. Advertiser August 31, 2016
Lady Mayoress accuses female councillor of bullying her in fiery facebook tirade. Sam Kelton, Advertiser August 30, 2016
Comments from Advertiser readers in the “What you are saying about ...” column. Advertiser Online August 28, 2016
Future Adelaide housing developments will increasingly focus on the inner city as the State Government moves to crack down further on urban sprawl as part of a major planning review. Daniel Wills, Advertiser August 25, 2016
The State Government has proposed wresting control of heritage protection from local councils. Critics argue it’s a dangerous retrograde step. Sam Kelton, Advertiser August 25, 2016
Heritage-listed properties that were once fiercely protected could be demolished on “merit” under a new plan. By Sam Kelton, Advertiser August 24, 2016
It was the answer to city cyclists’ prayers and former Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood’s baby, now Frome Street bikeway has been recognised as a $1.6 million mistake that will be ripped up. Sam Kelton, Advertiser July 28, 2016
The Adelaide City Council’s brief, requesting that any interested parties write to Council with their initial proposals for a permanent commercial helicopter landing site located in the central city area, by July 20, 2016
Lady Mayoress Genevieve Theseira-Haese says her claims that she was bullied by a female councillor have been “satisfactorily addressed” despite one saying they have “cast a shadow” over half the council. Sam Kelton, Advertiser June 31, 2016
Another 17,000 people would live in an Adelaide CBD featuring more sports facilities and a tram loop servicing rejuvenated public squares in a 30-year vision underpinned by a bid for the 2030 Commonwealth Games. By Cameron England, Advertiser October 24, 2015
In a letter to the Advertiser editor, Mark Hamilton says he’s extremely critical of Planning Minister John Rau, who argues that local councils are politically driven and not competent to assess development proposals. Advertiser October 24, 2015
Kevin O’Leary, an Adelaide based urban planning expert says the implementation of the SA Government’s proposed planning reforms would be a waste of taxpayers money. Advertiser October 16, 2015
The failed lord mayoral candidate arrested for trying to stop work on the $160 million O-Bahn extension has cost city ratepayers over $260,000 in legal bills. Sunday Mail July 4, 2015
Two of our state’s biggest property developers donated thousands of dollars to new Lord Mayor Martin Haese’s election campaign, official records show. Andrew Hough, Adelaide Now January 6, 2015
Wine identity Robert Hamilton was a descendent of early settler Richard Hamilton, who planted vines at his Sturt Creek property in 1837, and made the State's first wine in 1841.
Obituary, The Advertiser, December 6, 2014
Former Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood is heading off on holiday. Speaking for the first time about his nailbiting loss to businessman Martin Haese, Mr Yarwood admittted he was "disappointed" but was overwhelmed by the public support. The City, November 12, 2014.
Lord Mayor elect Martin Haese says cycling in the city will continue to be a priority, after his election. By Andrew Hough. The City November 12, 2014.
A likely record low turnout at South Australian council elections has intensified calls for reform to address growing voter apathy. By Andrew Hough, Advertiser November 8, 2014.
Preference deals ae poised to play a defining role in the lord mayoral election, amid claims they could cause damaging splits within Adelaide City Council. By Andrew Hough, The Advertiser November 5, 2014.
They have spent the past few months engaged in heated debate about the city's future. By Andrew Hough, The Advertiser November 2, 2014.
Three of the five lord mayoral candidates have backed calls for greater transparency of political allegiances. By Andrew Hough, The City October 29, 2014.
All of the candidates fighting Stephen Yarwood to become Adelaide Lord Mayor have promised to scrap major multi-million dollar infrastructure projects and return to more prudent budgets. By Andrew Hough, The Advertiser, October 31, 2014.
All of the candidates fighting Stephen Yarwood to become Lord Mayor have promised to scrap proposed new major multi-million dollar infrastructure projects and return to more prudent budgets. Adelaidenow.com.au October 28, 2014
Bension Siebert reports that Lord Mayoral candidates corflute signs have been stolen. Indaily October 23, 2014.
Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood is seeking a right of reply in the official record of State Parliament, after former Opposition leader Isobel Redmond claimed he called her an offensive name. By Danilel Wills, The City, October 22, 2014.
Lord Mayoral candidate Mark Hamilton has defended plans for Adelaide City Council to take over one of the state's biggest eyesores after a public challenge from its current owner. By Andrew Hough, The City, October 22, 2014.
Two of the city's most prominent businessmen have thrown their support behind Lord Mayoral candidate Martin Haese. By Andrew Hough, The City, October 22, 2014.
In its City Council election coverage, City Mag asks would-be Lord Mayors about their vision for the city. City Mag, Spring 2014.
The battle to become Lord Mayor is heating up. By Andrew Hough The Advertiser October 17, 2014
One question which has been overlooked in the Yarwood-Redmond stink is not whether it's true that the Lord Mayor said the F word (and more) to the former Liberal leader, but why anyone should give a flying version of the F word if he actually did. The Advertiser, October 17, 2014.
Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood is seeking a right of reply in the official record of State Parliament, after former Opposition leader Isobel Redmond claimed he called her an offensive name. By Daniel Wills, The Advertiser October 16, 2014
The Lord Mayor of Adelaide - accused by former opposition leader Isobel Redmond of calling her an "effing c" during an alleged tirade of foul-mouthed verbal abuse - has demanded a right of reply be inserted into the parliamentary record. By Michael Owen, The Australian, October 16, 2014.
Adelaide City Council will save a dilapidated boatshed and investigate turning the century-old building into a kiosk. By Andrew Hough, The City, October 16, 2014.
Former Opposition leader Isobel Redmond has claimed she was subjected to a foul-mouthed tirade by an irate Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood as the pair had an argument over traffic congestion. Story by Daniel Wills, Advertiser, October 15, 2014.
A business group publicly backing a Lord Mayoral candidate is under investigation amid accusations its has breached electoral laws. By Andrew Hough, The City October 15, 2014.
Redmond says Yarwood “unfit for office” Indaily, October 15, 2014
The election of Lord Mayor is the City of Adelaide's main event. The diverse group of contenders have a range of competing interests to consider, as well as their own vision to promote. SA Life offers some background on the individuals. SA Life, October 2014
Your Lord Mayor candidates Stephen Yarwood, Mark Hamilton, Martin Haese, Michael Henningson and Kelly Henderson. The City, front cover September 24, 2014
The City sat down with Lord Mayor candidates to ask them what they will do, if elected, to make Adelaide a better city in which to work, shop, play and live. Story by Andrew Hough, The City September 24, 2014
Compulsory voting should be introduced for council elections to combat a lack of voter turnout, Adelaide's Lord Mayoral candidates say. By Andrew Hough, The City, September 24, 2014
All five candidates for Adelaide Lord Mayor have called for compulsory voting at local government elections. Andrew Hough, The Advertiser, September 24, 2014
A lord mayoral candidate has earned a parking ticket and criticism from colleagues after he parked his car - emblazoned with campaign material - in a special council permit zone. Andrew Hough, The City, September 24, 2014
The frosty relationship between the Adelaide City Council and the State Government deteriorated to a new low last night amid a fresh war of words over heritage and planning laws. By Andrew Hough, The Advertiser September 10, 2014
Mayoral cadidates have their say on how they would preserve the Park Lands. Adelaide Parklands Gazette, Spring 2014
Adelaide ratepayers are paying thousands of dollars every year to ferry city councillors in free taxis while they are on official council business. By Kurtis Eichner, City North Messenger, September 2, 2014
In his regular 'What's Hot' column, Peter Goers votes Lord Mayoral candidate Mark Hamilton's ideas for the parklands, apart from keeping Barton Tce closed, 'Hot'. Sunday Mail August 28, 2014.
Dozens of heritage landmarks will remain unprotected throughout Adelaide's parklands after the State Government blocked new protection plans. City Messenger August 27, 2014
A drinking ban in the southern parklands should be introduced as soon as possible, the Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood says. By Andrew Hough, City Messenger August 27, 2014
Adelaide's Parklands would be lit up at night under a proposal by a Lord Mayoral candidate to beautify the city green belt. By Andrew Hough, City Messenger August 27, 2014
Residents should be fearful that the wider community will lose its say in future local planning decisions, a city councillor says. By Sherdayn Holderhead, City Messenger August 27, 2014
Adelaide parklands would be lit at night under a proposal that lord mayoral candidate Mark Hamilton says will beautify the city greenbelt.By Andrew Hough, The Advertiser August 27, 2014
Planning Minister John Rau has been accused of being a 'heritage wrecker' after he rejected Adelaide City Council's proposal to protect at least 50 "places of significance" in Adelaide parklands. Story by Andrew Hough, The Advertiser, August 25, 2014
Mayor's stoush with rival over meeting no-shows. By Andrew Hough, The Advertiser, August 22, 2014
Spending on consultants by Adelaide City Council has ballooned to more than $30 million during the past four years, prompting some Lord Mayoral candidates to promise a review. By Andrew Hough, City North Messenger August 20, 2014
Two Lord Mayoral candidates have vowed to donate part of the position's salary increase to charity. By Andrew Hough, City Messenger August 13, 2014
Lord Mayoral candidate Mark Hamilton said he would this week ask the council to "mount a full scale campaign in opposition". By Kurtis Eichler, City North Messenger August 13, 2014
Spending on consultants by Adelaide City Council has ballooned to more than $30 million during the past four years. Mark Hamilton said, if elected, he would push to employ expertise within council, such as a city planner of Adelaide and a highly qualified director of parks and gardens. Story by Andrew Hough, The Advertiser August 13, 2014
All Lord Mayoral candidates supported elected members getting a pay rise, set by the Remuneration Tribunal, to attract quality candidates. Story by Andrew Hough, The Advertiser August 13, 2014
Council voted to back a call from Cr Mark Hamilton to oppose changes that would lead to its development assessment panel being scrapped. Story by Andrew Hough, The Advertiser August 13, 2014
PROPOSED reforms that would strip councils of the power to control planning have been criticised as a “jackboot” to democracy by Adelaide City councilor Mark Hamilton. Story by Andrew Hough, www.adelaide.com.au August 12, 2014
Councillor Mark Hamilton, who first called for the Adelaide City Council's trial of a 24/7 dry zone in the south park lands, has labelled the delay of its implementation 'ridiculous.' Story by Andrew Hough, August 10, 2014
Mark Hamilton wants support to "mount a full scale campaign in opposition" to major reforms that strip councils of the power to control planning. Story by Andrew Hough, The Advertiser August 7, 2014
The State Government's review proposes reforms it says will make development easier, quicker and more transparent. By Andrew Hough The Advertiser August 6, 2014
Adelaide ratepayers are paying an average of $1000 every month to cover the cost of most councillors' phone bills. By Kurtis Eichler, City North Messenger August 6, 2014
Extended article on the plans of Mark Hamilton and North Adelaide ward councillor Sandy Wilkinson to fill the Le Cornu hole in O’Connell Street. Adelaidenow.com.au 20 July 2014.
Lord mayoral hopeful Mark Hamilton and fellow Adelaide City councillor Sandy Wilkinson have designed an $80 million development creating a new ‘town square’ off O’Connell St with a major public carpark, shops and apartments. The Sunday Mail, July 20 2014
Councillor Mark Hamilton's proposal that the council have a full review of disabled parking and access to the Oval was passed on Tuesday night. The Advertiser 10 July, 2014
A special Sunday and public holiday penalty rate should be set for retail and hospitality workers in the CBD and North Adelaide to help open the city for business, Cr Mark Hamilton says. City Messenger 9 July 2014
Retail and hospitality staff in the CBD and North Adelaide should be paid just $25 an hour to work on Sundays and Public holidays, lord mayoral candidate Mark Hamilton says. By Sally Brooks, City Messenger 9 July 2014
Retail and hospitality staff in the CBD and North Adelaide should be paid just $25 an hour to work on Sundays and public holidays, lord mayoral candidate Mark Hamilton says. The Advertiser 9 July 2014.
LISTEN as Mark Hamilton weighs into the discussion on the ongoing dispute about the compulsory acquisition of the old MFP site at Gillman with Ian Henschke. ABC 891 8 July 2014
ADELAIDE City councillor Mark Hamilton is calling for a joint Adelaide City Council-Stadium Management Authority review of car parking for the disabled at Adelaide Oval. www.news.com.au 6 July 2014
Their bids raise the prospect of an intriguing election in November against incumbent Mr Yarwood and city councilor Mark Hamilton, 62, whose candidacy is almost a quarter-century in the making. By Andrew Hough, City Messenger 25 June 2014
ADELAIDE City Council will pursue ownership of the new Torrens footbridge despite a warning last week that costs to maintain and clean the infrastructure could blow out. Councillor Mark Hamilton initiated the successful recommendation amendment at Tuesday night’s council meeting. The Advertiser 24 June 2014
Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood has ambitions to become a State MP, which will compromise his independence for the City. Tim Williams, The City Messenger 4 June 2014.
The Adelaide City Council has added more confusion to the new car parking tax with a controversial report approved before many members had even read it. Mike Smithson, Seven News Adelaide 26 May 2014
Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood seems to have the Midas touch. Everything he touches turns into a muffler. Peter Goers, Sunday Mail May 25, 2014
Adelaide City Council should spend $5 million a year luring businesses from the suburbs and interstate with incentives to set up in the CBD, lord mayor hopeful Mark Hamilton says. Tim Williams, City Messenger May 21, 2014
Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood has compared tensions between Adelaide's cyclists and motorists to the South African apartheid. Kurtis Eichler, City North Messenger May 21, 2014
City councillor Mark Hamilton has launched a spiffy website as part of his campaign to unseat lord mayor Stephen Yarwood in the local government elections later this year. Indaily May 16, 2014
Listen in as Mark Hamilton chats about Adelaide CBD traffic with Matthew Abraham and David Bevan on 89.1 Breakfast 16 May 2014. Listen to the podcast:
Greg Barila reports the political classes have turned their attention to the next Council poll due in November. The Advertiser May 15, 2014
As cycling infrastructure divides opinion, Mark Hamilton calls for a 12 month moratorium on bike lanes, then carefully design a safe bike pathway network for the city.
It’s the time of year again when the financial credentials of local government is under the spotlight. Paul Ashenden, City Messenger May 7, 2014
Taking over the Le Cornu site for a 1000-space carpark, blocking any move to lower speed limits and planting plane trees throughout the city are on Adelaide City Councillor Mark Hamilton’s agenda for a lord mayoral tilt almost a quarter century in the making. Tim Williams, The City Messenger May 7, 2014
Taking over the Le Cornu site for a 1000 space carpark, blocking any move to lower speed limits and planting plane trees are on Adelaide Councillor Mark Hamilton's agenda for a lord mayoral tilt amost a quarter century in the making. Story by Tim Williams, Sunday Mail, May 4, 2014
Have your say, The Advertiser May 3, 2014
Traffic lanes cut for the Frome St bikeway will be reinstated at peak times if Adelaide councilor Anne Moran has her way. Tim Williams, The Advertiser May 3, 2014
Arguments around Adelaide's cycling future need balance and focus - but there's no quick fix. By Tim Williams, Advertiser April 30, 2014
New parking technologies, continuing the upgrade of Victoria Square, a city-wide 40km/h speed limit and activating the parklands are on Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood’s agenda for a second term in office. Tim Williams, City Messenger April 30, 2014
Stephen Yarwood has begun his pitch for a re-election as Lord Mayor of Adelaide by outlining a platform of technology, trees and transport. Bension Siebert, INDAILY April 30, 2014
Councillor Mark Hamilton will push for the Frome St bikeway to be ripped up in the wake of a backlash from motorists and traders over the loss of traffic lanes and parking spaces. Story The Advertiser April 26, 2014
Mark Hamilton's 14 point plan to reduce traffic congestion. Advertiser April 25, 2014.
Developer Con Makris has ruled out using the former Le Cornu site as a temporary carpark for football fans at Adelaide Oval, Kurtis Eichler, City North Messenger April 16, 2014
SOME Hutt St businesses say their trade has plummeted since a 40km/h limit was introduced and thousands of motorists are lobbying online against the speed restriction. Tim Williams, City Messenger April 4, 2014
Tourists and high roller Adelaide Casino clients would take joy flights direct from the city to the wine regions and Kangaroo Island under plans for a CBD heliport. Adelaide Airport-based Helistar Aviation has approached Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood about the need for a commercial helipad in the city centre. Tim Williams City Editor, City Messenger, March 26, 2014
By Mark Hamilton, The Advertiser Opinion, October 25, 2013
Compulsory voting should be introduced for all council elections to boost the credibility of local government. Story, The Advertiser, October 25,2013
Story, The Advertiser October 17, 2013
Story on the slide in the number of people cycling. The Advertiser October 17, 2013
Story by Theo Maras, The Advertiser October 8, 2013
Story by Mark Hamilton, The Advertiser October 1, 2013
Story by Alexander Downer, The Advertiser, August 12, 2013
Story on the fight by councillors Mark Hamilton and Sandy Wilkinson to save the historic Lounder's boathouse. City Messenger July 3, 2013
This year, some classic industry matters became the cooler-season fare. Three tussles peaked – the car versus the pedestrian, the high rise versus heritage, and the beer barn versus the wine bar. One man who was there (and 20 years later is back for more) was deputy Lord Mayor Mark Hamilton. Now an area councillor, he is well qualified to reflect on Adelaide’s traditional post-war tussle over its heritage assets. By John Bridgland The Adelaide Review 30 August 2012
Article by Mark Hamilton, The Advertiser, June 5, 2012
Story by Mark Hamilton, The Advertiser April 7, 2012
Story by Mark Hamilton, The Advertiser, December 6, 2011
Disgust at the demolition of an 1800s bluestone building in Waymouth St has hastened a push to get 250 unlisted historic buildings in Adelaide’s CBD on a heritage list. David Dean, The Advertiser June 6, 2011
Adelaide's heritage character must be protected against the State Government's "development at all costs" attitude says former city councillor Mark Hamilton. The Advertiser, September 14, 2010
Heritage Protection story by Mark Hamilton, The Advertiser, September 14, 2010
Story by Mark Hamilton, The Advertiser April 13, 2010
Adelaide City Council has voted to raise on-street parking fees...despite a last-ditch attempt by Cr Mark Hamilton to scrap the hikes. The Advertiser
Development planning interference story by Mark Hamilton, The Advertiser, August 16, 2008
The battle over city development has become personal with a former deputy lord mayor calling for an yrgent review of all city planning staff. The Advertiser, August 6, 2008
Story about Lord Mayoral hot favourite Mark Hamilton, Sunday Mail December 1, 1991
Mark Hamilton, as Deputy Lord Mayor having played an instrumental role in devising this important plan, writes the foreward of this significant milestone which heralds the introduction of the Local Heritage List and the inclusion of strengthened design requirements for new development, particularly in areas of heritage sensitivity.