Notes on Adelaide Podcast: Vexed in the City

In this week’s episode, factional divisions within Adelaide City Council boiled over again, with a prominent councilor stepping down ahead of the upcoming local elections. He explains to us why his time on the board has become intolerable.

Senior civil servant Greg Mackie joined the city council in a by-election just two years ago, expressing his joy and vowing to “put sectional interests aside and serve”.

Now he has resigned, effective immediately, citing the chamber’s ‘corrosive nature’ and the ‘relentless dominance of the Team Adelaide faction’.

In this episode, the History Trust CEO explains why this term of the council was so different from the first – which dates back more than 20 years – and details his concerns about the restless nature of the elected body.

You can find CityMag Journalist Angela Skujin’s account of Greg Mackie’s resignation from council here: citymag.indaily.com.au/happening/there-is-no-civility-prominent-city-councillor-resigns/

We invited Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor to participate in the podcast, but she declined. She provided a statement, which is included in the episode.

Notes on Adelaide is a weekly topical podcast hosted by independent journalism from InDailyCityMag and SALIFE, and produced by Solstice Podcasting.

New episodes are uploaded every week. You can find the podcast at InDaily or on your favorite podcast app, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Listen to our previous episodes here.

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