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Acentral hub in a three-part
precinct with linking
laneways is Martin Haese s
vision for Rundle Mall s future
"If North Tce is our cultural
boulevard, then Rundle Mall and
Rundle St should be the retail/
entertainment strip with Grenfell
St as the transport hub," Mr
Haese outlined this week, just one
month after taking up the role of
Rundle Mall general manager.
"These three precincts would
be linked by laneways, each
developed to have its own special
"The role that a completely
revitalised precinct plays with
city living -- from overseas
students and tourists to locals
who want to come here as a place
to go to, not go through," he said.
"On the surface, this part of
town is reasonably healthy -- but
it s not everything it could be. To
use a medical analogy, I want to
make a healthy patient as healthy
as it can be."
Martin Haese has had plenty of
time to ponder the opportunities
for the often maligned Mall -- he
has owned and run businesses
here since 1993 and was on the
board of the Mall Management
Authority for 18 months.
"When David West left the
manager s job, the board started
looking interstate and overseas
for a replacement.
"I thought about it for a while
and then decided to put my hat in
the ring and they offered me the
In a wide-ranging discussion
he outlined the issues -- or
opportunities as he prefers to call
them -- which he wants to bring
to the table for consideration by
all South Australians; especially
the Adelaide City Council and the
"When the Government
released its 30-year plan for
Adelaide, there was no mention
of the Mall," he said.
"So we put in a submission and
now it s in the final document,
which is great."
According to Haese and his
team the opportunities revolve
around access, amenities, aesthet-
ics, trading hours and laneway
"We need better amenities and
by that I mean everything from
public toilets to wireless internet
access," he said.
"It needs to be a safe environ-
ment. Every commercial
shopping precinct has a safe
environment so the Mall should
be no different."
But he doesn t expect the safety
issue to be resolved with police or
"We already have on-ground
security personnel and I have
asked them to play an ambassado-
rial role. They are ambassadors
first; security personnel second.
The idea is to generate an
environment, a sense of activity
that encourages good behaviour.
"That said, I don t think we
have a safety problem anyway --
but it s best to make sure we don t
have one in the future either."
Recent experiments to promote
more on-mall dining facilities
have worked, suggesting they may
become an ever bigger part of the
scene. Reports from traders show
each of the facilities is gaining
On the question of access he
wants to build on some recent
innovations that show signs of
"The move to have a flat $4
parking fee at U-Park stations on
Sundays has been very successful
and the trams also have delivered
more people to the top of the
But it s the access issue that
leads Haese into his vision for
laneway linkages and Grenfell St
as a transport hub.
"We now have North Tce as
a cultural boulevard -- that s a
given," he said.
"But our laneways from
there into the Mall let us down.
They need character, they need
aesthetic appeal. Each one should
have its own distinctive look.
"One laneway could be a
central point for young designers,
another might be a food precinct,
another might be for jazz venues
and so the list goes on.
"The same applies to Grenfell
St and the laneways that bring
people off the buses into Rundle
Haese, in his early 40s, isn t old
enough to remember the days of
music shops and nightclubs on
Gawler Place between Grenfell
and Rundle Sts, but that was in
the days when FJ Holdens rolled
up and down the main drag.
His vision is based on the
reality of 2010 where the numbers
show Rundle Mall is the most
visited spot in the State.
"Did you know 27 million
people go there every year?" he
"It has the highest pedestrian
Making more of the Mall
Martin Haese sees a bright future for Rundle Mall.
Photo: Kate Elmes
traffic in the State by a long way.
"It s been neglected from time
to time and there s been a lack of
reinvestment in the precinct.
"Occasionally a special project is
promoted to liven it up, but it has never
been done as part of an overall vision."
And what about trading hours -- the
issue that South Australia treads ever
so wearily on?
"Personally, I d like to see shops
open later during the week in the
daylight-saving months, say to around
6.30pm," he suggested.
"But on weekends I believe the Mall
precinct should be treated as a tourist
precinct, just as Jetty Rd, Glenelg
is. That means it can open on public
holidays and that would be a great
boost to its potential."
But as many before him have real-
ised, shifting governments on trading
hours is a long, difficult process.
"We ll take that one small step at a
time," he said.
In the meantime, the former owner
of retail shops with multiple Adelaide
and Melbourne outlets is admiring the
joys of Festival and Fringe time.
"I saw a street theatre act the other
day that drew a crowd of 1000 people.
What does that tell you about the
ability of this place to be somewhere to
go, not just go through?"
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