Greg Mackie

Central Ward Councillor

I was Elected as a Councillor to the Adelaide City Council from 2000 - 2003, and was again elected to serve the City of Adelaide as a Councillor for Central Ward in a supplementary election in May 2020.

As a cultural advocate, business operator and public sector leader, I co-owned and developed the iconic west-end indie literary bookshop, Imprints Booksellers (1984-2007), co-established Art Zone Gallery (1986-2000), co-founded the Adelaide West End Association, and led Adelaide Writers’ Week during the 1990s, before founding the iconic Adelaide Festival of Ideas in 1999.

I have considerable past governance experience, including: as a Trustee of the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust; a member of the Libraries Board of SA, and as a Member of the Council of the University of South Australia.

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I was appointed ‘Arts Supremo’ (Exec Director) Arts SA in 2004 and went on to be Deputy Chief Executive in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet 2008-11. During this period, among other innovations, I oversaw the leadership of Adelaide Thinkers in Residence Program, and, through this period, established The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) and the Integrated Design Commission of SA (IDCSA).

I Chaired the Premier’s Communications Advisory Group for nearly five years, and was appointed by Her Excellency, the Governor-General, Dame Quentin Bryce AC, to the Council for the Order of Australia, serving as the SA Government’s representative.

I moved to SA Health to become ‘Ageing Provocateur’ in 2012 before leaving to establish my own sole trader consultancy practice in 2013.

Appointed CEO of The History Trust of South Australia in April 2016, my sustained community service has been formally recognised: I received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2002 for services to the arts; was invested as an inaugural Flinders University Distinguished Alumni in 2006; received The National Dame Elizabeth Murdoch Cultural Leadership Award in 2007, and the Inaugural Bettison James Award in 2015.

Contact details

08 8203 7563 (c- Council Liaison Officer)

GPO Box 2252, Adelaide, SA 5001