I have been devoted to the City of Adelaide for eight years, working as part of our council team to deliver on key outcomes that have transformed our beloved town into a city that we can all take pride in.
Adelaide is a city for creators, thinkers and believers – a fusion of unique people who embrace our history, have contributed to its foundations and created a canvas for our future. Adelaide is defined by its people; we need to build and retain our strong communities, implement a plan for economic development and ensure residents, workers and visitors relish our city culture.
If we want the best minds to setup in Adelaide, we need the best minds working at Adelaide City Council. The combination of experienced hands and new voices ensures council delivers on its core business, while attracting a promising future. This is the only way to secure the diverse portfolio of people required to drive our missions and secure wins for our state’s capital.
By re-electing me as your Central Ward Councillor, I will continue to champion for the city I love, consulting and supporting the community I am immersed in. Our capital city must support a future for my family and every family in South Australia. Together, we can create a Better Adelaide!
My track record speaks to my character as a solution-driver community leader. I am the elected member you can consistently rely on for outcomes.
It gives me great pleasure to serve you as an elected member. Here is a snippet of what we have achieved in creating a betterADELAIDE in the 2014-2018 term.
It gives me great pleasure to serve you as an elected member.
Here is a snippet of what we have achieved in creating a betterADELAIDE in the 2014-2018 term.
Have your say in the future of your City, through our betterADELAIDE survey. What would you like to see happen in Adelaide?
No task is big or small, I will gladly try and assist you where I can.
Be it an expiation, damage you want to report or even if you have new ideas.
I am here to help.
Why wait until after the election to find out?
Did you know candidates do not have to disclose any donations or affiliations until after the election?
I am happy to tell you anything you would like to know before you cast your vote!
Who is funding my campaign?
I am not funded by the big or small end of town. All of my campaigns are self-funded; I have never received any donation (cash or in-kind) for any of my campaigns. I am grateful to the friends who have helped me distribute flyers and advocate for me where they can. I only ever want to be held responsible to you, the voter, and wouldn't want to be accountable to anyone but you.
Am I supported by a political party?
I have been a member of the Liberal Party of Australia for almost 10 years. I am a believer in the founding principles of the Liberal Party - lean governments with minimal interference in daily life, incentives over limits, freedom, social justice and nurturing individualism.
As you can appreciate, and just like you, i do not always agree with every policy position a party makes in Australia, and the beauty of our democracy is that we can always have our say. Over the last 8 years, I have always put the interest of rate payers of the City of Adelaide above anything else, and with that I have never received any support in the way of donations, printing or database access from the party, nor have I ever asked for support.
Marie Shaw QC - Former District Court Judge & Barrister
Houssam Abiad a young, educated, highly-principled Australian. He is a born leader, dedicated to community service, with a strong sense of fair-play and a lasting legacy of Rundle Mall Funding.
Theo Maras AM - Chairman - Maras Group
Dr. Gill Hicks - Founding Director of M.A.D for Peace UK and M.A.D Minds Australia
Houssam Abiad is respected and admired member of the South Australian Community. He's a successful entrepreneur, public servant and contributor to charitable causes. Every generation needs their share of Houssam Abiad’s to ensure the future of South Australia.
Mark Holden - Barrister & Entertainer
I met Houssam over 18 years ago shortly after I first arrived in Australia while searching for help with some IT issues. His kindness, generosity of spirit and ‘Yes I Can’ type of attitude are the first impressions I got back then. This is still how I would describe Houssam today!
Valerie Henbest - Cheese Specialist & Importer Fromage Air
I have known Houssam for over 13 years both on a personal and professional basis. Having the ability to deal with city councillors who come from a variety of backgrounds and have diverse views takes a talented individual and Houssam is definitely the man you want to go to bat for you. In my opinion Houssam’s intelligence, diplomacy, dedication and desire to serve make him an ideal person to serve the public.
Albert Bensimon - Chairman - Shiels Jewellers
Houssam is energised to do good for the community in which he lives, his motivation being, I believe, more altruistic than self-serving. He is intelligent, reliable and engaging. His work ethics and enthusiasm for the task at hand is admirable and I would urge those able to give him every support in his endeavours.
Dr. John O'Loughlin AO - FAICD MBBS MS FRACOG FRANZCOG FACOG Hon. FRNZCOG Hon.
I have known Houssam since 2010 when he became a Councillor of Adelaide City Council. I still remembered very vividly in 2011/2012 when Chinatown Lunar New Year Street Party was facing a funding problem, Houssam was the first Councillor who readily came out to assist resolving it.
George Chin - President - Chinatown Adelaide of SA Inc.
I believe Houssam to be sincere in his stated motivation to do what he can in the public life to improve the working and living conditions of the community of which he is already a significant part of. An aspiration such as this requires passion, dedication, determination, persistence and both a willingness and ability to work hard and long. Houssam Abiad in my view ticks all these boxes.
Tanya Powell - Founder - Tanya Powell Modelling Agency
I have known Houssam Abiad since 2010 where we have worked together on the Rundle Mall Management Authority and the Adelaide City Council. Houssam is an accomplished business person, Councillor and more recently, Deputy Lord Mayor, I have no hesitation in recommending Houssam as a hardworking and committed community Leader.
Martin Haese - Lord Mayor - City of Adelaide