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Festival's curious ad choices | Mayor gets robbed | Sacked public servant up for gong

Notes on Adelaide

In today’s column, questions about the links between advertising choices and the management of the Adelaide Fashion Festival, a local mayor falls prey to thieves, and a sacked public servant is nominated for a public service innovation award.

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Spreading the love, South Australian-style

The State Government-backed Adelaide Fashion Festival is led by creative director Chris Kontos.

The magazine, South Australian Style, also lists Kontos as its creative director.

Which was the only locally-owned magazine that received advertising from the Adelaide Fashion Festival this year? South Australian Style.

Events SA, the government body connected with the SA Tourism Commission that oversees the fashion festival, says it manages potential conflicts of interest, but concedes that Kontos was part of an “initial discussion” about advertising partnerships.

“As with all SATC contracts, conflicts of interest are managed in accordance with specific clauses in contracts including the obligation to disclose any actual or potential conflicts of interest that exist, arise or may arise in the course of performing obligations under the agreement,” it said in a statement.

“For all our events, a media brief is written by the marketing team for the Government master media agency, Wavemaker, based on the objectives of the event.

“There are two South Australian publications specifically catering to a niche fashion audience. Events South Australia was approached by both magazines for a broader partnership with the event, therefore involving an initial discussion with the event management team including the creative director. Events South Australia as part of broader event decision making determined that we would only focus on media buy with niche publications and therefore the process was handed over to Wavemaker.

“The decision regarding media spend was made by the marketing team guided by recommendations from Wavemaker following their thorough evaluation of all proposals keeping in mind the reach and impact of each publication against the objectives of the event.

“Following this process, the final media plan included a spend with three South Australian publications: The Advertiser, South Australian Style and (website) GLAM Adelaide plus partnerships with Network Ten and oOH Media.”

Of course, InDaily has some skin in this game. We take advertising, as do other publications owned by Solstice Media, which publishes InDaily.

The Adelaide Fashion Festival runs from October 17-21.

The cost of campaigning

Prospect Mayor David O’Loughlin has had his beloved ute stolen while campaigning for re-election in Nailsworth.

O’Loughlin had ridden his bike to the suburb for a spot of doorknocking. He locked up the bike, but thieves broke into his pannier bag, took his keys and credit cards and, before he knew what had happened, they had travelled to his home and stolen his blue-grey, dual-cab Mitsubishi Triton ute.

They also had some fun with his credit cards for about half an hour until he cancelled them.

“We haven’t seen the cards or the ute since,” O’Loughlin told InDaily.

The former LGA president says he believes the thieves were driving a mid-1990s model white Holden ute.

The Police are on the case but below are the details in case anyone sees it.

Sacked public servant up for public service award

One of the state’s former top public servants, removed from her position as part of the Marshall Government’s new broom, is up for a key award for “innovation in public service”.

Dr Tahnya Donaghy, former deputy chief executive of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, is one of two finalists in the public sector category in this year’s Winnovation awards, which recognises South Australia’s most innovative women.

Donaghy has been nominated for her pioneering work on “nation-leading data sharing legislation” and the establishment of the State Government’s Office for Data Analytics “so that information can be shared across-government, within a safe and secure framework, to help vulnerable people”.

The award winners will be announced later this month.

New editing gig for former Adelaide journalist

Former Adelaide journalist Rachel Hancock has been appointed editor of News Corp’s Gold Coast Bulletin as part of a shuffle in senior roles in Rupert Murdoch’s Australian operations.

Hancock arrives at the Bulletin via senior editorial roles at The Advertiser and Sunday Mail, the editorship of the NT News and, most recently, the deputy editorship of Brisbane’s Courier-Mail.

The campaigning editor-in-chief of The Australian, Paul Whittaker, will take charge of Sky News, to be replaced by Daily Telegraph editor Chris Dore.

Ben English, editor of the Gold Coast Bulletin, has been appointed editor of the Daily Telegraph.

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