Born: Devonport, 1960. Age: 57
Marital status: Married to Susanne
Children: Alexander with granddaughter Edie; Rachel & granddaughter Ilse
Pets: George, a German short haired pointer
Occupation: Mayor, City of Devonport
2009 - Elected as Alderman to the Devonport City Council (4 years)
o Extended to a five-year term by State Government
2011 - Elected as Mayor to the Devonport City Council (2 years)
o Extended to a three-year term by State Government
2014 – Re-elected as Alderman & Mayor to the Devonport City Council (4 years)
“If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children. ”
Past Restaurateur, Three Amigos on King, 24 King Street, Devonport.
Previous Owner/operator Valley Road Newsagency, Devonport.
Previous Volunteer Fireman of the Devonport Fire Brigade - 32 years.
Mentor, Enormity Inc. - “Concepts of Great Wickedness” - a community based teenage committee - 20 years.
Justice of the Peace.
Childrens Book Council of Australia (TAS) committee since 2016
Chairman, Mersey Community Hospital Support Group - 14 years.
Volunteering Tasmania Board 2005 - 2007.
Assisting children and young people reach their full potential.
Realising worthy ideas and seeing them through to creation.
Sport, especially Australian Rules and basketball. Played premierships with Devonport, Spreyton & Wesley Vale Football Clubs as well as numerous basketball premierships in local & coastal rosters, state tournaments, state & interstate championships.
Past playing member “Legends” basketball team, B grades men – Devonport until season 2008.
1994 - Nation Service Medal for 15 years volunteer service with Devonport Fire Brigade. Presented with “bar” for 25 years service.
1994 - Founder of Devonport based, not for profit, independent teenage committee “The Solution Inc.”.
1995 - Founder of sister teenage committee - “Enormity Inc – Concepts of Great Wickedness” - in Ulverstone.
2001 - International Volunteer of the Year, “Local Hero Award”.
2001 - Life Member – Enormity Inc.
2002 - Tasmania Day Community Service Award – Steve Martin.
2003 - recipient of Centenary Medallion for community service and work with young people.
2003 - recipient of Tasmanian Fire Service Volunteer Medal for service beyond call.
2004 - Tasmanian Finalist,Australian of the Year.
2016 - "The Pulse" Devonport Mayor Recognised with Meritorious Service Award. On 21 July, Devonport Mayor Steve Martin was awarded the Meritorious Service Award by the Life Members of the Local Government Association of Tasmania. The Meritorious Service Award was launched in 2011 to recognise individual service and significant achievements by an elected member. Steve Martin was elected to Devonport City Council in 2009 and to the position of Mayor two years later. He made his name taking on causes to assist the local community. He has played a strong role in the creation of the East Devonport Child and Family Centre, in turning Devonport into a Learning Community, and in attracting the 2017 Australian Masters Games to the North West Coast. Mayor Martin also initiated the Mayor’s Charity Gala in 2013 (now named "Toast for Kids Charity Gala") in an effort to raise funds to provide schools with the means to provide breakfast to students. More recently, Mayor Martin has been leading the $250 million Living City project - the largest urban renewal project ever undertaken in regional Tasmania - to revitalise the central business district of Devonport. He also volunteers in the community and for the past 20 years, has mentored a group of young people in the highly successful youth group, Enormity. Mayor Martin received a trophy and $300 to donate to the charity of his choice.
2017 "The Pulse" - Local Government Awards for Excellence Winners Announced - A project by Devonport City Council called Read Devonport, aimed at improving literacy a means of gaining greater social and economic prosperity in the region, took out the Delivering Excellence - Larger Councils (population over 15,000) Award. Devonport Council’s Read Devonport is a collaboration between Local and State Government, community service organisations, service clubs and the Devonport community, aimed at improving literacy. The program’s objective is recognition that by improving literacy, it will lead to greater social and economic prosperity in the region, with many of the program elements designed to support parents with low literacy levels. A total of 56 partner organisations have come together to develop, invest in and deliver a program featuring 45 unique and interconnected projects. This has included delivering more than 525 free or low-cost literacy activities, workshops and events, connecting around 3,000 participants, and involving 150 staff and volunteers from partner organisations. $150,000 was leveraged from an initial $30,000 investment. The result is improved literacy, family connections, community participation and social inclusion.
As Mayor, City of Devonport
• Instigated: -
o Solar power for public buildings owned by Council
o Clean up of the old Maternity Hospital - asbestos
o A covered BBQ for Pioneer Park, East Devonport
o Reduction in Council meeting and workshop meals
o Expansion of Devonport Bluff Playground
o Off-leash dog complex, (near SPLASH)
o FREE WIFI in Devonport Mall and surrounds
o Devonport becoming a “Learning Community” – lifelong learning
Annual Festival of Learning – September
o Pirate Day – a family day at the Bass Strait Maritime Centre
o Reduction in Aldermen Numbers 12 down to nine (2014)
o Purchase and demolition of the old Maternity Hospital
o 2018 Tasmanian Masters Games
• East Devonport Child & Family Centre • LIVING CITY, the largest regional project undertaken in regional Tasmania • 2017 Australian Masters Games, NW Tasmania • Kommunity Kids, East Devonport • Devonport Reader’s Cup • Toast for Kids Charity Gala o Sponsoring school breakfast clubs and “Books for Babies” • Elected as Devonport’s representative o Cradle Coast Authority 2011 – present day Elected to Board 2017 o Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) 2011- present day o LGAT General Management Committee 2017 – present day o Chairman Mersey Leven Emergency Management Committee 2012 – present day o Maidstone Park Management Controlling Authority 2012 – present day
• Mayor’s Charity Trust Fund - Chairman o Name change to reflect the work of Dame Enid Lyons to the Dame Enid Lyons Trust fund Officially opened o Devonport Aquatic Centre – “SPLASH” o Bass Strait Maritime Centre o Julie Burgess – historic ketch o K&D Warehouse Mitre 10
RATES Financial year 12/13 rate increase 1.8% result $674,000 underlying surplus; FY 13/14 rate increase 1.6% result $1.08mill underlying surplus; FY 14/15 Zeo rate increase result $2.3mill underlying surplus ; FY 15/16 Zero rate increase result $3.02mill underlying surplus; FY 16/17 zero rate increase result TBA; FY 17/18 zero rate increase result TBA
+ Community Involvement?
Childrens Book Council of Australia (TAS) Elected to the committee in 2016 and re-elected 2017 http://www.cbcatas.org/. Initiated the inaugural Devonport Readers Cup which attracted eight local primary schools to compete - http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/5047774/book-lovers-compete-at-first-readers-cup/
Formed the Mersey Community Hospital Support Group in an effort to regain services and staffing levels to the Mersey Community Hospital. Represented the community at large tackling the Tasmanian Government and the Health Corporation Healthscope.
Member of Devonport Fire Brigade for past 40 years. Held position of 2nd Officer for three years, during which time awarded “Most Efficient Volunteer Tasmanian Brigade” on two occasions.
Tasmanian Fire Service Charity Run – past 17 years, Devonport Coordinator for 5 years. Run has raised over $300,000 for worthy charities.
Organised and conducted men’s basketball summer social rosters 1981 – ’83.
Senior Commissioner Devonport Basketball Commission 1998.
President Devonport Basketball Commission 1999 – 2000.
1995 Organised & conducted “Rock the Dock” charity concert on wharf area adjacent to TT Line dock.
Founder and coordinator “The Charity Golf Day” previously played in Ulverstone. Event has raised over $32,000 for worthy charities such as "Make a Wish", Guide Dogs, Heart Foundation, Royal Flying Doctors and recently Cancer Council of Tasmania. Event in 13th year with last three years funds channelled towards Enormity and their activities.
Guest speaker State Rotary Conference 3/6/00.
+ Enormity Inc.
2004 Young Achiever Awards (Tasmania) semi finalists in Regional Initiative and Community Service.
Young Australian of the Year Awards, Community Service category reaching semifinals in 1999, 2000 & 2001.
2001 Tasmania Day Community Service Award.
1998 Central Coast Council Australia Day Youth Award.
2001 Central Coast Council Australia Day Community Events Award.
1998 commenced public appeal for winter coats for homeless and needy "Coat Day". Event grew to a national level now having collected over 55,000 coats including John Howard, Tony & Caroline Rundle, Jim Bacon, Sue Smith, Killing Heidi, Kevin Sheedy, Sid Sidebottom, Amanda Vanstone, Tim Fischer, Paula Wriedt, Brenton Best, Elle McPherson, Jai Taurema, Jon Anderson & Larry Anderson. Group visited New Zealand in 2004 initiating the appeal there.
Currently appeal has topped the 99,200 items collected including Prime Ministers Malcolm Turnbull, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard & Tony Abbott. On Saturday 7th July 2018 it will be the 20th appeal, with every effort made to reach a 100,000 donations.
National “Certificate of Appreciation” from Salvation Army for community service – “Winter Coat Appeal".
“Certificates of Appreciation” received from Royal Flying Doctors, Make a Wish, Guide Dogs, Camp Quality, Nixon Street Primary School, Heart Foundation & CanTeen.
2002 National “Can Do Community Award” – Tasmania.
2002 organised & conducted “Rock the Coast” National Youth Week concert featuring Jebediah and some of Tasmania’s finest bands.
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