The Meritorious Service Award, presented by the Life Members of the Local Government Association of Tasmania, was introduced in 2011 to recognise exceptional service to Tasmanian Local Government and significant achievements by an elected member.
Mayor Steve Martin of Devonport City Council was announced the winner of the 2016 Meritorious Service Award at the LGAT Conference Dinner, held at Wrest Point in Hobart, on 21 July.
Steve was elected to Devonport 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 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, creating a new hub for the City and jobs for the local community.
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.
In presenting the award, Life Member, Lynn Mason commended all nominees for this year’s award for having given excellent service to Local Government and to the Tasmanian community, some of them over many years. Ms Mason said, "Steve Martin shone in the areas of raising the status of Local Government, entrepreneurship, innovation and community involvement.”
Mayor Martin received a trophy and $300 to donate to the charity of his choice.
Previous winners include:
2011 - Clr Judy Bromfield of Derwent Valley
2012 - Mayor Tony Foster of Brighton Council
2013 - Mayor Bertrand Cadart of Glamorgan Spring Bay Council
No awards were presented in 2014 and 2015.
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