Esme Martens 2014
Councillor Esme Martens, Mid-Western Regional Council
Esme has been a Councillor at Mid-Western Regional Council since 2006 and has over forty years experience in local government. In the 1962, Esme completed a civil engineering degree and went on to be employed as the first female Shire Engineer at age 27. In 1986, Esme was the first female Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.
Clr Martens takes an active role by chairing many Council committees including Strategic Planning, Saleyards management and mining consultative committees. Clr Martens has represented the interests of NSW councils on the Mining Related Councils of NSW Executive.
Clr Martens has advocated for more women to become senior staff members and councillors and her strong position has often resulted in aggressive opposition, which she has combated with dignity and reason.
Clr Martens has given many voluntary hours to community service including being the Chair of Rylstone Hospital, and working with Kandos Sports Ground and Evans Head Senior Citizens League Club.
Esme was nominated by Councillor James Thompson from Mid-Western Regional Council