Martin-12Over the past fifteen years Clarke has led and participated in a number of important local campaigns to protect and enhance the community.

These have included:

-Clarke led a community campaign to save the Beaumaris campus of Sandringham College. When the government closed the campus in 2014, Clarke forced the issue by running for parliament as an independent candidate. This action created enormous political pressure, so that both major political parties promised funding, and a new 7-12 stand-alone secondary college was opened in 2018.

-The introduction of a new system to filter the storm water before it enters the bay at Mentone Beach. Over $5 million was spent on the project, which not only removed large, unsightly pipes from the beach, but also installed the latest litter trapping technology.

-Completing the Beaumaris/Mentone section of the Beach road bike path

-Preserving the iconic heritage-listed Beaumaris Hotel within a new development and securing public amenity through street frontage retail premises. This has helped maintain and enhance the Key Street precinct atmosphere.

-Working on Save the Edgy campaign since the Mentone Hotel closed its doors in 2014, culminating in the recent May 2018 victory at VCAT securing a condition that a licensed venue within the new development must be built and operated by the developer.

-Serving on committees for the new Beaumaris Sports Club and saving the Beaumaris RSL.

-Campaigning to defend local residents against inappropriate development including reducing the scale of the Bay Road Towers in Sandringham in 2013 and the 7 storey applications in Hampton Street in 2016.

Clarke was born in 1964 and grew up in Mt Waverley. He attended Essex Heights Primary School, Malvern Grammar School and Huntingdale Technical College. At the age of 15 he joined the Royal Australian Navy as part of the Junior Recruit Program.

Clarke became one of the youngest Clearance divers in the Navy and served for ten years in various units including the Counter Terrorism Unit of the Special Air Service Regiment. He then moved into the off-shore oil and gas industry as a freelance deep sea commercial diver. During a twenty-year career working in the most hazardous of environments and suffering serious injuries in an industrial accident, Clarke gained a passion for the prevention of workplace incidents and injuries.

He took a role at WorkSafe Victoria in 2000, where he held a variety of senior management roles and was involved in several major prevention initiatives. He left WorkSafe in 2012 and now provides Health and Safety consultancy services alongside his role as an elected Bayside City Councillor.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Health and Safety from Curtin University and extensive experience in senior management, including people leadership, strategic planning, project management and community development.

Clarke is an elected Councillor for the Southern Ward in the Bayside City Council, Chartered Professional Member of the Safety institute of Australia, Chair of the RMIT Occupational Health and Safety Program Advisory Committee, Executive member of the Metropolitan Transport Forum, manages his own Work Health & Safety consultancy and works part-time in the community services sector. Clarke is on the committee of the Mentone Life Saving Club and is President of the Beaumaris RSL Sub-Branch.

He was part of the original organising committee of the Day on Oak Street Festivals in Beaumaris, which contributed money to completely rebuild the facilities for the tennis, cricket and football clubs based at Banksia Reserve. He is a member of the RAN Clearance Diving Association and the Special Air Service Regiment Association and in 2011 was issued with the Australian Service Medal with clasp “Counter Terrorism/Special Recovery”. 

Clarke is married to Megan and has 3 children Ruby, Louis and Flynn.  He was a keen junior footballer and enjoys being involved with his kids, sport and anything to do with the ocean.

 

 

This November, vote for your local Independent candidate, Clarke Martin, who Gets Things Done for you.