Mayor Claire Pontin



Claire’s objectives as a Councillor are to use her skills and experience to see the MidCoast region grow and prosper in a sustainable, culturally rich and diverse way.

Regional economic development (more jobs and businesses), sensible environmental management (to protect what we have) and a thriving local cultural scene (to enrich us all) are her main passions. Claire also works hard to ensure that Council's financial management is robust in order to deliver the best possible outcomes.

Claire moved to the local area after a 30-year career in the Public Service (NSW and Federal) with the last 10 years as a General Manager having responsibility for science policy, compliance and regulatory programs and corporate services.

She chaired large national consultative committees comprising consumer groups, business groups and State and Federal government representatives. She represented Australia in international negotiations on standards development.

She has a Science degree (with honours) in ecology, a Commerce degree (with distinction) in property economics and post-graduate diplomas in financial analysis and investment and in natural resource management.

Claire is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She lives in Hallidays Point with her husband and has a son who serves in the Navy.

Claire was first elected to Council in 2017, was elected Deputy Mayor in September 2019 and in September 2020 and was elected Mayor in January 2022. 

As Mayor, Claire’s priorities are:

  • improving the way Council consults, communicates and responds to customer issues,
  • ensuring Council is open, transparent and accountable to the community
  • working with businesses to stimulate and support sustainable local economic development,
  • ensuring Council is proactively working to mitigate climate impacts
  • addressing unsatisfactory road maintenance levels.