Cr Declan Clausen


Councillor Declan Clausen was elected to Newcastle City Council at a by-election held in Ward 3 in February 2015, and represents the Labor Party. He was re-elected to Council and elected Deputy Lord Mayor in September 2017. He is the youngest person to hold of the Office of Deputy Lord Mayor in the City's 220 year history.

Declan is an energetic and committed local who is passionate about sustainability and renewing pride in Newcastle.

In addition to serving as Deputy Lord Mayor, Declan is:

  • Chair, Environment Advisory Committee
  • Deputy Chair, Smart and Innovative City Advisory Committee
  • Deputy Chair, Cycling Advisory Committee
  • Member, Asset Advisory Committee
  • Member, Youth Advisory Committee

Declan holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) with Honours I from the University of Newcastle, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

As a student, Declan was awarded a number of prestigious scholarships including a University of Newcastle Industry Scholarship (formerly UNISS Scholarship) sponsored by the Hunter Water Corporation, and the Jennie Thomas Environmental Scholarship. He was named the University of Newcastle’s WiL Student of the Year award, for his placement efforts at Hunter Water.

In 2013 Declan was named Newcastle’s Young Citizen of the Year, for his efforts to improve sustainability. Declan made use of the position of Young Citizen to highlight the important work being undertaken by Newcastle City Council residents to better our community. From 2013 to 2015, Declan wrote a weekly opinion column in the Newcastle Post Newspaper, a newspaper that is distributed to 140,000 households each week.

Declan is active within a number of local community groups. He was trained as a Climate Reality Leader by Former US Vice President Al Gore.

Declan is an active member of the Labor Environment Action Network.

Declan is passionate about our City, and fights for the services our community deserves.