Friday, January 21, 2022

Blacktown Mayor marks 20th year on Council

Councillor Tony Bleasdale OAM has been re-elected Mayor of Blacktown City and has shared a vision of unity, growth and transformation for the region.

“I accept this honour with great pride and enthusiasm and thank my fellow Councillors for placing their trust and confidence in me once again,” Mayor Bleasdale said.

“I look forward to leading this wonderful group of councillors and I have great faith in the commitment they each have to Blacktown City.

“I am excited to lead a strong, passionate group which works together with a shared vision for our City and represents the diversity of our community.

“We know Blacktown City is the jewel in the crown of Western Sydney, and as Mayor, I intend to continue to build the modern city our residents and businesses need into the future.

“I congratulate all new and returning Councillors on their election and thank the former councillors for their unwavering dedication.”

Mayor Bleasdale will this year embark on his 20th year as a Councillor, having first been elected to Blacktown City Council in 1996.

Completing the City’s Transformational Projects as well as the Blacktown Brain and Spinal Institute (BBSI) are at the top of the Mayor’s agenda for the coming term.

“Blacktown City has a $22 billion economy and our Transforming Blacktown program will set our City up for a strong and robust future,” he said.

“There will be many exciting changes over the coming years – we will see more ACU students in our city centre, continued progress at the Warrick Lane development site and the opening of our state-of-the-art International Centre of Training Excellence at the Blacktown International Sportspark.

“Our best-practice animal rehoming centre, known as BARC, at Glendenning is rapidly taking shape too.

“In the near future, I look forward to providing an exciting update on the BBSI, which constitutes an enormous investment which will revolutionise the way people view our City.

“Along with significant investment in Mount Druitt and the north of the Blacktown city centre, we expect further investment to follow in all the major centres in our City.”

Mayor Bleasdale restated Council’s commitment to the environment, and driving Council’s investment in renewable energy and sustainable service delivery.

Councillor Brad Bunting was elected Deputy Mayor by his colleagues at a meeting of Blacktown City Council on Tuesday.

Cr Bunting said it was a great privilege to step into the role of Deputy Mayor, as he embarked on his second term with Council.

A passionate sportsman, Cr Bunting was first elected to Council in 2016 and has served the Blacktown local community for many years through a range of sporting groups and committees.

“I am honoured to serve the Blacktown City Community as Deputy Mayor and look forward to joining Mayor Bleasdale and my fellow Councillors during this period of great transformation for our City,” he said.

“My pledge is to continue to advocate for Blacktown City and improve the lives of all residents through the ongoing growth of Council’s libraries, pools, sporting fields, playgrounds and community hubs.”

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