Pendleton re-elected as Mayor of Blacktown Council
Councillor Pendleton, Blacktown City Council
Mayor Pendleton said he is proud to have the opportunity to continue to lead Blacktown City as Mayor, having, served previously as Mayor from 1999 to 2004 and elected to the position in September 2010.
“It has been my privilege to be Mayor of Blacktown City for the past year – an honourable task”, Mayor Pendleton said.
Mayor Pendleton has served as a Ward 1 Councillor for over 16 years, having first been elected to Council in 1995. He has been Chair of various standing committees in that time as well as being active on various community committees.
“I am looking forward to the next 12 months on Council, working with my fellow Councillors and with the local community – the community I have been proud to serve for 16 years on this Council and lived in for 50 years”.
“The past 12 months as Mayor, have been a period of great achievement for Blacktown City Council and the local area, with many developments, programs and events taking place throughout the City”, Mayor Pendleton said.
“I look forward to working with incoming Deputy Mayor, Councillor Bleasdale. The next 12 months are will be another significant year in our City’s growth”, Mayor Pendleton said.
Deputy Mayor Bleasdale, OAM served on Blacktown City Council from November 1996 until September 1999 and was re-elected in March 2004 as a Ward 5 Councillor and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the Queen’s 2010 honorary list for his service to the community as a supporter of charitable organisations and to local government in the Blacktown City area.
Mayor Pendleton thanked outgoing Deputy Mayor, Councillor Kathie Collins for her outstanding work and support over the past 12 months.
“Councillor Collins has been a great support over the past 12 months and I am sure will continue to be a valuable contributor to the local community”.
2010/11 Achievements for Blacktown City Council
*In June this year, Council adopted a $341 million balanced budget and launched the new 2011/12 Operational Plan. The budget secured Council’s place as being debt free and maintaining its strong financial position whilst continuing to offer key services and projects for the area.
*Work commenced on stage one of the $16 million Blacktown Showground development.
*The $2.5 million training and administration centre opened at Blacktown International Sportspark Sydney, the Centre will support the GWS Giants AFL team and other sports.
* Work is well underway on the $8 million construction of The Mount Druitt Hub, which is scheduled to open in November.
* The Regenesis Program, launched in 2008, concluded after 168,000 native plants were planted around Blacktown City and in Liverpool Plains Shire; equating to 100 hectares and 33 carbon forests.
*The $2.7 million rugby league development at Waite Reserve, Quakers Hill was completed.
* Blacktown Olympic Park celebrated 10 years of sport since being developed as a playing and training venue for baseball and softball during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and was renamed Blacktown International Sportspark Sydney.
*The $3.9 million Ropes Crossing Community Resource Hub opened - the first of its kind in the local area.
* Emerton Leisure Centre was awarded the 2011 Local Business Award Winner for Most Outstanding Health and Fitness Centre.
*Council’s Calendar won the RH Dougherty Award at the Local Government Week Awards in the Reporting to Your Community category.
Profile: Mayor of Blacktown City, Councillor Alan Pendleton
After a long career with Blacktown City Council as an Environmental Health and Building Surveyor, Alan progressed to the position of Director of the Department. As Director he was responsible for waste planning and management, environmental planning and management, and was the Principal Building Surveyor for the approval of all building applications until 1994.
Councillor Alan Pendleton was first elected to Council in 1995. Following his re-election to Council in 1999, Councillor Pendleton was elected Mayor of Blacktown City from 1999 to 2004. He is now serving his fourth term as a Councillor of the City in which he has lived for 50 years. In September 2010 he was again elected Mayor.
Councillor Pendleton has served on many and varied Committees; representing at WSROC, the Hawkesbury Nepean Advisory Catchment Committee, the Floodplain Management Authority and was also the inaugural Chairman of the Western Sydney Waste Board and Chairman of the Greater Western Sydney Economic Development Board. He is currently the Chairman of Regional Development Australia Sydney.
Profile: Deputy Mayor of Blacktown City, Councillor Tony Bleasdale, OAM
Councillor Tony Bleasdale was first elected to Council in November 1996 until September 1999 and was re-elected in March 2004 representing Ward 5 in the Blacktown Local Government Area. Councillor Bleasdale is a large contributor to charitable organisations and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the Queen's 2010 honorary list in recognition of his service to the community as a supporter of charitable organisations, and to local government in the Blacktown City area.
Councillor Bleasdale's charitable contributions are extensive and diverse and include (but are not limited to):
Financial Supporter of the Gynaecological Cancer Research Fund, Westmead Hospital; Supporter of Blacktown Relay for Life, Cancer Council NSW; Financial Contributor and Fundraiser, Schizophrenia Research Institute; Sponsor, Construction Industry Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign since 2005; Financial Supporter, Mount Druitt Town Rangers Soccer Club since 2007; Financial Sponsor, Matt McFadyen, Antarctic Explorer 2003. Councillor Bleasdale is also the Treasurer of West Tradies Club at Mount Druitt and was a Director of the Club several times as well as being a Foundation Member in 1977.
He was also Group Industrial Relations Manager with the W McNamara Group, 1985 - 1993; Assistant Secretary, Building Workers Industrial Union, 1979 - 1984.
He is currently Managing Director of Lindales Pty Ltd - a position he has held since 1999. Councillor Tony Bleasdale arrived in Australia from Liverpool, England 48 years ago. He is married with 4 children and has 8 grandchildren.