Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Re-elected Blacktown Mayor’s vision for the city

Following his re-election as Mayor of Blacktown City this week, Tony Bleasdale OAM, has shared a vision of delivery, growth and transformation for the City

Mayor Bleasdale says he has never been more excited about the City’s future, as he enters his 27th year as a councillor, having first been elected to the Council in 1996.

“As our City’s population grows, my pledge is to continue strong advocacy for Western Sydney, pressing on the Governments in Macquarie Street and Canberra to support our community infrastructure needs including better public transport and equal funding for education, health, research, arts and culture funding,” he said.

At the top of the Mayor’s agenda is the ongoing transformation of Blacktown City, securing vital facilities and public infrastructure for local residents and businesses, and facilitating the growth of local jobs through future investment in the City.

“We are working with strategic partners like the Walker Corporation to build the modern Blacktown City.”

“We are binging a new heart to the city centre. Our residents will benefit from more than 4,500 jobs generated in the CBD.

“Local businesses will flourish with expanded workforces, and the changes in the CBD will be a catalyst for expansion and development of new economic and business opportunities in the City,” the Mayor said.

With WestInvest funding, he said the Council is focused on delivering major upgrades to swimming pools, a new arts and cultural centre in the Blacktown city centre, a new PCYC in Shalvey, a library in Seven Hills and a First Nations Cultural Centre in Mount Druitt.

Mayor Bleasdale restated Council’s commitment to the local environment, and driving Council’s investment in renewable energy and sustainable service delivery, which has led to Blacktown City being certified as carbon neutral in its operations. 

Councillor Chris Quilkey was elected Deputy Mayor. Described as a passionate advocate for the City, Cr Quilkey was first elected to Council in 2016 and has served the Blacktown local community for many years through a range committees and organisations.

Councillor Quilkey said it was a great privilege to step into the role of Deputy Mayor.

“I am honoured to serve the Blacktown City Community as Deputy Mayor and I look forward to joining Mayor Bleasdale and my fellow Councillors as we get on with the job of transforming our City for our community,” he said.

“My pledge is to continue to take a stand for Blacktown City and seek to improve the lives of all residents as we continue to grow our City.”

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