NINE YEARS OF LEADERSHIP: Lord Mayor highlights live music reforms as key achievement

Nuatali Nelmes has listed support of live music reforms as one of the key achievements City of Newcastle has made during her nine years as Lord Mayor.

The reflection comes on the back of the Lord Mayor officially reaching nine years in the role.

Nelmes was elected to the role of Lord Mayor on 15 November 2014, after a six-year tenure as a Ward Three councillor.

“I want to thank the people of Newcastle, who have repeatedly supported our Council to show leadership and take tough decisions to deliver the change our city has needed,” Cr Nelmes said. 

Supporting live music reforms to protect local performers, while implementing a live music grant scheme to support local artists was just one of the key cultural and community achievements listed by the Lord Mayor.

Other notable achievements included starting construction on the long-discussed Newcastle Art Gallery expansion, attracting new national and international events to the city and launching the city’s Newcastle’s very own New Annual cultural festival to support local artists.

“This record of delivery has only been possible because of tough decisions that have made the City of Newcastle financially sustainable with successive budget surpluses,” she said.

“We will continue to focus on attracting more investment to our city to support jobs and deliver the services our residents deserve.”

The Lord Mayor is the fourth longest-serving Lord Mayor, surpassing the terms of former Lord Mayors John McNaughton, Joy Cummings, and Greg Heys.