Monthly Luncheons & Guest Speakers

February 2017 Luncheon

Harbourview Function Centre
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 –
12:00pm to 1:30pm

Monthly Luncheon | Panel of Mayors

For our first luncheon of the year we welcome a panel of our Mayors to share how their council is implementing strategies to help local businesses succeed.


  • Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Nuatali Nelmes
  • Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser
  • Mayor of Maitland, Councillor Peter Blackmore


Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Nuatali Nelmes

Nuatali Nelmes was elected Lord Mayor of Newcastle in 2014 after serving six years on Newcastle City Council, including a time as Deputy Lord Mayor.

Under her leadership, Newcastle City Council is now delivering both on community expectations together with financial security. Newcastle is on the cusp of transitioning from a great regional city to an emerging global city. Nuatali is committed to attracting investment and increasing job opportunities.

Through collaboration, Nuatali is building partnerships and recently a partnership with the University of Newcastle has seen the City of Newcastle recognised a United Nations City, a tremendous honour.

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser

Kay Fraser was popularly elected as Mayor of Lake Macquarie City in September 2016. She has lived in Lake Macquarie for more than 40 years and is serving her fourth term on Lake Macquarie City Council.

Cr Fraser is committed to making Lake Macquarie a great place to live, work and visit, building on its superb natural assets of lake, mountains, bushland and sea, its unique sense of community and its growing, fast-evolving regional economy.

At a business level, Cr Fraser has a keen interest in growing new-generation jobs and expanding the digital economy as Lake Macquarie continues to transition from a traditional reliance on manufacturing, mining and power generation.

Mayor of Maitland, Councillor Peter Blackmore

Cr Peter Blackmore was first elected Mayor of Maitland in 1986, a position he held until 1990. In 1991 Peter was elected to the Parliament of New South Wales, as the State Member for Maitland and held the seat until 1999. He was then re-elected as Mayor in 1999 and has held the position since that time.

In 2016 Peter received one of the country’s highest honours, an Order of Australia Medal, for his service to local government and the community of Maitland. He remains Maitland’s longest serving mayor and was both honoured and humbled to receive the recognition.

Peter’s initial interest in representing the community stemmed from his time as the owner of a local service station, which brought him into contact with a variety of people from across the community. Through face to face conversations both at work and through his community involvement in the Rotary Club he was well known to many people in Maitland.

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