Councillor Nuatali Nelmes, Lord Mayor of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
Nuatali Nelmes was returned for a second consecutive term as the Lord Mayor of Newcastle in 2017, now serving as Lord Mayor for five years. Councillor Nelmes previously served as Councillor on Newcastle City Council for 6 years from 2008, before being elected Lord Mayor of Newcastle in 2014.
Nuatali holds a Bachelor of Business degree with a double major in industrial relations/human resource management and marketing from the University of Newcastle, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Currently participating in Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Institute. She worked in small business and recruitment before being elected to The City of Newcastle Council in 2008.
Throughout her time on Council, Nuatali has championed the revitalisation of the City and Newcastle’s coastline; and worked to improve vital Council services providing Novocastrians with equitable access to high-quality public facilities. During the 2017 General Council Election, which Nuatali won with more than 42 percent of first preference votes, she campaigned on a strong track record of delivery, including returning Council to financial sustainability, doubling councils works program while protecting jobs and services, as well as overseeing record levels of development approved throughout the City of Newcastle.
Under her collaborative leadership, Newcastle has become a United Nations City committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopting the SDGs and New Urban Agenda ensuring Newcastle is a Sustainable City and Community, that is
inclusive, safe, and resilient.