Blacktown City Council recently honoured the enormous contribution made to the City by a former Mayor and Councillor, the great Alan Pendleton OAM.
Mayor of Blacktown City Tony Bleasdale OAM presented Alan with a Key to the City for his 50 years of service at a meeting of Council.
Alan was a Councillor between 1995 and 2016, and served two terms as Mayor of Blacktown City, between 1999 and 2004 and, 2010 and 2012. He also served as Deputy Mayor from 2008 to 2009.
“There has never been a more determined advocate for the people of Blacktown City than Alan Pendleton,” Mayor Bleasdale said.
“Spanning 50 years, Alan was tireless in his contribution to local government and Western Sydney, including in his working life as a dedicated Council employee.
“He drew upon his talents in community leadership, collaborative decision-making and strategic planning to position Blacktown City as a thriving place to live, work and play.
“There have been few who have left a legacy like Alan has.”
Alan Pendleton was a central figure in many key developments in Blacktown City, including the construction of Denis Johnson Library and the enhancement of Blacktown Leisure Centre Stanhope.
He oversaw the multimillion-dollar refurbishment of the Grantham Heritage Building Estate and secured funding for the community resource hub at Mount Druitt.
He was pivotal in establishing a Council partnership with the AFL through the development of Western Sydney’s first AFL team, the Greater Western Sydney Giants.
He served on many committees as a representative of Council, including as chairman of the Western Sydney Waste Board. Alan was also chairman of Regional Development Australia Sydney.
Mayor Bleasdale said Alan’s passion for his community has never wavered.
“It is my great pleasure to present Alan with the Key to the City as we celebrate and recognise his significant contribution to public life,” he said.
Picture: Former Blacktown City Mayor and councillor Alan Pendleton OAM (right) receives the Key to the City from Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM (left).