Lord Mayor's Office
Level 2, City Hall
PO Box 489
Newcastle NSW 2300
Telephone: 02 4974 2000
Nuatali Nelmes was elected Lord Mayor of Newcastle at a by-election on 15 November 2014 after serving six years on Newcastle City Council, including a time as Deputy Lord Mayor.
Nuatali holds a Bachelor of Business degree with a double major in industrial relations/human resource management and marketing from the University of Newcastle, and 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 Newcastle’s coastline; and worked to improve vital Council services such as Blackbutt Reserve, pools and libraries, to provide all Novocastrians with equitable access to high-quality public facilities.
During the 2014 Lord Mayoral by-election, which Nuatali won with more than 42 per cent of first preference votes, she campaigned on urban renewal in the inner city and suburbs, overturning cuts to Council services, restoring trust in Council, renewing pride in Newcastle and ensuring Council’s long-term financial sustainability.
Nuatali has represented Labor as a Councillor on committees overseeing recreation, urban planning and design, assets, and catchment management; and is currently a member of Council's Asset Advisory Board and Chair of Council's Coastal Revitalisation Working Party; and sits on the Boards of the Hunter Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the Newcastle Airport Partnership.
The Lord Mayor is also a proud Patron of the Coast and Valley Swimming Association, the Friendship Force Club of Newcastle, the Hillcrest Tennis Club Inc., the Hunter Regional Apprenticeship and Traineeship Advisory Committee, the Hunter School of the Performing Arts Marching Band, the Newcastle District Bowling Association, the Newcastle District Vintage and Classic Car Club Inc., the Newcastle and Hunter District Historical Society, the Newcastle Rowing Club, and the Northern NSW Federation of Justices of the Peace Inc. Newcastle Branch.
Councillor Nelmes is only the second female Lord Mayor of Newcastle after popular 1970s-era mayor Joy Cummings, and she is the youngest Lord Mayor of Newcastle. Nuatali was raised and educated in Newcastle, is married with three children and has enjoyed a representative sporting career in basketball.