Blacktown City’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Bleasdale was first elected to Council in November 1996 serving several terms. He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the Queen's 2010 honours list for his service to the community as a supporter of charitable organisations, and for his contribution to local government in the Blacktown City area.
Councillor Bleasdale’s charity work includes Financial Supporter, Gynaecological Cancer Research Fund, Westmead Hospital; Supporter, Blacktown Relay for Life, Cancer Council NSW; Financial Contributor and Fundraiser, Schizophrenia Research Institute; Sponsor, Construction Industry Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign (since 2005); Financial Supporter, Mount Druitt Town Rangers Soccer Club, since 2007; Financial Sponsor, Matt McFadyen, Antarctic Explorer, 2003. Councillor Bleasdale has also had a long involvement with the West Tradies Club at Mount Druitt.
Before becoming Managing Director of the major construction industry labour hire firm, National Contractors, Councillor Bleasdale was Group Industrial Relations Manager with the W McNamara Group and Assistant Secretary at the Building Workers Industrial Union (BWIU).
Councillor Bleasdale’s believes the next few years in Blacktown City will be exciting. His vision is to create vigorous and vibrant communities in many different areas as well as continuing to focus on the cultural diversity that defines Blacktown City.