From the Maitland Mercury report:
When Peter Blackmore runs a council meeting, he doesn’t suffer fools lightly. But he isn’t heavy handed with rebuke like some who wield civic power.
With a steady tone of voice that comes from decades of experience in public life, he rolls through business efficiently in a matter-of-fact manner.
It has been a colourful career so far for the 69-year-old, who first entered the public eye as a councillor in 1980.
Cr Blackmore has been a National party member, a mayor supported by Labor and has represented the state seat of Maitland as a Liberal.
He has worn the mayoral chains in Maitland as an independent since 1999.
Last month marked his 15th consecutive year in the position – a record for the city.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 16, 2014.