|Lord Mayor of Newcastle|
1999 – 8 September 2012
|Preceded by||Greg Heys|
|Succeeded by||Jeff McCloy|
|Residence||Cooks Hill, New South Wales|
Tate was originally elected as a councillor of the City of Newcastle in September 1980, and was elected Lord Mayor in 1999, continuing in that role until 2012.
Tate re-contested the Lord Mayoral position at the September 2008 New South Wales Local Government Elections as an independent candidate out-polling his rivals with 32% compared to Independent Aaron Buman with 18.6% and Australian Labor Party candidate Marilyn Eade with 18.4%.
Responding to revelations in May 2014 at the Independent Commission Against Corruption about the possibly corrupt funding of election campaigns in the electorate of Newcastle in 2011, by businesses associated with Nathan Tinkler, Tate said he had never received any financial assistance from Tinkler or any entity connected with him.
| Lord Mayor of Newcastle