Wellington council has moved into caretaker mode following its last meeting.
But it still has important issues to deal with including a review by the state government into local government and
proposed new NSW planning laws.
An emotional mayor told councillors, “it has been a privilege to be your mayor”, thanking them for their support.
“Each one of you has played a big part (in our development),” she said.
Council general manager Michael Tolhurst was praised by several councillors.
“We now a have a GM born and bred in Wellington who has the whole of the shire at heart,” Cr Mark Griggs said.
“I honestly believe the
next four years will be most exciting.”
Cr Kevin Mason who is in hospital undergoing surgery was not there and was wished well by fellow councillors, while Cr Turner prayed for the council and its future direction.
Departing councillors Lisa Austin and Sue Edwards thanked management and
“It’s terrific to have contact with the community and in a small way help them,” Cr Edwards said
Deputy mayor Cr Mike Augee thanked the mayor and councillors for their work and the harmonious relationship in which the council worked.
Prior to the 2012 local government election, Crs Jones, Griggs, Augee and Grant will look at new NSW Planning laws which propose to change the face of local development.
The government wants to move away from councillors making determinations and these would include community members something many of the councillors don’t agree with.
The council also is working on a submission to the review on local government.