Bellingen Shire Mayor to stand down

BELLINGEN Shire Mayor Mark Troy has announced he will not contest the forthcoming local government election.

Cr Troy has served three terms as mayor, and said "there comes a time for renewal, a time to step aside".

"As the September 10 local government election draws near I feel that it is fair that I make my intentions known. I will not be a candidate at the forthcoming election," he said in a statement.

"On the completion of the current term I will have served three consecutive terms as Mayor, in all a total of twelve and a half years.

"Local Government has been a very substantial part of my life. It is always challenging however, it can and has been very rewarding.

Bellingen Shire Mayor Mark Troy
Bellingen Shire Mayor Mark Troy

"I am grateful for the support and encouragement I have received during my time in local government and to those who over recent months have appealed to me nominate for another term.

"Over my twelve and a half year mayoral term there has been much change and change will continue at an accelerated pace.

"It is a demanding task being a councillor and can bring great satisfaction but it is not for everyone.

"I have enjoyed the great privilege of engaging with people from every walk of life within our local shire and at regional, state and national levels always with the intention of delivering better outcomes and benefit to the people who populate our special part of the world.

"I have made many friends on the journey"

Cr Troy said he would be taking time away from the public eye for a while but "won't be rushing to buy a cardigan, new slippers and larger television as there are many other ways to connect and contribute to our community".