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Retiring councillor’s valedictory

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As I choose to move on from local government, I want to pen a few words to say thanks for the opportunity. It has been a great honour to be part of Ballina Shire Council for the past 17 years.

I step aside with a keen interest in how future councils will be right across the region. I wish those who are elected all the best as you work for your communities.

I have met wonderful people along the way and been part of many decisions for communities on the far north coast.  I am grateful to those folk who have supported me, given me advice and shared your ideas. I have had the opportunity to be deputy to two very good mayors in David Wright and Phil Silver; and the time I spent as mayor to Ballina remains a wonderful time for me.

Representing diverse communities is not always an easy task: often up close and at times personal. There are always those who agree with one’s vote and those who don’t. There are those who want to play politics and those who come with good intentions. However when it all boils down, the strength of a council is its ability to work as a group for the benefit of the community.

For what it’s worth, a local election is not about big marketing campaigns, head shots and decorated cars on street corners. The most exposed ‘Vote 1’ signs or the veil of party politics are not the single measure of being a good representative. Rather, it should be about a person’s demonstrated capacity to listen, their ability to do the study.

I encourage folk to look at every candidate’s stability, their record in community service and good ideas as the fundamentals in casting your vote for mayor and councillors in September.

To my colleagues, the Ballina Council staff, local mayors, our state and federal members and the community as a whole: I am grateful to have been part of working with you in this place we all love so much.

Cr Peter Moore
Ballina Shire


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