Retiring councillors farewelled

THE three Derwent Valley councillors who opted not to contest this week’s council election have now reached the end of their terms. At the last council meeting a fortnight ago, Mayor Martyn Evans paid tribute to retiring councillors Craig Farrell, Jim Elliott and Narelle Hill.

Cr Farrell was first elected to council in 2002, after an unsuccessful tilt at the House of Assembly earlier that year. He won a second term in 2007 and was elected deputy mayor in 2009. On his election to the Legislative Council earlier this year, Cr Farrell announced his intention to retire from council at the expiry of his term.

Crs Elliott and Hill were elected to council in 2007 and have similarly chosen not to contest the current election. The departure of this trio means there will be at least three new faces on the council by the end of this week.

Cr Evans thanked the three councillors for their service and said it had been a pleasure having Cr Farrell as his deputy. He wished all candidates the best of luck in the council election.

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