Interacting with the residents was the best part of the job, according to outgoing Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin.
Cr McLaughlin congratulated Mayor-elect Bill Lowis on his success and wished both he and the incoming council all the best for the next four years.
“In a democracy, the electors decide on their representatives and I accept the decision of the residents,” she said.
“I thank the residents for their support during my terms as mayor and also thank the Council staff. We are lucky to have staff who are very committed to making the Burdekin a great place to live, work and play.
“I would also like to thank my family and friends. They have kept ‘my feet on the ground’ and have always been there for me.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved in local government for the past 14 years, but the best part of the job has been interacting with the wonderful people in this district.
“During my time on Council, I have worked tirelessly for the people and the district and leave with much satisfaction and pride in what has been achieved during my terms as Mayor.
“I have met many wonderful people involved with local government and thank them for the support and encouragement over the years.”
Cr McLaughlin said she was very proud to have represented and promoted the Burdekin throughout the district and state.
“I have always been a strong advocate for the Burdekin and always will be,” she said.
Cr McLaughlin said there were no definite plans for her future – except that she would be at netball on Thursdays.
“I’ll take a well-earned break and enjoy some quality time with my family and friends.”