The Goondiwindi Regional Mayor, Cr Graeme Scheu chaired his last council meeting today. Twelve years ago we took the picture above. It was his first official pic as mayor. There's been hundreds if not thousands since.
This morning he said "thank you" for the privilege of being mayor. "Well folks, the final council meeting for some of us and before I close my last meeting, I have a couple of thank yous. With some of the current councillors retiring, firstly can I wish you all the best and thank you for your contribution to what I believe has been an extremely functional council.
To those contesting the coming elections, I wish you all the very best, as I do all candidates that stand up and have a go for this wonderful community, and thank you for your contributions to the current council. I have been lucky to be Mayor for three terms and each council I believe has contributed greatly to Goondiwindi Regional Council being a better place to live, work and play and so I would also like to acknowledge and thank all previous serving councillors as well.
To Carl (Manton), Jason (Quinnell), Dion (Jones) , and previous CEOs and directors, I thank you and the staff for all of the support you all have afforded me and my council. I know as council, we have set some pretty arduous goals that at times have been difficult to administer but I thank everyone for the manner they have executed their particular duties. While there have been some challenging times, I have enjoyed the time I have been privileged to lead this council. I moved to Goondiwindi in 1978 as a young 22 year-old and I won't be leaving the district as it is truly a wonderful area full of quality people. To all the communities throughout this region, it has been a pleasure to deal with them all I thank each and every one of them. Each individual community has its own special unique features and it is imperative that those features are preserved and continue.
Finally, to the new council, whichever six that may be, and of course to Lawrence Springborg who will be named Mayor after March 28, I wish you all the very best. I trust you will all be able to build on what surely is one of Australia's greatest Agricultural areas.