Moyne Shire Mayor, Karen Foster, has announced she is stepping down from the top job.
In a statement, Cr Foster confirmed she will not stand for re-election later this month.
“It has been an honour to serve as Mayor of our fantastic shire for the past year and it’s a role I have genuinely loved. But it’s time to focus on my business after stepping away while serving as Mayor,” she said.
“Over the past year I have met incredible people from every corner of Moyne and I’ve had the privilege of speaking at many meetings and community events.
“It has reaffirmed my view that our communities and the people that live in them are our Shire’s greatest asset and there is amazing work happening each and every day to help our
communities thrive which is often done quietly and without fuss.
“I’ve also seen first-hand the incredible work of our Council teams, the dedication they have to supporting our communities and delivering vital services we all rely on each and every day is incredible.
“This experience has provided me with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grow and learn more about myself and about our region.
“I have been in rooms I never would have dreamt of stepping foot in and I’ve been a part of events and decisions that I believe may help to shape the future of our beautiful part of the world. For that, I will always be grateful.
“I am looking forward to supporting whoever is elected as our new Mayor on October 24 and working with my colleagues in the Chamber towards making Moyne an even greater place to live and work,” she said.
Cr Foster is a former journalist who operates a professional communications consultancy from Port Fairy.
She is also Chair of the Let’s Talk Foundation and a director of Western Victoria Primary Health Network.