Thursday, April 25, 2024

Noosa’s first female Mayor signs off

Outgoing Noosa Shire Council Mayor – and the first woman to to be elected to the Council’s top job – Clare Stewart, has paid tribute to her staff during her final Council meeting.

Mayor Stewart is leaving the role after being endorsed as the LNP’s candidate for Noosa in the October state government election.

In a heartfelt speech at her final meeting, the Mayor thanked her Council team for their support, saying she leaves with pride.

“Pride for all that we have achieved together. We may not always agree but what I can say is that no matter what our differences, we all want the best for Noosa. Of that I have no doubt,” she said.

Mayor Stewart speaks at her final council meeting.

“I am incredibly proud of what we have completed over four years. Four years that saw the interruption and devastation of Covid, a major flooding event, rising costs, logistical nightmares and staff shortages that occurred not just here in Noosa but right across Qld. And to add to that the largest ever disaster recovery costs and support required amounting to over $120 million for our Shire.”

In closing, she thanked Noosa residents for the privilege of representing them.

“They took a chance on an unknown and I hope I’ve earned their respect and validated their choice.”

“It has been the ultimate privilege to represent you and work for you. Whatever I do and wherever I go, I will always have the incredible honour of being the first female Mayor of Noosa Shire. Thank you.”

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