CR DAVID Lewis attended his last public council meeting on Wednesday. Cr Lewis decided he would not run for another term in the Tarwin Valley Ward earlier this year. He has decided to spend more time with his family; the first order of business – a well-deserved holiday. Cr Lewis has represented Tarwin Valley, and in particular Mirboo North, as a councillor for 12 years. During that time he also served as Mayor from 2003-04. Cr Lewis was congratulated and thanked for his service to council on Wednesday during the councillor reports. Cr Kieran Kennedy delighted in Cr Lewis’ unstinting support of the community, and as such often presented alternative views “though he didn’t always get a seconder”. It wasn’t unusual during council meetings for Cr Kennedy to second a motion by Cr Lewis “for the sake of debate”, but still go ahead and vote against his colleague in the end. Cr Davies, in her capacity of mayor on Wednesday thanked Cr Lewis for his support, saying she valued his “enquiry, criticism and intelligence” during council debates.

Congratulations!

COUNCILLORS also wished Cr Mimmie Jackson well with her wedding on Saturday. Miss Jackson married Victor Ng, a council officer who she met while working with council. Cr Jackson was presented with a wedding present and flowers at the last Wednesday public presentation session by Mayor Warren Raabe. Cr Jackson was described by Cr Davies as “a young lady who has created history in more ways than one at South Gippsland”. Cr Jackson is the first councillor to be married during the term, and was also the youngest councillor ever elected. Cr Jackson is not running for re-election next year.

Now that’s dedication!

WHILE congratulating councillors, Cr Davies did not miss out on thanking Cr Jennie Deane for her dedication. Cr Deane attended council on crutches after arthroscopic surgery. As such, Cr Davies waived the councillor etiquette of requiring Cr Deane to stand when talking to council.