After more than five years, over 110 ordinary meetings and countless hours spent deliberating big decisions, Wagga's councillors have officially held the final council meeting of their historic term.
Tuesday night's meeting marked the last time we will see mayor Greg Conkey and councillors Kerry Pascoe and Yvonne Braid in the chambers, with each of the trio having confirmed they will not stand again in the December 4 election.
The councillors have seen over a historic few years for the Wagga region, both navigating the city through massive growth and also having to manage during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The virus saw local government elections delayed on three separate occasions, resulting in the councillors' terms reaching five years and three months - far beyond the usual four years they were anticipating when elected in 2016.
Cr Conkey, who announced his retirement from local government in July, opened the final meeting by suspending standing orders and offering his thanks to his fellow councillors, council staff and the Wagga community.
"I'd like to thank all the councillors for your hard work and dedication over the last five-and-a-quarter years," Cr Conkey said.
"Over the last term we have achieved many great outcomes and I'd also like to thank all staff for their contributions in making this city the best in regional and rural NSW."
The mayor singled out the efforts of council's general manager Peter Thompson as well as long-term councillors Kerry Pascoe and Yvonne Braid for their service to the city.
Earlier this year, Cr Pascoe pulled out of the running for the December 4 election just days before the ballot draw, choosing to prioritise his personal business and family life.
"When I was elected in 2004 I set myself a target of 20 years' service and unfortunately I have fallen two years short," Cr Pascoe said at Tuesday's meeting.
"In my time in council I have seen Wagga move from a typically country city to a place where refugees have not only been welcomed but accepted as valued members of the community."
The outgoing councillor said he has seen many major achievements in his time as mayor and councillor, highlight the industrial development of Bomen as his "most pleasing" association.
Cr Braid has served on Wagga City Council continually since 2008 and said she has made it an effort to regularly keep the community informed on the "fantastic work" by council staff.
"I certainly made sure that everybody I came into contact with knew what beautiful people we have here and how much you people worked," Cr Braid said.
While councillor Vanessa Keenan is running in the upcoming election, she is only in the third spot on the Labor ticket, and last night admitted it was "quite probably" her final council meeting.
"There has been lots of ups and downs, peaks and troughs and the like, but I'm really proud of a number of achievements and one of those is really getting that recognition for climate action," Cr Keenan said.
"I am very grateful for the experience this organisation has provided me, particularly these last five and a bit years around this table have been a real privilege."
The next council meeting is tabled for Monday, January 10 and will feature the nine councillors elected in Saturday's local government election.
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