Thursday, July 25, 2024

Kiama Mayor, 71, to step down

Kiama Municipal Council Mayor, Neil Reilly, has today announced his retirement from the organisation at the end of the current Council’s term in August.

Mayor Reilly said that after considerable thought, he felt the time had come to bow out “after 17 fulfilling years of service to our community”.

“At the age of 71, the time has come for me to embrace a new chapter of life, one of productive retirement. I look back with immense pride on what we have achieved for our towns. Together, we’ve navigated challenges, celebrated victories, and above all, fostered a community that stands strong, resilient, and vibrant,” he said.

“The road ahead for Kiama is bright, and while I may no longer be at the helm, my commitment to our community remains unwavering. I look forward to watching Kiama continue to flourish, albeit from a different vantage point.”

“I am eager to explore new horizons, indulge in neglected hobbies, and perhaps finally have the time to perfect my grandfathering skills. I leave with a heart full of memories, pride in our achievements, and excitement for the future.”

He extended his gratitude to his fellow Councillors and to Council staff.

“Your dedication and passion for Kiama have not only inspired me but have been the driving force behind our collective successes. It has been an honour to serve alongside you, and I leave knowing that our Council and community is in capable hands.”

Mayor Reilly was first elected to Kiama Council in 2008. He was then elected again in 2013, 2016 and 2021, served as Deputy Mayor in 2014, and was elected Mayor in 2022.

ACCA Chair and Ballina Mayor, Sharon Cadwallader wished him well in retirement.

“Mayor Reilly has worked tirelessly for his community, both within Kiama and representing the area at state and national level. His contribution as an Australian Coastal Council committee member has been outstanding,” Mayor Cadwallader said.

Mayor Reilly will chair his last council meeting on Tuesday 13 August.

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