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Brenton Lewis farewelled at his last Murray Bridge council meeting
The mayor’s eight years in office are drawing to a close, but not before a bit of thanksgiving and reflection.
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Outgoing Mayor Brenton Lewis has been thanked for eight years of service at his last Murray Bridge council meeting.
Councillor Karen Eckermann led a chorus of thankyous for Mr Lewis’ dedication, consistency, hard work and professionalism.
The council had undergone a serious transformation thanks to his “proud, safe, progressive” mantra, she said.
Outgoing Deputy Mayor Wayne Thorley - who will either succeed Mr Lewis in the top job or be off the council entirely - thanked the council’s staff for the work they had done during the past four years, too.
Mr Lewis said he felt the love in the council chamber.
“I made one request eight years ago: respect each other, respect our staff,” he said.
“You as a group of people, and the previous council, have stuck by that (and) you can see the benefit.
“In the eight years that I’ve been here, we have done a hell of a lot.”
The council’s achievements during Mr Lewis’ time in office included:
the establishment of Murray Bridge Safe, a cross-agency collaboration which works to address social issues such as domestic violence and drug abuse
Mr Lewis had previously been chief executive of Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland, the culmination of a long and successful business career.
He announced his retirement from the mayoralty in April in the face of ongoing health problems.