Naracoorte Lucindale Councillor says goodbye 

SHE has always been a fiery customer, but now she's moving on.

Cr Ann Bell sat on her final Naracoorte Lucindale Council meeting last week as she prepares to move to Queensland with husband Graeme.

Deputy mayor John Flynn paid tribute to Cr Bell's contribution to council.

"I'd like to thank you, Cr Bell," he said. "You always spoke your mind...you have a strong social conscience."

He continued to say the council would miss its only female elected member, who gave the council a true representation of the community.

"She (Cr Bell) has been unique, in many ways perhaps, but certainly in being the only female councillor of this current council," Cr Flynn said.

Cr Bell addressed the council one final time, reflecting back on her time in council which started in 2006.

"I'd like to thank the community for putting their trust in me," she said. "I have tried to act in the best interests of all the community.

"I don't like to leave things unfinished," she said. "But that's just how the circumstances are."

She praised husband Graeme for being her "sounding board", before airing her appreciation of her fellow members.

"I'd like to thank all the council," Cr Bell said. "Even though we've not always agreed."

In particular Cr Bell highlighted the younger elected members - Craig McGuire, Brett Armfield and Damien Ross.

"We're talking about the future of council, they are our future," she said. "I hope they continue on."

Never backward in coming forward, Cr Bell issued one last challenge to the community: "To the serial whingers in town: sit on the next council and walk a mile in these guys' shoes."

Under local government procedure Cr Bell's seat will remain vacant until November next year when elections are held to fill positions for the following four years.

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