Mayor won’t contest next election

ARMIDALE Dumaresq Mayor Peter Ducat will not contest the local government election in September, ending a seven-year stint at the helm.

Cr Ducat today announced he would be stepping down from the position when his current terms expires and explained that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

“I’ve been working for 50 years and a couple of months, basically without a stop, so I just want to take the opportunity while I can and enjoy life,” he said.

While Cr Ducat described standing down as a relief, he said it was a tough decision.

Cr Ducat was elected to the newly-formed Armidale Dumaresq Council in 2000. He served as deputy mayor for four years under former mayor Brian Chetwynd, before being elected to the mayoralty in 2005.

Cr Ducat said the greatest achievement during his time as mayor was presiding over a more harmonious Council.

“We work as a very harmonius unit and I think that’s lifted the profile of Armidale Council as a body in the area,” he said. “We were seen as being a very divisive Council that couldn’t agree and the community saw us having fixed issues.

“I think we’ve turned that around and now everything’s debated on its merit, councillors have got no prioritisation or no loyalties to any one person so it’s all done for the benefit of the community.”

Deputy mayor Jim Maher, councillor Herman Beyersdorf and general manager Shane Burns today praised Cr Ducat for his services to the community.

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