A large gathering of Ceduna residents showed their appreciation to former mayor Allan Suter and deputy mayor Lynton Brown for their combined three decades of service to the Ceduna District Council at the Ceduna Sports Club last weekend.
Mr Suter and Mr Brown both decided to not contest last month’s local government election, each drawing the curtain on 15 years with the council.
Both men acknowledged the strong community support they had received, and in particular the devoted and tireless efforts behind the scenes of their respective wives Carol and Anna.
In addressing the crowd, each pointed out that while it had not always been easy it was a gratifying experience and they were proud of personal milestones and achievements they had been part of over the past 15 years.
Mr Suter said he appreciated the “tremendous” send-off from the community.
“I guess it was an indication that some members of the community appreciated my and Browny’s efforts, we have both been there the same period of time and it was great to be recognised by the community,” he said.
Mr Brown said the gratitude shown made the time spent on council a worthwhile experience.
“It is really nice to see so many people appreciative of what we’ve done and achieved while on council.”
A number of attendees took the opportunity to thank both Mr Suter and Mr Brown for their efforts and were of the opinion that the Ceduna Community had benefitted from their work.
Both said not being on the council left a void.
“I don’t know what to do with the spare time, I’ll get my head around it – it was a busy job and now I’ve got time to look after my interests,” Mr Suter said.
Mr Brown added there were “mixed emotions”.
“You have more time to yourself, but I miss what I was doing,” he said.
“However, it does give me more time to spend with my family and my business.”