Bellingham calls for unity
OUTGOING Southern Downs Mayor Ron Bellingham has called for the new councillors to unify for the good of the region.
Cr Bellingham last week said he was concerned there could be some tension among the team, following a contentious election campaign.
"I don't think we have ever seen so much debate about an election but I am disappointed a lot of it has been low-level," he said.
"I am fearful with what has been said in election debate that there is a danger (the new councillors) won't come together," he said.
He said teamwork was the only way for the community to progress.
"We are just getting over the aftermath of amalgamation and the people want good, strong leadership and a council that will work as a team," he said.
Cr Bellingham will retire from his mayoral duties when a new mayor is officially declared.
He said that time would be bitter-sweet.
"I would love to be here for the next four years but I knew it was time," he said.
"I am aware of the energy and drive needed by a leader to progressively success the region.
"And this last term has knocked a fair bit of enthusiasm out of me."