The next member of the Narromine Shire Council will have big shoes to fill, according to mayor Craig Davies.
The by election was called following the sudden death of councillor Peter Drew on June 13.
Cr Davies said anyone who wanted to stand would be “more than welcome to come onto our council”.
But he said that the late Cr Drew – “a very good friend and colleague” – would be dearly missed.
“His very untimely death … was a shock and has brought terrible sadness and grief to us all out here,” Cr Davies said.
“He was a really dedicated, honest, decent guy that was well-respected by everyone in our community.
“We hope that we can get some very strong candidates to put their hands forward to join a very proactive council who are working really very hard together, strongly with a new general manager, and be a part of what’s happening in our shire.”
The shire has been on the receiving end of a great deal of Commonwealth and state government funding in recent months, including through the $8.4 billion federal government Inland Rail project, $854,000 for upgrades at Trangie’s Alan Burns Oval and $780,000 available for local projects through the NSW government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Cr Davies said Member for Dubbo Troy Grant had been “outstanding” for the Narromine Shire, and hoped he would continue to represent the region beyond the 2019 state election.
He said that with a significant federal focus on regional NSW, and with the state government in a strong economic position, there was no better time to be a part of Narromine Shire Council.
“Clearly, people who put their name down for these roles are community-minded people and that’s all you can hope for,” Cr Davies said.
“We’re a small community, we’re only 7000 people but we have a wonderful council, a well-balanced council and a group of people on this council who are all committed to making our shire a much better place to live in.
“Whoever wishes to put their name down is more that welcome to come onto our council.”