After more than four decades being one of the city's civic leaders - mayor John Dal Broi won't be standing for re-election for Griffith City Council.
Councillor Dal Broi was first elected in 1974 and served continuously until 2008, before returning as popularly elected mayor in 2012 and 2016.
He said he was looking to spending more time with his family, particularly his grandchildren.
"I want to spend time with my grandchildren, I have 13 of them, and I still enjoy working on the vineyard supporting my son Kirsten," Cr Dal Broi said.
"I want to do what a lot of people my age do, hook on caravan and tour Australia."
Cr Dal Broi said there was no one project he was proudest of, as council worked as a team of elected representatives together with council staff with input from the community.
However, he said he was proud to leave the city with a strong balance sheet and a large pipeline of projects partly funded by council and state and federal governments.
Cr Dal Broi had no comment about who might succeed him as mayor, he did have some advice for candidates.
"It can be very rewarding, you're part of the decision making about the growth of the city," Cr Dal Broi said.
Cr Dal Broi said new councillors had to be diligent and careful with spending ratepayers' money and committed to a role which had challenges.
"Over the years I have found you have to make sure the decisions you make don't conflict with your family, close friends and others," he said.
"You have to be respectful of other councillors and their voices, of the people around the table."
He said new councillors had a lot of reading ahead of them and not just the matters they were required to vote on, but the codes, practises and policies of local government.
Cr Dal Broi said over the years the Local Government Act had become more restrictive on how councillors conducted themselves.
Looking back on his time, Cr Dal Broi said the support of his family was key.
"I couldn't have done it without the support of my family," he said.
"My wife Lurline has done a huge amount of work to help me get to meetings."
While he'll be a regular citizen after the September local government elections, Cr Dal Broi said he hoped to contribute to a number of community committees.
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