Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell posted this photo of the empty Lismore City Council chambers with her Facebook message.
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell posted this photo of the empty Lismore City Council chambers with her Facebook message.

Lismore mayor's emotional final council meeting

LISMORE mayor Jenny Dowell has shared a farewell message to council meetings as she prepares to retire after 12 years as a Lismore City Councillor.

"In an hour, I chair my last council meeting," she wrote on Facebook prior to the meeting.

"I stood in chambers a little while ago and felt a bit emotional having spent 12.5 years of meetings in this room."

Following the meeting, she gave her Facebook followers an update:

"Thank you all - the meeting went well and we all (2 absent- One overseas and 1 went to the Performing Arts festival where his daughter was performing) sat down with 5 staff with whom we work closest for dinner (a last supper) together," she wrote.

"It was a lovely evening. Thank you for the kind words Vanessa Ekins, Simon Clough, Isaac Smith and Glenys Ritchie."