WISDOM and experience will be missing when the new Gannawarra Shire Council meets for the first time.
However, a mix of returned and new councillors provides us with a new set of life experiences and intellect.
Two men who have served as mayor leave with the appreciation of a community for their exemplary service over the past decade.
Max Fehring, a former farmers' leader, provided down-to-earth and common-sense leadership during last year's floods.
Lui Basile must be thanked for not only serving the shire for the past 10 years, but also for a similar period of service and leadership on the former Kerang Borough Council.
During a shorter period of service, outgoing deputy mayor, Glenn Hall proved to be a sound and resolute representative.
Council has been elected to act as a representative government by taking into account the diverse needs of the local community in decision making; providing leadership by establishing strategic objectives and monitoring their achievement; maintaining the viability of the council by ensuring that resources are managed in a responsible and accountable manner; advocating the interests of the local community to other communities and governments; acting as a responsible partner in government by taking into account the needs of other communities; and fostering community cohesion and encouraging active participation in civic life.