Independent Derry Councillor Dee Quigley will today pass on his title as he and his family set off in search of a new life in Australia.
Mr Quigley said the family was looking forward to reconnecting with friends they made during a previous stint living in the Western Australia capital of Perth.
Speaking as he and partner Shauna Starrs and children Diarmuid (13) and Caoirse (10) prepared to say their last goodbyes, Galliagh native Mr Quigley said:
“We have a good circle of friends and there’s a good community there in Perth. There is a Derry contigent, and when you are out there and anything is happening you get a shout out.
“The last time I was out there I was working in an alternative education school and I am hoping to get back into that.”
Speaking about his time as a Derry City & Strabane District Councillor and Shadow Councillor, Mr Quigley said: “It has been challenging but very, very rewarding.
“Working with people on the ground is a passion of mine and helping people with their issues gave me a great sense of personal achievement.
“It was an absolute pleasure to be elected in the first instance and it is very rewarding working on the ground and getting results on the gorund. It is probably the best thing I have done in my career.”
Mr Quigley and his family returned from Australia after his mother fell seriously ill. Mrs Quigley has since passed away.
Having now decided to return to Australia, Dee will be transferring his councillor status to fellow Galliagh man Warren Robinson, who is expected to attend his first official meeting following the summer recess.
Mr Quigley said: “Warren is a seasoned campaigner and very well respected in the community, as well as being a personal friend of mine - we share similar outlooks on certain things.”
He added: “I believe the Independents in Derry are changing the politics of the city and I would like to wish my Independent colleagues on the council all the best for their term in office.”