Logan residents have been told to “watch this space” as the City of Logan’s mayor, Darren Power, announces he will not be running for re-election.

The announcement of Cr Power’s retirement from politics officially came on Saturday 28 October – prompting fellow councillors to pay tribute to his legacy online.

“Watch this space, as there’s a massive void now to fill,” Cr Lisa Bradley said.

“This is a massive loss and game changer for our city.”

Rumours in council suggest Cr Jon Raven is next in line for the top spot, but he’s yet to confirm his candidacy.

“Today my good mate and mentor Darren Power has announced he’ll be retiring at the end of this term,” Cr Raven said online.

“As a councillor he always put Logan first and made the hard decisions that have stood the test of time.

“As mayor he has steadied the ship in the wake of what happened last term and built a foundation for the next chapter of our city’s growth.”

Cr Raven said he was “personally grateful” for the mayor’s mentorship.

“It started with showing me the ropes of how to be a good local councillor and it continues today with encouragement and stern advice about what it takes to be a leader,” he said.

Deputy mayor Laurie Koranski is also rumoured to be in the running.

Although she didn’t confirm the rumour, she told MyCityLogan she was “considering her options” before the election.

“We’ve still got five or six months to get there… so I’ll be considering my options,” Cr Koranski said.

“But at the end of the day, Logan is a wonderful city and I hope whoever is successful in the top job really has heart for the residents.”

She said Cr Power was a “steady hand” amidst a “difficult and destabilised” period, and she commended his service.

“I was one of the councillors from the former council who returned, and I really appreciate that Darren stepped up when perhaps others might have stepped out,” Cr Koranski said.

“I’m really grateful that he’s fostered relationships with the new councillors and shown them the ropes – and they’re not new councillors anymore.”

Local councillor and ex-deputy mayor Natalie Willcocks said she wouldn’t run for mayor at the election next March.

“I will be supportive of a new mayor as I continue to dedicate myself to division 11,” she said.

“I still have lots to do in the fastest developing area of Logan.

“It’s my home, its where I live, and it has my full attention to it’s future progression and improvement for all residents.

Cr Scott Bannan also said he wouldn’t be running for mayor because of his commitment to the people of Division 9.

“I respect the people who voted for me,” he said.

Cr Power, when asked if there was a councillor ready to become mayor, said “let’s hope so”.

“That’s why I’m talking to my councillors next week about the problems I see in the future and how we can get around that,” he said.

Cr Power said a key problem the future mayor would face was the housing crisis.

“You’ve got a lack of tradespeople, you’ve got material shortages and supply issues, you’ve got companies going broke, and councils are under pressure because of infrastructure charges.

“So, councils are going to be more reluctant to build roads and comply with state government.”

Cr Karen Murphy thanked the mayor for his service and for helping council navigate the challenges it faced.

“We may not always agree on everything, but I know we could always work together to get the job done,” she said.

Cr Tony Hall similarly thanked Cr Power for his advice and friendship.

“I’m sad because the city will be losing such an amazing advocate who is literally iconic to it, and we as councillors will be losing a great leader and mentor,” he said.

“We owe a lot of the city’s successes to his leadership, and he has helped us overcome many challenges.”

Cr Willcocks said Logan had “grown stronger” because of the mayor’s extensive experience.

“It will be sad to lose the experience and knowledge with the retirement of Mr Mayor,” she said.

“His commitment and advocacy to the city over the past 27 years has seen a unified Council.

“it has been a pleasure working with him.”

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