Coffs councillor's farewell
“I've really enjoyed working at this level and helping people in the community these past four years,” he said.
“I made it a full-time job, but unfortunately, I can no longer make that kind of commitment to council.
“But I will still be involved in the community.”
Cr McKelvey said decisions made in the council chamber were 'miniscule compared to what you can do in the community'.
Some examples of on-the-ground achievements included getting change rooms and a toilet block at the Nana Glen cricket field, Heartstart at Ulong and Lowanna, and funding for the Challenge Foundation and the Coffs Harbour Fishermen's Co-operative.
It was important, he said, for the council and the community to be working together. “I think sometimes the council gets out of touch with the community. It shouldn't be that hard,” he said.
“There will always be people who criticise decisions. You've got to be big enough to take that criticism and move on.”
Cr McKelvey said his wife, Pat, had been his strongest supporter.