Tributes flood in for Mayor Ian Stubbs before he retires from council this week

City of Busselton mayor Ian Stubbs.
City of Busselton mayor Ian Stubbs.

In his various roles with the Busselton council Mayor Ian Stubbs has touched so many people in the community. Here some farewell him from a role he has filled so well.

South West MP Barry House.

South West MP Barry House.

IAN Stubbs has provided outstanding service to the Busselton council, firstly as the chief executive and in recent years as the mayor.

His leadership has seen the City of Busselton progress in a united and exciting way and the community benefit.

It has been a pleasure and privilege working with him over the years and I wish him well in retirement.

City of Busselton deputy mayor Grant Henley.

City of Busselton deputy mayor Grant Henley.

IT has been an honour to serve with and under Ian Stubbs over the last six years. Ian brought to the table a desire to improve his community based on a lifetime of local government service imbued with practicality and integrity.

It is not only the long list of projects completed and/or funded during his tenure but the long-term bedding down of policy, strategy and governance principles which will guide our council well into the future and will remain as Ian's legacy.

Many of these are now accepted and adopted widely by our peers as best practice.

The guidance and mentoring I have been privileged to receive have been invaluable and have allowed me to mature as a servant of the community.

I wish Ian and Rhonda all the best in the next stage of their lives which I'm sure will include family, travel and community work.

City of Busselton chief executive Mike Archer.

City of Busselton chief executive Mike Archer.

THE City of Busselton has benefited enormously from Ian's vast local government experience and obvious passion for the community.

He's guided the city through an exciting period of growth and development and he's done this with great professionalism and commitment.

He's been a wonderful mayor and it's been an honour to have worked along-side him on so many projects that really will shape the future of this region.

Together with all City of Busselton staff I wish Ian and Rhonda all the best in the future.

Freeman of the city Barry Oates.

Freeman of the city Barry Oates.

THERE is no doubt Mayor Ian Stubbs' considerable experience of working in local government around WA provided a strong focused platform to put his hand up for election as a shire councillor.

Ian and several other candidates put their names forward during a period of council unrest with a determination to re-establish a strong sense of direction.

History will record that during his period as mayor we advanced from shire to city status.

The strong working relationship between the shire and our then local member Troy Buswell was instrumental in putting the icing on the cake for our new jetty and ongoing foreshore development.

Ian quickly established a reputation of being firm but fair and encouraged fellow city councillors to express their opinions in council debates, reach a decision and get on with the job.As chairperson of the Uniting Church Annual Wildflower Exhibition we recently celebrated our 90th year and Mayor Stubbs opened the event.

We made note that the event was probably Ian's last public duty and best wishes were offered for a well deserved retirement.

Former shire president Beryle Morgan.

Former shire president Beryle Morgan.

WHILE it is disappointing to hear Mayor Ian Stubbs is retiring I can certainly understand why.

Ian has done an excellent job leading the council out of turbulent waters and into much calmer seas.

He bought some much-needed stability to the council and with his background as ex-chief executive had a great understanding from both sides.

I was absolutely delighted when Ian first nominated for council and then as shire president, and now mayor.

Ian, I wish you and Rhonda all the best, you have done a fantastic job.

Busselton and Sugito Sister Cities Association president Pauline Vukelic.

Busselton and Sugito Sister Cities Association president Pauline Vukelic.

MAYOR Ian Stubbs, along with fellow city councillors, has been a strong supporter of the almost 20-year sister city relationship enjoyed between the City of Busselton and the town of Sugito in Saitama Prefecture.

It was while leader of the biennial community delegation to Sugito in November 2012 thatMayor Stubbs experienced elements of our active sister city relationship first hand and gained a true appreciation of the significant volunteer effort since 1996 on behalf of the council to develop and foster the relationship.

The position of international relations officer with executive officer support to the Busselton and Sugito Sister Cities Association was created as a direct result of that visit.

The annual student exchange and biennial community exchange are the two significant programs managed by the association.

Mayor Stubbs has hosted and warmly welcomed each of these delegations at civic receptions over his term of office.

In addition he and wife Rhonda hosted members of the community delegation in 2013.

Busselton historical society president Alan Horridge.

Busselton historical society president Alan Horridge.

IAN has done a splendid job and I would like to wish him well on his retirement from council.

I have always found Ian easy to talk to on any problem I had in my many years as president of the Busselton Historical Society.

I would like to thank him and the council for getting behind the project of the conservation of the historic steam locomotive Ballarat and its final home in Railway House.

Your Margaret River Region chief executive Pip Close and group marketing manager Sharna Kearney.

Your Margaret River Region chief executive Pip Close and group marketing manager Sharna Kearney.

ON behalf of the tourism industry, I would like to sincerely thank Ian for his enormous contribution to growing visitation to the region.

From the development of the Busselton foreshore and airport to developing event and cruise ship business his legacy will be felt long after he leaves office.

It has been a pleasure working with you, Ian. Our best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable retirement.

Busselton Chamber of Commerce chief executive Ray McMillan.

Busselton Chamber of Commerce chief executive Ray McMillan.

Ian took the reins of the council at a time when it was very disjointed.

Through effective leadership he was able to guide a successful path which has lead to many successful outcomes and created a series of significant projects that are currently progressing.

We wish him and Rhonda well in their retirement and trust that they will be able to benefit from many of the outcomes which have been created.