Emotional Matt Buckels farewells City of Vincent council

Outgoing City of Vincent councillor Matt Buckels in his gifted panda onesie. Picture: Julian Wright
Outgoing City of Vincent councillor Matt Buckels in his gifted panda onesie. Picture: Julian Wright

CITY of Vincent councillor Matt Buckels was moved to tears during his last council meeting this week.

After eight years , Mr Buckels called it quits, opting not to run again in this weekend’s local government election.

Before Tuesday’s meeting commenced, Mayor Emma Cole said a few words about Mr Buckels’ time on council and presented him with a gift – a panda onesie.

It was a reference to an analogy he once made during a meeting that councillors are still scratching their heads over.

Ms Cole paid tribute to Mr Buckels, listing his achievements.

“You are driven by a desire to see genuine change including plastics recycling, restoring Hyde Park lake, and focussing on town centres,” she said.

“You were an advocate for the men’s shed, a fan of bike lanes, and involved in the Children and Young People Advisory Group.”

Matt Buckels. Picture: Julian Wright

Mr Buckels said it had been a pleasure to serve on council.

“When I decided to leave it was when I realised I’d done the job; I felt I really had to be here to make things happen and I think things will happen without me,” he said.

He acknowledged his wife and children and teared up thanking his peers.

“Thank you for putting up with me not being home as often as I might be,” he said.

“All former mayors and councillors, all were good people to work with, even when we didn’t see eye to eye.

“It’s an honour to be a councillor. I’m going to tear up now; thank you for eight years.”

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