BLAYNEY Shire Councillor Roxanne Reeks has announced she will not be standing for re-election at next month's local government elections.
Cr Reeks is the last of the current councillors to announce her future intentions, with Mayor Bruce Kingham and Cr Don Bell having also decided not to seek re-election.
Councillors Geoff Braddon, Kevin Radburn, Scott Ferguson and Allan Ewin have already announced they're seeking re-election.
Cr Reeks told the Blayney Chronicle she spent a significant amount of time carefully considering her decision.
"During my time on council, I have found it both rewarding and difficult - having certain events played out in the public eye has not been easy," she said.
"...I have always tried to give the community 100 per cent, making myself available at any given time."
Cr Reeks said she believes that she is leaving the council in a better position than when she began her role four years ago.
"When I was elected to council, our Community Centre had been closed by a previous council decision," she said.
"Four years later and we have a brand new facility... I feel this has been a wonderful achievement for the whole community."
Cr Reeks said she wanted to issue a huge thankyou to those who have supported her during her time on council.
"I am very proud to be part of the Blayney Shire community," she said.
"I am sorry to disappoint anyone by not standing for council again.
"I wish the next term of councillors well for their time ahead."
Meanwhile, any local resident interested in gaining a seat on the next council can now officially nominate to contest the September 8 poll.
Nominations opened on Monday and potential candidates must nominate by 12pm on Wednesday August 8.
Because the Returning Officer responsible for the conducting the election is based in Bathurst, nominations can be delivered to the office of Blayney Shire Council.
NSW Electoral Commissioner Colin Barry said the nomination process is one of the most important phases of the electoral cycle.
"This is when the community learns who will stand to represent them on their local council," he said.
"In the afternoon of Wednesday August 8, each of the 64 Returning Officers across the state will conduct the all-important draw to determine the order in which candidates names appear on the ballot paper."
Mr Barry said a candidate could not nominate themselves but had to be nominated by two other electors or a registered political party.
"All candidates must ensure that their nominators are enrolled for the council area or ward in which they are standing and nominators should check their own enrolment status," he said.
"We suggest that candidates are proposed by more than two nominators in case some nominators are not correctly enrolled."
Details of nominated candidates will be posted on the NSW Electoral Commission website as they are processed.