IT WAS a night of appraisal and well wishes as Fairfield mayor Nick Lalich chaired his last council meeting last Tuesday.
All councillors, except Nhan Tran (independent) who was absent, farewelled Mr Lalich and praised his work for Fairfield City.
Most councillors agreed that Mr Lalich's best achievement was his work with volunteers.
He was also described as a "passionate advocate for citizens" by deputy mayor Dennis Huynh, and as a "good friend" by other councillors.
Cr Frank Carbone, who will become mayor on March 21, said it was "a sad day, but also a day of celebration".
"Nick can walk out holding his head up high for the work he's done for this city," he said.
Mr Lalich thanked his colleagues for "speaking highly of me". He told the Champion he would be "working with the community and attending various functions" until the 11th hour.
"The council will be hosting various school groups over the coming weeks to educate local primary school students about local government," he said.
"My final council event will be the council's Citizenship Ceremony on March 21." March 21 is his last day as mayor.
Mr Lalich says he is "adamant that Frank Carbone will make a great mayor".
"I am confident in his ability to take on the responsibilities of the mayor of Fairfield City," he said.
"He will bring a fresh and innovative approach to the position."
Mr Lalich announced his resignation last month so that he could concentrate on being the MP for Cabramatta.
He was mayor from September 1993 to 1994 and since September 2002. He was also the first popularly-elected mayor of Fairfield - in 2004.