Victorian Premier and Member for Mulgrave, Daniel Andrews, has announced his resignation from both roles at a press conference on 26 September, leading councils around the state to farewell the long-term leader.
Mr Andrews has been the Premier of Victoria since 2014 and led the state through a number of major events, perhaps most notably the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Andrews said that in conversation with his family, thoughts of what came next were becoming more frequent and as a result he felt that it was time to step down.
“It’s time to go and to give this privilege, this amazing responsibility, to someone else,” Mr Andrews said.
“It’s not an easy job, being premier of our state – that’s not a complaint, it’s just a fact. It requires 100 per cent from you and your family.
“That of course is time limited and now is the time to step away.”
On 27 September Jacinta Allan was announced as Mr Andrews’s replacement, making her Victoria’s second female premier.
Municipal Association of Victoria President, David Clark, on behalf of the local government sector, wished the Premier and his family well and thanked him for his years of service to Victoria.
“Without doubt, Premier Andrews has left his mark on the state, leading Victoria through unprecedented challenges and implementing a wide spanning program of legislative reform – particularly social reform,’’ Cr Clark said.
“He has led from front, and consistently been unafraid of making tough decisions.”