What now for ousted Noosa mayor Tony Wellington?
OUSTED Noosa mayor Tony Wellington was looking forward to a change of scenery and a change of pace after conceding defeat to Clare Stewart in the 2020 mayoral race.
While it was too soon to confirm his next big adventure, Mr Wellington said he was excited at the thought of having a little more free time on his hands.
"I've got to let the dust settle obviously because being mayor was so time consuming," he said.
"I haven't exactly planned an alternate future."
"I had lots of irons in the fire before I took up politics, so I just need to rekindle that fire and breathe a bit of life back into it.
"I'm actually quite excited about being able to engage my creative self a bit more.
"Although there is some degree of creativity in being mayor, it is nothing like making paintings and music and all of that sort of stuff.
The ousted mayor was remaining tight-lipped when it came to potentially putting his hat back in the political ring in the future.
"I don't know yet, it's too soon to ask," he said.
"I only conceded defeat three days ago.
"That doesn't mean that down the track I may not re-engage in politics in some form."
For the time being, Mr Wellington was looking forward to putting his creative mind back into gear.
"I've got a book project I've been research and begun writing," he said.
"There is always a painting on the easel. I'm looking at one now that has been there for six months.
"I also want to improve my double bass playing. I'll have more time for that."
Looking back on his time as Noosa mayor, Mr Wellington was reminded of some of the challenges that come with leading a group of councillors.
"It's a bit like herding cats when you have a group of councillors all with different personalities, different mindsets and different approaches," he said.
"You have some that want to concentrate on the detail and some that are only interested in the big picture.
"Somehow you have to find a way to all work together."
"The biggest challenge for any mayor is to keep the councillors moving forward without it coming to serious blows," he said.
"Inevitably blows will occur. There will be tears along the way."
After such a close mayoral campaign, Mr Wellington conceded there were some incidents that occurred during his time as mayor that may have gone against him in the polls.
"One always hopes for the best," he said.
"There are all sorts of extenuating circumstances that were beyond my control, particularly the male councillors and certain behaviours of theirs.
"That sort of thing stains a Council. It damages people's confidence in a Council."
"Even though I didn't elect them and they chose their own behaviour," he said.
"Nevertheless, it isn't an easy thing to overcome."