CITY of Greater Bendigo Strathfieldsaye Ward councillor Keith Reynard will not stand in October's elections.
Cr Reynard told Bendigo IPTv this afternoon he would not seek re-election.
Cr Reynard said work commitments had forced his hand, and he had enjoyed his time as a councillor.
When asked if he will be standing at the elections, Cr Reynard replied: "At this stage, no."
"That's not to say I haven't enjoyed it.
"Over the last eight years I've really enjoyed the participation.
"I feel it has been a privilege to have been part of the council over that period of time."
Cr Reynard recommended to others to run for council.
"You do learn so much," he said.
"Having been actively involved, you do appreciate the efforts that are being undertaken.
"Twenty years ago, when I first moved to Bendigo, Bendigo was a big country town.
"Fifty years ago a lot of Bendigo survived on the local resource base.
"We have seen a huge shift globally, where Bendigo is now part of a global economy and we can't get away from that."
Cr Reynard was first elected at the November 2004 elections and was successfully returned in 2008.
He has been a resident of Strathfieldsaye since 1994 and is married with two daughters.
He has a Bachelor of Applied Science specialising in soil and environmental science and is a Soil and Land Resource Analyst with the Department of Primary Industries.
Cr Reynard is a member of the Strathfieldsaye Sports Club committee and a Director of the Strathfieldsaye Community Enterprise.
He has been instrumental in working with the City of Greater Bendigo to progress recreation and community facilities and the new safe walking and cycling tracks.
He has a particular interest in the future planning and development of the Strathdale, Flora Hill, Spring Gully and Strathfieldsaye areas, to ensure it takes place in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
Cr Reynard is also Chair of the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance and is passionate about renewable energy generation within our region. He also has strong interests in recreation, youth affairs, economic development, community empowerment and participation in decision making, and business partnerships with local communities.
The full interview with Cr Reynard will be available at www.bendigoiptv.com later this afternoon.
More to come.