THREE current Ballina Shire councillors are not standing for re-election.
Cr Phillip Silver, the current mayor, announced earlier this year he would not be standing for re-election.
He has been in local government for 20 years.
Cr Peter Moore, a former mayor, also announced earlier that he wanted to stand aside after 17 years on council.
He said he wanted to spend more time with his family.
And Cr Alan Brown, who has served on council in two stints for a total of 21 years, said his "use-by date" was up.
"I've had a fair innings," he said.
"I'm leaving a pathway for some of the younger people to come in."
Cr Brown, also a former mayor, has had a passion for the Ballina airport - even before being first elected in 1987 - and served on council's airport committee over the years, including being chair.
While feeling a bit "melancholy" about leaving council, he plans to do more travelling with his family.
While not on council, he was the chair of the Ballina Bypass Action Group, and carried that through on re-election.