Broome Shire stalwart and President Harold Tracey has announced he will be stepping down from the top job after almost 10 years on council due to family reasons. The twice elected President was first voted in as an ordinary councillor in 2013 before rising to the head role in 2017 and was re-elected in 2021. The local Broome boy plans to stay on as President until the March council meeting where a new Shire President will be elected. Describing his six years representing the Shire of Broome as President as a privilege and a joy Mr Tracey said stepping down was the right thing for his family. “This is the hardest decision I have ever made because I have loved the job,” he said. “I’m a very proud Broome boy and believe we have achieved an incredible amount during my tenure.” Under Mr Tracey’s leadership Broome has seen multi-million dollar investments into redeveloping the town’s main precincts such as the Town Beach Redevelopment and the coming Cable Beach Redevelopment. As Shire President he also oversaw Chinatown’s $30m makeover which saw Broome’s main hub completely revitalised with new footpaths, lighting and a tourist lookout over Roebuck Bay. An outpouring of gratitude from leaders and members of the public flooded the comment section of the Shire of Broome’s Facebook page after the announcement. “You should be proud of your achievements. Our thoughts are with you going forward,” Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Neil Thomson said. “Will miss you as Mr President H. Thanks for your leadership and all that you have achieved,” Australia’s North West Tourism chief executive Natasha Mahar said. While Mr Tracey is stepping down as President relatively soon, he plans to stay on as an ordinary council member until his term expires in October 2025. Mr Tracey’s interim replacement will stay in the role until the local government election in October later this year. A new president will be elected by popular vote thanks to new local government legislation.