Sue Westwood is closing in on three decades of service to local government in the Whanganui district but now she says it's time to step away.

Mrs Westwood has been a fixture in the district local body scene, serving first on the former Waitotara County Council and then the district council.

Her services to the community were recognised in 2013 when she received the Queen's Service Medal in the New Year honours.

She has held key roles at a council level and currently chairs the audit and risk committee.

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She is also a member of Te Runanga O Tupoho working party, sits on council's tenders board, represents council as a Local Government New Zealand Zone 3 delegate, is on the Whanganui River Enhancement Charitable Trust as well as the joint UCOL/district council taskforce governance group, is a member of the Sports Legends and Hall of Fame committee and serves on the District Plan review working party and the Positive Ageing Forum.

Mrs Westwood told the Chronicle that after 29 years in local body politics "there comes a time to step aside and this is it".

"I just know it's the right time for me to step down," she said.