BENDIGO's new mayor elect councillor Barry Lyons says he will bring a steady hand to the role.
"We're in a real growth pattern at the moment," he said on Thursday morning.
"The city's going very well and we just need to keep it on track for another two or three years.
"We need to get the hospital and parking sorted up out there and all that sort of stuff.
"It's a critical time for us, we've got growing pains and we just need a steady hand.
Bendigo's mayor elect is looking forward to the new role
It's a critical time for us, we've got growing pains and we just need a steady hand.
"That was my plea last night and I believe I'm fairly stable.
"We just want to get things settled."
City of Greater Bendigo councillors voted at a special council meeting on Wednesday night and chose Cr Barry Lyons for the top job.
He will take over from mayor Lisa Ruffell on November 4.
"I still feel a bit numb," Councillor Lyons said.
"I thought I had an even money chance of winning but you never sort of count your chickens until you get there.
"I really haven't sized it up yet."
Councillor Lyons said he had a busy schedule for the coming week.
"I've got quite a few commitments booked in for the day so I'll just run through those and I'll start to get my head around the position of mayor," he said.
"The official date is the 4th so I've got a week to sort of get my calender in order and get a run down of what my duties might be.
"I've got to get my life in order so I can make sure I can attend to what I need to do."
Councillor Lyons unsuccessfully ran for mayor 12 months ago and made his bid for the position based on his experience as a councillor.
“I’m a firm hard, engaging and I play an active role," he told the Bendigo Advertiser prior to being elected.
“I think I consider things before I make decision and I never get upset if it doesn’t go my way."
Councillor Lyons said councillor Lisa Ruffell had performed well in the role, which she will hold until November 4.
Councillor Ruffell said she had enjoyed working as mayor and said her open door policy had been the best achievement of her time in the position.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the role and I’ve enjoyed the support the chief executive and the directors,” she said.
“It’s been great.”
Councillor Lyons said he would be working closely with Councillor Ruffell up until November 4.
"We all work in closely together anyway," he said.
Councillor Lyons said he was looking forward to his new role.