Councillor's contribution recognised
GYMPIE Regional Councillor Julie Walker’s contribution to local government was recognised at Wednesday’s general meeting.
Mayor Ron Dyne presented Cr Walker with a long service certificate on behalf of the Local Government Association of Queensland and paid tribute to her 15 years involvement in local council.
Cr Walker was first elected to the Widgee Shire Council by a narrow margin in March 199, only to top the polls in the next election following the 1993 amalgamation of Gympie City and Widgee Shire Councils to form Cooloola Shire Council.
Cr Walker served on Cooloola Shire Council until 2004 when she decided to have a break.
However, she soon realised how much she loved her role as a councillor and after a break of one term, was re-elected in March 2008 to the new Gympie Regional Council.
“I missed council so much when I had the break between terms and even my family agreed that it was time for me to go back on council,” Cr Walker said.
“I stood for council again in 2008, was re-elected and able to continue in the job I love – a councillor.”
Cr Walker has first hand experience of two amalgamations and said that the recent amalgamation of Cooloola, Kilkivan and Division 3 of Tiaro Shire Councils, was a much smoother and less painful process.
With her daughter and new grandchild in attendance, Cr Walker thanked her fellow councillors for their support over the years, particularly during the last year and a half following her car accident.