Hilltops councillor John Walker stepping down after 20 years on council

John Walker will retire at this year's local government elections, however wants people to get involved.
John Walker will retire at this year's local government elections, however wants people to get involved.

Hilltops councillor John Walker won't be standing for reelection at this year's local government elections.

In a column published on Hilltops Council's website last week, Cr Walker said he will be retiring as a councillor after more than 20 years.

A former mayor of Young Shire Council, Cr Walker said the Hilltops Council "merger turmoil" has calmed and "professionalism restored".

He encouraged people thinking to stand for council to throw their hat in the ring.

"For those contemplating representation in local council I encourage you to take the next step because the heavy lifting has been done and the merger turmoil calmed. A solid foundation has been laid - the need now is to reconnect with our community by stronger local representatives," Cr Walker said.

We all have the opportunity to contribute to the future.

Cr John Walker

"There are still a few ripples to iron out but the last 12 months has seen confidence and professionalism restored from a tumultuous start. The large senior staff turnover had identified a vacuum left in local corporate knowledge at a time of implementing rates harmonisation on zoning equalisation."

Cr Walker said the region has potential to grow "rapidly" but needs "inspirational leadership".

"Opportunities to learn more about getting involved will soon become available through council. We all have the opportunity to contribute to the future of the Hilltops region. This region has the potential to rapidly grow in harmony - the only thing lacking is inspirational leadership."

Elections are September 4.