Council election profiles: who is Julie Walker?

JULIE Walker has been a councillor with Widgee Shire, Cooloola Shire and now the Gympie Regional Council for 21 years.

She is a fourth generation Mary Valley resident, having grown up in Kenilworth and then in 1977 married Gary Walker, a young farmer from Amamoor.

"Gary and I settled into a little workers cottage home on a farm on Barsby Rd at Imbil where he helped his brother Jeff grow pineapples.

"We raised four wonderful children, Kelli-Anne, Corey, Darren and Leanne.

"The children all started their school years at Kandanga State School and then went through to Imbil for their secondary education and finished with their senior years in at Gympie High and James Nash.

"After the children went off to school I decided that I needed a little more out of life so I studied real estate and started working as a salesperson..."

Julie then went on to open her own Mary Valley Real Estate office Imbil which she ran for many years before running for Widgee Shire Council and beginning her career in local government.