Richmond Valley Council general manager John Walker hosted his first talkback segment on Richmond Valley Radio (88.9) yesterday.
Richmond Valley Council general manager John Walker hosted his first talkback segment on Richmond Valley Radio (88.9) yesterday. Cathy Adams

Council goes on air to community

RICHMOND Valley Council general manager John Walker has taken to the airwaves in a bid to engage more closely with his community.

Mr Walker hosted his first talkback segment on Richmond Valley Radio (88.9) yesterday from 9-10am.

Callers' queries included free visits to the tip, free kerbside pick-ups for rubbish, starting a new business in the valley, dog attacks and dirty water.

The GM also spoke about a number of council initiatives including CCTV in Casino, Evans Head car-parking initiatives and the Casino Saleyards upgrade.

The fortnightly talkback project is intended to "close the communication gap", with future shows to feature guest spots with Mayor Ernie Bennett and senior staff.

Mr Walker said communication had been the top of his agenda since taking the helm at Richmond Valley in March last year.

"I'm confident enough to go on air and open the mics and let people talk about anything that they want to," Mr Walker said.

"It's just as important to resolve a long-standing issue that might be troub- ling somebody as a big brand new prob- lem. It's also about ideas and direction."



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