16 Feb THE HONOURABLE EVAN WALKER, AO
On Feb 16th The Honourable Evan Walker, AO sadly passed away. Evan was a very close friend of Daryls and in 1963 founded this practice then known as Jackson Walker.
In 1979 he left the practice to pursue a political career, having been elected to the Victorian Legislative Council for the Province of Melbourne. Here Evan played a major role in shaping Melbourne as we know it today.
Between 1982-90 he was a Minister in the Cain Government and Leader of the Government in the Upper House. The breadth and number of portfolios he was charged with illustrates his vast capacity to find solutions and manage a multitude of difficult problems with difficult stakeholders. As Minister for Planning he was instrumental in new planning controls in the Central Business District, the control of building heights, protection of views of St Pauls Cathedral, and the redevelopment of the south bank of the Yarra.
He was highly regarded and applauded by those on the left and the right. Our very right wing neighbour Peter Carter remarked following his retirement from politics Jesus the Labour party always get it wrong .that is like taking Gary Ablett off at three quarter time .
As an architect, as a politician, and as a policy maker, he has made an outstanding contribution to architecture, the environment, arts and educating in Australia.
More than all of this however, he was a very dear and loyal friend to Daryl and Kay and all of our family; always happy to write a personal reference or provide advice and assistance whenever required. He will be sadly missed.