Tributes have flowed after the passing of property developer Lang Walker. Mr Walker, 78, played a significant role in the development of the new Maroochydore City Centre as the chair of Walker Corporation.
Sunshine Coast Council and SunCentral entered an agreement with Walker Corporation in 2020 to market and develop most of the remaining land via a $2.5 billion investment.
“With the passing of Lang, our nation and our Sunshine Coast has lost a true visionary in city making, urban regeneration and philanthropy, and a person who always put people at the heart of what he did,” Mayor Mark Jamieson says.
“Lang’s stewardship of Walker Corporation and its contribution to the urban fabric of places like Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and our own Maroochydore City Centre will be one of his greatest legacies.”
My Walker formed his company more than 50 years ago, shaping it into Australia’s largest privately owned property groups.
Walker Corporation managing director and chief executive officer David Gallant remembers Mr Walker as an inspirational leader. “Lang’s vision will remain an enduring force through the Walker DNA and the Walker way, which he actively passed on,” Mr Gallant says.
SunCentral Maroochydore chair Morgan Parker has paid tribute to Mr Walker’s strategic foresight in seeingthe Maroochydore City Centre’s “full potential”: “His belief in the Sunshine Coast’s bright future has been inspiring.”
A statement from Mr Walker’s family says he loved creating incredible places, but he loved his family more than anything else and his generosity had no boundaries.
“Our hearts are broken by the loss of a great man who changed the lives of so many people through his visionary projects and philanthropy,” the statement reads.
“His zest for life and his relentless pursuit of perfection lives on within everyone in the Walker family.”
Mr Walker is survived by wife Sue, four children and 10 grandchildren.