Mr Lawlor is a long-time resident of Merrigum where he is a CFA volunteer of 25 years, a Landcare group representative and has served the water industry for more than 20 years on boards of local water authorities.
He has worked as a farmer, rural contractor and local government business systems sales executive.
Mr Lawlor says while Greater Shepparton’s smaller communities have been adequately represented in decisions and funding allocations, he would like to see a less ad-hoc approach to small-town community planning and a minimum standard service provision defined.
He has a broader vision for Greater Shepparton — for it to be recognised as a council of excellence.
‘‘I’ve been disappointed by a lack of cohesiveness of councillors,’’ he says.
Mr Lawlor said the role of a councillor included providing strong governance, strategic direction and policy setting, and creating trusting and respectful relationships with staff and the community.
He says councillors should demonstrate a team culture rather than the culture of conflict and division.