Voice for rural residents

A CANDIDATE at next month’s Mildura Rural City Council local government election is urging ratepayers to consider electing a rural representative to council.

Underbool farmer and businessman Greg Brown yesterday became the first candidate to lodge his nomination form with the Victorian Electoral Commission at its Eighth Street office.

He said a lack of representation from outlying towns on the current nine-member council had stirred his interest in seeking election again after previously serving two terms on council.

“It’s very Mildura-centric at the moment, council,” Mr Brown said.

“I’m 150 kilometres from Mildura – and Mildura stretches 220km past our place at Underbool, all the way to Pinaroo on the South Australian border.

“It’s pretty obvious we need someone out in the bush to represent these small towns and their interests.”

Mr Brown narrowly missed gaining election at the last council election in November 2008, finishing eighth after the distribution of first preferences.

But his failure to list preferences or do a “deal” proved his undoing, failing to pass the required quota and eventually being overtaken by Judi Harris.

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