STANDING: Birdwoodton farmer Ian Arney has put his hand up to stand for council. Photo: John Dooley

MILLEWA farmer Ian Arney has declared his intention to run for council at October’s Mildura Rural City election.

Mr Arney, who is the local Landcare and Victorian Farmers’ Federation president, has been a loud advocate for the Millewa farming community during the recent drought, which brought him into close consultation with council and local members of Parliament.

This experience, coupled with the announcement by Cr Greg Brown that he won’t be standing again, prompted Mr Arney to announce his candidature.

“The association I have had with council in the last 14 months has been really good and I have enjoyed it immensely, and with Greg Brown retiring, I thought it was a really good opportunity for me to put my hand up,” Mr Arney said.

“If elected, it would enable me to continue to represent rural constituents in the municipality, and importantly, to advocate for the broader community.”

Mr Arney who resides in the Birdwoodton area, is married with three children and operates a sheep and grain growing farm in the Millewa.

Mildura Rural City Council Virtual Candidate Information Sessions took place this week, complementing the mandatory training provided by Local Government Victoria in August.

Nominations for candidates open on September 17 and close September 22. The election will be conducted by postal ballot voter packs to be distributed early October.

At least 12 nominations are expected for the new nine-member council.