A month out from the federal election on May 18, a former Clunes local has been announced as the United Australia Party’s candidate in the race for the Mallee.
Rick Millar has thrown his hat in the ring for a seat he knows well.
Although he currently lives in Balmoral, Mr Millar was born and raised in Clunes and attended high school in Maryborough.
“I’m very familiar with the Central Goldfields Shire area, my parents live in Clunes so I still get over that way quite often,” he said.
Over the years Mr Millar worked for the CFA in Ballarat, spent time in the army as a surveyor and cartographer and six years with a mining company in Australia producing geological mapping and developing 3D mapping systems.
More recently he attended university in Ballarat where he studied visual arts and completed a teaching diploma and has since worked as a teacher in Australia and around the world.
Mr Millar said he was inspired to run for the Mallee after returning home from overseas.
“I’ve been overseas for the past five years and when I came back to Australia I noticed it was slipping backwards and no one was really standing up to do much about it,” he said.
“I started looking into whether I should run as an independent candidate but I found the United Australia Party and I agreed with all their policies, so I thought it’d be much better to represent a party that has some backing behind it and is really passionate about making changes.
“You either sit on your hands and wait for things to happen or you put up your hand up and try and make some change.”
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