Aaron Scales is seeking election to Towonga Council . Picture: PETER MERKESTEYNAARON Scales is aiming to emulate the feats of his mother and father by winning election to Towong Council.

The Dartmouth publican will seek a place on the council at this month’s elections.

His father, John, was a member of the inaugural Towong Council, from 1997 to 2000, while his mother, Robyn, served on the North East’s most remote shire from 2003 to 2005

“I saw what mum and dad achieved in the time they were on the council and I’m very interested in the council,” Mr Scales said.

“There are a lot of improvements that can be made, especially with the viability and sustainability of the small business community in the shire.

“The rate rises are pretty extreme, there are pressures on everyone, especially small business.

“Our rate rises are above CPI and we can’t increase prices by more than the CPI or we would lose customers.”

Mr Scales said he was concerned about the sell-off of farms in the shire and the failure of big buyers to move into Towong and spend their money.

He believes there needs to be a study done to outline the obstacles faced by farmers and what can be done to address the issue.

An analysis is about to begin in the Mitta Valley with a consultant examining how to keep young people on farms.

Mr Scales said council spending could be diverted from existing areas but he could not offer an example.

Robyn Scales said her son’s age, 32, would make him one of the youngest councillors to have represented Towong and she believes that is needed to bring fresh ideas to a shire which has largely been represented by those over 65.

She said the council faced a harsher environment than when she was a councillor.

“I think things are tougher, as far as getting more value for their rates base goes, they’ve got to look at more efficient ways of running their services,” Mrs Scales said.

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