Young community group formed to "keep the council honest."

A collective of Young residents has formed a new group to be the "voice for the community" and to "keep the council honest."

Voice of the people: Young Community and Residents Association member Graeme Smith and president Mark Wells. Photo: Craig Thomson.

Voice of the people: Young Community and Residents Association member Graeme Smith and president Mark Wells. Photo: Craig Thomson.

The Young Community and Residents Association aims "to represent the concerns and issues of the community and residents of the Hilltops Council Region on matters which concern or affect them". 

Association president Mark Wells said the group already has 100 members and will be a force to be reckoned with.

"Many towns and Council areas have a residents or ratepayers associations; these have developed over time as people in the Community feel they have no say as individuals when dealing with Councils," he said.

"We are not limiting the association to any one issue.

“We have already been inundated with concerns about issues which we will prioritise and start work on shortly.

"The Association will investigate any legitimate matter raised by the community."

Mr Wells said he hopes the Association will bridge a gap between the community and the Council.

"We've heard from the community that when residents raise a concern or issue with council, they are not being listened to or responded to," he said.

"There is a perception that Council makes minimal real contact with the average person in the street.

"The Council has, I believe,  a terrible record when it comes to the history and heritage of the town and local area and that is something we'll be following up.

"Many years ago they proposed to remove the town hall and build retail space and council offices. Imagine how many more empty shops there would be on the main street today if this plan had gone ahead."

Mr Wells said the Association would be meeting every two weeks at the Uniting Church Hall.

The Community and residents can follow the Associations Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Young-Community-and-Residents-Association-151853045506439/