Riverina residents would like their politicians to be more accessible and more engaged with local communities, according to a report released by a local grassroots group.
The document compiles the views of 175 residents from across the electorate and looks into how they view the current state of politics in the region.
Most participants felt as though they "do not have a voice" in political decisions and are unaware of how to access their local representatives.
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According to the report, this has resulted in many having a "general apathy" towards politics and Emily Cross, one of the founding members of V4R, said many have switched off completely.
"Accessibility was definitely the biggest thing that was brought up and we spoke to many people who were so switched off from politics they didn't know who our federal member was - let alone state or council," Ms Cross said.
V4R founding member Fiona McPherson said the report shows the widespread disengagement with politics across the region.
"I think a lot of people spend more time choosing what to have for dinner, buying lipstick or choosing their car than actually who deciding who to vote for," she said.
Ms McPherson described this as a concerning trajectory and something representatives and community members alike must work to rectify.
"We have to work with representatives and ask them how they are communicating with these different groups," she said.
"So many people don't understand how politics affects them and their everyday life and even if they want to be involved they don't know how."
Participants in the report stated the relationship between residents and elected representatives could be improved through transparent and accessible elected leaders, regular meetings within each LGA, and more informal discussion between politicians and the community.
Caitlin Langley, a fellow founding member of V4R, said the group will be sending the report to councillors and candidates in the upcoming council election.
She said the group has also booked in meetings with state members and is looking to arrange a meeting with Riverina MP Michael McCormack.
V4R plans to host more kitchen table discussions over the next year and continue collecting the views of residents.
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