MICK Ilsley says taking the title of town away from Sebastian would “cause a few problems” among residents.
Sebastian, about 10 kilometres south of Raywood, has a population of 197, according to the 2011 census.
That figure means it would cease to be classified as a town under proposed Australian Bureau of Statistics changes.
Under the changes, the bureau will alter the statistical definition of a town.
“I reckon it would cause a problem in this town,” Mr Ilsley said.
“There’d be people who would fight it.”
Mr Ilsley moved to Sebastian from Eaglehawk 12 years ago and said he always felt a connection to the town. “I just love the area,” he said. “We used to come out here as a kid.”
Mr Ilsley said people from the town were passionate about its prosperity and would fight for its survival.
“Everyone loves the town – that’s why we live here,” he said.
“We choose to live in Sebastian, not in Bendigo.”