The diverse communities of Campbelltown Local Government Area are united under the Community Voice of Campbelltown (CVoC) to contest the upcoming local government election on 4 December. Minto Heights resident Mr. Khalil Masud leads the team of the candidates that include four women candidates from various migrant groups.
On 29 November evening, the CVoC organized a meet–the–press event at their campaign office in Minto. The candidates and other community leaders shared their views and the need of such a collective local voice to empower the local community where mainstream political parties seldom fail to address. The campaign video promotion was screened and included various media personalities from diverse communities.
There are 10 candidates running on the 4th of December elections under the Community Voice of Campbelltown. The candidates are – Khalil MuhamadMasud, Halabi Khaled, Karki Sajjan, Jaber Bellal, Khan Morsheda, Sofiuzzaman MD, Hossain Khurshida, Nasrin Sultana, Sultana Sharmin and Chowdhury Afzal. Their group is D on the ballot paper.
The group’s manifesto clearly identifies the importance of protecting koalas and making a sanctuary for wildlife. They collectively raised the issue of the development of Queens Street parking issue and other local development, said ‘No’ to red tape culture which delays development applications as it takes longer to process than in other local authorities in Sydney.
The candidates jointly also said ‘No Domestic Violence’ in Campbelltown, promised more work towards addressing mental health issues in the community, particularly during the pandemic.
Mr Enam Haque, president of Multicultural Society of Campbelltown, and Mr. Mahbub Chodhury president of Bangladesh Society of NSW were also present. Dr Shibly Abdulla CA was the master of the ceremony for the evening.