Community Voice, a united ticket of the left and progressive community in Wollongong, was formed on June 18 after a thorough discussion focussed on putting local council back in the hands of the community.
More than 40 people attended including, Reverend Gordon Bradbery, who nearly won the seat of Wollongong in the recent NSW election; Dr Munir Hussain, chairperson of the Omar Mosque; leading members of progressive parties the Greens and the Socialist Alliance; independent and community activists; trade unionists and other activists.
The meeting adopted a platform based on community democracy, sustainability, socially useful development and job creation.
The Liberal Party, confident after its landslide win in the NSW election, has declared it will contest the council elections.
Some Labor Party members have indicated they will stand as candidates, but it is unclear whether the party itself will officially stand and back candidates.
Wollongong City Council has been under administration since March 2008 after it was sacked for unprecedented levels of corruption.
The Labor-appointed administrators have become increasingly unpopular and calls for fresh elections have grown.
Residents will go to the polls on September 3 to elect councilors for the Wollongong and Shellharbour City Councils.
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