Councillor Jonathan Sri is a writer, musician and community worker who was elected in March 2016 as Brisbane's first ever Greens city councillor, representing the Gabba Ward.
Jonno campaigned on a bold platform focussed on making our city more sustainable, equitable and democratic, and addressing the negative impacts of gentrification and speculative property investment. He is firmly opposed to unsustainable, profit-oriented over-development, and believes that residents should have more say over how their city changes and evolves.
Jonathan is running again for election in March 2020, and is prioritising local issues such as housing affordability and economic justice, improving public transport, creating more walkable pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods, greening our city, greater support for the arts and community events, and great transparency and democratic accountability in local government.
Jonathan supports the Greens’ core values of ecological sustainability, grassroots participatory democracy, social justice, and peace & non-violence.
"My primary goal as an elected representative is to help reshape our local governance systems to be less centralised and less hierarchical. As much as possible, decisions should be made at the neighbourhood level, rather than top down from City Hall."
- Jonathan Sri, 2016
The Gabba Ward
The Gabba Ward covers the suburbs of West End, Highgate Hill, South Brisbane, East Brisbane, Woolloongabba, Dutton Park, and Kangaroo Point. After the 2020 council election, the boundaries of the Gabba Ward will be redrawn, and the suburb of East Brisbane and the Buranda side of Woolloongabba will shift into the Coorparoo Ward (new ward boundaries shown via this link).
Demographically, the Gabba Ward is one of the youngest and most culturally diverse parts of Brisbane, with very high proportions of non-citizen migrant workers and international students (many of whom pay taxes and rates, yet are not entitled to vote). The Gabba Ward is also one of the fastest growing parts of South-East Queensland, and has experienced a wave of rapid high-density development which has led to overcrowded schools and a shortfall of public green space, community facilities and public transport services.
Jonno was born in Brissie and grew up in West Chermside. During his university years, Jonno moved to Indooroopilly and then into sharehouses in Highgate Hill and West End, working part-time as a tutor, a law clerk and a musician.
Prior to becoming a city councillor, Jonno has also worked as a poet, a writer, a policy researcher, a band manager and events organiser, a private tutor for university and high school students, and in various youth worker roles (both in Brisbane and northeast Arnhem Land).
Jonathan graduated from the University of Queensland with a dual Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Journalism & Mass Communication and in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies). He also completed a Graduate Certificate in Writing, Editing and Publishing.
About Our Office
The Gabba Ward office is located at the corner of Annerley Rd and Crown St in Woolloongabba, on the occupied territory of the Jagera, Yugara, Yugarapul and Turrbal Peoples. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded, and that this always was and always will be Aboriginal land.
We support diversity in all forms, and our team comes from a diverse range of backgrounds, and includes permanent staff members, volunteers and supporters from many different backgrounds, cultures and walks of life.
Our goal is to make local politics more accessible and more representative, and to strive for collective values of care, unity and solidarity.
We hope to empower local individuals to actively participate in the democratic framework that shapes our city, and to support broader structural changes that reflect our community-centred approach to governance.
We endeavour to support, value and validate each other, to focus on self and collective care, and to foster positive social change in our local community.