About

The Gabba Ward Office
Office hours: 9am-4.30pm, Monday-Friday

2/63 Annerley Road (Cnr Crown Street)
Woolloongabba Qld 4102

Bio

Bio

My primary goal as an elected representative is to help reshape our local governance systems to be decentralised and less hierarchical. As much as possible, decisions should be made at the neighbourhood level, rather than top-down from City Hall.

Councillor Jonathan Sri (Gabba Ward) was elected as Brisbane's first Greens city councillor in March 2016, representing the suburbs of East Brisbane, Woolloongabba, Dutton Park, Kangaroo Point, Highate Hill, South Brisbane and West End.

Jonno has been a strong advocate for walkable neighbourhoods, public transport, public housing, community facilities and the arts, and is firmly opposed to unsustainable, profit-oriented over-development. He believes that residents should have more say over how their city changes and evolves.

Jonno works towards making Brisbane a happier, more democratic, more sustainable, more equitable and more beautiful city.

My primary goal as an elected representative is to help reshape our local governance systems to be decentralised and less hierarchical. As much as possible, decisions should be made at the neighbourhood level, rather than top-down from City Hall.
My primary goal as an elected representative is to help reshape our local governance systems to be decentralised and less hierarchical. As much as possible, decisions should be made at the neighbourhood level, rather than top-down from City Hall.

Jonathan supports the Greens’ core values of ecological sustainability, grassroots participatory democracy, social justice, and peace & non-violence. This is central to the party's ethos of using local government as an essential forum through which to address contemporary issues and the challenges that our society is faced with.

Outside of Politics

Jonathan is a writer and musician, and still performs regularly with ska/punk band The Mouldy Lovers and spoken word/hip-hop band Rivermouth.

He studied Law (Honours) and Arts at UQ, with Arts majors in Journalism and Indigenous Studies. Prior to becoming a councillor, he worked as a cross-cultural mediation facilitator in remote Aboriginal communities, and as a live-in carer for refugee children who settled in Australia without their parents. Jonno has also previously worked as a legal clerk in a commercial law firm, a documentation writer in a software development company, a university tutor, an ESL tutor for Aboriginal primary school students, and as a private tutor for high school students.

Jonno was born in Brissie in 1988, and grew up in West Chermside. After leaving home, he lived in a series of sharehouses around West End, Highgate Hill and East Brisbane, and moved into a houseboat with his partner after Brisbane City Council inspectors took enforcement action against his sharehouse in June 2016 on the basis that more than five unrelated adults were living there (which is technically prohibited under Brisbane City Plan 2014).

Local Advocacy

Jonathan advocates long-term approaches for handling the complex issues surrounding high-density housing, and improving the quality of life for those in apartments and units - which is a large proportion of the Gabba's inner-city constituency.

This aligns with Jonathan's desire to implement policies to meet Brisbane's future demand for parks, public amenities and equal access to public infrastructure. Similarly, Jonathan has consistently proposed a citywide transition towards active and public transport, and to lower our city-wide dependence on private vehicles.

Our belief is that public transport is a clean, safe and cost-effective transport option, and we advocate greater choices and opportunities to access these services across Brisbane. We support an environmentally conscious transport future for Brisbane city, which includes the provision of safer alternatives like cycle & pedestrian friendly roadway and city planning.

Block quote - Just an example, but the sort of stuff I'd think about touching on -

"I believe that Brisbane residents should have ample options and opportunity to access a diverse range of transport options. Our reliance on cars as a predominant mode of transport, and the privatization of elements of traffic planning such as Brisbane's privately owned vehicle tunnels, means that the most efficient ways of getting around Brisbane are not always accessible to the entire community."

Our Office

Our ward office is located in Woolloongabba, Brisbane, on the occupied territory of the Jagera, Yugara, Yugarapul and Turrbal Nations. We recognize that sovereignty was never ceded, and 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 politics accessible and representative for all, 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 the provision of 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 try to have fun, laugh and provide a positive environment for our local community.