What else should Brisbane City Council be doing to address the housing crisis?

Today, housing is treated primarily as a profit-driven industry, not as a human right. House prices and rents have skyrocketed, pushing thousands more into homelessness and housing insecurity. How can we tackle this problem at the local government level? What is, and should be, the role of Brisbane City Council in this space?

Join Councillor Jonathan Sriranganathan for a free community BBQ and discussion of future actions our local government can take to address the housing crisis. We will explore topics such as:
- How does council zoning and development approval processes affect the supply of housing?
- What can BCC do to ensure vacant housing stock is being utilised more efficiently?
- Should residential homes be operating as for-profit short-term accommodation?
- What powers does BCC have to force developers to build social housing?
- Does BCC treat housing as a human right, or a commodity?

What are your thoughts and ideas? Bring them to the discussion forum on Monday 12 December!

This forum is part of Regenerate Brisbane, a series exploring how our communities can repurpose local governments to serve our needs better.

Photo showing a group of people on a warm summer's day, sitting under a tree on terraced grass seating on the left. To the right at ground level on the grass, State Member Amy McMahon MP speaks animatedly to the group, under the shade of a Jonathan Sriranganathan marquee. In the background, you can see the low level West End buildings against a clear, blue sky.


Accessibility info:

Cathedral Square is fully wheelchair accessible, with ramped entries along Wharf Street and Turbot Street. We will be in the central covered area of the park. There are accessible toilets in the park as well.

The nearest public transport hubs are Central Station (400m) and King George Square Bus Station (750m). There are many nearby bus stops - Wharf Street Stops 156 and 166; Turbot Street Stop 4; Adelaide Street Stop 29; Queen Street Stop 67; and Ann Street Stop 6.

If you require an Auslan interpreter to participate in this event, please contact us via [email protected] and we'll endeavour to arrange one.

Physical distancing and masks are encouraged to protect those most at risk of serious illness.


This event is taking place on the stolen country of the Jagera and Turrbal people.

We pay respects to elders past and present, and we recognise that conversations about development and gentrification must be grounded in the recognition that these phenomena are part of an ongoing process of colonisation and extractive exploitation.

Aboriginal, Torres Strait, and pride flags


December 12, 2022 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm


Cathedral Square
410 Ann St
Brisbane City, QLD 4000
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Will you come?