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The Radical Potential of Local Government


Join Councillor Jonathan Sriranganathan for a discussion forum about the importance of seizing influence over entities like Brisbane City Council:

- How much power and resourcing does Council wield?
- How does Council determine what we can and can't use land for?
- How do Council's decisions create wealth for the ultra-privileged?
- How does BCCl shape culture across the state, and in turn the rest of the continent?
- How do local government politics influence on the biggest problems facing society?

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

Located at Meanjin Reggae Festival, in the Radical Futures Lounge (western corner of Musgrave Park). Find out more here.

photograph of Jonno at climate protest

Many Brisbanites think local government is about fixing potholes and building playgrounds. Power-holders weaponise the narrative that councils are mere service providers with little political relevance; this helps them justify anti-democratic moves, take more power away from communities, and reduce scrutiny of significant decisions. To transform our world for the better, we must grapple with the role local government plays in society and remind ourselves that deep, lasting, and positive change comes from the bottom up.


Accessibility info: Venue accessible by wheelchair. Radical Futures Lounge is on a level grassy area, off the footpath (cnr Russel St & Edmondstone St). Limited street parking; regular high-frequency accessible public transport available (stops ~1 block away: Boundary St, Cordelia St, and Vulture St). If you require an Auslan interpreter, contact us at [email protected] and we'll endeavour to arrange one.


This event is taking place on the unceded lands of the Jagera and Turrbal people. Musgrave Park is a significant place for Aboriginal people across the country. We pay respect to elders past, present, and future, and recognise 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

November 19, 2022 at 3:00pm - 4pm
Meanjin Reggae Festival, Musgrave Park
91 Cordelia St
South Brisbane , QLD 4101
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Will you come?