Government Members


Johnathan Sri Councillor for the Gabba Ward

Loving being a  writer, musician and community development worker with a keen interest in democratic reform and cracking down on political corruption, Jonathan Sri studied law and arts at UQ, and believes that politicians should work to strengthen local communities rather than fragmenting them.

Jonathan Sri wants to reshape Brisbane’s local governance systems to be decentralised and less hierarchical. Wherever possible, decisions should be made at the neighbourhood level, rather than top-down from City Hall.

This is what he stands for:

  • A serious, effective crackdown on political corruption, including a complete ban on political donations from any companies with significant vested interests in council decisions
  • Cheap, efficient public transport
  • Economically and socially sustainable urban development
  • Free high-quality healthcare and education systems
  • Genuinely effective environmental protection

With a BA majoring in political science, Ian McKenzie was elected as the Councillor for the ward of Holland Park in 2008 as part of Lord Mayor Campbell Newman’s team.
Ian has a genuine desire to listen, analyse and act on Holland Park issues, big and small. He has held responsible positions in the private and public sectors and holds a Masters of Public Administration degree.

Ian’s interest in local affairs commenced early and he understands the pressures on parents with family and work responsibilities through owning the Morningside childcare centre for 13 years

Ian McKenzie Councillor for Holland Park

Councillor Ian McKenzie

Helen Abrahams Councillor for the Gabba Ward

Graduated as a medical practitioner from the University of Queensland then obtained specialist qualifications in Occupational Medicine, Helen Abrahams worked in women’s health, rural health and occupational heath prior to being elected Alderman for Paddington Ward from 1991-94

Helen switched roles and worked as a Council officer in the Sustainability Unit and the Sustainable Transport Unit with Brisbane City Council. Helen has a Graduate Diploma in Regional and Urban Planning.

She is the Opposition spokesperson on development issues and serves on the Neighbourhood Planning and Development Assessment Committee. She is now the Deputy Opposition Leader