Councillor Helen Abrahams was elected as Councillor for The Gabba Ward in 2008 having been the Councillor for Dutton Park Ward since 2003.
Helen loves representing the diverse and dynamic inner city communities and she is a committed advocate for their issues.
“Helen Abrahams was first elected to Council as the Alderman for Paddington in 1991 in the first Jim Soorley Administration. She was the Councillor for Dutton Park Ward from 2003 to 2008. Helen has represented the newly formed The Gabba Ward since 2008.
Helen is honoured to represent the diverse and dynamic inner city communities and she is a committed advocate for their issues. Helen is very aware that the inner southern suburbs are rapidly changing with high rise development that is raising housing prices and forcing out students, artists, musicians and the people who make their suburbs so interesting. Helen places high priority on working with local residents and organisations to mitigate these impacts.
More parkland, affordable housing and additional community services including schools, aged care centres, community centres and kindergartens are essential.
The community organisations and groups are the backbone of our city and Helen’s door is always open to assist these groups including: Go Gabba Go, Gabba Business Association, Kangaroo Point Neighbourhood Watch, East Brisbane Neighbourhood Watch, West End Making History group, MICAH, West End Community House, West End Community Association and West End Traders Association.
Helen is a strong supporter of the many sport clubs in The Gabba Ward including Souths Magpies, Metropolitan District Netball Association, South Brisbane Sailing Club, Eastern Suburbs Football Club, Coorparoo Junior Australian Football, East Brisbane Croquet Club, Kangaroo Point Rovers and the Partisan Football Club.
Helen is the Opposition spokesperson on development issues and serves on the Neighbourhood Planning and Development Assessment Committee. She is the Deputy Opposition Leader.”
Qualifications and background
Helen graduated as a medical practitioner from the University of Queensland and obtained specialist qualifications in Occupational Medicine. She worked in women’s health, rural health and occupational heath prior to 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.
Committee membership and interests
Helen is currently the Shadow for the Neighbourhood Planning and Development Assessment Committee and Deputy Opposition Leader.
As Chairperson of the Environment and Sustainability Committee from 2004 – 08 she delivered incentives for Sustainable Commercial buildings, the Climate Change and Energy Action Plan and oversaw the resurgence in bicycle pathways and infrastructure in our City.
Helen is a board member of TransitCare an organisation that provides community transport services and a member of, West End Community House, AMCS, AGDF and N4C.
Helen believes the personal is political and so commutes by bike whenever possible, has adapted her home to be as sustainable as possible and seeks to reduces her carbon footprint at all times.