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.
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.