The series is set around the fictional Arcadia Waters Council near Sydney, and was primarily a satirical look at the machinations of local government.




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Series cast summary:
Geoff Morrell ...  Col Dunkley 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Zoe Carides ...  Liz Murray 18 episodes, 2000-2003
John Clayton John Clayton ...  Harry Bond 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Rhondda Findleton ...  Karin Schumaker 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Rhys Muldoon ...  Greg Dominelli 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Chris Haywood ...  George Hasnakov 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Michael Craig ...  Gordon Mahon 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Sandy Gore ...  Dr. Salwah Mandikis 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Judi Farr Judi Farr ...  Janice Corniglio 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Nicholas Papademetriou ...  Victor Trujillo 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Sacha Horler Sacha Horler ...  Helen Manoufis 15 episodes, 2000-2003
Jodie Dry ...  Biddy Marchant 10 episodes, 2003
Peter Kowitz Peter Kowitz ...  Warwick Marchant / ... 10 episodes, 2000-2003
Kerry Walker Kerry Walker ...  Fran Smith 10 episodes, 2003
Theresa Wong ...  Irene Cheung 10 episodes, 2003
Mary Coustas ...  Ava Strick 9 episodes, 2003
Sophie Heathcote Sophie Heathcote ...  Biddy Marchant 8 episodes, 2000
Matthew Newton ...  Derek Garner 8 episodes, 2000
Pauline Chan ...  Irene Cheung 8 episodes, 2000
Melissa Jaffer ...  Fran Smith 8 episodes, 2000
Chris Argirousis Chris Argirousis ...  Josef 8 episodes, 2003


The series is set around the fictional Arcadia Waters Council near Sydney, and was primarily a satirical look at the machinations of local government.

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2 July 2000 (Australia) See more »

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(18 episodes)


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The Arcadia Waters council chambers building is actually the old Concord Council building in Sydney, NSW. Concord Council had been amalgamated with Drummoyne and other nearby councils to form the Canada Bay Council, leaving the former Concord Council Chambers empty, and a great set for the show. The Chambers have subsequently been demolished and replaced with the Concord Library. Many of the street scenes when they sit on the footpath at outdoor dining areas are also shot in Coincord. See more »


Greg Dominelli: [his response to any complaint] Leave it with me, I'll make it my top priority.
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Multi-strand narrative of local government
21 September 2001 | by MuchiSee all my reviews

This was a brilliant show. The most enjoyable part for me was the multiple story lines that ran over each episode. Geoffrey Atherden cleverly didn't start and finish each story at the same time like other tv series have, instead he had several plots going at once each at different stages of completion. Stories could start or end at any point in the season without effecting the quality of each episode. The cast was also fantastic, everyone played their roles with determination, trickery and humour. I have to give special mention to Rhys Muldoon and Geoff Morrel, Greg and Col were my favourite characters and I always enjoyed it when they argued over budgets and business plans. I really hope that Geoffrey Atherden makes a second series of Grass Roots, but even if he doesn't I'll always have re-runs

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