Grass Roots
Created byGeoffrey Atherden
Written by
  • Geoffrey Atherden
  • Katherine Thompson
  • Michael Brindley
Directed byPeter Andrikidis
Country of originAustralian
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes18
Executive producerTim Pye
ProducerJohn Eastway
Running time50 minutes
Original networkABC
Original release1 July 2000 (2000-07-01) –
21 May 2003 (2003-05-21)

Grass Roots is an Australian television series produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation between 2000 and 2003.


The series is set around the fictional Arcadia Waters Council (LGA) near Sydney, and was primarily a satirical look at the machinations of local government. It was written by Geoffrey Atherden.


Part of the series was filmed in the inner west Sydney suburb of Concord. Many external shots of Arcadia waters Council chambers used Concord Council Chambers as a setting. The Council Chambers themselves (external shots, and the "Site Shed" Scenes, plus a couple of other external scenes were filmed in a Factory at the end of Mars Road Lane Cove. Other various locations around Concord, particularly in the shopping centre and cafes in Majors Bay Road were used. Beach scenes were filmed at Mona Vale, New South Wales on Sydney's northern beaches, while the location "Cemetery Point" was filmed at the Mona Vale headland reserve.[1]

Series overview

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
182 July 2000 (2000-07-02)20 August 2000 (2000-08-20)
21019 March 2003 (2003-03-19)21 May 2003 (2003-05-21)

Regular cast


Season 1 (2000)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"A Week In September"Peter AndrikidisGeoffrey Atherden2 July 2000 (2000-07-02)
22"Late September"Peter AndrikidisGeoffrey Atherden9 July 2000 (2000-07-09)
33"October to March"Peter AndrikidisGeoffrey Atherden16 July 2000 (2000-07-16)
44"February To May"Peter AndrikidisKatherine Thompson23 July 2000 (2000-07-23)
55"January To April"Peter AndrikidisGeoffrey Atherden30 July 2000 (2000-07-30)
66"April To July"Peter AndrikidisMichael Brindley6 August 2000 (2000-08-06)
77"Late July Friday 4:00 pm To 10:30 pm"Peter AndrikidisGeoffrey Atherden13 August 2000 (2000-08-13)
88"The Whole Year"Peter AndrikidisGeoffrey Atherden20 August 2000 (2000-08-20)

Season 2 (2003)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Art"Peter AndrikidisGeoffrey Atherden19 March 2003 (2003-03-19)
22"Prostitution"Peter AndrikidisGeoffrey Atherden26 March 2003 (2003-03-26)
33"Garbage"Peter AndrikidisGeoffrey Atherden2 April 2003 (2003-04-02)
44"Crime"Peter AndrikidisGeoffrey Atherden9 April 2003 (2003-04-09)
55"Dogs"Peter AndrikidisMichael Brindley16 April 2003 (2003-04-16)
66"Egomania"Peter AndrikidisGeoffrey Atherden23 April 2003 (2003-04-23)
77"Youth"Peter AndrikidisGeoffrey Atherden30 April 2003 (2003-04-30)
88"Cars"Peter AndrikidisMichael Brindley7 May 2003 (2003-05-07)
99"Investigation"Peter AndrikidisMichael Brindley14 May 2003 (2003-05-14)
1010"By-election"Peter AndrikidisGeoffrey Atherden21 May 2003 (2003-05-21)


  1. ^ "Mona Vale Headland Reserve | Things to do in Sydney".