honestly (i have 0 idea how australia works but) there’s a lot of anarchist potential in local government? almost by nature, you know?
I think probably less than in the US because political power is more centralised and fewer positions are elected? but also more because there is preferential voting so you can run as/vote for a weird fringe leftist without worrying too much about splitting the left vote. but you’re right, local government areas are usually small enough that there’s a realistic possibility of knowing and influencing your representative, and getting elected as an independent or fringe party candidate. & consensus decision-making is not essential to anarchism, lots of anarchist groups have used majority rules voting and delegated decision-making power to specific individuals and whatnot as a matter of pragmatism. (have people read Murray Bookchin’s dummy spit on consensus decision-making as manipulative time-wasting hippie shit? I’m not totally on board with him but he also wasn’t totally wrong.) local government is still not not the state but yeah, it’s not like Canberra.