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    The Powerhouse Museum Alliance is a group of concerned citizens working to save the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo. The Alliance includes longstanding benefactors of the museum, former trustees, design and heritage experts and senior museum professionals.

    Save the Powerhouse: Ultimo-based state-wide community campaign:

    North Parramatta Residents Action Group:
    Save Willowgrove at Parramatta from the Premier’s Bulldozers, 2020
    Willow Grove heritage action material re-creation. Adapted from North Parramatta Resident Action Group.
    Judy Mundey, Stacey Miers, Jack Mundey and Mickie Quick, 2011.

    Green Bans Forever

    Mundey’s vision for a sane environmental and planning policy and the fight for a more just society is urgent. The persistent and unrelenting decades of legislative amendments have disabled and overruled consultation, heritage and environment.

    Parramatta / Powerhouse

    In mid-2020 the CFMMEU supported by the National Trust placed a green ban on stately Willow Grove a Victorian house standing in the way of “visions” of a new Parramatta CBD: a plan for 14,350 new dwellings, that will dramatically alter the historic character of Parramatta and the history of the state.

    Green Bans: Powerhouse / ParramattaLessons from the ongoing fight for the Powerhouse.

    1. Arts and cultural policy cannot be made by developers, boards stacked with political cronies, financial consultants and servile planning departments. It requires the input of professionals.

    2. Arts and cultural organisations, their boards and directors need a greater degree of independence from ministerial interference.

    3. Parliamentary select committees have an important role to play in holding governments to account.

    4. Communities, people of knowledge and key trades and professional organisations must be involved.

    5. End sham or “nudge” consultations.

    6. Reality check: only the Powerhouse building has been saved. The other buildings at Ultimo are up for grabs (including Tram Depot). Only 3 objects are confirmed as remaining at the Powerhouse Ultimo: Locomotive No 1, the Catalina plane, the Bolton and Watt steam engine. Without context, they are reduced to décor.

    The Powerhouse Museum Alliance is a group of concerned citizens working to save the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo. The Alliance includes longstanding benefactors of the museum, former trustees, design and heritage experts and senior museum professionals. 

    Save the Powerhouse: Ultimo-based state-wide community campaign: 

    North Parramatta Residents Action Group:

    Save Kings Cross

    In Kings Cross, developers have returned, re-working old plans and consolidating sites as giant “vision” developments (mixed uses of pubs, hotels, apartments and the optional entertainment centre). Kings Cross faces at least three of cloned “improvements” on Darlinghurst Road and Victoria Street.

    Save the Powerhouse

    Grand news that Powerhouse is saved! Parramatta was not getting a museum but a monster flexible event space below a residential tower. The demolition of Parra’s diminishing heritage assets — WillowGrove and St Georges Terraces — and the dispersal of the State Collection on “oneway tickets” were the last straws. Finally, the citizens and union members said they would “put their bodies on the line”. Onwards citizens to Save Willow Grove and the terraces – remnants of white settlement – and build an Indigenous Heritage Centre and invest in the vision for the Parra Female Factory.

    Stand up for the Powerhouse Museum 30 June 2020
    Note: this is not a rally nor a protest, as we are still under Covid -19 restrictions!

    News Flash: Jack Mundey's legacy continues! Today a new green ban was imposed on historic buildings in Parramatta that are set to be demolished under controversial plans to shift the Powerhouse Museum from inner-city Ultimo. The CFMMEU construction division announced a green ban while local heritage campaigners said they are prepared to "put their bodies in front of machinery". Branch secretary Darren Greenfield put a moratorium on demolishing the Willow Grove Villa and St George's Terraces in Parramatta, the first since the death last month of former NSW BLF leader Jack Mundey a month ago. The local community, through the North Parramatta Residents Action Group, has campaigned for years to save these two heritage buildings and they are supported by the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and the Historic Houses Association. North Parramatta Residents Action Group spokesperson, Suzette Meade, said the community had tried to reason with Premier Gladys Berejiklian for four years. "Over this time we've offered solutions but they have been ignored," Meade said. "Jack's recent passing has reminded all of us that to simply be passive will only accelerate the destruction of Australia's heritage and our activities honour Jack Mundey’s legacy."

    More information: Save the Powerhouse -
    Powerhouse Museum Alliance -
    And North Parramatta Residents Action -

    Millers Point, Dawes Point & the Rocks

    Save the Heritage & the Community of Millers Point, Dawes Point & the Rocks, Stop the public housing sell-off in Millers Point and the rest of Australia. Read the Sirius history here.
    Millers Point Press conference: Millers Point Tenants with Anthony Albanese MP, March 2015. Photo credit, Capture That Photographics, Natalie Cox (Owner/Director/Head Photographer)

    Campaign Updates

    The Official Millers Point, Dawes Point and the Rocks Tenants is
    Sign the Petition:
    The Brown Couch at
    Tenants Union Clearing House Page -

    History and Background: Millers Point A community under the hammer

    SMH Interactive Millers Point Community History Site at
    Millers Point and the United Nations at and
    Barangaroo a plague on all their houses, SMH, August 25, 2013 at

    Millers Point, Dawes Point and the Rocks: "Get Out:" Day Anniversary – one year on 19 March 2015

    Millers Point sell-off is “too big a risk” for Sydney’s heritage says The National Trust of Australia. Millers Point is the oldest surviving urban area in Australia, with some buildings dating back to the 1820s.

    The NSW government decided a year ago to sell 293 government-owned and heritage-listed properties and the Sirius apartment building designed by Tao Gofers in 1978. The MCA is housed in the former Maritime Services Building where maritime tenants paid their weekly rental. Many of the terraces were purposed designed for maritime workers as 'model housing'.

    Director of Advocacy at the National Trust of Australia (NSW), Graham Quint, said Millers Point is of national significance and new owners weren’t taking the heritage permission seriously.

    The National Trust is not only concerned about the destruction of the physical heritage of the area, but sees Millers Point’s social heritage endangered as well.

    The NSW State Election on Saturday 28 March is being fought over the sell-off of state heritage and utilities. Labor and Greens oppose the sale of public housing and utilities. But only a Labor Government will have the power to stop the sell-off in Millers Point and The Rocks.

    It wasn’t the Liberals who fought for the Rocks, Woolloomooloo and Glebe … it was communities working with unions. They fought a Liberal government weak on heritage but ideologically driven to sell state heritage as an "engine of growth".
    Alison Alder, Real Estate, 2015.
    Alison Alder, Goodbye from Sirius, 2015.
    Alison Alder, Get Out Quick, 2015.
    Residents of Millers Point and The Rocks are engaged in an historic battle with the NSW State Government over the future of the public housing dwellings in Sydney's historic inner-city are called The Rocks and Millers POint.

    This attempted destruction of a community is in pursuit of the reckless and short-sighted pursuit of overdevelopment by the adjacent Barangaroo Development Authority and developer Lend Lease.

    "A lot of our neighbours have been moved out.. We are an entire suburb of Sydney .. people are vulnerable.. we have been hard working, paid our taxes, paid our rent.. Most of us are fighting to stay here and we have gained a lot of support.."

    Barney Gardner, co-convenor Millers Point and the Rocks Tenants Association.

    About 200 of the homes at Millers Point are considered historic. The state government has made the false and heartless claim that costs for maintaining the housing are too high and they have then used this false and misleading claim as a justification for evicting over 400 long-term residents so that they can then proceed to with the sale of the properties to the highest bidders. The announced proposal to sell 293 properties in Millers Point has been taken without any consultation with the National Trust.

    National Trust Media Statement on Millers Point of 27 March 2014 says:

    The National Trust is seeking an immediate halt to Government Property NSW’s call “to register your interest in purchasing a Millers Point Property” which is being promoted on the Family and Community Services Website.

    “The announced proposal to sell 293 properties in Millers Point has been taken without any consultation with the National Trust. This is despite the entire area being listed on the National Trust Register in 1978 as an Urban Conservation Area and the Trust having listed 127 individual properties in Millers Point on its Register for forty years,” said Trust Chief Executive Officer, Brian Scarsbrick.

    “The sale decision also appears to have been taken without any prior consultation with the NSW Heritage Division despite Millers Point being listed on the State Heritage Register as a Conservation Area in 1999 and as a Precinct with high social significance in 2003. Additionally 109 places in Millers Point are listed on the State Heritage Register and these places include more than 400 individual dwellings,” said Mr Scarsbrick.

    The Trust Advocacy Director, Graham Quint stressed that the Government’s own Statements of Significance for Millers Point say that it “is an intact residential and maritime precinct of outstanding State and national significance, containing buildings and civic spaces dating from the 1830s” and that “the whole place remains a living cultural landscape greatly valued by both its local residents and the people of New South Wales.”

    Mr Quint also noted that the 2003 State Heritage Register Listing says “Millers Point & Dawes Point Village Precinct is significant through associations with a community in NSW for social, cultural and spiritual reasons. A proportion of the existing population is descended from previous generations of Millers Point locals, and has fostered a strong and loyal sense of community and solidarity.”

    “There must be consultation with the local community and evictions currently being proposed must halt until there has been proper consideration and determination of the impacts of this decision on all of the state and national heritage values of Millers Point - Its historical, social, landmark, archaeological and rarity significance,” said Mr Scarsbrick.
    Milers Point First Auction Poster, 26 August 2014.
    The CFMEU is proudly standing shoulder to shoulder with residents in Millers Point who are being forced out of public housing by the Liberal government. Unity Magazine, September 2014, p36.:  Download pdf

    Media Release - Buyer Beware: Sale Does Not Have Community Support: Download pdf

    You shall not covet your neighbour's house, Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - or Download pdf


    On the 50th anniversary of the Green Bans, the ideals of their struggle to protect heritage and environmental amenity for all to enjoy are more urgent than ever. In 2011 the Green Bans Art Walk and Exhibition (in two parts at The Cross Art Projects and The Firstdraft Depot Project Space), told the story of an inspired period, its charismatic leaders and grass-roots heroes. The project comprised a series of public guided walks between the exhibition venues functioned as a living instruction manual and moral compass charting stories of good and evil, creativity and conflict. Read more


    The Powerhouse Museum Alliance is a group of concerned citizens working to save the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo. The Alliance includes longstanding benefactors of the museum, former trustees, design and heritage experts and senior museum professionals. Read more