Centennial Park (Cook Road)

The BLF imposed a second green ban in the Centennial Park are on the construction of unit blocks on Cook Road. In the early 1970s increased construction transformed the environment of this quiet residential area into one dominated by traffic and congestion. After a meeting of residents, the BLF placed the ban preventing the construction of any more flats until all parties approved of an alternative plan. See also: Moore Park (Centennial Park Sports’ Complex)

Lee Rhiannon, Green bans: inspirational activism, 2016; Anne Summers (et al.), The little green book: facts on the green bans, 1973.

Research provided by Isabella Maher 


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