Motorway 23 - Newcastle

    The Builders’ Labourers Federation were always consistent in their stance against relentless motorway construction (North-West Expressway and Eastern Freeway). In May 1973, focus shifted north of Sydney when Newcastle City Council gave approval for a motorway which would run through Blackbutt Nature Reserve. The decision was met with much opposition and various civic, conservation and progress associations throughout the region expressed discontent due to the lack of environmental impact studies and the failure to propose alternate routes. In consideration of the intense public opposition to the routing of the expressway, a ban was imposed on an highway that would run through Blackbutt.

    Freeway ban at the request of the residents. Ban still exists as at June 1974.

    Information source: Builders Labourers’ Federation’s ‘official list’ compiled by Joe Owens of over 50 Green Bans. (Note repeats on Joe Owens’ list as Green Ban #54)

    Verity and Meredith Burgmann, Green bans, red union: the saving of a city, 1998.

    Research by Isabella Maher


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