Eastlakes

    The Parkes Developments Pty Ltd began development of the old Rosebery Racecourse in 1968. On November 7 1971 unit residents at Eastlakes gathered for what would be their first protest against further construction on a vacant site nearby. The owners of the firm originally promised tenants this three-and-a-half-acre area on Evans Street would remain as parkland, reportedly charging those with views of this site a higher price.

    The residents approached Jack Mundey and the BLF, who called a meeting of workers on another Parkes Developments site, Hotel Metropole. By unanimous vote, the workers agreed to a ‘stopwork’ if the Eastlakes development went ahead and a green ban was officially placed on the Eastlakes site.

     

    In February of 1973 after the Botany Municipal Council approved another Eastlakes home unit development plan from Parkes Developments. Residents once again gathered in protest and by March had enlisted the help of Jack Mundey and the BLF. They sought to enlarge the original green ban to cover any home unit development in the Eastlakes area.

    The result of all of this was to ensure that the land now known as Eastlakes Reserve was kept free from further development and instead kept as park land. In May this 2021, after Jack Mundey’s death, Bayside Council began to explore the option of renaming Eastlakes Reserve in his honour.

    Judy Mundey interviewed by Ron Hoenig MP.
    Eastlakes Reserve will be re-named Jack Mundey Reserve in November 2021.
    Interview date 8 April 2021.

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