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.

    Actions Now

    Current Actions - Willow Grove Parramatta.

    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. https://powerhousemuseumalliance.com/

    Save the Powerhouse: Ultimo-based state-wide community campaign: https://www.facebook.com/savethepowerhouse/

    North Parramatta Residents Action Group: http://nprag.org/
    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.

    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.

    Fellow-travellers:
    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. https://powerhousemuseumalliance.com/ 

    Save the Powerhouse: Ultimo-based state-wide community campaign: https://www.facebook.com/savethepowerhouse/ 

    North Parramatta Residents Action Group: http://nprag.org/

    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.

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/powerhouse-backflip-as-ultimo-site-saved-by-berejiklian-government-20200703-p558vn.html?fbclid=IwAR1PBhx5hpC1zdGZ2mohhHcDTX6jVMei-oo38w931UO0aLo8bWLraO-GalE

    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 - https://www.facebook.com/savethepowerhouse/
    Powerhouse Museum Alliance - https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Community/Powerhouse-Museum-Alliance-325023714672917/
    And North Parramatta Residents Action - http://nprag.org/

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/new-powerhouse-not-a-museum-but-global-embarrassment-20200625-p5566q.html

    About

    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

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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. Read more