At Kelly’s Bush with Jack Mundey and two of the original 13 ‘Battlers for Kellys Bush’
Saturday 14th September 2013 was a special day for me. To be able to speak at Kelly’s Bush alongside Jack Mundey and some of the remaining ‘Battlers’ from Kelly’s Bush.
Pictured with Jack in the photo are two of the original 13 ‘Battlers’, Christena Dawson and Miriam Hamilton. Miriam features in the photo below (3rd from left) from 1971.
The 13 women (the ‘Battlers) initiated the campaign that led to the first Green Ban imposed by the Builders Laborers Federation led by Jack Mundey.
This iconic struggle and the further 41 Greens Bans which followed lead to the passage of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. an Act which enshrined environmental assessment and community participation in decision making in planning decisions.
Today our rights are under threat from the shallow, single dimensional thinking the the NSW Liberal Government who propose to bring in a new planning Act which makes economic growth the primary purpose of planning. This new Act would effectively mean we can say goodbye to our natural, social and cultural assets.
Despite the gloomy subject it was a sparkling day at Kelly’s Bush by the Harbour and an inspiration to be with these heroes.