The Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society honours the memory of Jack Mundey and the foundation of the Green Movement at Kelly’s Bush, Hunters Hill in 1971 when a housing subdivision threatened to bulldoze it.
In Sept 2013 over 100 people gathered again at the site of the first Green Ban to honour Jack Mundey and the Green Ban movement he began. More than 47 years ago, the first successful Green Ban was put in place to protect Kelly’s Bush, a patch of urban bush in Hunters Hill foreshores, from being bulldozed for a housing subdivision by the developer AV Jennings.
Society members Corinne Fisher, the principle spokesperson for the Better Planning Network (2013) spoke at Kelly’s Bush, and Shauna Forrest, the current LCBCS President (pictured with Jack) also attended. We walked through the bush & saw the evidence of Aboriginal occupation of the land by Gadigal people, with a guided Aboriginal heritage talk from the Aboriginal Heritage Office (which LCC financially co-supports). As a result of the surge of activism around the Green Bans in 1979, people in NSW first got the right to be heard on development matters, to make a submission and have a democratic say in planning decisions. From its genesis at Kelly’s Bush, protecting urban bushland, the Green Bans movement went on to protect the Rocks, Paddington, Kings Cross, Centennial Park and the Botanic Gardens from being knocked over for grossly inappropriate development in the 1970’s.
Shauna said, “like many kids in the 1950’s and before, I grew up on the north shore playing in urban bushland, snakes, frogs & all. This led me to love & take an active interest in protecting native habitat, for its intrinsic value, for fauna & flora and the connection children deserve to have with nature. Ted Mack was my local hero, as he protected this bushland”. Lane Cove Council, driven by the formation & influence of the Bushland & Conservation Society introduced the first Council employed bush regenerators.