An overview of Jim Colman's book - The House That Jack Built: Jack Mundey, Green Bans Hero.
" Mundey went on to share the world stage with some of the great names of the contemporary conservation movement -
people like Barbara Ward, Paul Ehrlich, Buckminster Fuller, and Petra Kelly ... "
What's it about?
This story is first and foremost about Jack Mundey – a household name in ’70s Australia for his achievements in conservation and grassroots politics. It also sets this tale in the socio-economic context of the first big struggle for environmental and heritage conservation in Australia.
Jack took his union (the Builders’ Labourers’ Federation) into a leadership position in the campaign to save valued heritage, bushland and wilderness sites from destruction. With ever-growing grass-roots support, the BLF imposed green bans on dozens of projects throughout Sydney and elsewhere.
Mundey went on to share the stage with some of the great names of the contemporary conservation movement – people like Barbara Ward, Paul Ehrlich, Buckminster Fuller, and Petra Kelly (to name a few).
Jack’s efforts in Australia helped energise a global movement based on our fundamental collective responsibility for safeguarding the commons – including our cultural heritage – for future generations.
Who's it for?
Anyone interested in the origins and development of the heritage and environmental conservation movement in Australia, including the role of Jack Mundey, the BLF, and grass-roots community groups, and the effect of this era on planning and conservation laws and practice of today.