Bondi Pavilion Green Ban Lifted

Filed under Community, Heritage & Historical, News ~ by Press on  19 May 2020

The NSW CFMEU1 will remove a “Green Ban” on development of the Bondi Pavilion.

The union ban – since 2016 – was lifted after the local Bondi community accepted a plan that will see the Pavilion remain a public space and its heritage preserved.

Protesters and Waverley Greens councillors at Bondi Pavilion in 2016.

Four years ago the CFMEU joined a line-up of well-known Australians to oppose Waverley’s Mayor Betts who, at the time, complained:

The paint is peeling off the walls and door frames. The toilets stink. Homeless people camp under the archways. A greasy takeaway sells overpriced ham-and-cheese rolls.”

The Mayor and Liberal-controlled Waverley Council wanted a $38 million “renovation” and privatisation of the structure’s upper floor that would have denied access for arts, education and other facilities utilised by the local community.

In the 2017 council election the Liberals lost power to Labor and Greens. During that David and Goliath struggle, opponents asked the CFMEU to place a Green Ban on any development of the Pavilion. Union members supported the campaign.

Bondi Pavilion at Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s most iconic locations. In 2016, the then Liberal controlled Waverly council planned to privatise the operation of the Pavilion and close off ,”said Darren Greenfield, NSW CFMEU Secretary.

It is a time to celebrate this achievement, but this milestone is also tinged with great sadness as our dear friend and long term member of the CFMEU and former leader of the BLF Jack Mundey is not here with us to celebrate the success.

We take this opportunity to thank Jack and Judy for their ongoing support of this campaign and all their activism to save heritage, preserve the environment and strengthen social justice.”

The CFMEU’s involvement in this campaign continued in the steps first taken by the BLF in the 1970s to protect Sydney’s heritage. Today’s announcement is dedicated to the memory of Jack Mundey and all the courageous members of the BLF.”

1. CFMEU: Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union

Watch Jack Mundey speaking about the Green Bans in his final sit down interview with the CFMEU

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