As we look at Millers Point and the Rocks being transformed by the sell off by the current government, it is important to reflect on what the area could have looked like if the former Liberal premier, Bob Askin had got his way and how through the efforts of Jack Mundey and the green bans we were able to preserve such an important part of the city.
Jim Colman is a Sydney based architect, planners and part time University lecturer. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute of Australia and has served as Vice President of the International Society of City and Regional Planners. His book " The House that Jack Built" (New South Books) was launched last month.
Kurt Iveson is Associate Professor of Urban Geography at the University of Sydney. He studies the relationship between cities and citizenship, and is currently conducting archival research on the Sydney green ban movement. He is also host of Down to Earth, a fortnightly discussion of urban environmental politics on Radio FBi, Co-Chair of the University of Sydney Cities Network, and President of the University of Sydney branch of the National Tertiary Education Union.
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