Green Bans Red Union: The Saving of a City

Meredith Burgmann, Verity Burgmann

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review


This landmark book celebrating the green bans movement and its ongoing campaign to protect our cities is available again at last, with a new introduction by the authors.

At the height of the building boom in the 1970s, a remarkable campaign stopped billions of dollars worth of indiscriminate development that would have turned Australian cities into brutalise concrete jungles and destroyed their heritage buildings. Enraging developers and politicians, but delighting many in the wider community, the members of the NSW Builders Labourers' Federation risked their jobs to preserve buildings, bush and parkland.

Meredith Burgmann and Verity Burgmann open a window on a period when Australian workers led the world in innovative and effective forms of environmental protest. A timely new introduction reconsiders the impact of the now iconic green bans movement at a moment when workers' organisations around the world are fighting back against overdevelopment and global warming more strongly than ever before.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney NSW Australia
PublisherNewSouth Publishing
Number of pages349
ISBN (Electronic)9781742242644, 9781742248103
ISBN (Print)9781742235400
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Cite this