Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.

Green Bans

Work bans placed on specific sites for environmental or conservation reasons, part of a campaign carried on from the 1970s by the New South Wales Builders Labourers Federation in support of residents' groups.

Date of event
1971 - 1975

Green Bans movement

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When builders labourers, organised by their union, refused to work on projects they found socially or environmentally undesirable, in Sydney in the 1970s, they started a new form of environmental activism. The Green Bans were to change the way Sydney developed