Today, in an extraordinary and rarely seen move, the CFMEU, in response to community pleas for help, has placed an historic
Green Ban on Thompson Square, Windsor.
Just as, in the early 1970’s, green bans protected Australian architectural heritage and social history; today this venerable and honourable tradition has been called upon in defence of the oldest remaining public square in Australia.
In the 1970’s green bans occurred against a background of the Askin Government and increasing developer power. Today’s green ban occurs against a background of eroded environmental protection and diminished heritage safeguards in response to an increasingly powerful developer lobby.
In 2014 the power of development over community concerns is well illustrated by the Windsor Bridge proposal and today’s announcement is made against a backdrop of ICAC investigations into political donations, power and influence; although more sophisticated financial arrangements are evident than the infamous
brown paper bags of the past — via redwolf.newsvine.com