Green Bans Walking Tour – heritage fought and won
Many of Melbourne's heritage buildings stand today only through union & community activism in Australia's famous 'Green Bans' (1960s-70s). Walk Melbourne as never before with Green Ban activist Dave Kerin. Visit these sites while learning the legacy of people power protecting heritage & public good.
The Green Ban trail traces an important but little known part of Melbourne’s history, revealing that much of the built & natural heritage we value today remains only through the actions of trade unionists and community groups.
While the world-famous ‘Green Bans’ of 1960s-70s are often associated with Sydney, Melbourne has its own powerful Green Ban stories of workers in the Builders’ Labourers Federation (BLF, a precursor to the CFMEU) refusing to destroy socially or environmentally significant sites. Hear these stories first-hand from Green Bans activist Dave Kerin as you walk from Melbourne’s iconic Trades Hall to some of our most treasured buildings: Princess & Regent Theatres, City Baths, Queen Victoria Market & others.
The struggle of the Green Bans for democratic control of workplaces & urban development not only preserved irreplaceable heritage sites, but changed the course of urban planning in Australia and continues to provide powerful lessons for modern social movements.
This event is listed in the Advocacy, Activism, and Conservation theme of this year’s Victorian printed program.