Parkes Developments Pty Ltd began development of the old Rosebery Racecourse in 1968. On 7 November 1971, unit residents at Eastlakes gathered for what would be their first protest against further construction on a nearby site. The owners of the firm originally promised tenants this three-and-a-half-acre area on Evans Street would remain as parkland, reportedly charging those with views of this site a higher price. Residents approached Jack Mundey and the BLF, who called a meeting of workers on another Parkes Developments site; Hotel Metropole. By unanimous vote, the workers agreed to a ‘stopwork’ if the Eastlakes development went ahead and a green ban was officially placed on the Eastlakes site by the BLF in December 1971.

    In February 1973 the Botany Municipal Council approved another Eastlakes development plan from Parkes Developments which involved the construction of four eight-storey residential unit blocks. Eastlakes residents once again gathered in protest, rejecting the the development plan as it would only further complicate existing traffic and parking problems. They sought to enlarge the original green ban from 1971 to cover any home unit development in the Eastlakes area and by early March they had once again enlisted the support of Jack Mundey and the BLF.

    The result of all of this was to ensure that the land now known as Eastlakes Reserve was kept free from further development and instead kept as park land. In August 2021, Bayside Council was successful in their application to the Geographical Names Board to rename 'Eastlakes Reserve' to 'Jack Mundey Reserve' to honour Mundey's legacy and the Green Bans Movement. Signs have been replaced and an interpretative sign and renaming plaque has been installed.

    The project was funded by the NSW Government's Community Building Grant. An exhibition at George Hannah Memorial Library and formal unveiling ceremony was held in late 2021. “Parks for the People! Eastlakes, Jack Mundey, and the Green Bans” exhibition at George Hannah Memorial Library and Gallery, from 6 December 2021 – 17 May 2022.

    The developer Parkes Development warrants further research. In the ABCTV documentary, Juanita: A Family Mystery (part 2), a speaker mentioned that Parkes Development was one of the developers in Victoria St and affiliated with Abe Saffron.

    See Juanita: A Family Mystery at https://iview.abc.net.au/show/juanita-a-family-mystery/series/0/video/DO2017H001S00 

    Photograph courtesy Bayside Council.

    “Parks for the People! Eastlakes, Jack Mundey, and the Green Bans” exhibition at George Hannah Memorial Library and Gallery, from 6 December 2021 – 17 May 2022.

    Curator Alison Wishart talking to Judy Mundey about Eastlakes Reserve and the re-naming to Jack Mundey Reserve, 2021.
    Judy Mundey talking about Jack and the Green Bans at George Hanna Memorial Library, Mascot, 2021.
    SMH Article, Residents seek union black ban. 05.03.1973
    SMH Article, Waterloo Not like Eastlakes. 19.02.1973
    Aerial photographs of the Lakes Shopping Centre and surrounding flats construction in Eastlakes, 1965. Here you can see the vacant lot, across from the shopping centre, which would go on to become Jack Mundey Reserve. Photographs by Jack Hickson. (Image source: SLNSW)


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