Author(s): James Colman
This is the story of how an ordinary bloke from the bush became the key figure in a movement that would change the shape of our cities and bring about lasting political and legal reform. This is the story of the house that Jack Mundey built. Without the green bans movement of the 1970s, Sydney and many other cities would look very different. Pulling together an unlikely alliance of environmentalists and union players earned Jack Mundey a reputation as both the 'best-known unionist and best-known conservationist in Australia'. Under his leadership, the movement fought against the slash-and-burn philosophy that almost saw The Rocks fitted out with high-rise buildings, a highway through the centre of Glebe and total development of Centennial Park. In this long-awaited book James Colman reflects on Jack's remarkable life and his ongoing legacy. Mundey overturned the bulldozer mentality of the 1960s and 1970s and helped to persuade Australians everywhere to cherish and protect the hertitage of special buildings, places and sites. Visit the The House That Jack Built website
Trained as an architect, Jim Colman commenced practice in town planning and urban design, expanding later to environmental management, resource management, and strategic and environmental planning. His urban and rural projects have taken him to many parts of the world. His work also reflects a long-standing passion for the protection of built heritage and the natural environment. Jim has taught at seven Australian universities most recently at UNSW and UWS. He has written extensively for the media and has published three books on urban planning. Currently he maintains a consulting practice based in Sydney. In 2012, he was inducted into the Planning Institute of Australia Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to the profession over four decades of practice, teaching and writing."