“Kelly’s Bush is a symbol of our lost land. Take away Kelly’s Bush and you take away one more assurance that, in man, is left a possibility for the future. The unborn Australian will ask for his birthright and be handed a piece of concrete”
Kylie Tennant, resident of Hunters Hill, author, historian and social justice advocate 1970
It took 13 women ‘The Battlers’ 13 years to save this special parcel of bushland on the Hunters Hill peninsula from development. On 16th June 1971, the Green Ban on the site came into effect. Over 100 heritage buildings stand in Sydney today because of this first historic Ban at Kelly’s Bush. The Hunters Hill Trust was proud to support The Battlers in their struggle.
Tom Uren, Minister for Urban and Regional Development addressed the Hunters Hill Trust in 1975. Read his speech on the National Estate here‘ All governments owe a debt to voluntary organisations like The Hunters Hill Trust which work with dedication to guard and cherish this heritage’
The story bears repeating for new generations and the Village Observer’s report on the 50th anniversary in 2021 is here https://issuu.com/
Bushcare volunteers continue to regenerate the bushland at Kelly’s Bush and you can read about their work in the Friends of Kelly’s Bush newsletters here….