“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 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.   It led to 42 further ‘Green Bans’ and over 100 heritage buildings stand in Sydney today because of this first historic Ban at Kelly’s Bush.  The Hunters Hill Trust, formed in 1968 to fight against the onslaught of unit building in the suburb that was demolishing heritage homes, was a vocal supporter of The Battlers.  As these pioneers showed us all those years ago, the courage of their convictions was a gift to the community and the environment!

 

50th Anniversary Celebration of the World’s First Green Ban

2021 is the 50th anniversary of this momentous event and to celebrate, Hunters Hill Museum have put together a fascinating exhibition.  This has unfortunately been affected by Covid closures but, with the help of Hunters Hill Council, an electronic presentation of The Battle for Kelly’s Bush can be viewed here  https://artsandculture.google.com/story/VwVxFdIkegRZrw

The story bears repeating for new generations and the Village Observer’s report on the 50th anniversary is here https://issuu.com/thevillageobserver.com/docs/tvo_298_february_2021_web/18

Below is an article written by the secretary of Friends of Kelly’s Bush published in the local press TWT on 16th June 2021:

A Triumph of Right over Might

Bushcare at Kelly’s Bush

The battle still goes on even if it is now just against the weeds!   Bushcare volunteers continue to regenerate the bushland at Kelly’s Bush and to contact them or to become a supporter, simply email kellysbushfriends@gmail.com.  You can read all about their work in their newsletters here:

Bushcare newslettter June 2018

Bushcare newslettter October 2018

FoKB newslettter Winter 2019

FoKB newslettter Summer 2019

FoKB newslettter Winter 2020

FoKB newslettter Summer 2020

FoKB newslettter Winter 2021

 

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’