“On 18 June 1972, Patrick White made his début as a public speaker from the back of a truck in Sydney’s Centennial Park. He was there to address a rally against the state government’s plan to turn the area into a sports centre, which would have ruined the ecology and amenity of the park.” Peter Ferguson “Patrick White, green bans and the rise of the Australian new left”
On the Green Bans that saved Sydney from the developers’ wrecking ball see this.
Also on this day
1991 Coronation Hill cabinet decision – Bob Hawke uses all his Prime Ministerial authority to ensure a ban on uranium mining at Coronation Hill. It’s the beginning of his end… [nb I may have the date wrong….]