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Celebrating and honouring two heroes - Jack Mundey and Bill Ryan

John Kaye Memorial Award

John Kaye Memorial Award for Social Justice and Environmental Protection

Celebrating and honouring two heroes - Jack Mundey and Bill Ryan

You are invited to this most significant event to pay tribute to Jack and Bill, recipients of the inaugural John Kaye Memorial Award for Social Justice and Environmental Protection.

To commemorate and exemplify the award, the famous film about the Green Ban movement, Rocking the Foundations, will be screened. The film’s director, Pat Fiske, will introduce this screening.

When: Sunday 2.30 for 3 pm 15 September 2019
Where: Bondi Pavilion Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi

Nibbles provided and the Pavilion Bar will be open

Lynne Joslyn, the partner of John Kaye, and Rita Mallia, CFMMEU President NSW Construction Division, will present the awards.

MC - David Shoebridge, Greens MP


John Kaye was a remarkable person. Sadly he died in 2016. John was a trailblazer as an academic, as a Greens MP and as an advocate for climate action and public education. John was a kind, decent man, known for his endless energy. In his lifetime John achieved extraordinary things. His overarching commitment was to empower and involve people in the struggle for a fair, just, peaceful world. This award has been created to honour his memory.

Both Jack and Bill have given many decades to some of the great campaigns of our times - fighting for social justice, environmental protection and climate action.

Jack MundeyJack Mundey’s life is framed in struggle. Struggle for workers’ rights, struggle for environmental protection, struggle for a fair and just society. Many of the campaigns Jack pioneered broke new ground. The Green Bans Movement forged broad-based alliances between unionists, residents and environmentalists which achieved many wins to protect urban bushland, low-cost housing and Sydney’s heritage.

What was the use of winning higher wages and working conditions if we lived in cities devoid of parks and denuded of trees? Our cities had to be for the people, not for corporations to plunder and destroy.” - Jack Mundey

Bill RyanBill Ryan, a 97 year old veteran of the Second World War Kokoda Campaign, has been arrested seven times at climate action protests and coal industry blockades. His activism stretches back to the protests against the Vietnam War and Apartheid South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. Bill continues to be on the front line taking on coal companies and standing up for climate action.

I was willing to put my life on the line in the Second World War, so putting my body on the line for climate action is a small inconvenience.” - Bill Ryan


After the presentation to Jack and Bill the famous film about the Green Ban movement, Rocking the Foundations, will be screened. The film’s director, Pat Fiske, will introduce this screening, which will be followed by a QandA with Rita Mallia and David Shoebridge.

This event is organised by Waverley and Woollahra Greens. The John Kaye Memorial Award is managed by Lynne Joslyn, Stuart Rees, Lee Rhiannon and Stuart White.

15th September, 2019 2:30 PM   through   5:30 PM
Pavilion Theatre Bondi Pavilion
Queen Elizabeth Drive
BONDI BEACH NSW 2026

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