Naming park, award in activist Mundey’s honour

JACK Mundey was one of Australia’s greatest environmental and social justice activists and his legacy will live on with a new park in Canterbury and an Australia Day Award named in his honour.

A Croydon Park resident for more than 40 years, Mr Mundey died at the age of 90 earlier this year.
Having grown up in the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland, he came to Sydney to play for Parramatta Rugby League Club while earning a living as builder’s labourer.
He then joined the union and from there began a life of struggle for justice, a fair go and environmental protection.
Mayor Khal Asfour said as one of our community, Mr Mundey had been rightly honoured for all he had given and achieved.
“His efforts have been recognised worldwide,” he said.
The Mayor said there had never been a more important year than 2020, to nominate your local hero for one of the City’s Australia Day Awards but also reminded everyone that time was running out to put forward a nomination.
“There are countless selfless local heroes, who don’t seek recognition or fame, but do deserve our gratitude and thanks,” he said.
“It’s your chance to acknowledge and recognise them.”
The categories are: Citizen of the Year; Young Citizen of the Year; Volunteer of the Year; Organisation of the Year; and Jack Mundey Environment and Heritage Award (NEW).
Nominations close on Monday, November 30, at 5pm, with awards announced at the Australia Day Ceremony.
For more information and to nominate your hero, call 9707 9535 or visit
Residents are encouraged to have their say on the proposed naming of the new park, located on a former bowling club site in Close Street.