Demolition of The Block Continues

The historic Aboriginal Flag mural at The Block has come down as the demolition of the area continues to make way for student housing.

The Block in the inner-Sydney suburb of Redfern, has served as an important site for Aboriginal communities since pre-Colonial times.

During the 1970s, it was the centre of an Aboriginal political and social renaissance that had influence across Australia and which still reverberates today.

In 2015, after much of the Aboriginal community was moved out and as the site was earmarked for redevelopment, an activist campaign led by Aunty Jenny Munro, set up the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy, occupying the site in a 16-month protest. As a result, 62 apartments within the development were promised as low-cost housing for Aboriginal families. Nevertheless, plans for the redevelopment proceeded.

Today, the last remnants of what was The Block were knocked down as excavation of the site forged ahead.

With the foundations soon to be sunk, construction of the massive 24-story student apartment complex will now begin in earnest.

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