Mick Mundine, 64, has been the CEO of the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) for the last 28 years. Here he shares his perspective on how the Block in Redfern has evolved over its 40-year history for the interactive documentary The Block: Stories from a Meeting Place.
He was born in Grafton, NSW, and is a Bundjalung man. He spent the better part of his youth on the road, staying in different missions along the NSW coast before arriving in Sydney in 1965.
In 1975, when the AHC was still in its infancy, he began working at the Block as a painter. He was soon promoted to foreman and put in charge of all the building work on the Block. A few years later, he became the AHC office manager.
In 1983, the AHC Board of Directors appointed Mick to the position of CEO, following the retirement of the previous CEO, Richard Pacey.
Since 1997, the company has been relocating the residents of the Block and demolishing houses, with the aim of redeveloping the site.
Mick has been the driving force behind the Pemulwuy Project, the AHC's $70-million redevelopment plan, which proposes 62 new residences, a student housing complex, gym, car park, child care centre, cultural centre and commercial space.
The project is yet to find the necessary funding to commence building.
Mick lives in Marrickville and has six children.