Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Sirius will not be listed on the NSW Heritage Register

After almost four decades serving as a public housing complex, the NSW government has confirmed that it is putting the harbour view apartment block in the path of a wrecking ball. Read the media release here and the story here.

Shaun Carter, president of the Institute of Architects and chairman of the Save Our Sirius Foundation, said the government's decision was disappointing. "Sirius is fundamentally bound in that aspect of Sydney, and with the greens ban movement," Mr Carter said. "It's embedded in the whole society, culture and understanding of the Rocks. This government is showing it can't understand what society values. It's just about a zero-sum game. [The decision] confirms that they understand value, but not much about the society it is in." He said the decision would have "a very real human toll" by forcing out long-time tenants of the public housing building. The government says the building is not fit for purpose. But it was designed for housing, operates as housing, is fit for tomorrow, and is perfectly fine for housing right now. Read more here.

You may read the response from a resident of Millers Point here.

The Sirius Building is expected to be sold to developers for $100 million plus. Read more here.

Read the Tenants' Union's reaction to this news on the Brown Couch here.

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