The Millers Point Resident Action Group
The Millers Point Resident Action Group is an active community organisation representing residents of Millers Point, Dawes Point, The Rocks and Walsh Bay. The RAG meets at 6.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month in the Harry Jensen Centre in Argyle Street. All residents are welcome. There is a RAG website which includes a notice board with minutes of meetings and a list of some of the RAG’s achievements. Contact the RAG by emailing its chairman John McInerney on [email protected].
The Millers Point Action Group formed in 1969, and soon after an allied group was formed – The Rocks Resident Action Group, which was led by Nita McRae and formed to fight against the Sydney Cove Redevelopment Authority’s plan to demolish the historic buildings of The Rocks and replace them with high-rise office buildings. Nita McRae enlisted the support of the Builders Laborers Federation, which led to Jack Mundey, leader of the BLF, announcing a Green Ban to bring work to a halt. This was when the Battle for The Rocks began in earnest. The campaign continued from 1971 to 1974, and eventually many of the buildings in The Rocks were saved, but some were still lost in the redevelopment. Similarly, may residents were able to stay in the area, but some were moved on.
Ultimately it was Jack Mundey who announced the lifting of the Green Ban and the construction of the Sirius apartments, which were built especially for those displaced by The Rocks redevelopment and for the Millers Point community. In 2017 the Sirius Foundation has supported the nomination of Sirius for national heritage listing as well as challenging in the courts the NSW Government decision not to list Sirius on the state register which was against the recommendation of its own Heritage Council.
The Sirius Foundation
The Sirius Foundation has been formed by people and organisations campaigning to save Sirius and its residents. The Foundation, chaired by Shaun Carter (NSW Chapter President of the Australian Institute of Architects) has middle-ground solutions to save Sirius while achieving the government’s aims. The Sirius Foundation coordinated the march and rally for Sirius at which the CFMEU and Unions NSW announced the Green Ban on Sirius, and through crowd-sourcing it raised funds to challenge the rejection of the heritage listing for Sirius.
The Sirius Foundation meets regularly, updates media on issues relating to Sirius, and maintains an online presence for Sirius:
- website: www.saveoursirius.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/saveoursirius
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/saveoursirius
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/SaveOurSirius
Ambassadors for Sirius include:
- Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney
- Jack Mundey, Environmental Activist
- Alex Greenwich MP, Member for Sydney, NSW Parliament
- Tim Ross, Comedian
- Tao Gofers, Sirius Architect
- Ken Maher, National President, Australian Institute of Architects
- Shaun Carter, NSW President, Australian Institute of Architects
- Myra Demetriou, Sirius Resident
- Barney Gardner, Millers Point Resident
- Elizabeth Farrelly, Author, Architecture Critic
- Michael Daley MP, Member for Maroubra NSW Parliament
- Anthony Burke, Architecture Head of School, University of Technology Sydney
- Paul MacAleer, Sydney Branch Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia
- Clive Lucas, Restoration Architect
- Meredith Burgmann, Former Member of NSW State Legislative Council
- Eva Cox, Author, Social Commentator, Senior Lecturer UTS
- Jamie Parker MP, Member for Balmain, NSW Parliament
- Anthony Albanese MP, Federal Member for Grayndler, Parliament of Australia
The Friends of Millers Point
The Friends of Millers Point is a coalition of public figures, artists, art organisations, educators, social scientists, church and community leaders, business owners, residents, politicians (local, state and federal) and others that support the community of Millers Point. Our patrons include Anthony Albanese, Eva Cox, Jack Mundey, Reg Mombassa and Michael Kendrick.
The aims of the Friends of Millers Point are to:
- support for the community of Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks.
- oppose the forced relocation of residents and the destruction of their community.
- make others aware of the effects of this relocation process on residents, including their loss of identity, greater isolation and increased vulnerability.
Convenor: Kelli Haynes – [email protected]
Media and website: John Dunn – [email protected]
What Can I Do? Read and share information about Millers Point and its community, comment on this site and the Facebook page, encourage the government to list Sirius and save this community from ‘relocation’. To become a Friend of Millers Point email your name and suburb or follow the Facebook page.