Every night for two years Myra has turned on the SOS lights in her top-floor Sirius unit to send a simple message to Mike Baird – Save Our Sirius. The message has been taken up internationally, with Sirius leading the #SOSBrutalism campaign to “save our concrete monsters” and featuring in dozens of international media stories. Save Our Sirius is also the rallying call of the Sirius Foundation, which has been asking the government to look at middle-ground solutions that would save this iconic building from demolition, provide a home for long-term residents of Millers Point and The Rocks to age in place, and still deliver windfall profits to the government. Why is the government hell-bent on destroying this building and a community?
People are campaigning to save ‘the Heart of Sydney’, advocating for those too old to fight for themselves. Let Flo age in place in the community where she was born 83 years ago, and let her live in Sirius where her mother resided for thirty years. Let Myra stay in Sirius. Let Kevin Lang come back to Sirius and the area that was his home for 65 years, which he left because he was not strong enough to resist the Relocation Team.
The effects of the forced relocation of residents in Millers Point and The Rocks have been devastating for many of those who have been relocated as well as many who have so far remained (see the report on a contemporary forced urban removal). It can be seen clearly by comparing two photos of Flo taken two years apart…
The first photo was taken soon after it was announced Flo and her community were to be forced out of Millers Point. The second photo was taken two years later for a Background Briefing story by Ann Arnold. Flo has said her resistance is crumbling and for not much longer can she resist the pressure from her Relocation Officer to move.