The SOS lights are out


Since All Souls Night last year, SOS lights has flashed from the top of Sirius every night. Directly across from the Overseas Passenger Terminal, these lights were the last thing seen by thousands of departing tourists on hundreds of cruise ships. Tourists and locals alike have read the stories of S.O.S. Save Our Sirius and visited this website and the Save Millers Point Facebook page. Earlier this week, the SOS lights went out, and people have been asking why. Have the Millers Point community and the residents of Sirius been saved from eviction? Or has the battle been lost, and even the indomitable Myra relocated?

The good news is that we believe we are heading towards a solution with new Minister for Social Housing Brad Hazzard that will save the community, but this is not why the lights have been turned off. Myra, the custodian of the SOS lights, who was hoping to meet Brad Hazzard, especially as her promised meeting with the previous Minister Gabrielle Upton did not occur, has been in hospital. She fell in Lower Fort Street, fracturing her arm in four places and breaking a rib. It will be some time before Myra can return home, but she is very happy to hear that others from the Millers Point community are meeting Minister Hazzard to hammer out a solution so when she returns to Sirius, hopefully it will be without the threat of eviction hanging over her, and there will be no need to turn the SOS lights back on.

July Update

For the two weeks of Vivid, Myra’s SOS lights were turned back on, and thousands of copies of the latest Millers Point Times newsletter were handed out at Vivid, Sydney Writers Festival and during Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Battle of Waterloo. There was an festival air in Millers Point in June as it appeared a change in the government’s plans was imminent. Now it is July and the community continues to wait to hear from Minister Brad Hazzard’s office, but the pressure on residents to ‘relocate’ seems to be increasing. Below is a photo of Myra’s SOS during Vivid.



6 Responses to The SOS lights are out

  1. Jan Hackett 17 May 2015 at 11:05 am #

    I hope Myra mends quickly so she can attend to those lights again. People need to keep on seeing them and I think they need to be ON for a while yet. Best of luck with the Brad Hazard talks.

    • JohnD 17 May 2015 at 2:10 pm #

      Perhaps we have been premature. Myra’s SOS is a wonderful beacon. Should it be turned on again for Vivid?

      • nathan 17 May 2015 at 11:53 pm #

        Yes as it is sydney history

  2. Chris Bates 17 May 2015 at 4:32 pm #

    I hope Myra and all the other residents of Sirius can soon stop worrying about having a home! And hope the meeting with Brad Hazzard is a productive one!

    • JohnD 17 May 2015 at 5:07 pm #

      So long as we are moving towards saving the community, the meeting with Brad Hazzard will feel successful. You cannot imagine what a strain it has been watching the Relocation Team and the constant stream of removal trucks in the area, and then noticing one or other of your neighbours is no longer there.


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