The CFMEU have placed a Green Ban on Sirius, and twenty Sirius Ambassadors have been announced alongside a legal challenge against the NSW Baird Government decision to refuse heritage protection for Sirius.
The Government must realise that our culture and community are worth more than the real estate value of our important sites. Sirius is not simply a building, it is a symbol of the community.
The NSW state government has increasingly misrepresented its role in the governing of our city. Just look to the disastrous WestConnex consultation that Mike Baird himself admitted “hasn’t been as careful as it should have been”; the knee-jerk reactions to lockout laws; and the planned selling off of the Powerhouse museum to the highest seller.
NOW the NSW government is ignoring the unanimous advice of the Heritage Council to preserve the Sirus Apartments. There are six categories in which a building can be deemed significant to a state; only ONE is required for state heritage listing. The Heritage council has classified Sirius with TWO categories for state significance, one of which falls under the history of the Green Ban without which we would not have The Rocks we do today.
Our leaders are elected to represent the views of their constituents, not play a game of monopoly with peoples lives. The community of Millers Point, and the Sirius Foundation welcome today’s announcement and look forward to their community, and the city’s heritage being preserved.
Clover Moore addressed the media saying “The State Government’s decision to level the iconic Sirius building and replace it with luxury apartments is an outrageous cash grab that sets a dangerous precedent.By selling out our communities and our history to make a quick buck, the State Government is undoing the very reason heritage legislation exists. Selling off social housing in Millers Point and now demolishing Sirius shows the NSW Government doesn’t think public housing tenants deserve to live in the heart of our city.”
Shaun Carter said, “We’ve spoken with the Unions and once again a Green Ban has been placed on The Rocks. This time to Save Our Sirius and to help save Sydney’s most historic precinct from further damage and destruction. The very building that unlocked the Green Bans in the rocks in the ’70s is now, itself, under a similar threat by a government that has stopped listening to its experts and the people. From a government that doesn’t know how to value the cultural and heritage assets of this city and of this society.”
Announcing the Green Ban on Sirius CFMEU State Secretary Brian Parker recalled the Green Bans of forty years ago: “Those Green Bans protected our heritage from the wrecking ball and ensured working people remained an integral part of the Sydney CBD community. Now the Baird Liberal Government is determined to erase the victories of 40 years ago by giving the green light to developers. The CFMEU will not stand by and watch this happen. We will stand with the residents of Sirius and fight to save their homes.”
CFMEU and Unions NSW have placed a Green Ban on Sirius which will take full effect at any announcement to demolish Sirius. This means no company associated with the unions will be involved in the buildings demolition.
Crowd funding campaign has reached first target of $35,000 allowing us to take the NSW Government to the Land Environment Court to challenge the Heritage Minister Mark Spearman’s decision to not place Sirius on the State Heritage Register as unanimously advised by Heritage Council experts. Over 440 citizens agree that the Government has made the wrong decision and have kindly put forward their money to help us fight to have the decision overturned. The Government must realise that our culture and community are worth more than the real estate value of our important sites. Sirius is not simply a building, it is a symbol of the community.
Clover Moore is an ambassador for the Save Our Sirius campaign and believes by ignoring the advice of experts, the Baird State Government is setting a dangerous precedent.
Protest Rally: On Saturday 17 September, Sydney unites to show the NSW Government that the Sirius represents more than a cash grab. For rally details see the flyer in this newsletter. See you at Sirius at noon.
Save Our Sirius Ambassadors
• 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
• Irene Doubtney, Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney
• 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
• Amiera Piscopop, UTS Student
• Anthony Albanese MP, Federal Member for Grayndler, Parliament of Australia
THE SIRIUS FOUNDATION
The Sirius Foundation has been formed by people and organisations campaigning to save Sirius and its residents. Groups include Friends of Millers Point; Millers Point Dawes Point and The Rocks Resident Action Group; Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks Public Housing Tenants Group.
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 is working with local community groups to to save Sirius and co-ordinate the rally on 17 September.
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Signed copies of THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
October 2016: There are a few copies of The House that Jack Built signed by Jack Mundey and available at the retail price of $50, with half the proceeds going to the Save Our Sirius campaign. For details email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Chairman, Sirius Foundation
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Convenor, Friends of Millers Point
Friends of Millers Point, media + website
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Millers Point Public Housing Tenants
Millers Point Resident Action Group
We’ve reached $35,000 ready to launch a legal challenge against the government’s mismanagement of Sirius and the community.
Now we are aiming for $50,000. The additional funds will allow us to continue to challenge the government. See rewards at …