S.O.S. Sirius

People continue to campaign to SAVE OUR SIRIUS. There has been extraordinary support for Sirius since the NSW Government announced its rejection of its own NSW Heritage Committee to list Sirius as a heritage item of state significance. Watch for stories about Sirius in the coming weeks (and links to many of the great recent stories in the media).

Man About the Sirius Apartments is a major event to be hosted by Tim Ross this Saturday, 20 August 2016, and we are looking forward to welcoming about one hundred supporters to the Save Our Sirius campaign. Tim Ross wrote a fabulous story about Sirius last week for the Saturday Paper.

Man About Sirius is a sold-out event, but reports of it will be posted on this site and on the Save Millers Point Facebook page. Visitors to the event are encouraged to post to social media and include the link #SOSSirius

The previous time Sirius was open to the public was when the Friends of Millers Point hosted the Save Our Sirius exhibition in conjunction with Open Sirius in 2014. Several thousand newsletters were handed out prior to Open Sirius. The text of that newsletter is reproduced here for the first time…


S.O.S. Save our Sirius is an exhibition at the Sirius Apartments on Sunday 2 November from 2pm to 4pm. Also it will be on show at the Abraham Mott Hall during the film afternoon on Saturday 6 December.
The Sirius Apartments were designed by Tao Gofers in 1975 for the NSW Housing Commission. Sitting beside the southern approaches to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the apartments look out to Circular Quay and the Opera House. The National Trust has listed Sirius for its architectural and social significance.
S.O.S. Save our Sirius is an exhibition that includes the original plans for Sirius, archival material from the time it was built, and stories about its residents.
Come and see the Sirius Apartments before they are demolished. See the High Street flats before they go the same way. The Government is planning to sell these properties to developers who will demolish them, and most traces of a maritime community that has a continuous history stretching back to the beginning of European settlement will be gone. The people and the places they lived in. Gone.

Pat Fiske’s Rocking the Foundations is being screened at the Abraham Mott Hall at 3:00pm on Saturday 6 December.
John Hinde said it is “an exhilarating and complete account of the Green Bans –
one of the most important developments in union history. An uplifting film for the sheer energy of the people involved.”
Rocking the Foundations includes stories of the 1970s Green Bans, Jack Mundey and local identity Nita McCrae who together fought to save The Rocks from developers and from plans for high-rise office towers.
Joining Pat Fiske in discussion after the film we hope are two other filmmakers – Helen Barrow and Blue Lucine – who have each been filming in Millers Point for many months. Free entry (or by donation).

In 2014 the NSW Government announced a plan to relocate a whole community, including people whose families have lived in Millers Point or The Rocks for five, six or seven generations. Some residents are in their eighties or nineties and have lived their entire lives in this community.
The Government has vowed to relocate more than 400 residents of Millers Point and The Rocks and sell 293 houses and flats, including the 79 Sirius apartments.
The Friends of Millers Point oppose this sell-off. Friends include musicians, artists, writers, architects, residents, and local, state and federal politicians.

Sirius Apartments are open to the public on Sunday 2 November 2014 from 2pm to 4pm. Organised by the Friends of Millers Point and coinciding with Open Sydney, we are celebrating milestones for 35-year-old Sirius and 85-year-old Ron Jennings, named by Frank Sartor as Mayor of The Rocks.
Come and celebrate Ron Jenning’s birthday, meet residents of Sirius, see the exhibition and this unique development which includes units with special features for aged and disabled residents, and two, three and four-bedroom family units.
Some of the Sirius exhibition will go online at millerspointcommunity.com.au
Sirius Apartments, 44 Cumberland Street, The Rocks (opposite Bridge Climb).
Sirius is open Sunday 2 November 2–4pm to celebrate milestones for the building and Ron Jennings, one of its oldest residents, and to launch the S.O.S. Save our Sirius exhibition. Come and join us during this afternoon of celebration.
Sirius exhibition will be online at millerspointcommunity.com.au/the-place/sirius/
Join Friends of Millers Point – email john@piperpress.com.au
Authorised by Kelli Haynes, Convenor, Friends of Millers Point, 26 Pottinger Street, Dawes Point


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