Minister Speakman: Save Sirius: a rare architectural icon of inclusion & community


'Sirius is a monument to the Green Bans and the survival of a community. If the community is destroyed, Sirius sold off and the site redeveloped, there will be a new tower that will forever stand for Mike Baird's vision of the centre of Sydney as a place only for the rich. In years to come when people ask what Mike Baird's contribution to Sydney was, the answer will be, 'Remember Sirius?' John Dunn, 2015

Please sign our petition or watch this first to learn more:

Save Our Sirius: Forced Out Preview

Three Compelling Reasons:

1. Sirius was designed by the people for the people in recognition that community & civil society are vital to humanity. Sirius ensured that residents displaced by threatened demolition & subsequent commercialisation of The Rocks were able to maintain community. Indeed it created an environment that enhanced social relationship, harmony and reciprocity. It was a first in this kind of process and outcome. 

2. Sirius is an accessible, inclusive complex able to cater right now for those who have the potential to be well supported by the National Disability Insurance Scheme but who have nowhere suitable to live. Sirius was designed and built to cater for the elderly and people with different levels of mobility and other impairments. It was designed to include people with disability in an integrative, valued way alongside families and other households. Demolishing Sirius would be a loss for those who recognise that those it was designed for - elderly and people with disability, have a valuable role to play in every community. Many are people with impairments and or long term residents, who are poorer than average, but who are holders of our social history and represent a diversity that Millers Point and Sydney and therefore Australia would be culturally poorer without. Loss of Sirius excludes many people with disability from living in this area. Demolishing Sirius would be an act of exclusion to vulnerable people, including people with disability. 

3. The Sirius building is an iconic landmark. Sirius was established as part of an innovative locally driven movement ensuring managed development when massive overdevelopment threatened this historic precinct. This action created a unique heritage area now highly valued by locals and the 14 million tourists that visit each year, contributing over $400 million to the NSW economy. Demolishing it would also be a loss for those who recognise the role that Sydney and Australia played in starting a movement of ordinary people working together to save important and now cherished built and social environments around the world.  Sirius would also be a loss for those who value architectural innovation, history and heritage. The design and development of Sirius broke new ground and is a now a rare example of a particular architectural style in Australia.

You can find out more about Sirius at SOS Save Our Sirius and in this short video.

Preview of Forced Out Documentary

Demolishing Sirius would be a loss not just for the residents and the community where it is situated but for all Australians who value real historical landmarks and culture over fabricated facades & reenactments. 

Encourage the NSW Government to go with the recommendations of their own Heritage branch and list the Sirius Building on the State Heritage Register under the Heritage Act 1977. Heritage listing will help protect this important Australian icon from the heavy hand of big government and ruthless development. We need to protect all communities from those that seek to sell Australian icons and Crown land for short term cash to developers, foreign investors and speculators whose own interests trump preserving important Australian iconic buildings and precious social communities. Help save Sirius, sign now (comment if you can) and ask your friends to do the same.

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Minister for Environment and Heritage
    Hon. Mark Speakman, MP
  • The Premier
    Hon. Mike Baird, MP
  • Member of the Legislative Council
    Hon. Fred Nile
  • Minister for Planning
    Hon. Rob Stokes, MP
  • Minister for Social Housing, Minister for Disability and Community Services
    Hon. Brad Hazzard, MP
  • Member for Sydney
    Hon. Alex Greenwich, MP
  • Minister for Finance, Services and Property
    Hon. Dominic Perrottet, MP

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