Sirius People: Character Profiles

Thank you to Helen Burrows and Ivan Lentell for creating a series of short films about some Sirius People!  Visit www.saveoursirius.org/people to hear from Myra Demetriou, Tao Gofers, Owen McAloon, John Dunn, Margaret Bishop, and Graham Quint.  Thank you to Helen Burrows who has been filming these character profiles since 2014 when the Government plans Read more about Sirius People: Character Profiles[…]

Myra’s Farewell Morning Tea

  Myra’s Farewell Morning Tea   11am, Saturday 27th January  Sirius, 44 Cumberland St, The Rocks    After living in the Millers Point area for more than 50 years, Myra Demetriou is moving out of the Sirius building in February.   Myra has invited more than 1,500 people into her apartment to see inside Sirius, Read more about Myra’s Farewell Morning Tea[…]

Sirius up for sale

The NSW Government has put Sirius up for sale, ignoring international and local heritage bodies, community activists, the City of Sydney, the Australian Institute of Architects, unions, and residents, all in favour of some quick cash. We’ve said from the get go that this isn’t about money. If the government’s prepared to drop billions of dollars Read more about Sirius up for sale[…]

Sirius on Governments own s170 Heritage Register

Recently, we discovered Sirius is listed on the Government’s own heritage register.    Section 170 of the NSW Heritage Act requires all government departments to create and maintain a list of heritage assets.    In 1995, The Housing Department added Sirius to their s170 register, recognising the social significance of Sirius – refer to an Read more about Sirius on Governments own s170 Heritage Register[…]

Letter to Minister for Heritage, Gabrielle Upton

Today, Save Our Sirius Chairperson, Shaun Carter, has written to the NSW Heritage Minister, Gabrielle Upton.  Our research has shown that Sirius is listed on the governments own s170 Heritage Register (a list of heritage items is required to be kept by all government departments according to section 170 of the NSW Heritage Act).  In Read more about Letter to Minister for Heritage, Gabrielle Upton[…]

Portrait of Myra Demetriou in Good Weekend

  Window To The World Tim Elliot has written a lovely portrait of Myra for Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend.  “Sometimes, a person’s life story tells a larger tale. In the case of Myra Demetriou, the only resident now left in Sydney’s famed Sirius public housing block, it’s the evolution of Sydney Harbour from working port Read more about Portrait of Myra Demetriou in Good Weekend[…]

Sirius The Book Launch

  Sirius Launched by Clover Moore  Last night we celebrated the launch of Sirius – now available for puchase instore or online. For details visit: www.saveoursirius.org/thebook  Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, officially launched Sirius to a record crowd of supporters.  The event was generously supported by Kinokuniya, with Managing Director Kawai-san welcoming everyone to the store.    Guest included; Read more about Sirius The Book Launch[…]

Nita McCrae Park Opened

Save Our Sirius were delighted to join in the celebration at the opening of Nita McCrae Park on the weekend.  McCrae was the founder of the Rocks Resident Action Group, which mobilized in opposition to the NSW Government’s plans to redevelop the suburb as a high-rise commercial precinct in the 1970s. McCrae, who was a Read more about Nita McCrae Park Opened[…]

Architects Disappointed In Sirius Decision

Today, the Australian Institute of Architects have reaffirmed their support for the recommendation made by the Heritage Council to list Sirius on the NSW Heritage Register by issuing the below press release.  “What is particularly disappointing here is that the Government has ignored the advise of the very experts they have appointed to give them Read more about Architects Disappointed In Sirius Decision[…]

ArchitectureAU: Sirius denied heritage protection, again

Words by Linda Cheng and originally published on ArchitectureAU      The NSW heritage minister Gabrielle Upton has decided not to heritage list the Sirius social housing complex designed by Tao Gofers. Her decision comes after her predecessor Mark Speakman, in August 2016, similarly rejected the unanimous advice of the NSW Heritage Council, which recommended Read more about ArchitectureAU: Sirius denied heritage protection, again[…]