The Institute of Architects has been working for about a decade to have Sirius heritage Listed with the support of the National Trust. This predates the NSWG’s sell-off announcement of 24 March 2014.
The architectural heritage significance of Sirius to NSW is important. It is equally important to acknowledge the building’s significance as purpose built public housing for ageing in place!
The Minister's media release of 14 April 2016 after the sale of 85-87 Kent Street, Millers Point says the total amount raised from Millers Point sales is now $189.95 million.
It states that 590 new fit-for-purpose social housing dwellings across the state now have been funded. Go to: https://www.finance.nsw.gov.au/about-us/media-releases/unique-millers-point-property-sold
This means the NSW Government will easily have sufficient funds to reach its target of 1,500 new social housing dwellings and also allow the remaining residents to age-in-place as well as retaining some of the units within the Sirius Building and workers cottages.
See: NSW Heritage Council recommendations - http://tunswblog.blogspot.com.au/2016/02/the-significance-of-sirius.html
Millers Point, Dawes Point & the Rocks
Save the Heritage & the Community of Millers Point, Dawes Point & the Rocks, Stop the public housing sell-off in Millers Point and the rest of Australia. Read the Sirius history here.
|Millers Point Press conference: Millers Point Tenants with Anthony Albanese MP, March 2015. Photo credit, Capture That Photographics, Natalie Cox (Owner/Director/Head Photographer) www.capturethatphotographics.com.au|
The Official Millers Point, Dawes Point and the Rocks Tenants is https://www.facebook.com/millerspointsaveourhomes
Sign the Petition: https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/save-the-heritage-the-community-of-millers-point-dawes-point-the-rocks
The Brown Couch at http://tunswblog.blogspot.com.au/
Tenants Union Clearing House Page - http://clearinghousetunsw.blogspot.com.au/
History and Background: Millers Point A community under the hammer
SMH Interactive Millers Point Community History Site at http://www.smh.com.au/interactive/2014/millers-point/place.html
Millers Point and the United Nations at http://tunswblog.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/millers-point-and-united-nations.html and
Barangaroo a plague on all their houses, SMH, August 25, 2013 at http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/barangaroo-a-plague-on-all-their-houses-20130824-2sied.html
Millers Point, Dawes Point and the Rocks: "Get Out:" Day Anniversary – one year on 19 March 2015
Millers Point sell-off is “too big a risk” for Sydney’s heritage says The National Trust of Australia. Millers Point is the oldest surviving urban area in Australia, with some buildings dating back to the 1820s.
The NSW government decided a year ago to sell 293 government-owned and heritage-listed properties and the Sirius apartment building designed by Tao Gofers in 1978. The MCA is housed in the former Maritime Services Building where maritime tenants paid their weekly rental. Many of the terraces were purposed designed for maritime workers as 'model housing'.
Director of Advocacy at the National Trust of Australia (NSW), Graham Quint, said Millers Point is of national significance and new owners weren’t taking the heritage permission seriously.
The National Trust is not only concerned about the destruction of the physical heritage of the area, but sees Millers Point’s social heritage endangered as well.
The NSW State Election on Saturday 28 March is being fought over the sell-off of state heritage and utilities. Labor and Greens oppose the sale of public housing and utilities. But only a Labor Government will have the power to stop the sell-off in Millers Point and The Rocks.
It wasn’t the Liberals who fought for the Rocks, Woolloomooloo and Glebe … it was communities working with unions. They fought a Liberal government weak on heritage but ideologically driven to sell state heritage as an "engine of growth".
Documents, Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks Public Housing Tenants Group about the sale of public housing in the area.
|Alison Alder, 'Real Estate', 2015.||Alison Alder, 'Goodbye from Sirius', 2015.|
|Alison Alder, 'Get Out Quick', 2015.|
Residents of Millers Point and The Rocks are engaged in an historic battle with the NSW State Government over the future of the public housing dwellings in Sydney's historic inner-city are called The Rocks and Millers POint.
This attempted destruction of a community is in pursuit of the reckless and short-sighted pursuit of overdevelopment by the adjacent Barangaroo Development Authority and developer Lend Lease.
"A lot of our neighbours have been moved out.. We are an entire suburb of Sydney .. people are vulnerable.. we have been hard working, paid our taxes, paid our rent.. Most of us are fighting to stay here and we have gained a lot of support.."
Barney Gardner, co-convenor Millers Point and the Rocks Tenants Association.
About 200 of the homes at Millers Point are considered historic. The state government has made the false and heartless claim that costs for maintaining the housing are too high and they have then used this false and misleading claim as a justification for evicting over 400 long-term residents so that they can then proceed to with the sale of the properties to the highest bidders. The announced proposal to sell 293 properties in Millers Point has been taken without any consultation with the National Trust.
National Trust Media Statement on Millers Point of 27 March 2014 says:
The National Trust is seeking an immediate halt to Government Property NSW’s call “to register your interest in purchasing a Millers Point Property” which is being promoted on the Family and Community Services Website.
“The announced proposal to sell 293 properties in Millers Point has been taken without any consultation with the National Trust. This is despite the entire area being listed on the National Trust Register in 1978 as an Urban Conservation Area and the Trust having listed 127 individual properties in Millers Point on its Register for forty years,” said Trust Chief Executive Officer, Brian Scarsbrick.
“The sale decision also appears to have been taken without any prior consultation with the NSW Heritage Division despite Millers Point being listed on the State Heritage Register as a Conservation Area in 1999 and as a Precinct with high social significance in 2003. Additionally 109 places in Millers Point are listed on the State Heritage Register and these places include more than 400 individual dwellings,” said Mr Scarsbrick.
The Trust Advocacy Director, Graham Quint stressed that the Government’s own Statements of Significance for Millers Point say that it “is an intact residential and maritime precinct of outstanding State and national significance, containing buildings and civic spaces dating from the 1830s” and that “the whole place remains a living cultural landscape greatly valued by both its local residents and the people of New South Wales.”
Mr Quint also noted that the 2003 State Heritage Register Listing says “Millers Point & Dawes Point Village Precinct is significant through associations with a community in NSW for social, cultural and spiritual reasons. A proportion of the existing population is descended from previous generations of Millers Point locals, and has fostered a strong and loyal sense of community and solidarity.”
“There must be consultation with the local community and evictions currently being proposed must halt until there has been proper consideration and determination of the impacts of this decision on all of the state and national heritage values of Millers Point - Its historical, social, landmark, archaeological and rarity significance,” said Mr Scarsbrick.
|Milers Point First Auction Poster, 26 August 2014.|
The CFMEU is proudly standing shoulder to shoulder with residents in Millers Point who are being forced out of public housing by the Liberal government. Unity Magazine, September 2014, p36. > Download pdf
Media Release - Buyer Beware: Sale Does Not Have Community Support > Download pdf
You shall not covet your neighbour's house, Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - http://tunswblog.blogspot.com.au/2015/10/millers-point-and-rocks.html or Download pdf