Our Day In Court
Today, we challenged the current NSW Government in the Land & Environment Court. Fighting for the architectural, cultural, and heritage values of our city. Fighting for the heritage of Sirius.
Following the hearing, Shaun Carter said "we believe our barristers Bruce McClintock SC, Shane Prince, Elaine & Belinda and the team from the EDO, were exceptional. Now the Judge retires to make his decision.
"We promised the people that we would bring this matter to court, to continue the fight to save Sirius, and that was done today. We believe we had a fair hearing, which is all we could have asked for."
A press conference was held before the hearing. Myra Demetrio was joined by Shadow Minister for Heritage Penny Sharpe MLC, and Member of Sydney Alex Greenwhich MP, Tao Gofers, Shaun Carter, Save Our Sirius members, and supporters.
Shadow Minister for the Environment and Heritage, The Hon. Penny Sharpe said “The Sirius building is an important part of the heritage of Sydney. Not just an important architecturalbuilding, Sirius is the product of the rich social heritage of the waterfront workers and their families,their fight to save their homes from demolition, the green bans, community and union protest thatsaved the Rocks and lead to the subsequent passage of landmark heritage legislation to conserve theheritage of New South Wales into the future.”
Member for Sydney, Alex Greenwich MP, said “The minister should not be able to override the Heritage Council’s unanimous advice to protect thislandmark building, which is a rare example of Brutalist architecture largely in its original condition withsignificant built and social heritage value. Heritage is not about economics or politics and I hope thecourts can save the beloved Sirius.”
We are being represented by the Environmental Defenders Office - you can read more about the legal action on the NSW Environmental Defenders Office Website
The Save Our Sirius thank you for your ongoing support.