Despite temporary glimmers of hope and huge efforts from the local activist group, Save Our Sirius, Sydney’s iconic brutalist building is up for sale and will be closing next month. The leading voice in the campaign for social and affordable housing in Sydney, 91-year-old Myra Demetriou (pictured centre), is the final remaining resident of the 1979-built building, and will soon be forced to leave her home. After Myra moves, Sirius, which was purpose built less than 40 years ago, will become empty.
This Saturday January 27th , Myra will be holding a farewell morning tea in her apartment, inviting members of the public into her home to see inside Sirius, the wonderful views, her famous SOS sign and celebrate the hard work of all who campaigned to prevent the sale of the historic site.
Celebrations (and commiserations) kick off at 11am at the Sirius Building and will include speeches from Federal Member for Sydney Tanya Plibersek, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, and NSW State Member Alex Greenwich, a giant card-signing for Myra culminating in sharing a slice of Sirius Lamington Cake over discussions about how the campaign will continue their fight.
Find out more at saveoursirius.org.