Lendlease should buy Sirius, says Clover Moore

The City of Sydney is pushing Lendlease and community activist group Save our Sirius is talking to community housing providers about buying the controversial Sydney building and using it for affordable or social housing.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore has asked Lendlease to buy the brutalist housing block in The Rocks – which the state government put up for sale this month – saying the 79-unit building would be a good way for the developer to meet its obligations arising from its Barangaroo South development to provide up to 65 affordable housing units.

“I have written to Lendlease and said ‘If they could consider buying Sirius to fulfill their obligations it would be really good’,” Cr Moore told The Australian Financial Review. “They haven’t responded yet. I’m an optimist. I’m hoping that means they’re considering it.”

With the government pushing ahead with plans to sell the building, itself born out of a bitter 1970s dispute between the then state government and community and union activists, advocates of the building who say key worker and social housing is desperately needed in the middle of the country’s most expensive city, are still trying to influence building’s future.

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