NSW to appeal court ruling on Sirius building heritage listing

The NSW government will appeal against a Land and Environment Court ruling last month that declared ‘invalid’ the heritage minister’s decision not to heritage list the Sirius public housing block in The Rocks.

The Crown Solicitor’s office on Tuesday filed notice of intention to appeal the judgment that ruled former heritage minister Mark Speakman’s decision in July last year not to give the 1970s brutalist building heritage protection was invalid. It was not immediately clear on what grounds the government was seeking to overturn the judgment and order that it reconsider the building for heritage listing according to the prescribed rules.

The government in 2014 said it wanted to sell the 36-50 Cumberland Street building and use the money to develop social housing elsewhere. Architects, community members and unions have rallied to protect the building that many regard as ugly, but which proponents say works well for social housing and could continue to do so in a cost-effective way.

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