- At 9am on Sunday, the remaining 12 residents of the Sirius building in The Rocks woke to a sharp knock at their doors.
A employee from the Department of Family and Community Services had arrived with a message: they were out.
The government had decided that their home, the brutalist behemoth in The Rocks that had housed up to 200 low-income tenants in its stacked concrete boxes for almost four decades, was not deserving of heritage-status.
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Myra Demetriou, 89, has been a tenant in the Sirius building since 2008. Photo: Wolter Peeters