City of Sydney to sell off iconic T2 building
LAST UPDATED // Monday, 14 March 2016 12:14 Written by // Cec Busby
The City of Sydney Council has voted to put the iconic T2 building at Taylor Square up for sale.
The Council voted to put out a call for expressions of interest to purchase the building at the heart of gay Sydney.
The vote was approved by all councillors except Labor councillor Linda Scott, who called for the building to be turned over for use as a public exhibition space for the LGBTI community instead.
Scott has described the plans to sell the T2 building as short-sighted.
“Alongside the community of Surry Hills, I fought for the City of Sydney to buy the T2 building at Taylor Square to bring this historic area back to life,” said Scott.
“Prior to the City purchasing the T2 building at Taylor Square, the area was dangerous and frankly, in the heart of our City's LGBTIQ district, a global embarrassment,” said Scott.
Scott said it was unacceptable that the building was now being offered up to the highest bidder.
"The T2 building offers a once in a generation opportunity to build a LGBTIQ museum to tell the stories of our community,” said Scott.
“In supporting its sale to the highest bidder, Lord Mayor Moore, the Greens, and Liberals are denying our community an LGBTIQ museum," Scott said.
It is not the first time Scott has floated the idea of a museum. In 2014 she called for the City to support a museum space to preserve the history and cultural artefacts of Sydney’s LGBTIQ community.
“Sydney’s LGBTIQ community deserves a cultural space to celebrate and remember their history – the T2 building is the best opportunity the Council has to support the creation of a museum to preserve this rich history.
“With the rainbow flag flying proudly over Taylor Square, a LGBTIQ museum or cultural space can be a major drawcard for visitors to Sydney and invigorate interest in the history of Mardi Gras and the struggle for LGBTIQ rights.
“To sell the T2 building to the highest bidder is a lost opportunity to reactivate Taylor Square. Instead, we risk returning this area to the dark and dangerous area it once was,” Scott concluded.
- TOPICS: City of Sydney, Linda Scott, Mardi Gras Museum, T2
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