Australia Post will seek National Heritage listing for the Sydney general post office (GPO) in recognition of its historical importance and to reinforce existing heritage protections.
The move comes as Australia Post confirmed it had finalized the sale of the Sydney GPO freehold to a joint venture between Far East Organization and Sino Land Company. Far East Organization and Sino Land already hold a 99-year lease on the site.
Josh Frydenberg, Australian minister for the environment and energy, notified Australia Post that he had accepted the existing Heritage Management Plan attached to the sale, paving the way for the completion of the deal.
Adam Treffry, general manager of property, Australia Post, said, “While the existing heritage plan already ensured the protection of the Sydney GPO, National Heritage listing would further reinforce the historical importance of the site to the benefit of future generations.
“National Heritage recognizes exceptional natural and cultural places that contribute to Australia’s identity. If successful, the building would join other iconic sites including the Australian War Memorial, Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach covered by the highest level of heritage protections in the country.”
Ai Lian Fang, chairperson of Far East’s Australia properties executive committee, said, “We are deeply respectful of the Sydney GPO’s historical significance to Australians. We are fully committed to operating the property in a way that will honor its rich heritage.”
The planned sale of the Sydney GPO was announced in May, after an extensive expression of interest process in relation to Australia Post’s GPO property portfolio, including the Sydney GPO.
July 26, 2017