Australia Post has announced that it has finalised the details of the sale of the Sydney General Post Office (GPO). At the same time, it said it would seek National Heritage listing for the GPO, “in recognition of its historical importance and to reinforce existing heritage protections.”

“If you look at it in terms of what it represented in the nineteenth century – it’s comparable to the Sydney Opera House in the twentieth century.”

Speaking to ArchitectureAU, Andrew Nimmo, president of the NSW chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, was sceptical of the timing of the announcement. “I think it’s pretty peculiar to seek a heritage listing after the sale. You can only think they would be doing that because they would have got less money for it if it had been heritage listed beforehand.”