Sydney Control Tower – Say Goodbye to the Concrete Mushroom

This is a photo of the Sydney Harbour Control Tower located at Miller’s Point (Barangaroo) with the sunset as backdrop for special effect. I thought I better include a post on it as in the last few days the NSW Government approved it’s demolition as part of the Barangaroo redevelopment project.

The tower is 87 metres tall and is affectionately known as the “Concrete Mushroom” or “The Pill”. It operated for over 35 years between 1974 and 2011 supervising ship movements throughout the harbour.

It was originally designed as a result of two ships colliding just off Millers Point in 1972 and operated 24 hours a day until 2011 when it was decommissioned due to vessel control services moving to Port Botany.

There has been well publicised debates in recent times between those who wanted to see the tower’s heritage be preserved such as the National Trust and those who wanted the tower removed including ex-Prime Minister Paul Keating. This debate was ended when the NSW Heritage Minister decided not to list the tower on the State Heritage Register.

Like it or loathe it the tower has certainly played a role in Sydney’s maritime history over the last several decades.

Sources:, retrieved 5 August 2015, retrieved 5 August 2015, retrieved 5 August 2015

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