POWERHOUSE MUSEUM: LABOR WITHDRAWS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND WILL CREATE MULTI-PURPOSE PERFORMANCE AND EXHIBITION SPACE AT PARRAMATTA SITE

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NSW Labor has withdrawn its bipartisan support for the move of the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta - because the Berejiklian Government’s actions bear little resemblance to the original promise made by the then-Premier Mike Baird on February 26, 2015.

The Berejiklian Government is dismembering the Powerhouse and scattering it about – not moving it.

In its February 2015 announcement, the State Government said the Powerhouse “will be entirely located in Western Sydney” and pledged $10 million to move the institution.

In addition, there are massive cost blow-outs of between $1 billion to $2 billion – and there will be significant job losses at the Powerhouse Museum.

The Berejiklian Government plan for the Powerhouse Museum is “half-baked” and does not deliver a full cultural institution to Western Sydney.

Instead, NSW Labor will propose a multi-purpose performance and cultural exhibition space at the Parramatta site – and increased funding for arts and cultural activity, ongoing programs and infrastructure across Western Sydney.

Full details will be announced before the State election – and in conjunction with Western Sydney State MPs and relevant arts and cultural organisations and stakeholders.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“I fear that Ms Berejiklian will announce a pale imitation of the original promise, which was an entire relocation of the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta.

“Chopping the Powerhouse up into small pieces, strewn across Ultimo, Parramatta and Castle Hill, will deliver the worst of all worlds.

“Labor will not support the dismembering of the Powerhouse Museum. Either move it entirely to Western Sydney, or leave it where it is.

“Western Sydney deserves its own cultural institution to be proud of: Far better to deliver a new facility in Parramatta capable of holding large scale exhibitions and performances, than a half-baked move of the Powerhouse’s leftovers.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Arts Minister Walt Secord

“Labor wants to see a world-class cultural institution at Parramatta, but not one at the expense of the beloved Powerhouse Museum

“As a member of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Powerhouse move, I saw first-hand how the project lurched from problem to problem.”

“There has been a cloak of secrecy surrounding the Powerhouse Museum; for too long, the Berejiklian Government said ‘trust us’. Based on the evidence before the Parliamentary committee, we do not trust the Berejiklian Government.”

“There is also widespread anger in Western Sydney within arts organisations as they see more than $600 million being spent within a three kilometre radius in Sydney’s CBD.”