NSW Labor Leader, Luke Foley, says the Berejiklian government is walking away from a major election promise to Western Sydney businesses and families to relocate the Powerhouse Museum from the CBD to Parramatta.

In State Parliament on April 5th Arts Minister Don Harwin said the Berejiklian government was “absolutely committed to the Powerhouse Museum project that was announced prior to the last election”.  

That policy announced, on February 26th 2015, by then Premier Baird said the Powerhouse Museum would be “entirely located in Western Sydney”.

However, today Mr Harwin said the Government  would “begin consultations on plans” for the museum and one option would be “keeping some Powerhouse presence at the current site in Ultimo”.  

There is no doubt the Berejiklian Government is preparing to break its promise to Western Sydney. 

Quotes attributable to Labor Leader Luke Foley

This is a stab in the back to the people of Western Sydney”. 

“During the last election Mike Baird promised to move the Powerhouse Museum entirely to Parramatta because Western Sydney deserved ‘one of our great cultural institutions’. 

“Now that he’s gone, Ms Berejiklian and Mr Harwin are prepared to trash that promise”.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Arts Minister, Walt Secord

“For the past three years, the Liberals have said they were moving the Powerhouse Museum to Western Sydney until they were blue in the face and now they are crab walking away from that promise”.

Timeline Of A Broken Promise

Premier Mike Baird February 26, February 2015 

“We want to extend Sydney’s cultural ribbon to Western Sydney so we will invest $10 million to relocate the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta. This will be the first time one of the State’s five major cultural institutions will be entirely located in Western Sydney.”

Premier Mike Baird on objections to relocating the Powerhouse Museum, “Out There Summit” March 11, 2016 

“The soul of a city comes from its culture. Each day, I get many comments that western Sydney doesn’t deserve one of our great cultural institutions. I’ve heard the message and I’ve got one back to them. It does deserve it and it will happen.”

Arts Minister, Don Harwin, in State Parliament, April 5, 2017

“The reality is that the Government is absolutely committed to the Powerhouse Museum project that was announced prior to the last election”.