Powerhouse Museum in Parramatta Cultural Justice for Western Sydney
30 Apr 2018
The Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney says the relocation of the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta is a victory for the people of Western Sydney.
“This is cultural justice for Western Sydney. Our tax dollars have paid for Sydney’s cultural institutions and it’s about time one of them was located in the region where more than two million people live,” said David Borger, Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney.
“This is an amazing opportunity to build a 21st century museum that will display the collection in new ways to a completely new audience.
“The Chamber looks forward to an iconic institution that can capture the imagination of our whole city and we are thrilled that a bold and ambitious public building will replace the eyesore that is the old car park on the Parramatta River.
“The region has waited long enough for world-class cultural institutions and we are pleased the NSW Government is following through on its commitment to bring the Powerhouse Museum to Western Sydney.
“Our research has shown that people have a limit to how far they are willing to travel to access cultural institutions. Locating the Powerhouse Museum in Parramatta means Western Sydney residents now have a museum to call their own,” he said.
“The people of Western Sydney want cultural institutions like museums, art galleries and commercial theatres. It is nonsense that Western Sydney residents are more interested in sport than culture and when this new museum is open to the public, the naysayers will see how wrong they have been to typecast the people of this region.
“The reinvigorated Powerhouse Museum will be a catalyst for the growth of the knowledge economy of Western Sydney by supporting research and learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics and will be the inspiration and stimulation for upcoming inventors and designers.
“I hope the critics of this move understand that the Powerhouse Museum has a universal collection on behalf of the people of NSW – not just an exclusive collection for the inner city community.
“Sydney has room for a number of commercial lyric theatres and the redevelopment of Riverside Theatres should also consider appropriate options.
“The Government is to be congratulated for taking the first step in addressing the inequity of arts funding in Western Sydney,” Mr Borger said.
Sydney Business Chamber Executive Director Patricia Forsythe said a theatre at the Ultimo site would assist in ensuring Sydney became more competitive in winning major theatre productions.
“The Chamber welcomes the Government’s announcement today that a Broadway-style theatre will be built at Ultimo in place of the Powerhouse Museum.
“Sydney has missed out to Melbourne in the past on securing productions because of a lack of choice for theatre sizes so a new theatre will mean the city will further be able to rival other major Australian cities,” Mrs Forsythe said.