Western Sydney Organisations Pledge Support for the Powerhouse Museum in Parramatta
26 Apr 2018
Western Sydney’s leading organisations have reaffirmed their support for the establishment of the new Powerhouse Museum in Parramatta in a letter penned to the NSW Premier and Leader of the Opposition.
Spearheaded by the Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney, the letter has been endorsed by more than 30 organisations, including Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, Parramatta Mission, Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, Sydney Olympic Park Business Association, Western Sydney Business Connection, City of Parramatta, Cumberland Council, Western Sydney University, AECOM, Deloitte, PwC and Yourtown.
Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney Director David Borger said the purpose of the letter was to remind our political leaders of the strong support for a new Powerhouse Museum to be established in Parramatta by a broad cross section of organisations that represented the communities and interests of the people of Western Sydney.
“We are sending a strong message to the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and to the Leader of the Opposition Luke Foley that we want the Powerhouse Museum to be located in Western Sydney – no ifs, no buts,” Mr Borger said.
“It’s long past time for the Government to invest in the cultural future of Western Sydney and an iconic, world-class cultural institution in the geographical centre of Sydney is vital for the growth of the knowledge economy of our region.
“This new museum will support research and learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics that should be a priority for the Government’s Western Sydney growth strategy.
“It is important the NSW Government deliver on its commitment to building the Powerhouse Museum in Parramatta as it will provide the more than two million Western Sydney residents with a cultural facility they have paid for with their tax dollars and it is a museum they rightly deserve.
“It is simply not good enough that Western Sydney only receives just one per cent of Commonwealth arts program funding and 5.5 per cent of the NSW Government’s art budget.
“The NSW Government needs to urgently release the business case and get on with the job of building this new cultural facility for Western Sydney – three years of waiting is long enough,” Mr Borger said.
Full List of Organisations
Arab Bank Australia
Australian Racing Drivers Club Ltd
Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta
City of Parramatta Council
Southern Cross Group
Sydney Markets Limited
Sydney Olympic Park Business Association
Sydney Science Park
The Westmead Institute
Western Sydney Business Connection
Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue
Western Sydney University
Westmead Private Hospital