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3611 - POWERHOUSE ULTIMO BUSINESS CASE

Greenwich, Alex to the Premier representing the Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council, Special Minister of State, Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts, Vice-President of the Executive Council
  1. When will the Government release the business plan for the Ultimo Powerhouse Museum site, which was due to be released in late 2019?
  2. What options will be considered for the future of this site?
Answer -

The Government announced on 4 July 2020 that the Powerhouse Museum will remain open at Ultimo, in addition to building a new Powerhouse Museum for Parramatta. This will deliver two world-class facilities that will provide a significant boost for the arts, sciences, tourism and employment sectors with the establishment of a flagship Powerhouse museum in Parramatta for the Central River City and a world class Powerhouse museum retained for the Eastern Harbour City. It will also provide infrastructure stimulus for the State and provide a significant number of construction jobs.

This decision will allow us to provide an outstanding visitor experience in the areas of technology, science, engineering and design at two major locations. It will increase access to the Powerhouse Museum's extraordinary collections and create vibrant centres to inspire learning in the fields of sciences and applied arts for the next generation. Both Powerhouse museum sites (Parramatta and Ultimo) will be working precincts, linking the Powerhouse collection, the community and industry.

The Business Case for the retained and redeveloped Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo will also consider a broader creative industries precinct and is being finalised.

Question asked on 28 July 2020 (session 57-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 70
Answer received on 31 August 2020 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 76