There is good news for supporters of the Powerhouse Museum with the commencement of a parliamentary inquiry into the Government’s plans to sell off the historic Powerhouse site and move the museum to Parramatta. The inquiry will provide an important platform for the community to further voice its opposition to the sale of the important cultural and historical site.
As part of his campaign to sell the Powerhouse site, the Premier has presented the people of Sydney as a false dichotomy – linking the provision of cultural infrastructure in western Sydney to the sale of the Ultimo site. With a growing population in Central and Western Sydney we shouldn’t need to choose which community is most deserving of cultural institutions. The proposition Baird has presented to us is a paper thin excuse for the Government’s lack of investment in the cultural sector.
My colleague, Greens MP David Shoebridge will sit on the inquiry, which will be headed by Shooters MP Robert Borsak. I would urge everyone in the community to engage with the inquiry process. You can lodge your submissions here: https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/committees/inquiries/Pages/lodge-a-submission.aspx?pk=2403
You can stay in touch with the campaign by following the Save the Powerhouse community group here: https://www.facebook.com/savethepowerhouse/ or by signing up to Jamie Parker’s mailing list: https://jamieparker.nationbuilder.com/login