The City is strongly opposed to the closure of the Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo and we have passed a resolution to that effect, while saying we also strongly support the expansion of much-needed cultural facilities in western and south-western Sydney.
I'll be speaking tomorrow at the Save the Powerhouse rally, alongside Alex Greenwich, Eva Cox, Jamie Parker and Business Chamber President Lawrence Gibbons.
We will send the message to Premier Baird that the Powerhouse should stay in its purpose-built home, and that the site must not be sold to high rise developers.
Saturday, 30 May
Meet corner of Harris and MacArthur Streets, Ultimo
The Powerhouse Museum is a vital part of Sydney's heritage, history and culture. To sell it off is nothing more than a cash-grab and a gift to developers.
The City sees the Powerhouse as an integral part of the Cultural Ribbon we identified in Sustainable Sydney 2030, linking the Australian Museum, the Art Gallery, the Opera House, around the foreshore to the Walsh Bay theatres, a promised cultural facility at Barangaroo and up here to Ultimo.
It also plays an important role in the emerging Ultimo-Pyrmont-Chippendale precinct of innovation and creativity, and with the revitalisation of Darling Harbour and the Goods Line project, it will become even more significant.
The Powerhouse where it stands opened to the public in March 1988 and the growth of its collection is such that there are about 50,000 items in storage at Castle Hill. Those items could well form the core of a "Powerhouse West" at Parramatta if the reason for selling the site truly was to do something for western Sydney.
I have written to Premier Baird and Arts Minister Troy Grant asking that the government support the Museum's own 2020 strategic plan which consider its Ultimo location, close to the CBD, as "vital" to their success.
I look forward to a positive response and I urge you all to come along tomorrow keep up the momentum against this cultural vandalism.
Read more about the rally here: www.facebook.com/savethepowerhouse