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Tech & Science Powerhouse planning bill hits $18m as new design to be unveiled

13:35  08 december  2019
13:35  08 december  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Designs for Parramatta's Powerhouse Museum are expected to be unveiled this week as costs of its relocation mount. The move comes as Create NSW confirmed almost million has been spent planning to relocate the Powerhouse Museum from its home in inner-Sydney Ultimo to Parramatta to

Powerhouse planning bill hits $ 18 m as new design to be unveiled . Designs for Parramatta's Powerhouse Museum are expected to be unveiled this week as costs of its relocation mount.

a large white building: First conceptual drawing of the new Powerhouse Museum at Parramatta.© Supplied First conceptual drawing of the new Powerhouse Museum at Parramatta.

The winning design for Parramatta's new Powerhouse Museum is expected to be announced as early as this week as the Berejiklian government seeks to draw a line under bitter protests that have marked its decision to relocate the venerable institution from its home in inner-city Sydney.

The move comes as Create NSW confirmed almost $20 million has been spent planning to relocate the Powerhouse Museum from its home in inner-Sydney Ultimo to Parramatta to date.

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Powerhouse planning bill hits $ 18 m as new design to be unveiled . Designs for Parramatta's Powerhouse Museum are expected to be unveiled this week as costs of its relocation mount.

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The final decision has been kept under wraps with the government yet to deny claims that the museum's new riverside home will come at the expense of the state heritage-listed 1870s-built Italianate villa and former maternity hospital, Willow Grove.

The government hopes the museum design will capture the public imagination, with shortlisted architects briefed to provide ambitious concepts that included options for retention or exclusion of the heritage buildings, a museum unencumbered by multi-storey commercial towers, a minimum exhibition space of 15,000 square metres and opportunities to revitalise the riverside for public enjoyment.

Geoff Lee, Gladys Berejiklian are posing for a picture: Member for Parramatta, Geoff Lee, takes a selfie with Premier Gladys Berejiklian after confirming the museum's new Parramatta home.© Cole Bennetts Member for Parramatta, Geoff Lee, takes a selfie with Premier Gladys Berejiklian after confirming the museum's new Parramatta home.

But protesters have vowed to continue to draw attention to the spending at a time of drought and bushfire crisis and tiny funding allocations to the NSW's 300 volunteer museums.

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Powerhouse planning bill hits $ 18 m as new design to be unveiled . Designs for Parramatta's Powerhouse Museum are expected to be unveiled this week as costs of its relocation mount.

Powerhouse planning bill hits $ 18 m as new design to be unveiled . Designs for Parramatta's Powerhouse Museum are expected to be unveiled this week as costs of its relocation mount.

"They’re splurging $1.5 billion to shrink the Powerhouse Museum and move it 23 kilometres west to a flood-prone riverbank, building a smaller, less accessible museum with demonstrably inferior facilities to what the Powerhouse already owns at Ultimo," museum and heritage consultant Kylie Winkworth said. ''So let’s talk cultural equity, Premier, what about the bush, what about helping regional communities in the drought?"

The government has put the "net cost" of the museum move at $645 million, once revenue sources are taken into account, but, according to the first business case summary, the costs of land purchase and moving operations, including wages, is estimated to be $1.179 billion.

Labor's Walt Secord said two galleries in regional NSW could have been built for consultants' fees alone, which he estimated to be almost $36 million.

"In these tough and uncertain economic times with increasing unemployment, the drought, stagnant wages and a retail slump, we cannot afford more infrastructure cost-blow outs like the Powerhouse Museum move," Mr Secord said.

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Create NSW disputed these figures, saying half of that had been spent to date.

"The NSW Government has spent $18 million on the museum’s relocation to Parramatta, including the $10 million allocated for the project over two years (2015-16 and 2016-17) and $8 million to June 30, 2019. Cumulatively this spend has covered costs associated with the Parramatta Business Case, the running of the International Design Competition and relocation logistics."

In its 2018-19 annual report, the Department of Planning put expenses of developing the new Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences museum on the Parramatta Riverside at $11.3 million.

Expenses incurred at Ultimo has been estimated at $2.5 million, about half of the $5 million set aside for this work.

A revised business case is due to be presented to Cabinet in 2020 for a creative industries precinct at Ultimo when the site is to be vacated by the Powerhouse Museum in 2021.

This development is likely to include a lyric theatre, a fashion and design museum run by the Powerhouse, and multi-storey commercial/and or residential development.

A further $4 million was been spent by the museum itself on digitising and relocating the 500,000-plus collection to Castle Hill Discovery Centre, part of an overall budget of $60 million allocated to take the collection to upgraded facilities at Castle Hill Discovery Centre but not inclusive of the costs to move the museum's very large objects including the Locomotive No 1.

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