Parramatta leaders gather to discuss future of Culture in our City, and Powerhouse Move to Parramatta

Leaders from government and the arts will gather in Parramatta tonight to discuss the Culture and our City plan, and the campaign to bring the Powerhouse to Parramatta.

City of Parramatta Administrator, Amanda Chadwick, Interim General Manager, Greg Dyer, Sydney Festival Director, Wesley Enoch, and Sam Marshall, MCA architect, will all be at Culture and Our City: a Conversation to discuss how to unleash the City’s cultural potential and make it a hub of creativity.

High on the list of discussion topics will be the NSW Government commitment to move the Powerhouse Museum from its current site in Ultimo to Parramatta, in line with the announcement made by former Premier, Mike Baird, a year ago.

“Parramatta is Sydney’s Central City, yet there has not been any significant investment in cultural infrastructure – state or federal – here since the 1988 bicentenary. This would change that,” said Greg Dyer
“Moving the Powerhouse to Parramatta will generate jobs, drive investment, boost the local economy and deliver a much-needed cultural masterpiece to the region.”

The event marks the conclusion, tomorrow, of public consultation about Culture and our City, a discussion paper which was developed through direct conversation with more than 350 artists, cultural organisations, industry, residents and community members. The paper will inform a Cultural Plan, including funding requirements, which will transform the cultural activity throughout the City.

The Powerhouse Museum, to be known as the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, would be the centrepiece of that plan, acting as a catalyst for significant cultural and artistic investment and development in a region that is home to one in 10 Australians.

A Business Impact Study prepared by HillPDA recently revealed the relocation to Parramatta will generate 2,320 jobs during construction and contribute $803 million to the local economy, and forecasts show that the number of people who attend it would almost double to 1 million.

So far during the consultation phase about Culture in the City, nearly 70 per cent of people have backed the Powerhouse move.

Earlier this week, former Coalition Arts Minister and State Liberal Leader Peter Collins urged the Government to resist calls for the Museum to be split up.

“This promise, when delivered, will be one of the most significant policy decisions ever made for people living outside the inner ring of Sydney’s suburbia. And it is not before time for an area that has been ignored for too long by governments of both colours,” Mr Collins said.