Powerhouse Museum To Stay In Ultimo

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By: Alex Harmon, ellaslist
Jan 22, 2019

The much-loved cultural icon could be here to stay if Labor have their way. For years now we've hearing about the Powerhouse Museum's move to Parramatta, but Labor have promised to keep the institution in Ultimo if they win the next election. And to make it fair, they will create a new $500 million museum for the city's west.

It feels like a political game of shared custody - and to be honest, we're not sure who will benefit more, mummy or daddy?! Or who we should believe. 

The Berejiklian Government last year committed to moving the museum to a riverside site in Parramatta, however opposition leader Michael Daley this week threw a curve ball, announcing the museum would remain in its home if he won the state election.

"[The move] was never about Western Sydney, it was about what the Liberals do best — it was a property deal," he told ABC News.

Parramatta's New Museum

Funding for the $500 million Parramatta institution would come from the $650 million budgeted for the relocation, Mr Daley said. 

An artists impression of the new planetarium. Daily Telegraph

The new building would include an international exhibition space and a performance area, but its other features were largely open for debate.

When the NSW Government announced the relocation of the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta we were told it would be home to Australia’s largest planetarium, featuring a 30-metre-wide domed space. So the question remains is, will the dish run away with the spoon? I mean, who gets the planetarium in the divorce? 

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