26 February 2015
Alex Greenwich, The Independent Member for Sydney, has slammed plans to relocate the Powerhouse Museum from its base in Ultimo and sell off another inner city public asset.
Mr Greenwich said:
"This is clearly another sell-off of inner city assets to raise government funds at the expense of the community and city liveability, and without community discussion.
From Millers Point housing to sandstone heritage government office buildings, one-by-one the government is relocating inner city functions and services and selling assets for redevelopment without needed open space and community facilities.
The Powerhouse site is adjacent to Australia’s most densely populated suburb and the area doesn’t need more residential development. I fear the site’s open space will be seen as another “development opportunity” when it is needed now more than ever to provide space for recreation and community gatherings.
The Powerhouse must remain on its purpose-built site with improved connections to Darling Harbour and the CBD.
While I support expanding the Powerhouse collection and functions to Western Sydney, it belongs in Ultimo adjacent to the hubs of tourism, cultural institutions, Darling Harbour, higher education and Sydney’s tech start-ups, which link with its core purpose."