$500 Million To Move Ultimo Powerhouse Exhibits From Building Worth $130 Million

$500 Million To Move Ultimo Powerhouse Exhibits From Building Worth $130 Million

New South Wales Member for Balmain Jamie Parker

More Evidence Powerhouse Move Is A Real Estate Deal

Victor P Taffa

Commenting on the release of documents from the Powerhouse Museum following a GIPA (Government Information Public Access) request, Member for Balmain Jamie Parker, said it exposed the government’s agenda as being a big-ticket real estate deal that will short-change museum patrons and tax-payers alike.

“The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Board of Trustees were clearly given their instructions to follow a plan-by-press release, without expert input, community consultation or any comprehensive cultural strategy.” Mr. Parker said.

“By allowing Infrastructure NSW (New South Wales) to put a financial outcome ahead of cultural priorities, we end up with the destruction of a valued cultural asset. The documents show confusion, secrecy and contradiction in relation to the future location, continuity and purpose of the Powerhouse Museum.”

“Despite the obvious shortfall in funding for a relocated museum, there has been nothing put before the Board that indicates a commitment to fully fund the relocation.”

NSW Member for Balmain Jamie Parker

NSW Member for Balmain Jamie Parker









“During a discussion with the Secretary for Trade and Investment on 4 March 2015, the Board heard that initial estimates of market value ranged from $130 Million to $200 Million.” Mr. Parker said.

Yet Museum experts estimate it will cost at least $500 Million to relocate the Powerhouse and its vast collection of exhibits.

“There is also the appalling waste of public money in selling-off the purpose-built and recently refurbished building in Ultimo.”

“Considering the number of questions and concerns that must have occurred to the Trustees, it is outrageous that the Secretary declared “it would be counterproductive for the Board to oppose the proposed relocation.”

“These documents reveal that the proposed sale is simply a real estate deal that will only deliver an underfunded and inferior version of the current Powerhouse. Together with the community, I remain resolved to oppose this wasteful, destructive plan.” Mr. Parker said.


Smithsonian Institution United States

Founded on 10 August 1846, the Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.


US Smithsonian Institution Building

US Smithsonian Institution Building









Small minded and sell-off mad New South Wales Premier Mike Baird should rather than shut down Sydney’s Ultimo Powerhouse Museum be building an additional Powerhouse Museum at Parramatta.

The reserve Powerhouse Museum Facility at Castle Hill that has occasionally been opened to the public should be open on a 24/7 basis with new transport services from Parramatta.

Alternatively, Parramatta Jail that has been closed should be converted into a Powerhouse Museum that would complement the Castle Hill Powerhouse.

There is no Government who has the money to build a Museum with floor space large enough for all the exhibits from both Ultimo and Castle Hill combined and as such should simply leave the Ultimo Powerhouse Museum alone.


Powerhouse Protest Meeting 

Saturday 28 May 2016 At 11.00 am

People concerned about a move of the Powerhouse Museum away from Ultimo are invited to a Public Meeting that will be held on Saturday 28 May 2016 outside the front of the Museum on Harris Street, Ultimo at 11.00 am.