It’s already no small feat for Sydney removalists to help move entire houses worth of things and valuables, let alone getting hired for a major development move by a big corporation or the government. Yet that’s exactly what will happen, as the NSW Government has recently announced the relocation of a major government structure.
The Sydney Powerhouse Museum will be moved from its current location in Ultimo to Parramatta, and will include a new addition of a 30m wide domed planetarium as part of the new location. Once the Sydney removalists and the construction firms have moved the museum, the old location will be the site for the development of a lyric theatre and a creative arts and fashion museum, accompanied by commercial and residential developments.
The move has been controversial to some, due in no small part to the cost that the Berejikilian Government will have to cover for the relocation of the Museum to Western Sydney; approximately $645 million.
The development on the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, which will incorporate the relocated Powerhouse Museum, is scheduled to begin in 2019 and is expected to open its doors to the public by 2023. According to Premier Gladys Berejiklian, it will be the largest development of its kind that NSW has ever seen, and, hopefully, will rival the global cultural icons like the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
She says that it’s very important that the Aussie youth is inspired by science, engineering, arts, technology and mathematics because, she believes, that the professions of the future will be built upon these schools of study.
Ms Berejiklian says that an international competition would soon be underway, one to decide on the design of the new Powerhouse Museum. As part of the development of this relocation, the Riverside Theatre will also see upgrades.
The Sydney Business Chamber’s Western Sydney branch have thrown their support to the project, calling it a cultural victory of the people of Western Sydney. They say that Western Sydney has contributed so much of its taxes to Sydney’s cultural development that it was only logical to have one of them located in Western Sydney, where over 2 million Aussies live.