The NSW Government has revealed plans for the future of the Sydney Powerhouse Museum, with a complete renewal of the site set to begin immediately.
In the upcoming state budget, the government will commit half a billion dollars to get the project off the ground.
The Powerhouse will operate across two locations: the existing Ultimo site and a new museum in Parramatta in Sydney’s western suburbs.
“We’ve heard from people who have great affection for this place, we’ve listened to the community for a year-long consultation process,” Arts Minister Don Harwin said.
“This year’s state budget will include the first tranch that is needed to cover the complete renewal of the Powerhouse Ultimo.”
Design and fashion are set to be at the forefront of the revamped Ultimo site, complementing the focus on science and technology in Parramatta.
The announcement comes after the government backflipped on its plan to sell the building to developers following outcry from the community.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet defended the decision, telling 2GB’s Ben Fordham the plans would benefit both the CBD and Sydney’s growing western suburbs.
“When it comes to the current museum we should have the very best cultural offerings in the CBD and in Parramatta as well,” Mr Perrottet said.
“We’re committed to building the best museum we can in Parramatta and also ensuring that our cultural offerings in the CBD are first-class as well.”
A design competition for the renewal project is now open, with exact plans for the Ultimo museum yet to be decided.