Thursday, 12 April 2018 12:34

Powerhouse move about fairness and equity

Child looking at art installation. Child looking at art installation.

Media release, 12 April 2018

 The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has reiterated its support for the establishment of network of Powerhouse Museums, performance and art galleries across Western Sydney.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “Western Sydney looks forward to the NSW Government keeping its word on the Powerhouse.

“We are aware there is an upper house debate on the relocation costs, but whether or not the business case stacks up, dollars and cents can’t reflect the value this institution will bring to the Western Sydney community,” he said.

“This relocation will be significant, not just because the Powerhouse Museum is an iconic state institution, but because it will be the first major cultural institution to be located in Western Sydney – and a first step towards greater and more equitable funding for the region.

“Just 5.5 percent of the NSW Arts budget goes towards Western Sydney despite being home to 30 percent of the state’s population. Additionally, institutions in the CBD are far more heavily subsidised by tax payers than arts centres in Sydney’s West,” said Cr Bali.

“Suggestions that the integrity of the Powerhouse Museum would be undermined by a move to Parramatta are ridiculous, as are suggestions that the Museum’s collections would be compromised.

“Some members of the community seem to think the museum is being moved to another country; a country which does not share the same ‘cultural values’.

“Western Sydney is not some culturally-barren outpost. Parramatta is the geographical centre of Sydney, less than 30 minutes down the road from Ultimo, and far more accessible for the majority of Sydney-siders,” he said.

“Some things should just be done because they are fair and equitable.

“The Powerhouse should move to Western Sydney. And when it does, it will be the first step towards investing in the comprehensive network of arts and cultural institutions our Western cities deserve,” said Cr Bali.


Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, 02 9671 4333 (ext. 118), 0425 871 868 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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