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Powerhouse Parramatta Gets Green Light

February 13, 2021

Image: Moreau Kusunoki and Genton

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The Powerhouse Museum has welcomed confirmation from the NSW Government that planning consent for Powerhouse Parramatta has been received and the project will now move into delivery.

Construction of the Moreau Kusunoki and Genton designed Powerhouse Parramatta will now commence, with early works to start in the coming weeks. Once complete, the flagship Parramatta Powerhouse will include over 18,000 square metres of exhibition and public spaces, attract 2 million visitors each year and will be the first NSW Cultural Institution to call Western Sydney home.

Powerhouse Board of Trustees President Peter Collins AM QC said:
“I applaud the NSW Government’s visionary investment and commitment to deliver Powerhouse Parramatta and look forward to working closely with Infrastructure NSW as we move into the construction phase of the project. Powerhouse Parramatta will be a ground-breaking contemporary museum that will set a new benchmark in how museums engage and reflect their communities”

“Powerhouse Parramatta will be our flagship museum and will sit alongside Ultimo, Castle Hill and Sydney Observatory to provide extraordinary cultural benefits for our communities – Australia’s very own Smithsonian for our globally renowned Collection.”

Powerhouse Chief Executive Lisa Havilah said:

“Powerhouse Parramatta is the largest cultural investment since the Sydney Opera House and planning approval marks a transformative cultural moment for the communities of Greater Sydney and NSW. We are excited to be embarking on building an internationally significant museum that will connect young people and communities with our Collections and tell stories of ingenuity and innovation.”

“We look forward to continuing to expand our collaborations across the community to create a museum that reflects the extraordinary diversity of Greater Sydney. Powerhouse Parramatta will deliver dynamic exhibition, education and community programs that will bring cultural and scientific leaders from around the world and across Australia into Parramatta. In an Australian-first the Powerhouse will provide opportunities for 10,000 regional NSW students each year to stay at the Museum and immersive themselves in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) programs.”

“We have heard incredibly positive feedback and so much excitement from the communities of Western Sydney and it has been wonderful for our team to be engaging with people through our Community Space. Powerhouse Parramatta will deliver an extraordinary cultural outcome for the communities of Greater Sydney and NSW,” Ms Havilah said.

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Chris Lawrence
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