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Parramatta Powerhouse Location Essential to Viability

Release Date: 10/09/2015
The Sydney Business Chamber has urged the government to consider using the Arthur Phillip school site as its new location for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum).
David Borger, Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber said, “For the Powerhouse Museum relocation to thrive, it needs to be located close to public transport and in a location easily accessible to pedestrians to maximise visitation.
“This is the first time that a tier one cultural institution will be located in Western Sydney. It’s absolutely critical that we get the location and the building right.”
“Cultural institutions increasingly rely on fundraising through food and gift shops – and these work best when they are in busy places.  It doesn’t matter what’s inside, if people can’t access it easily.”
“Developing the entire Arthur Phillip site for a school is a missed opportunity, as it will lock up one of the largest city centre sites available for commercial use in Parramatta.
“The high rise school is an important investment however there are other sites in and around the CBD that are more suitable.
“In February this year the Chamber released a new study that analysed cultural spending in Western Sydney. It found that spending by government had not kept pace with population growth in Western Sydney.
“The NSW government has taken the first bold step to redressing this and should be congratulated for its commitment to relocate the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.
“We want to make sure this investment is leveraged through a great location so that the economic and social benefits are maximised.
“There are a number of other sites available for a high rise school and we urge the government to consider these,” said Mr Borger.
Media contact: David Borger 0408 239 262 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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