11 Apr 2016

A new world-class museum for Parramatta

Parramatta City Council has welcomed the State Government’s selection of the Parramatta River foreshore as the site for the new Powerhouse Museum and hailed the move as a major win for arts and culture in Global Sydney.

Premier Mike Baird and Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant today announced the Riverbank site as the chosen location for the new Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) promising a state-of-the-art institution that will be a major drawcard for local and international visitors.

“We are thrilled with this decision and we look forward to partnering with the State Government during the design process to deliver the people of Parramatta and Western Sydney the world-class cultural institution they have long deserved,” Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Paul Garrard said.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to build the world’s next great museum here in Parramatta. We will work closely with the Government, in consultation with the community, to ensure that design excellence is achieved and that Parramatta’s Powerhouse is a landmark building for all of Sydney.”

“Importantly the Museum will be integrated as part of the wider Riverbank precinct and will form part of Council’s vision to deliver a world-class cultural, entertainment, retail and residential hub that the community will enjoy for decades to come.”

“The new Powerhouse Museum will significantly boost tourism to Parramatta, helping to invigorate our local economy. Once established the Museum has the potential to draw up to a million visitors a year to Parramatta and will be a source of inspiration for tens-of-thousands of school students who will be able to more easily access one of the best museum collections in the world.”

“The Museum’s focus on design, technology and innovation aligns with Parramatta’s ambition to be Australia’s leading Smart City.”

The Museum site on the Parramatta River sits on the doorstep of Parramatta’s thriving CBD offering easy access for pedestrians and close proximity to a variety of public transport options.