Submissions to Upper House Inquiry: Museums and Galleries, 2016

The list below includes submissions of specific relevance to the argument for not relocating the Powerhouse Museum.
These papers include support for developing a new cultural facility in Parramatta, within a strong policy for museums and galleries in NSW.
They were submitted by members of the informal lobby group, the Powerhouse Museum Alliance, with related submissions from external colleagues and organisations.

This paper was presented at the first hearing of the NSW Govt Upper House Inquiry:  Museums and Galleries, 2016; 3.0 – 3.30 September 6, 2016
For all submissions, and transcripts for this and and 6 subsequent hearings:   Read more

Links below refer directly to Parliament’s website for this Inquiry.

1.0   Submissions: from the Powerhouse Museum Alliance

 167: Powerhouse Museum Alliance: purpose and support
Background for this informal lobby group of professionals.
0167 Powerhouse Museum Alliance

 Nicholas Pappas
113:
Abdication of statutory responsibilities by trustees and lack of inspection transparency in government processes.   0113 Mr Nicholas Pappas

 Jennifer Sanders
142: Mythbusting: addressing the arguments to move the museum   0142 Ms Jennifer Sanders
142a: Costs and risks of moving the museum 0142a Ms Jennifer Sanders
142b: A cultural plan for the 21st century   0142b Ms Jennifer Sanders
142c: Moving Museums: a brief survey 0142c Ms Jennifer Sanders
142d: Planning for NSW’s Cultural Development: a tale of two proposals 0142d Ms Jennifer Sanders

Grace Cochrane
96: Expectations of Audiences: constituents must be considered  0096 Dr Grace Cochrane
96a: Sustainability? Appropriate investment for sites and programs  0096a Dr Grace Cochrane
96b: For the Record: Briefing paper for Premier, August 2015  0096b Dr Grace Cochrane

Kylie Winkworth
149: Ten important issues regarding the proposed move of the Powerhouse Museum from Ultimo to Parramatta; and consideration of alternative strategies to support museum development. 0149 Ms Kylie Winkworth

 Lindsay Sharp
148: I: The Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta ‘move’: a critical analysis of the NSW Government’s planning and costing processes:  0148 Dr Lindsay Sharp
148a: II: The Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta ‘move’: a critical analysis of the NSW Government’s suppressed planning and costing documentation… 0148a Dr Lindsay Sharp
148b: III:  A possible alternative focused on human creativity and the creativity of western Sydney’s multi-cultural Communities…   0148b Dr Lindsay Sharp
148c: IV:  Widespread consultation required in the greater western Sydney region as to what kind of new cultural facility they wish to see established in Parramatta.  0148c Dr Lindsay Sharp
148d: V: Site selection process in Parramatta.   0148d Dr Lindsay Sharp  
148e: VI: Commercial aspects driving Ultimo site divestment/sale by Govt to facilitate the unaffordable, destructive and impractical concept of ‘moving’ the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta. 0148e Dr Lindsay Sharp
148f: VII: Performance by Board of Trustees, dominance by Government, sub-optimal project oversight, potential conflicts of personal interest, reduced access and risks to collections, misleading messaging and lack of transparency. Decline of museum’s educational role; senior management project competence, appropriate design and exhibit development abilities and internal curatorial skills base.   0148f Dr Lindsay Sharp
148g: VIII: The new museum project in Western Australia – comparison with the ‘Powerhouse Museum move’ to Parramatta.   0148g Dr Lindsay Sharp
149h: IX: Committee of Review proposal; an appraisal of the ‘Powerhouse Museum move’ to Parramatta project in terms of consultation, location, planning process, cost and scale. 0148h Dr Lindsay Sharp

Trevor Kennedy
141: Plea to review decision, from PHM Life Fellow and benefactor.  0141 Mr Trevor Kennedy

Anne Schofield:
103 and 103a:
Comments from PHM Life Fellow, Honorary Associate and benefactor, on responses from donors and benefactors, criticism of funding cuts, consultation process and others.  0103a Ms Anne Schofield

Marco Belgiorno-Zegna AM
162:
International comparisons with proposal and no successful examples; value in satellites; inconsistency with other cultural institutions; Government’s unwillingness consider any improvement in accessing the Powerhouse site from the Haymarket/Darling Harbour side, including Light Rail access; ‘…nothing other than an attempt by the NSW Government to curry favour with the western Sydney electorate. In pursuing this strategy the Government is merely taking a short-term view that may be in its own interests and not those of the people of NSW.’  0162 Mr Marco Belgiorno-Zegna AM

2.0 Related papers: Individuals who oppose the relocation and suggest better alternatives

Lionel Glendenning
155: Government cultural planning  0155 Mr Lionel Glendenning
155a: Powerhouse Museum: cultural investment  0155a Mr Lionel Glendenning
155b: Urban design and architecture   0155b Mr Lionel Glendenning

Bernice Murphy
158: 
Questions significant presumptions, consequences, and shortfalls in both process and long-term outcomes; some irreversible consequences; alternative planning for direct access, stimulus and enrichment of communities radiating around Parramatta.   0158 Ms Bernice Murphy  
Des Griffin
132: 
Within broad policy discussion, includes: The proposal to move the Powerhouse Museum to the western suburbs, specifically Parramatta, is one of the most ridiculous proposals concerning cultural institutions in the history of this state. Its rationale and costing are more than seriously flawed, the promoted reasons and outcomes are laughable and the major considerations which the government has addressed have been concealed.   0132 Dr Desmond Griffin

 Christina Sumner
136: 1) Access to the collections; 2) The sale of the Powerhouse Museum site in Ultimo and its proposed move to Parramatta, and whether there are alternative strategies.| 0136 Ms Christina Sumner OAM

Debbie Rudder
143: a. Question costing process and conclusions for move; PHM needs new investment rather than costly move; better strategies for museum and gallery development on Western Sydney;  b. Adequacy of funding support for collection-based museums, and transparency of advice; c. consider Castle Hill venue; impact of efficiency dividend on museum programs; value of web-site access.  0143 Ms Debbie Rudder

Andrew Grant
105.
To discredit the argument advanced by Infrastructure NSW that the current location of the Powerhouse Museum is “remote” and therefore unsuitable because it falls outside a proposed “Sydney CBD cultural precinct”. It also expresses concern about apparent inconsistencies between the Government’s previous and current policy on this matter and in the decision-making process. 0105 Mr Andrew Grant
105a. Loss of the current site of the Powerhouse Museum would be a great loss to Australia’s cultural heritage. 0105a Mr Andrew Grant

Sandra McEwen
135: 
Mismanagement of public funds; inadequacy of proposed site; barrier to tourists; breakup of synergistic creative associations. 0135 Ms Sandra McEwen

Patricia Johnson
121:
Opposition to sale and relocation of Powerhouse Museum; request for better alternatives for Parramatta. 0121 Ms Patricia Johnson

Belinda Nemec
93:
Recommendation to reverse ill-thought out decision; relationship between the collections, exhibitions and programs of MAAS and the Ultimo site is extremely important; if moved to Parramatta, it will close entirely within twenty years, through lack of visitation and community support. Better options for Parramatta.  0093 Dr Belinda Nemec

 Louise Douglas
144: 
Absence of research and strategic analysis is perplexing; Western Sydney cultural facilities should be enhanced; not convinced that there is strong enough foundation for moving the Powerhouse to Parramatta, but support different solutions so the cultural facilities of Western Sydney can be enhanced. 0144 Ms Louise Douglas

Rosalind Ward
153: 
Alternative strategies; costs of moving; impact of efficiency dividend.   0153 Ms Rosalind Ward

Terence Measham
65: 
Significance of both collection and buildings; need central location.  0065 Mr Terence Measham

Shirley Fitzgerald
90. 
The future of the Powerhouse Museum, and access to its collections.  0090 Dr Shirley Fitzgerald

Leo Schofield
119.
A dozen cogent reasons as to why this proposal is not only misguided but also absurdly costly, in terms of both money and loss of prestige.  No. 119, Leo Schofield

Tom Lockley
137, a,b,c: Oppose the relocation; heritage value of buildings and large exhibits; and other issues such as costs, safety, place in Ultimo.
0137 Mr Tom Lockley       137a Mr Tom Lockley     0137b Mr Tom Lockley

Pyrmont History Group
0015:
For people of Ultimo and Pyrmont – and of the inner city as a whole – access to their own industrial and social heritage. 0015 Pyrmont History Group

Ultimo Village Voice
0022: Opposes the sale of the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo and its relocation to Parramatta, while firmly supporting the establishment of new cultural facilities in Western Sydney. 0022 Ultimo Village Voice

Mrs E Bosel
169:
Concern at inadequacy of site and safety of collection; the move will devalue potential for cultural tourism; no alternatives other than purchasing an adjacent building in Ultimo and curtail any plans to proceed with a move to Parramatta.   0169 Mrs E Boesel

Darani Lewers
118: 
Serious flaws in proposal to relocate; consideration of alternative strategies.  0118 Mrs Darani Lewers

Jane Burns
139: 
Oppose the move; questions of access, sale and transparency of process.  0139 Ms Jane Burns

Charles Wilson
156:
Concerned the proposed relocation to Parramatta will effectively kill off the Museum as a significant cultural institution; should stay in …the tourism, creative and education precinct of Ultimo.. 0156 Mr Charles Wilson

Janet De Boer
101:  
Access to collection from interstate; opposition to demolition of buildings; lack of adequate consultation re both Powerhouse and Parramatta. 0101 Dr Janet De Boer

Carl Andrew
104:  
Significance of collection; importance of central location. 0104 Mr Carl Andrew  

Sue Boaden
120:
Oppose total move; consider better options. 0120 Sue Boaden Cultural Planner

Marina Garlick
97:  
Danger that we will lose the Powerhouse and western Sydney will get a substandard facility. Other options better for Parramatta. 0097 Ms Marina Garlick

Tim McDonald
122:
Oppose move: proposal appears arbitrary, lacks context, appears to be policy making on the run, politically motivated rather than a considered response to process and fails to respond to identified needs of the community. 0122 Mr Tim McDonald

Irma Havlicek
128:  
To protect the Powerhouse Museum and its outstanding collection, is to leave it where it is; resource it adequately where it is, so that it can do its vital job of educating and enlightening visitors…; build a brilliant museum in Parramatta, and lend objects to it from all of Sydney’s state museums. 0128 Ms Irma Havlicek

 Garry Horvai
78: 
Criticism of government decision and process in the face of existing Powerhouse strategic plan; opposition to proposed move. 0078 Mr Garry Horvai

John Petersen
157:  
Closure of Powerhouse Museum’s Migration Heritage Centre as a consequence of efficiency dividends and budget cuts, is an example of high level of inequity in arts and cultural funding for ethnic communities and rural and regional areas of NSW.   0157 Mr John Petersen

Tor Larsen
5: 
Observations on audiences for both the Powerhouse in Ultimo, and for Parramatta; lack of transparency in planning. 0005 Tor Larsen

 Rebecca Spindler
82: 
Opposition to move of Powerhouse; government has a visibly, very poor record of community consultation; move is symbolic of the Baird government consistently placing the desires of big business over the needs of its citizens. Better opportunities for Parramatta. 0082 Dr Rebecca Spindler

Jesse Adams Stein
12:  
Powerhouse Museum to be retained at its existing location in Ultimo: Cost, Community, Heritage and architecture, urban amenity, linkages with educational institutions. 0012 Jesse Adams Stein

Robert Jeffrey Mellifont
19:
Oppose moving Powerhouse from harbourside where it is part of an existing cultural and heritage precinct for existing and growing audiences. 0019 Mr Jeffrey Mellefont

Ms Jeanie Kitchener:
112: 
Feels strongly about maintaining the Powerhouse museum on its current site; where museum designed around the original power station. 0112 Ms Jeanie Kitchener

John August
106:  
Oppose the sale and total relocation; look at better options. 0106 Mr John August

 Dr Megan Hicks
133.
Consideration of new museum in Parramatta and maintaining site in Ultimo.  0133 Dr Megan Hicks

Kylie Winkworth:
149 a-e:  
extra papers re NSW museum policies
a: Potential funding impacts on museums and galleries affected by council amalgamations. 0149a Ms Kylie Winkworth
b: NSW government policy funding and support for museums and galleries; & opportunities to revitalise the structure, reach and impact of museums in regional NSW. 0149b Ms Kylie Winkworth
c: NSW government policy; Opportunities to revitalise the structure, reach and impact of museums; Impact of the efficiency dividend; Development and transparency of advice. 0149c Ms Kylie Winkworth
d: Access to the collections of NSW government museums.   0149d Ms Kylie Winkworth
e: The economic impact of museums and galleries on cultural tourism; Sydney and regional NSW. 0149e Ms Kylie Winkworth  

 3.0 Related papers: Institutions (among others) that oppose the relocation and suggest better alternatives

21: Save the Powerhouse campaign           0021 Save the Powerhouse Campaign

15: Pyrmont History Group          0015 Pyrmont History Group    

40.The Design Institute of Australia           0040 The Design Institute of Australia

44, 44a. North Parramatta Residents Action Group
     0044 North Parramatta Residents Action Group Inc
     0044a North Parramatta Residents Action Group Inc

61. Professional Historians Association of NSW
0061 Professional Historians Association NSW and ACT

50. Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials
      0050 Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials

22. Ultimo Village Voice           0022 Ultimo Village Voice

29. Blue Mountains Cultural Centre – Blue Mountains City Council
    0029 Blue Mountains Cultural Centre – Blue Mountains City Council   

51. NAVA: National Association of Visual Arts           0051 National Association for the Visual Arts

42. Museums Galleries Australia          0042 Museums Galleries Australia

60. The Australian Ceramics Association     0060 The Australian Ceramics Association

46. The National Trust of Australia    0046 National Trust of Australia

131. Oriental Rug Society     0131 Oriental Rug Society of NSW

166. Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology (ASHET)
166 Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology Inc        

159.  Australian International Council on Monuments and Sites
0159 Australia International Council on Monuments and Sites

108. Engineers Australia        0108 Engineers Australia

27. Engineers Australia NSW Division – Engineering Heritage Sydney
          0027 Engineers Australia NSW Division – Engineering Heritage Sydney

30. Greater Western Sydney Action Heritage Group
          0030 Greater Western Sydney Heritage Action Group 

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