Thursday, April 14, 2016

A shocking act by Premier Baird in NSW

One of the highlights of our last visit to Sydney was visiting the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, just on the outskirts of the city. While it is now a terrific museum, it was once a place where electricity was generated and directed to Sydney's tram system and bridges that needed to rise or rotate. It is a very historic building. Premier Baird has announced that the Powerhouse Museum will be moved to Parramatta, an outer suburb a long way from the city. Not sure that we would have bothered to visit the museum if it was in Parramatta. We once went to Parramatta, but I am not sure why beyond the pleasant cruise up the river.

Powerhouse Museum is very popular and it is hard to understand why NSW Premier Baird would move it away from the city. Baird also wants to bring culture to the western area of Sydney. Why? I am not sure that they will appreciate it. What will happen to the building? Guess. Knocked down and apartments built on the site. Read more about it here. Note, the museum director said last October that it was vital that the museum stayed close to Sydney's CBD. Now it seems she has been 'convinced' that the move to Parramatta is a good idea. Thirty pieces of silver? Powerhouse being located in a river side building in Parramatta with untold wealth available to it?

The payback to developers who donate to political parties just goes on and on and it is a disgrace. This may be a case of quacking ducks not being ducks, but there are for sure as hell some rats involved.

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  1. Sigh. And hiss and spit.

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    1. EC,your eloquent opinion is noted.

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  2. To visit the Powerhouse museum has always been on my wish list. I better hurry up huh?

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    1. Carol, I think you have a few years yet, but it is well worth a visit.

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  3. I think is just talk so far, Baird does a lot of that, the development around this area is amazing and not all that welcome to long term residents, we are getting a 90 story building in the middle of Parramatta it will stick out like a sore thumb.
    Merle.........

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    1. it will only stick out until other too tall buildings are built around it. I just hope our cities don't get as dense and tall as New York.

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    2. Ah Merle, a Sydney insider opinion. I hope you are correct. I can see what they are trying to do with Parramatta, but 90 storeys is just too tall. Maybe not for long when many other towers rise though.

      River, I should have read your comment first. Density can be a good thing and part of what NY is and the way it works quite well is because of its density, but oh, they do need to get the traffic under control.

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  4. Anonymous8:37 am

    The ALP has rats in its ranks, so I guess the Libs would better be described as a nest of vipers. I can still remember the Powerhouse being built and opened only 30 years ago, and it is in an easy to get to spot at Darling Harbour. Did anyone ask the people of Parramatta if they wanted the museum? Of course not. Greedy land developers win every time. I remember one of them who wanted to build on public parks saying many years ago, if people wanted to see trees, they should go to the Blue Mountains. - Ian

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    1. Ian, will a viper kill a rat, or vice versa? It is a terrific location. We walked there from Observatory Hill. The developers certainly get a very good run in Sydney, but it is never enough for me. I bet the developer you quote wasn't joking either.

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  5. Rats, government buildings are often over run in them. You need big cats to clean them out!

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    1. Strayer, do you want a contract to supply said cats?

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  6. It seems, hang what the people want, we want to destroy lovely buildings and try and make money.
    Don't know why Government and other bodies can't leave some things alone.

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    1. Margaret, it really is something that is not broken and does not need fixing.

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  7. Parramatta is apparently the population centre of Sydney. So when I was still in Community Services Victoria, we had to visit our inter-state colleagues in their heartland - Parramatta! It took longer to drive from Sydney airport to Parramatta, than to fly from Melbourne airport to Sydney airport!!

    I suppose it all depends if the NSW state government wants to attract local residents to Powerhouse Museum more than they want to attract interstate and overseas visitors.

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    1. Hels, I remember the pre freeway drive into Sydney along Parramatta Road. Hideous. Visitors constantly refresh themselves whereas many locals would visit once and tick it off. It is not like it is not accessible to locals at its present location.

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  8. I haven't got anything to add to this. Your final paragraph says it all.

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  9. Move the Powerhouse Museum from Ultimo to Parramatta? Is this serious? It sounds like an April fool's joke.
    Bringing culture to the western area of Sydney? How laudable. And what nonsense. The west in Sydney is like the west in Melbourne, culture gets pissed on.

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    1. RH, as you know, there is quite a lot of culture in our western suburbs, inner ones anyway. Gee, it is only the 15th today. I'd better check the date to make sure it wasn't dated 01/04/16.

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  10. I've lived here twenty-five years and know of only three cultural events. There's the Williamstown Literary Festival, the time raw sewage ran down the gutters of Brooklyn, and when the Footscray mayor's husband turned into a woman.

    That's all. If you know better, tell me.

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