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Sydney gives their verdict on the Powerhouse Museum’s $500m transformation

By SASHA FOOT The NSW Government announced yesterday a $500m conversion of the Powerhouse Museum to a fashion and design institution.  The decision comes after many years of uncertainty surrounding the Powerhouse Museum’s future in Ultimo.  Museum specialist and Powerhouse Museum Alliance spokesperson Kylie Winkworth expressed disappointment at the planned transformation.  “[The investment is] destructive […]

Powerhouse Museum transformation a ‘broken promise’ from the NSW Government

Opinion by KYLIE WINKWORTH After almost a decade of Liberal Party mismanagement of Ultimo's Powerhouse Museum, NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin announced a $500 million transformation of the precinct into a hub dedicated to fashion and design. It comes as another chapter of epic waste, stupidity and policy incoherence from the NSW Government, […]

National Heritage listing for 100 hectares of Sydney

By ALLISON HORE A large part of Sydney’s CBD was added to the National Heritage list this week. The 100 hectare site known as the Governor's Domain and Civic Precinct is on the eastern side of Sydney’s Central Business District and extends from the Botanic gardens and Mrs Macquarie’s chair through to Hyde Park and […]

Revamped Australian Museum to reopen next month

By ALLISON HORE After months of extensive renovations the Australian Museum in Sydney will reopen to the public next month. The 15-month building transformation cost $57.5m and is the most extensive renovation to the historic natural history museum in decades. The renovation saw 3,000 square meters of back of house areas transformed into new public […]

Artists take a stand against Parramatta Powerhouse

By ANTONIA MANGOS Although the Powerhouses’s Ultimo location has been saved, the NSW Government’s decision to press ahead with the construction of a second Powerhouse museum in western Sydney has sparked a public outcry.  After months of deliberation from the government, a second Powerhouse museum is set to make its mark in Parramatta on the […]

Carriageworks Receives Reprieve

One of Sydney's foremost arts institutions, Carriageworks, looks set to emerge from the ashes like a phoenix following a last minute reprieve.  Back in May the institution went into voluntary administration after being hit hard by COVID-19 and suffering a "significant reduction in revenue streams'. At the time the organisation owed over $2 million to […]

Easter cancelled; minister canned

By ALEC SMART Drones, helicopters and number plate recognition technology were employed across NSW to catch those attempting to go on holiday for the Easter long weekend, to prevent them breaching social distancing laws and spreading Covid-19. NSW’s coronavirus death toll has reached 23 with close to 3,000 confirmed cases of infection. Prime Minister Scott […]

Walsh Bay Redevelopment Delays

By Madison Behringer. Plans to redevelop the Walsh Bay arts precinct in Barangaroo have been in the pipeline since as far back as 1998. In May 2018, plans were approved by the State Government for the precinct alongside a $207 million budget for the project. However just as quickly as the building began, the project […]

Powerhouse move on new timeline

By ALLISON HORE Originally slated to be shut down in January, the controversial closure of the Powerhouse Museum’s Ultimo site has been pushed back again. The staged shutdown of the museum is set to begin in June next year. In May, newly appointed museum CEO Lisa Havilah told the Sydney Morning Herald that she would […]

Public housing pushed out

BY ALANA LEVENE Over the past five years, Barney Gardner has watched his Miller’s Point community slowly fall apart. The 69-year-old retired wharf worker knew his working-class suburb had little chance of survival when in 2014, the government announced the intended sale of 300 harbourfront public housing properties. Tenants in Millers Point, Dawes Point, and […]