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Trashing the Powerhouse Museum

Opinion By KYLIE WINKWORTH Something shifted this summer as communities faced unprecedented bushfires. Quiet coastal villages, once an oasis for sleepy summers, were suddenly on the verge of the apocalypse. Inland from the fiery crisis the relentless drought rolls on, sucking the life out of the rivers, land and spirit. For many people these catastrophic […]

2019: oh what a lovely/horrible year

2019 year in review by ALEC SMART January City Hub begins the year reporting on the proposed demolition and replacement of the Sydney Football Stadium, known commercially as the Allianz Stadium, at Moore Park. Ironically, in the last week of 2019, City Hub is again reporting on it following the announcement the NSW Govt will […]

The dismal tale of the Powerhouse Museum move

Opinion by KYLIE WINKWORTH At this time of year government staffers are preparing the dead fish announcements for release during the festive season when no one is paying attention. In political parlance this is called taking out the trash. So Monday saw news of the approval of the three high rise towers at Waterloo, part […]

THE NAKED CITY – WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE!

Full of homegrown tourists and international travellers the Indian Pacific makes its way into Sydney past the dilapidated, graffiti scrawled landscape of the old Redfern railway yards. As the train slows and snakes its way into Central Station the choking bushfire smoke has all but obscured the view from the carriage windows. “Where are we?” […]

New Powerhouse fizzles

by ALEC SMART On 17 Dec the winning architectural design was revealed for the new Powerhouse Museum building in Parramatta. French-Japanese firm Moreau Kusunoki and Australian company Genton were chosen following an international design competition that received more than 74 submissions from 20 countries. Making the announcement, Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said: “We […]

Pyrmont in the cross-hairs

By ALLISON HORE Following the release of the results from the Greater Sydney Commission’s review of the planning protocols in Pyrmont at the end of last month, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the NSW Government’s intentions to “transform” Pyrmont into “the next jobs hub”. “For our city and State to continue to be the jobs capital […]

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 […]

Apollo 11

On July 21, 1969, American astronaut, Commander Neil Armstrong climbed down a short ladder, put his heavily weighted boot onto the ground and forever inscribed his name in the annals of human endeavour. It’s hard to believe it is 50 years since Armstrong and fellow astronauts Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins made their extraordinary […]

Powerhouse move rejected

BY KYLIE WINKWORTH The Legislative Council’s long-running Inquiry into Museums and Galleries in NSW wrapped up, recommending that the government not proceed with the controversial relocation of the Powerhouse Museum (PHM). Instead the Powerhouse should be restored to its former glory, and the government should build a new cultural institution in Parramatta. The two-and-half-year inquiry, […]

Saving the Powerhouse Museum

By Kylie Winkworth Voters will have a stark choice in the March State election after Opposition leader Michael Daley launched Labor’s cultural policy outside the Powerhouse Museum (PHM). The centrepiece of the policy is the promise to save the Powerhouse Museum and build a new $500m cultural institution in Parramatta, following proper consultation. The Riverside […]