Bulletin 31. 5 July 2018. Release of the Business Case. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT FOLLOING A REQUEST FROM THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OFFICE ACCESS TO THE BUSINESS CASE WAS BLANKED OFF FROM THE WEBSITE AUGUST 2018


Having been forced to release the Business Case for the Powerhouse ‘move’, our democratic government, three weeks ago, provided a single paper copy (4,500 pages) in an office in Parliament House, accessible in office hours, which may be photocopied. However the material is now available online at  https://powerhousemuseumalliance.com/ and it is also available on a new and very rough website http://maasbusinesscase.com/ .

The fundamental objections to the ‘move’ remain unchallenged by the released material. The idea of improving the cultural facilities of Western Sydney is applauded, but this project is a very inefficient and wasteful way of achieving it. Alternatives have never been considered. There was no prior consultation with stakeholders, including even the Trustees of the museum and the Parramatta Council. As regards the proposed site, the express wishes of the democratically elected ‘old’ Parramatta Council have been ignored and the Government spokespeople have given false information about this in the Inquiry and elsewhere. The Government has consistently refused to give basic information about the project, using the mantra ‘cabinet in confidence’ to an extent that is a travesty of democracy. The list of basic objections goes on and on, and remain unanswered.

I have been reliably informed that the public servants have indeed prepared answers to the many basic questions that have been asked but that the politicians are denying permission for them to be released.

So what can we do?

We can continue to ask questions and make protests that will continue to be ignored, but it is still worthwhile doing this because it indicates that we still care and are ready to continue the fight. A quick read of the business case will reveal many items of detail that must be challenged, and the input of people with special expertise in this field is greatly appreciated. Send your comments  to the specially set up ‘information’ site maas.project@arts.nsw.gov.au but also to the arts ministry mail@create.nsw.gov.au and to  your local MP (list attached), or through the ‘contact’ pages of the Premier, and the Arts Minister.

Send copies to the leader of the opposition ( leader.opposition@parliament.nsw.gov.au ) and the opposition shadow arts minister ( walt.secord@parliament.nsw.gov.au  and to Inquiry committee member david.shoebridge@parliament.nsw.gov.au . And of course contact any media people and any others – think divergently!

And could you please send a copy of any questions or comments etc to tomlockley@gmail.com ? Thank you!

More to come soon! The Parramatta Council have formed a committee that is reviewing certain decisions made by the administrator, and on 23 July will discuss aspects of the Powerhouse ‘move’. This will be the first time that any aspect of the matter has been examined in a democratic forum. We are trying to ensure that the committee has full access to the facts.

Thank you so much for your support! Remember if you want to be removed from this list email tomlockley@gmail.com. Don’t use ‘reply’ as I get so many comments that sometimes replies get lost.

Tom Lockley 
(tomlockley@gmail.com , 0403 615 134, PO Box 301 Pyrmont 2009
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