Bulletin 38: 14 November 2018

At last we have the agenda for Friday’s Inquiry hearing, 16 November 3pm to 4 pm in the Jubilee Room at Parliament House in Macquarie Street. I can’t go due to an inflexible grandparenting engagement, but if you can manage to attend it will emphasise to the Government that they are not forgotten!

Professor Glover, chairman of trustees, is giving evidence. Professor Glover has spoken in support of the move, even though the trustees first heard about it by reading the Telegraph. He is the Vice-Chancellor of Western Sydney University and would see great advantages in having the museum nearby.  

He is joined by Mr Andrew Elliott, Chief Financial Officer and Acting Director, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. He is acting director in a Stephen Bradbury process, following the departure or Dolla Merrillees, who was director from April 2016 to July 2018 and two other directors preceding her also had relatively short tenure. The stability of leadership needed for an institution such as MAAS has been sadly lacking for the last ten years.

In their last appearance before the Inquiry, Ms Merrillees and Professor Glover were supportive of the move even though they had not had prior consultation. They were adamant that the new Parramatta museum would be of higher standard than the Ultimo museum, and it will be interesting to see if they still support that opinion. ‘Our’ experts have analysed the Business Case Attachment I, Project Concept Options, The New Museum in Western Sydney and the maths do not add up.

The new CEO of the museum has been announced. Ms Lisa Havilah will begin work next year with the task of carrying out Government policy. She has a background as Art Gallery director, most recently at Carriageworks.

Attached is a briefing paper summarising some of the most significant conclusions that can be drawn from the study of the Inquiry, all of which have been comprehensively ignored. On October 8 I got a letter from the Hon Natalie Ward MLC, in response to our detailed briefing booklet which we sent out over two months ago. It is worth a read to see that not one of the points raised in the booklet has been addressed much less shown to be an error. We are talking to the trees. 

For the sake of completeness, four attachments

One page summary of basic points from Inquiry and Business Case.

Attachment 1: No involvement of experts.

Attachment 2: What Parramatta was promised and what they now want to give then

Attachment 3: letter from Natalie Ward.

And thanks for the continuing interest and support.

Tom Lockley 
(tomlockley@gmail.com , 0403 615 134, PO Box 301 Pyrmont 2009
tomlockley@gmail.com is the best method of communication)

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