Powerhouse Parramatta has taken a step closer today after the New South Wales Government shortlisted Lendlease, Multiplex and Richard Crookes Constructions to deliver the world-class museum in the geographical heart of Sydney.
Delivering more than 4,000 jobs during and after construction, the nationally important cultural infrastructure project will deliver Western Sydney its first-ever major cultural institution, a project that will have a generational impact on the lives of young people across the region.
Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin, said that after a strong response to the call for Expressions of Interest shortlisting delivery partners was a major milestone.
“We were very pleased at the number of outstanding builders wanting to deliver this project and it was hard to narrow the list to three,” the Minister commented.
“Projects of national significance like the Powerhouse Parramatta come along once in a lifetime and it’s so exciting for the people of Greater Sydney to be delivering this incredible cultural institution here in Parramatta.”
“At over 18,000 square metres of exhibition and public space to house the museum’s collection of over half a million objects, the Powerhouse Parramatta will, without doubt, become a Museum of international significance,” he said.
Member for Parramatta and Minister for Skills, Geoff Lee, said the project brings much-needed employment to the region.
“Not only will the Museum deliver more than 4,000 jobs, we are targeting one apprentice for every four tradespersons during construction – critical investment in our young workforce during a very challenging time in Western Sydney,” Dr Lee said.
“This summer I encourage the people of Parramatta and Western Sydney to come to Parramatta Square and learn more about the incredible benefits this world-class project will deliver to our communities in Greater Sydney.”
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor, Cr Bob Dwyer, attended Parramatta Square today to offer his support for the new Museum.
“Powerhouse Parramatta is going to be a game-changer for Western Sydney and it’s exciting to see this once-in-a-lifetime project a step closer to reality,” Cr Dwyer said.
“Not only will it bring jobs to our great City, but the investment will be a boon for our creative sector, local businesses and visitor economy.”
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