No privatisation: keep the Powerhouse petition

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Dear Premier,

I am writing to strongly protest against the sale of the Powerhouse building in Ultimo to property developers. This building is an integral part of Sydney’s unique landscape and should be kept for the public to enjoy.

The Powerhouse Museum is an important part of the city’s cultural life, and to see the building converted into apartments and taken away from the community is a disaster for all Australians.

Nationally significant buildings should be kept in public hands to ensure their preservation and long-term public use, rather than sold off to the highest bidder.

Yours sincerely,



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  • Helen Rushton
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-20 07:56:27 +1100
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  • Helen Rushton
    signed 2016-02-20 07:55:24 +1100
  • Ian Stephen
    signed 2016-02-20 07:35:57 +1100
  • Stephen Michael
    signed 2016-02-20 07:15:15 +1100
  • Martin Barr-David
    signed 2016-02-20 04:18:22 +1100
    These thieves that called "government " must be stopped.
  • Tim Kalina
    signed 2016-02-20 03:03:59 +1100
    Although I live in the USA I have used the Powerhouse for internet and online research into Kingsford Smith and P. G. Taylor. They have been extremely helpful over the years.

    I can’t believe such a marvelous museum and archive facility would be closed and destroyed simply for apartments.
  • Karina Walker
    signed 2016-02-20 02:10:35 +1100
  • Margaret Harding
    signed 2016-02-20 01:48:33 +1100
  • La Zozrashvili
    signed 2016-02-19 21:05:08 +1100
  • Danny Christensen
    signed 2016-02-19 19:41:17 +1100
    Govt acting like the Taliban pulling down heritage buildings
  • Lyn Wild
    signed via 2016-02-19 18:43:14 +1100
    Dear Premier

    Why do I keep feeling more and more alienated. It seems if you are not a developer, miner and the like, you do not rate with this government. When will “ordinary” citizens have a say in this so-called democracy. Is profit the reason d’être these days does not anything else matter.
  • Bruce Tindale
    signed via 2016-02-19 18:00:07 +1100
  • Diane Adams
    signed 2016-02-19 17:36:49 +1100
    Judging from the feedback I have heard and read from many Western Sydney residents, for all those who are quick to jump on the “we deserve the Powerhouse” bandwagon, there are an equally large number who see straight through the proposal for what it is: the chance of a land sale cash grab and a ploy for some easy votes.

    I now live in the Inner West but grew up on the Northern Beaches and also lived near Wollongong.

    As a Fairfax journalist at the time of its inception, I watched the Powerhouse grow from scratch, while also being a frequent visitor to its older and much smaller predecessor museum across and down Harris Street.

    Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum is centrally located for people coming from the city’s north, south and east and an easy trip from the west via train and bus.

    Most overseas and interstate visitors, unless they have family or business to conduct in the West, usually stay in the CBD/Bondi or Manly area, which offer easy access to most of Sydney’s universities, conference centres and Sydney’s main CBD banking and finance sector.

    Realistically (and I am not-anti Western Sydney: my long-time late partner grew up in Springwood and lived for many years at Harris Park next to Parramatta) these visitors are not going to travel to Parramatta purely to visit the Museum (or other major Sydney attractions such as Taronga Zoo or the Australian Museum).

    I also visit its Brisbane equivalent Powerhouse annually and can’t imagine it being sold off for its now very valuable location and its facilities relocated to Western Brisbane…nor an equivalent action taking place in Melbourne to, say, the riverside Arts Centre, Melbourne.

    Or the Greater London Council deciding to relocate the Tate Modern to outer London to sell off its location!

    The Western Suburbs deserves a brand new museum which they have a hand in designing from day one, not a second-hand museum relocated for a cash grab.

    Relocating the Powerhouse in order to sell off its valuable site would confirm the NSW government represent the sort of intellectual and artistic (not to mention dodgy) philistines that Sydneysiders are parodied as being in works like David Williamson’s play “The Emerald City”.
  • John McIlvenna
    signed 2016-02-19 17:27:44 +1100
    do not sell it john balmain
  • Mitchell Stannard
    signed 2016-02-19 17:26:46 +1100
  • Gary Dickens
    signed 2016-02-19 17:23:31 +1100
  • Ingrid Barham
    signed 2016-02-19 17:20:22 +1100
  • Robyn Connor
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-19 17:17:34 +1100
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  • Cecily Dougherty
    signed 2016-02-19 14:20:47 +1100
  • Mervyn Murchie
    signed 2016-02-19 13:24:46 +1100
  • Adrienne McGovern
    signed 2016-02-19 11:27:30 +1100
    My 3 boys love their visits to the Powerhouse. Its a great excuse to take them on the train into town.

    And I love the cafe and the shop – happy mum, happy kids.
  • Ron Cuskelly
    signed 2016-02-19 10:35:14 +1100
    Wasn’t the whole point of the Powerhouse Museum to preserve the building and make good use of it as a public asset. Scratch the surface of any plan to close a museum and you will find greed and corruption.
  • Chrissie Jenkins
    signed 2016-02-19 10:12:03 +1100
  • Jacob Smith
    signed via 2016-02-19 09:03:28 +1100
  • Marcus Smith
    signed via 2016-02-19 09:02:50 +1100
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    signed via 2016-02-19 09:02:17 +1100
  • Isabella Catalno-Smith
    signed via 2016-02-19 09:01:37 +1100
  • Maria Catalano
    signed via 2016-02-19 09:00:27 +1100
  • Julia Munro
    signed 2016-02-19 07:52:13 +1100
  • Bella Risi
    signed via 2016-02-19 07:04:58 +1100