After years of campaigns against the move, the well known Sydney powerhouse museum at Ultimo will permanently close its exhibition halls on the 30th of June with the other parts set to close soon after
It is estimated that more than 1 third of the items on display will be moved into permanent storage at Castle Hill with the rest moving to Parramata
This has got to be one of the most ignorant decisions ever made by the NSW government, not only will the Ultimo Powerhouse fall victim but so will Willow Grove and St Georges Terrace in Parramatta
RIP Ultimo Powerhouse, next up on the chopping block is the LES and White Bay power station
Several news articles
Bizarre, why on earth close a functioning museum, in preparation to move to a new site when construction hasn’t commenced.
Approval has been granted for demolition of heritage buildings on site and now talk of postponing project. Smell a rat?
A cynic might conclude the site could be ripe for the picking for development, of the residential variety.
Bob Carr was the first to start the selling bell to sound, with the removal of much of the heritage listed workshop machinery, and nothing said, nowhere is it known to be found.
Since then, & before the Alexandria yard was closed and it was a busy yard and a primary point for interstate traffic, we had Darling Harbour go, likewise the Flemo saleyards to take the DH produce, now the connections for rail are removed so nothing there.
Back to the Eveleigh precinct. Who allowed the selling off of the land to Channel 7 that sits at the back of the LES, along with several roads? The LES as such was allowed to fall into disrepair and basically prevent its future use for what it was designed for, now its supposed to be the headquarters of some fancy Gladys/Smug Mug monument to get more money to build those towers for their prosterity, not prosperity as NSW will be broke by the time they have ended their time.
The carriage works across the other side of the lines, and the arts centre was another move to make the railway workshops out dated and a reason to buy overseas, so far but for how long, no one knows there is one building not yet put to the pasture of overseas interests and market dollar.
In any discussion of the Eveleigh precinct thing to remember is how many skilled workers were employed there and apprentices did their training there, with many of those housed in accommodation buildings on the western end of the Carriage works area, as at least a 100 young people came down from the bush each year to train in apprenticeships, and the state benefited from those who graduated.
Back to Darling Harbour, and it closed down, which took away the working wharves and built a wonderful casino and other festive activities there, such wonders as large stores & warehouses were converted to high cost hotel/motel facilities, lets not forget Dairy Farmers milk depot and meat distribution building opposite the dairy, which supplied meat to the local markets.
With the Museum now no longer being a powerhouse in any way shape or form, this becomes possibly the 2nd last monument to this current government, to wit, the premier may get back into power for 4 more years with the slogan of Look at me, look at me and what I have done!! But smug mug has announced he wont be standing for re-election maybe some Gladys carratts may change his mind.
The last piece of the jigsaw comes this morning with the announcement of a timber and solar panel 40 story tower of triumph to be built over the Central - Redfern rail area. The design is mind blowing as seen in this mornings papers. It sits on an oversized show box and then slowly extends upwards and out on one side/end every so many floors, like staking packing boxes on top of each other with increasing size until like a large container at the top with terraced gardens adorning the top.
The only thing missing is likely the neon flashing signs that will rotate around the top to glorify dear old glad.