“We have by no means mentioned it is going to go as a part of the Powerhouse Museum,” the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, mentioned on the weekend of Willow Grove. “We have all the time mentioned in fact our intention is to reserve it,” Ms Berejiklian mentioned.
If the federal government does protect Willow Grove and St George’s Terrace, it will be at a value to the price range backside line. In accordance with the costing, the federal government must forego $60 million from not promoting the positioning to a non-public developer, which it has already included in price range estimates.
Requested concerning the seeming discrepancy, a authorities spokesman repeated the intention to protect Willow Grove.
“A design competitors is now underway to form the way forward for the brand new Powerhouse Museum in Parramatta, together with the Willow Grove web site and different heritage buildings,” the spokesman mentioned.
“The federal government may have the ultimate say on that design.”
Deputy Labor chief Penny Sharpe, nevertheless, mentioned Ms Berejiklian had been “caught out mendacity” over Willow Grove.
“These paperwork present that there’s a secret plan to bulldoze Willow and hand it over to builders,” Ms Sharpe, additionally Labor’s heritage spokeswoman, mentioned.
“The Berejiklian Authorities cannot say on one hand they are going to save a constructing once they have already budgeted for its destruction,” she mentioned.
The Labor Opposition says it will protect the Powerhouse at Ultimo, and that it will construct an alternate “world class state cultural establishment” in Parramatta.
But it surely has offered scant particulars concerning the nature of this establishment, aside from that it will value $500 million. It doesn’t but have a web site recognized.
Labor additionally says it will protect each Willow Grove and St George’s Terrace, as a part of a broader heritage technique.