Culture and the Arts Minister Sheila McHale today congratulated Western Australian Museum chief executive officer Dr Dawn Casey on her appointment to Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum.
“During the three years Dr Casey headed up the WA Museum she achieved a number of key Government objectives,” Ms McHale said.
“This included providing the State Government with a detailed vision and sound business case to create a major, contemporary museum for all Western Australians that will become an international and national attraction in its own right.
“The new museum will present the State’s unique stories of its past and its present, as well as its position and role in the region, through engaging exhibitions and public programs.”
The Minister said Dr Casey had brought about significant change throughout the WA Museum through a restructure and the introduction of new financial management, policies, procedures, audience research and project management.
“Part of this work included developing a strategic plan in consultation with staff to give the museum a blueprint for its future directions and goals,” she said.
The WA Museum comprises seven metropolitan and regional museums as well as the new collection and research centre.
Dr Casey has consolidated significant collections that were stored in less than ideal conditions at sites around Perth and Fremantle.
“Dr Casey leaves the museum in a much stronger position to undertake its role as a key educational resource and a centre of scientific excellence,” Ms McHale said.
Dr Casey will continue to head the WA Museum until February 2008 before taking up her new position as director of the Powerhouse Museum in March.
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