Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    Minister tours iconic site for new WA Museum

    9/02/2008 9:33 AM

    Culture and the Arts and Tourism Minister Sheila McHale today visited the former East Perth power station site, which will soon be transformed into a world-class museum for Western Australia.

    Yesterday, Premier Alan Carpenter announced plans to build the iconic cultural and social museum for WA.

    Ms McHale said the East Perth site created a new destination for Perth which would maximise the outdoor/indoor experience.

    The completed development will provide more than 25,000sqm of public space, consisting of 10,000sqm of new construction and nearly 12,000sqm within the power station, in contrast to 7,371sqm at the current site.

    “Being here today, I can picture the transformation of this site into a major tourist attraction for our city,” the Minister said.

    “Just like the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and the Tate Modern in London, which were both built from former power stations, WA’s museum will become a unique cultural experience for all visitors.”

    The project is expected to cost about $500million, with planning and design beginning later this year.

    “The Carpenter Government is making decisions which enhance WA’s unique lifestyle,” Ms McHale said.

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