Barnett suggests rebuild of Perth museum

Premier Colin Barnett is on a rebuilding rampage, today suggesting the $500 million Perth museum, slated for a new home at the East Perth Power Station, be reconstructed at its current Northbridge home.


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If the economy is going south, then it seem like a great time to be tidying up the place. There are a lot of projects that need doing and were too expensive before with workforce shortages. These infrastructure projects need to be done, will pick up the slack and help stimulate the economy just when its needed. The museum should be kept where it is. We should be developing the precinct as an Arts and Cultural centre. While we're at it lets move the Concert Hall there as well. Then all you have to do is give us a place to park or even better a safe link from the train station so we can leave our cars at home. And while we’re at it, let’s move the Barrack Arch to the entrance of Kings Park then cover the freeway in front of Parliament House, so we can all admire the place as it was designed to be viewed from the length of St George’s Terrace. And ditch the London Eye idea on the city foreshore and replace it with a permanent gondola from the bell tower to Kings Park. What about an energy farm of windmills in the shallows of Melville Water while I’ve got the check book?

Bibra Lake
Barnett might consider Perth small, but that does not mean we cannot aspire to grand designs. The East Perth Power station has all the potential to be the Powerhouse Museum of Perth and, more to the point, a lot of money has already been spend on it. To stop this process now is effectively throwing that money away. Seems like a crying shame to me.

Port Hedland
Perth is already a beautiful city with all the facilities that most people would ever want. Half a billion dollars is an extravagant waste when people in the north are living in shabby conditions. The concentration of the State's wealth and population in Perth is a bad thing - it's time to spend more money in the bush to create viable regional cities where people want to live. With the south west drying out, it makes a lot of environmental sense too to reduce the overconcentration of the State in Perth.

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