New Western Australian Museum
Government of Western Australia, Our State Budget 2016-17: Investing in infrastructure to grow the State – Museum heads $23 billion Asset Investment Plan, 12 May 2016
State-of-the-art facility planned for Perth Cultural Precinct
Western Australia will get a new $428 million museum to replace and upgrade the current facility at the Perth Cultural Centre, the State Budget has confirmed.
Treasurer Mike Nahan said the 2016-17 State Budget had included $378.5 million over the next four years to deliver a state-of-the art museum to house the State’s extensive collection of artefacts and natural history.
“The new museum is arguably the State’s most important scientific institution and yet another example of this Government investing in the cultural life of the State, as well as providing a significant boost to tourism infrastructure. It will provide a gateway to WA for local, national and international audiences,” Premier Colin Barnett said.
“The museum is also a scientific institution and will build on our growing reputation in science already enhanced by the Square Kilometre Array project; significant advances in minerals and petroleum; the Western Australian Marine Science Institute and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.”
Mr Barnett said the Government had been prepared to borrow to invest in infrastructure that not only improved the quality of life for all West Australians, but greatly enhanced WA as a tourism and lifestyle destination.
Detailed building design and stage one early construction works will start in 2016-17, as will the design of physical and virtual content for the new museum exhibitions and programs. The museum build will directly employ an estimated 3,300 people over the life of the project.