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Old January 23rd, 2018, 12:38 PM   #101
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there is literally no money.
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Old January 23rd, 2018, 03:27 PM   #102
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failure to do anything about the completely foreseeable overpopulation of certain public schools
also worth mentioning that barnett was the education minister when the school closures happened that led to those schools getting overpopulated
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Old January 23rd, 2018, 03:30 PM   #103
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God it's depressing.
I'm in midst of night shifts. After re-reading the stadium bridge strip back, I think I woke up at 2 pm today in the midst of a terrible nightmare about the museum also being Perthed. We really have a lot riding on this.
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Old January 23rd, 2018, 03:43 PM   #104
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there is literally no money.
Then why are we building a half billion dollar museum?
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Old January 23rd, 2018, 04:23 PM   #105
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Has anyone seen amendments to the contract or has Trump taken over this thread? The cost is still $428m, no changes have been announced.

Video interview https://www.facebook.com/9NewsPerth/...0494734629344/

Despite describing the state’s finances at "disastrous", Mr McGowan defended the almost half-a-billion-dollar spend.

“We’re getting value for money out of this project, it’s $428 million but for that we’re going to get a world-class museum,” Mr McGowan said.

“The museum was actually committed to by Alan Carpenter back in 2008 as a Labor government project back then it’s obviously been refined over that period and we’ve done some further refinement and examination of the project in our time in government.”

The government expects 800,000 people to visit within 12 months of opening in 2020, adding an estimated $31 million in tourism to the state’s economy.

https://blog.plantminer.com.au/new-m...museum-project

An agreement for Stage Two of Western Australia’s $428 million new museum has been signed by the State and the project’s managing contractor, Multiplex, bringing the project another step closer to completion.

“The new museum is on track to be one of the most exciting and innovative museums in the country. It will be a superb addition to WA’s tourism infrastructure.

“The State Government has committed close to $430 million for this project, which will create more than 3,000 jobs over the life of the project,” Premier Mark McGowan said.

WA’s new museum will feature:
  • Seven major galleries that will share the stories of Western Australia, its people, its places and its relationship with the wider world
  • A 1,000-SQM temporary exhibition gallery for home-grown and touring exhibitions
  • Learning studios and programmable space for visitors and groups of all ages, including schools
  • Retail, café and commercial spaces
  • Activated public spaces both inside and outside the museum
  • A spectacular display of the State’s famous blue whale skeleton
Once operational, the new museum is expected to attract approximately 800,000 visitors during its first year as well as contribute up to $31 million of extra tourism spend made from international visitors who are staying an extra night the region.
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Old January 23rd, 2018, 04:44 PM   #106
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Then why are we building a half billion dollar museum?
That's a good question! It is one of the reasons that there is no money. We're getting one for the same reason that we got a new stadium. We thought the good times would never end and we live beyond our means.
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Old January 23rd, 2018, 05:08 PM   #107
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I've been living beyond my means for a solid 15 years without any major dramas, why should the state be any different? I bet WA has a heaps better credit rating than I do
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Old January 24th, 2018, 01:22 AM   #108
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I don't think anyone is romanticising the Barnett government (especially the second term). We're talking about the current government, that is currently in charge making decisions.

The present ... not the past.
‘The bigger picture’ was a Barnett government slogan relating to EQ, PCL, the Museum, and, laughably, at one point, MAX.

And ultimately the current government’s financial situation is dictated by the financial bungling of the last one, and its ability to spend is constrained thanks to 30 years of Liberal tubthumping about the evils of government debt.
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Old January 24th, 2018, 04:57 AM   #109
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EQ, PCL, the stadium were all originally Labor projects continued on by the Barnett government (obviously changed to match their agenda).

The governments ability to spend is constrained by its own decision making. They refuse to sell assets and pay down debt and fund infrastructure moving forward. Blaming the past wont work. It's never worked for any government.
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Old January 24th, 2018, 06:06 AM   #110
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The former Liberal government had a poor track record with its asset sale program. The only big-ticket sale over the past few years has been the $135.5 million Perth Market Authority, which manages a central wholesale trading and distribution hub for fruit and vegetables. A proposed sale of Fremantle Ports was blocked by the WA Nationals.

AFR 28 August 2017. “After many false starts, the Western Australian government is pushing ahead with the sale of its TAB online and retail outlet wagering services businesses, which could nab the state as much as $500 million.”

Now the McGowan Government is considering selling Landgate to the private sector.
Sales of other titles registries have yielded eye-watering figures — $2.6 billion in NSW and $1.6 billion in South Australia — so it may even be the least-worst option to help repair the WA Budget.

But again there is opposition from the right
https://thewest.com.au/opinion/nick-...-ng-b88701339z

It could increase the revenue it gets from the gold industry but it tried that.
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Old January 24th, 2018, 03:05 PM   #111
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western power will probably get sold the way things are going
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Old January 26th, 2018, 03:20 AM   #112
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I'm not sure why. It's a largely worthless asset (from a private enterprise perspective) and subsequently any sale would come with the sorts of conditions that would hurt the budget and consumers going forward.
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Old January 27th, 2018, 06:34 AM   #114
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Would be a good time to start thinking about the next stage of the Museum St project which involved completely pedestrianising it.
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Old January 27th, 2018, 08:44 AM   #115
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So long as they don't let the people responsible for its current state anywhere near it.
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Old January 28th, 2018, 01:51 AM   #116
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Would be a good time to start thinking about the next stage of the Museum St project which involved completely pedestrianising it.


That would need to go hand in hand with a redevelopment of the old barracks site (which has huge potential with historic integration) - but I can’t see that happening until after the museum is complete.
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Old January 28th, 2018, 12:00 PM   #117
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Old January 30th, 2018, 02:14 PM   #118
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So long as they don't let the people responsible for its current state anywhere near it.
Amen, it's nasty. The street furniture for instance... the seats are impossible to sit in. Who the f signed that one off??
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Old January 31st, 2018, 07:22 AM   #119
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Just to clarify.

$400M from the New Museum Project was actually the money saved from the FAL rail project. Sallini NRW were apparently $400m under the next lowest bidder (who was on the cost estimate) so the state had $400m spare. It was going to be used as contingency money for MRWA. But the state shuffled it over and Now the Museum is up and running.

Which is unfortunate as I believe the first variation for the FAL tunnel project was issued 1 hour after the award
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Old January 31st, 2018, 05:13 PM   #120
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Amen, it's nasty. The street furniture for instance... the seats are impossible to sit in. Who the f signed that one off??
ugh i have NO IDEA how the suppliers/contractors who installed/shit engineer who designed their implementation wasn't taken to task and the work FIXED.

so infuriating, and such a waste of everyones time and money.
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