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Tuesday, 17 March 1987
Page: 993

(Question No. 4948)

Mr Maher asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment, upon notice, on 26 November 1986:

(1) What planning for the National Maritime Museum has been completed.

(2) What role will the Sydney Maritime Museum at Birkenhead Point, Drummoyne, have in assisting the National Maritime Museum to develop and function.

Mr Cohen —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Under a memorandum of understanding between the Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments a detailed functional brief and sketch plans for the Museum have been finalised between the Museum and the Darling Harbour Authority. A number of tenders have been called and let and initial construction associated with the Museum's wharves began in July 1986. An exhibitions masterplan has been approved by the Museum's Interim Council. Policies for acquisitions and registration of collections are in place and an ADP strategic plan is in its final stages of development. Management and administrative staff have been appointed. Curatorial and other Museum technical staff are now being recruited. The Museum is committed to an opening in 1988.

(2) Negotiations were conducted with the Sydney Maritime Museum, a private, community-based organisation, about the future relationships between the two bodies. It was agreed that the two institutions would retain their separate identities and develop independently but would co-operate to ensure that the public had access to the best possible exhibitions of maritime heritage artefacts.