DEMOLITION work has begun at the site of the new Western Australia museum in Perth.
The project, which is slated for completion in 2020, involves constructing new buildings to be integrated with the heritage listed buildings at the existing site.
Today Premier Mark McGowan and Arts Minister David Templeman turned the first sod of soil at the site, as demolition of the non-heritage parts of the site began.
It will feature a world-class museum with exhibition galleries, multipurpose spaces for public programs and community use, as well as lifelong learning studios plus retail and cafe spaces.
It is expected to create 3,300 jobs and attract about 800,000 visitors in its first year.
“The McGowan Labor Government recognises the important role played by the cultural industries sector in supporting WA’s economy by creating jobs, attracting tourists and promoting a vibrant and cohesive community,” Mr McGowan said.
“The development of a world-class destination that provides excellent visitor experiences and learning opportunities for children and adults will be a great resource for all Western Australians, particularly families.”