Molino Stewart Principal, Steven Molino, has recently given evidence to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Parramatta Powerhouse Museum regarding flood risks which the current design poses to people and the museum collections.
In 2014, the NSW State Government announced the Powerhouse Museum would be moved from its location in Ultimo to Parramatta. The site selected is on the southern bank of the Parramatta River is and is exposed to flooding from both the river and local overland flooding on Phillip Street in frequent floods. The proposed new cultural precinct in Parramatta is expected to attract about two million visitors per year.
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was prepared for the proposed museum and placed on Public Exhibition on 10 June 2010. Molino Stewart was commissioned by the Powerhouse Museum Alliance to independently review the EIS, including its technical appendices in relation to flood risks and their management. The review found that the museum design and the impact assessment failed to consider the impacts from the full range of potential floods and that the current design does not provide adequate protection to people of the museum collections.
Watch Steven Molino's interview with Channel 7 here
The Flood Risk Review is available to view here
Watch Steven Molino present evidence before the inquiry here
Listen to Steven Molinos interview with ABC 702 Sydney here (skip to 2:19:40 for Stevens interview)