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Browse media releases from the Special Minister of State, Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts

Statement from Don Harwin

10 April 2020

Today I have offered my resignation to the Premier as a Minister in her government.


NSW artists sought for Sydney Metro art

8 April 2020

Artists across the State are being called upon to submit expressions of interest to design new public artworks that will greet passengers when the 10 stations on the T3 Bankstown Line from Marrickville to Bankstown are upgraded to metro standards as part of Sydney Metro City & Southwest.


New Public Service Commissioner for NSW

8 April 2020

Special Minister of State, Don Harwin has announced leading lawyer and champion of initiatives to improve access to justice, Kathrina Lo, as the new NSW Public Service Commissioner.


Log on to the library from the comfort of your home

6 April 2020

Avid readers across NSW have access to thousands of ebooks, audiobooks and online content to stay entertained while staying at home, the NSW State Library reminded the public today.


New IRC Chief Commissioner Appointed

21 February 2020

Nichola Constant has been appointed as the first female Chief Commissioner of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC).


Tradition meets tech as barracks reopen

20 February 2020

Visitors to the historic Hyde Park Barracks will be able to experience NSW’s convict past in vivid new detail as it reopens to the public this week.


1989 cabinet papers herald Greiner reforms

11 February 2020

The NSW Cabinet Papers of 1989 have today been published online by NSW State Archives, giving the public a glimpse into the inner-workings of the Hon. Nick Greiner’s Government in its second year in power.


Redistribution of electoral districts set for 2020

31 January 2019

The electoral districts of NSW will be reviewed in 2020 to ensure an even distribution of voters, in line with the Constitution Act 1902, Special Minister of State Don Harwin confirmed today.


New Powerhouse Museum design unveiled

17 December 2019

The design for the relocated Powerhouse Museum has been selected with Moreau Kusunoki [Lead Design Architect] and Genton [Local Design Architect] chosen to establish the first major museum to be based in Western Sydney.


Bold new era of arts funding deliver $7m for arts and culture in NSW

13 December 2019

Round 1 of the new 2019/20 Arts and Cultural Funding Program has delivered nearly $7.2 million in funding across Annual Organisation, Project and Creative Koori Projects categories.


Construction starts on Sydney Modern

13 November 2019

Construction works on the Sydney Modern Project have commenced, which will be an expansion that almost doubles the Art Gallery of NSW’s space, enabling more of our State’s art collection to go on show, as well as hosting more exhibitions from around Australia and the world.


Sydney wins rights to host WorldPride 2023

21 October 2019

Sydney has won the rights to host WorldPride 2023, the marquee international LGBTQI pride event.


Powerhouse to digitise vast collection

21 October 2019

The Powerhouse Museum today launched one of the largest digitisation projects in Australia with the Museum to digitally capture around 338,000 items from its extraordinary collection.


Safeguarding Indigenous people in custody

15 October 2019

The NSW Government is providing stronger protection for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in police custody by implementing reforms following the inquest into the tragic death of Rebecca Maher.


Closing the Gap consultations begin in NSW

15 October 2019

Communities across NSW are invited to have their say on the development of a new National Agreement on Closing the Gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians.


Birth certificates changing lives

8 October 2019

Nearly 1000 people from vulnerable and Indigenous communities have benefited from free birth certificates in 2018-19, helping them to access potentially life changing services.


Calga Cultural Landscape Heritage Listed

1 October 2019

One of NSW’s most sacred Aboriginal sites will be protected forever with the NSW Government announcing its State heritage listing today.


$500,000 to make it easier to do business

16 September 2019

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Don Harwin, and Minister for Finance and Small Business, Damien Tudehope, announced the funding, which will benefit small and medium sized businesses across the state.


Museums collaborate as record arts infrastructure build powers on

25 June 2019

Two of NSW’s most revered institutions will combine forces to keep the State’s cultural output thriving during a busy construction period.


Arts, screen & culture across NSW to flourish with $871 million investment

18 June 2019

Arts, screen and culture are alive and well with the NSW Government delivering an $871 million total investment in the sector, including a 22 per cent increase in recurrent funding for the 2019-20 NSW Budget.


Reflection encouraged on National Sorry Day

26 May 2019

The people of NSW are being encouraged to reflect on past treatments of the Nation’s First Peoples on National Sorry Day.


Six teams vie for new powerhouse design

9 May 2019

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin has today announced the six global architect teams shortlisted to develop designs for an iconic new Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta.


Powerhouse home secured in Parramatta

10 April 2019

Western Sydney is a step closer to having its own world class museum with the purchase of the riverbank site for the Powerhouse Precinct.


Operator sought for iconic Theatre Royal

5 April 2019

The NSW Government has launched an Expression of Interest process to garner interest from Australian and international theatre operators in reopening Sydney’s Theatre Royal.

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