The Museum of Australasia and the Pacific.

A Precinct Structure Plan is soon to be created for the land formerly known as the Point Cook ex Green Wedge as a first step in determining how the land could be used. When Wyndham City Council originally suggested to the State Government, around three years ago, that the land should be developed, they did suggest that up to 3,200 housed could be part of the plan. Obviously another 3.200 houses additional to hundreds already in the pipeline for Salt Water Coast and Life developments, will add to Point Cook’s already heavy peak hour traffic.’ We believe visitor traffic to the MAP would be off peak hour and mainly be via the Sneydes Road interchange and Hacketts Rd. The project would enormously benefit Wyndham’s existing tourism precinct (Werribee Mansion, State Rose Garden, National Equestrian Centre,Point Cook Aircraft Museum …. and more), in terms of visitor traffic. It would also generate local employment opportunities and potentially tie-in with the planned and educationally strong Werribee East project.

OBJECTIVE :

Point Cook Action Group Inc (PCAG) seeks expressions of interest from carefully selected major Australian corporations for a singular or joint philanthropic venture for Melbourne. We plan to ignite worldwide interest with the capacity to match or even surpass some of the World’s iconic modern architecture and tourism facilities. It has been a long time since an iconic and exciting project of this type has been undertaken and will be the only one of
this type undertaken in the growth corridor in the West of Melbourne.

GOALS :

To transform a 433-hectare section of under-utilized land located in the popular Melbourne suburb of Point Cook, close to the city, for an iconic facility that will compliment Melbourne’s and indeed Australia’s existing tourism opportunities. To assist in understanding and recognition of Australia’s Aboriginal community and bridge some of the cultural gaps that exist between mainstream Australia’s learning and knowledge and correct and explain the historical accuracies. This is particularly lacking in the Southern states of Australia. To fill an unfortunate gap with a learning and education centre for the diverse cultures of Australia and the Pacific region, such as Polynesia, Indonesia and the Torres Strait Islands, which despite being our close neighbours are relatively neglected in terms of our cultural heritage, particularly in comparison to our English and European ancestry.

CONCEPT:

• This Museum will celebrate Australia’s rich and ancient Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islands cultures
• Will highlight Australia’s huge mark on the entire world, achieved in only 230 years
• The rich and colourful indigenous cultures of the Pacific including Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Polynesian, Micronesian and Melanesian cultures.

VISION:

A modern, vibrant structure, not only visually exciting from the outside, but filled with the colour and amazing sounds of the myriad of Australian and Pacific indigenous cultures:
• Australia’s unique and ancient Aboriginal heritage
• A Maori war canoe experience, including clothing and traditional implements
• The energy of the Polynesian culture …… it’s art, traditions and lifestyle
• The creative energy of the Melanesian and Micronesian cultures including the danger and vibrancy that is Papua
New Guinea
• The varied and spectacular colour of the multitude of Indonesian cultures including traditional architecture and
dances, possibly utilizing video, holograms, and tactile experiences
• Live and audio-visual performances, bringing the kaleidoscope of the region’s exciting, varied, unique and colorful
culture into one centralized space, creating interest for Melbourne, but also for the Asia-Pacific region.

Genuine artifacts and the history and use of implements such as Fijian war clubs, the expanse of wood carving
throughout the region, palm frond weaving activities, Papua New Guinea head-dresses and masks to try on,
boomerangs of all types, woomeras, preservation and study of ancient rock art, and deciphering the mystical world of
totems. As well as live dance and music performance such as Balinese dance with a Gamelan orchestra, the world-famous Maori Haka and Pacific Island variations, the evocative beat and rhythms of wooden drums ……..all that is just a small part of the culture and colour of Australia and the Pacific region.. Then there are the Melanesian and Micronesian cultures with so many varied island groups containing a multitude of  traditions, with individual language and art variations that no-one in mainstream Melbourne even knows about yet. So many things to discover and preserve. And we have the chance with space in such a vibrant community so close to the middle of Melbourne.

More details on the concept and the proposal is available here : PCAG_Museum_Propsal.pdf