ilovebrokenhill.com , was first published on 8 December 2011 by Jane Deany. My blog is all about the famous outback Australian National Heritage Listed City named Broken Hill, located in the state of New South Wales. I first visited #BrokenHill in 2002 and have returned many times since then. ilovebrokenhill.com will help you discover what's great about this historic mining city, where in the mid 1880's the line of lode, a rich ore body of silver, lead and zinc was found. You will find stories about anything related to Broken Hill.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Lifeline Broken Hill's annual art exhibition launches on 26 June 2015

Art Scene
Lifeline Broken Hill's annual art exhibition opened on Friday 26 June 2015 at the GeoCentre. Yes a bit late to promote the opening night gala event this year, but I can still promote Lifeline Broken Hill's Facebook page as they're keen to get more 'Likes' and also promote the exhibition itself which will run for a couple of weeks.

Exhibition dates 26 June - 12 July 2015.

The GeoCentre is also known as the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum.

Address: 2 Bromide Street, Corner Silver City Highway aka Crystal Street, Broken Hill.

Hours 10am-4.45pm Monday to Friday and
1pm-4.45 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Entry is by donation.

Feel free to tell us how the popular annual event went by commenting below.

Here are links to my previous year's posts about the exhibition.

28 June 2014

28 June 2013

29 June 2012

It is a very worthwhile cause so do try and go along and support the wonderful work of Lifeline.  This year, as in other years, there will be some great art.

I went to the exhibition several years ago and was lucky enough to attend the opening night which was a lot of fun.

Queries to Lifeline Broken Hill's office - telephone (08) 8087 7525.

You can also donate to Lifeline directly from their website www.lifeline.org.au.

Please note you can call Lifeline for crisis support 24/7 on 13 11 14.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Gunter Kairies - From the Outback to the Rainforest, art exhibition opens 19 June 2015 Broken Hill Art Exchange

Art Scene
The title says it all. Tomorrow night at Broken Hill Art Exchange, South Broken Hill, an art exhibition by Gunter Kairies will open.

Broken Hill identity, Bob Groves, the president of the Willyama Art Society will open the exhibition.

Studio 3 Art Gallery 145-157 Duff Street, South Broken Hill

Time - 6pm

Gallery hours 10am - 4pm

Gunter Kairies watercolours, ink, pastels and oils will feature in the colourful exhibition where the colours of the outback will reign supreme.

Why not pop down to support this event at Broken Hill's funky Art Exchange.

Sounds like a fun night and worth supporting. Wish I could be there. Hope it goes well. Cheers, Jane Deany
Posted by Art of Broken Hill on Thursday, June 18, 2015

Jane Deany

Monday, 8 June 2015

Archibald Prize 2014 tours Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery 5 June - 19 July 2015

Art Scene
If you love art and portraiture then what better time to visit Broken Hill than right now whilst the 2014 Archibald Prize finalist's exhibition visits the city.

The exhibition opened last Friday night 5 June at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and will continue until 19 July 2015.

See link here to the gallery's Facebook page -

The Archibald Prize exhibition has arrived and we're unpacking. Volunteer Rod is working hard and you can get a sense of...
Posted by Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery on Tuesday, June 2, 2015
This is my favourite image-
Ms Gladys Berejiklian MP by Salvatore Zofrea
source Art Gallery NSW website
I was fortunate to see the exhibition at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery late last year. I really enjoyed the exhibition and highly recommend it.

Address -
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery 404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill.
Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday 11am - 4pm
Entry by gold coin donation.

Related links - Archibald Prize and 
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.
Link to images of all the 2014 finalistshttp://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/archibald/2014/

Winners of the 2015 Archibald Prize will be announced on 17 July 2015.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Free medico-legal workshop for health professionals in Broken Hill 3 June 2015

Are you a health professional? Do you live in the Broken Hill region?

If you answered yes to both those questions, then make a note in your diary for this Wednesday,

3 June 2015


There's a free medico-legal workshop for health professionals being run in #BrokenHill this Wednesday 3 June 2015.
MsAllyson Alker, Senior Risk Advisor - MDA National will present a-

Medico Legal Update
The session will focus on 'practical risk management'.

MDA National provides medical indemnity services.

The session is a professional development opportunity designed for -

GPs, Registrars, Hospital Doctors, Practice Nurses, Hospital Nurses, Allied Health staff, Primary Health staff, Dentists, other health professionals, administration and support staff.

My source - a Tweet from @RuralDoctorsAus
(Rural Doctors Association of Australia)

Time - 6.30pm registration and refreshments for 7pm presentation
Place - University Department of Rural Health (the University of Sydney)
Morgan Street, Broken Hill

More information about the event can be found via the Tweet, and the link below -

Session details -
Explanation of privacy and confidentiality obligations for medical practitioners
  • Professional and personal obligations
  • What information can you share
    • Other healthcare providers/organisations
    • Family/carers

Maintaining good records
  • Content
  • Using acronyms
  • Time savers

Dealing with a request for access to medical records
  • Limitations to access
  • Alternatives
  • Third party requests i.e. insurers, workers compensation
  • Subpoenas

The online space
  • Telehealth
  • Social media
  • Using electronic devices to share information

This session will include case studies and a 20 minute question and answer session.

Bookings/registration by Monday 1 June 2015 via email to Natalie Miani at Far West NSW Medicare Local - nmiani@fwml.com.au (fax 08 8087 9806)

Provide Name, Practice/Facility, Email, Contact No (mobile preferred) and Dietary requirements.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Arts NSW - Arts & Cultural Development Program info session Broken Hill - 29 May 2015

Arts & Grants
Find out more about 'The Arts and Cultural Development Program' (ACDP) tomorrow when Arts NSW visits Broken Hill.

The ACDP is the NSW Government's major grants program for arts and culture. Arts NSW administers the program on behalf of the NSW Government (and falls under the 'Trade & Investment' 'branch' of the NSW state government.)

Bookings are essential.

For more information follow the link in this Retweet (RT) {which is where I spotted the info} from @RegionalArtsNSW (or the above links) -
(Original Tweet from @ArtsNSW).

If you can't make the #BrokenHill session tomorrow, they're in Dubbo as well on that day. Staff have been touring other NSW regions and you can find out where on that same website. (Today they're in Tamworth & Wollongong). Newcastle is also slated for a visit with the date to be confirmed.

Bookings/registration essential.
Details for the Broken Hill session are-

Friday 29 May 2015
Venue: Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, 404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill
Session time: 10am-11.30am
Register your name, the name of your organisation (if applicable), and the session you will be attending by emailing admin@westdarlingarts.com.au or
Phone 08 8087 9035.

Cities/towns already visited include Lismore (28 April), Moruya (21 May), Wagga Wagga (21 May), Bega (22 May) and Armidale yesterday (27 May).

Sounds like a great opportunity to find out about how obtain some kind of funding.

Cheers, Jane Deany   @JaneDeany@ilovebrokenhill & @ArtofBrokenHill

Monday, 18 May 2015

More good solar news in the Broken Hill region

It was great to read that the solar plant on the edge of Silverton, in the Broken Hill region was starting to take shape.

The plant, a joint initiative between AGL, First Solar and the Australian Government, will reportedly cost approximately $150 million.

ABC Broken Hill reported the story earlier this month. Here's the link to the article by Alexandra Back - http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2015/05/08/4232122.htm

Alexandra put it very well by describing that Broken Hill is transitioning from a Silver City to a Solar City.

Here's a Tweet that includes an image from the story 
could add that Broken Hill's also transitioning more and more to a tourism city, what with the National Heritage City Listing in January this year. But that's another story, and there is still much to made of that significant development.

Anyhow, if you're interested in the solar journey (I first wrote about the proposal in November 2012), I think there's still plenty of room for further developments in that space as well, so stay tuned.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Friday, 8 May 2015

I love Broken Hill

Me at Broken Hill Station for the 2014 Indian Pacific Christmas concert
I think everyone knows I love Broken Hill.

Today's post will be my 290th article and I have a really simple message to share.

I am often asked do I get paid or receive money directly from this blog and the answer is no.

One day I might receive recompense in a monetary form, but I haven't really tried to make money directly from www.ilovebrokenhill.com.

The Palace Hotel Broken Hill has accommodated me briefly in the past, thanks again Esther La Rovere (I wrote a blog post on 24 September 2013 about my stay to thank The Palace Hotel team), and Outback Astronomy treated me as their guest for a wonderful night sky viewing late last year, thanks Linda and Travis Nadge. Linda wrote a blog post for www.ilovebrokenhill.com on 28 May 2014, as my first (and so far only) guest blogger on she and her husband's new astronomy tourism business. It was a great night.

So to answer the money making query another way is, as my blog revolves around loving something, namely Broken Hill, and a true demonstration of loving anything, as you may know, is about giving without expecting anything in return, therefore, I don't expect to make money from something I love!

Mind you, there's a saying - "do something you love and the money will follow" - but that's another story for another day ;-)

Cheers, Jane Deany

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Waiting for the Broken Hill report

Line of Lode with Miner's Memorial (L) and Broken Earth Complex (R)
I mentioned in my last post of 18 April that I had some friends - Jane and Richard - heading up to Broken Hill. Their red dust covered vehicle has been spotted once again back in Melbourne.

So now I wait to bombard them with questions about what their impressions were of the Hill. A text suggested the trip was going really well.

I had hoped to report today on some of their favourite things from their road trip, but my life's been hectic so there's been no chance to catch Jane or Richard ... yet.

So stay tuned. I'm super keen to hear their stories. It will be fascinating, at least for me, and hopefully for you too dear readers, to hear a different perspective about Broken Hill.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Some Melbourne friends are visiting Broken Hill this week!

Kintore Mine Headframe, Broken Hill
Some of my Hawthorn/Melbourne friends are visiting Broken Hill in the next week, so if you happen to meet J and R, I'm sure you'll make them very welcome.

At my recommendation, they're staying at The Palace Hotel.

I've also made lots of recommendations of things to do, so I hope they'll be able to fit everything in. I still haven't been able to do all of the big tourist attractions. Next time perhaps?

They're travelling via Mildura and Mungo National Park, although I hear recent rains could make that leg of their trip a bit tricky? I hope not. Anyhow, they have a four wheel drive. R remarked that if they road was closed, they might end up spending more time in #BrokenHill.

Wishing you a fantastic trip J and R.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Lessons I've learned from ilovebrokenhill.com

It's the 8th of April today which means it's time for me to write a blog post on www.ilovebrokenhill.com .

What do I mean by that? When I began my blog www.ilovebrokenhill.com blog on 8 December 2011, I made a mental note that I would publish on the 8th, 18th and 28th day of each month, plus one other day, so I would average roughly one post per week.

So today, rather than write about Broken Hill itself, I'll give a tip for would be bloggers.

For me, having this self imposed 'schedule' has helped me keep my commitment to post on the days of the month I just mentioned, ever since I began the blog.

There has been only one day I've missed the date, I posted an hour and a thirteen minutes after 18 November 2012, i.e. 1.13am on the 19th instead. In that instance, I was working on a submission for some work in Broken Hill which had a deadline of the 18th at 11.59 pm, so as I was focused on that, I missed my arbitrary deadline. I still posted, just a little late, in the early hours of the following morning. (Scheduling posts in advance is another handy tip, especially if you know you'll be busy etc... on a nominated/designated publishing date).

Me at my desk in blogging mode
So I think it has simply been a matter of pride that I've wanted to stick to the commitment I made to myself from the very beginning of www.ilovebrokenhill.com.

Therefore, if you're a blogger and are having writer's block etc..., maybe make an agreement with yourself like I did. It might just help.

Oh, and my other tip today is, be passionate about your subject. I think that's the other, and equally important reason I have been able to keep writing about Broken Hill.

And, given Broken Hill's recent National Heritage City listing, which was announced on 20 January 2015, when #BrokenHill became Australia's first city to have such an honour, I'm obviously not the only person who loves Broken Hill.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Happy Easter 2015 Broken Hill!

Wishing everyone in Broken Hill, Melbourne and everywhere else in the world -

happiness and peace on this
Easter Sunday 5 April 2015.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Chag Pesach Sameach - Happy Passover Holiday 2015

Passover (Pesach) 2015 runs from -

sunset Friday 3 April until sunset Saturday 11 April

So in the midst of the first day of Passover, I wish all readers of the Jewish faith, whether they be in Broken Hill, Israel or anywhere else in the world -

Chag Pesach Sameach (Happy Passover Holiday) #chagsameach

Cheers, Jane Deany

Saturday, 28 March 2015

White's Mineral Art Gallery & Living Mining Museum

A good 'problem' with Broken Hill is that there are just so many things to do that it's hard to fit everything in when you visit.

I was surprised to hear that many people only schedule a one night stop-over in the city, as they didn't realise how much there was to do and see. One night is definitely too short.

Although I've been to Broken Hill countless times since my first visit in 2002, I'm sorry to say I haven't visited White's Mineral Art and Living Mining Museum, but I've heard many good things about it. It's often been on my list but I've run out of time.

I was pleased to come across a Tweet to a link to an interesting article by a recent Broken Hill visitor, Gayle Beveridge, who spent some time at White's earlier this month.

Address - 1 Allendale Street, Broken Hill

Telephone - 08 8087 2878

9am - 5pm daily

I've added a link taking you to her blog post, which tells of her enjoyable time at the museum http://www.weekendnotes.com/whites-mineral-art-and-living-mining-museum-and-doll-and-bear-cottage/
Here are some other links to more information about this unique attraction.



There is also an extensive 'doll and bear display'. Kevin 'Bushy' White and his wife Betty own and run the museum and gallery. There is a small entry fee.

Enjoy, cheers, Jane Deany

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Broken Hill's Heritage City Listing is described on For Real Facebook Page

Much publicity surrounded Broken Hill's Heritage City Listing on 20 January 2015.

I found this great short video below on Broken Hill For Real's Facebook Page. It is certainly worth watching to hear the story of the ten plus year campaign to #BrokenHill's listing.

The video shows key players in the push for the listing, including Professor Simon Molesworth (Chairman, International National Trusts Organisation, heritage commissioner for five years and the main proponent for the Heritage City listing), conservation architect and heritage consultant Elizabeth Vines OAM and Mayor Wincen Cuy (who now wants World Heritage Listing).


Jane Deany

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Brimming wins Broken Hill's 50th St Patrick's Races 'Outback Cup'

Community Event/Races
The 50th annual St Patrick's Races were run today in Broken Hill. There were eight races altogether. The main race was Race 6, the 1600 metre Clubs NSW & Keno 'Outback Cup'.

Twelve horses competed in the 'Cup' and No. 3, the 5 year old chestnut 'Brimming', trained by Morphetville trainer Gordon Carter and ridden by apprentice jockey Zac Spain, took out the race ahead of 2nd placed Tresette and 3rd placed NZ horse St Ives. Tresette also came 2nd last year, but won the Cup in 2013.

Altogether there were 138 nominations to start in the 8 races. Racing co-ordinator Trevor Odgers was amazed at the figure, having not seen anything like such a number in years.

Details of the full field and results can be found via this link -

I wish I could have been there. I went to the 47th St Patrick's Races in 2012. It was the first time the race had been held on the actual St Patrick's Day itself. (See my blog post of 18 March 2012).

It's definitely an experience worth having.

Cheers, Jane Deany