ilovebrokenhill.com , first published on 8 December 2011 by Jane Deany, is designed to introduce you to Broken Hill and to help you discover what is so special about this wonderful outback Australian city. I have come to the city many times since 2002 and I highly recommend a visit to anyone who has not been here.

ilovebrokenhill.com will look at highlights of my visits and let you know what is going on now in this fascinating, famous and historic mining city, where in the mid 1880's the line of lode, a vast and rich ore body of silver, lead and zinc was found. Suggestions of where to go and what to see will be a feature.

There is something in Broken Hill for everyone.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

ilovebrokenhill loves the BushBelles blog. It's a blog to watch and enjoy ...

BushBelles blog came to my attention as I've explored topics to write about for ilovebrokenhill.com .

With numerous bloggers embraced on this site, I was pleased that www.ilovebrokenhill.com was allowed to be a contributor.

Under the heading 'Fabulous Rural Blogs',  a number of bloggers posts and stories are collected in one place as they feed into the BushBelles blog.

Whether you are looking for a story about Broken Hill or more particularly things that fall under the heading "rural women who want to be informed, inspired and instyle", you would be surprised at the range of interesting stories that are published via the #BushBelles blog.

BushBelles blog ...

"rural women who want to be 

informed, inspired and instyle"

I should note that although many of the topics are female focused, a number of the stories have a broader appeal.

With a Twitter account @BushbellesPinterest/Bushbelles account, Facebook page and Instagram account, you can follow BushBelles in a variety of ways, and of course you can subscribe for RSS and by email as well.

The official website link is below.

I recommend BushBelles blog and it often covers stories that relate to or are about #BrokenHill.

Check it out, happy reading, cheers, Jane Deany

Thursday, 11 September 2014

R U OK?Day is 11 September 2014 help prevent suicide

Community Event/Community Day

Today is R U OK?Day.

The event is designed to help prevent suicide.

It was founded in 2009 by the late Gavin Larkin, in memory of his father who committed suicide in 1995.

Here's the YouTube interview with Gavin which explains the history of R U OK?Day.


So wherever you are, Broken Hill, Melbourne, Australia, the world all over, please don't forget to ask those around you from time to time, are you okay? - R U OK?

Even if someone looks fine, they just might be depressed, and even on the verge of suicide.

Please don't forget if you aren't okay, you can call Lifeline's 24 hour 7 days a week crisis line on -

13 11 14

or in an emergency, if life is in danger, call  000

Alternatively, do speak to your GP, a friend or family member.

Ask for help, it's out there.

Stay well, cheers, Jane Deany

Monday, 8 September 2014

Broken Hill by Victorian traveller Rod Faithfull

I found a great article by Rod Faithfull of Bairnsdale (Victoria) about his trip to Broken Hill in 2013. I think he had a pretty good time by the sounds of his blog post.

Here's the link to it below which I saw on www.startsatsixty.com.au 


'Starts At 60' is 'The online community for active over 60s'. Now I'm not over 60, not that there's anything wrong with being over 60, but if you are, it sounds like it could be a site worth 'subscribing' to for updates etc...

Here's a link to their Twitter account '@startsatsixty'. 

They have a travel section on the site as well.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Tumbleweed terrorises (Broken Hill) town blog post by Ethan James

I came across a great blog earlier this month. The blog is published by Ethan James who is a journalist with Broken Hill's Barrier Daily Truth (BDT) newspaper.

Twitter is a great place to research information on countless topics, and via a search using #BrokenHill, I found Ethan's quirky blog post about a 'Tumbleweed terrorises town', the town being Broken Hill (of course!).

I've placed a link to Ethan's blog post which was published 21 May 2014, here and below. Not surprisingly he's categorised it under 'humour'!


Thanks for your entertaining blog Ethan!

Cheers, Jane Deany

Monday, 18 August 2014

National Science Week Outback Astronomy event 24 August 2014 Broken Hill

Community Event
As part of Science Week, which runs from 16 and 24 August 2014, Outback Astronomy is holding a special event at Robinson College this coming Sunday, 24 August 2014.

Science Week is an Australian Government Initiative. You can find out more information about this and other events, plus lots of other information on their website here http://www.scienceweek.net.au/

Outback Astronomy is holding the event in partnership with the RDA Far West NSW and Robinson College Broken Hill.

Space and astronomy

The Science Week website tells us that -

"A special Western and Aboriginal Astronomy presentation will be held to entertain and inform the general public in Broken Hill. It will demonstrate how science and cultural concepts can be combined to create innovative opportunities in future science studies and astro-tourism careers." *

*Taken from 'http://www.scienceweek.net.au/special-outback-astronomy-presentation/

Details are as follows -

Date - Sunday 24 August 2014

Time - 7 pm - 10 pm

Venue - Robinson College
Wentworth Road, Broken Hill NSW 2880

Theme - Space and astronomy

Cost - Free

Outback Astronomy Contact - Linda Nadge - 0418 858 076

Email - linda@chanegeagentnb.com.au

Other - Wheelchair access

See also an article here about the event from Outback Astronomy's website -


Enjoy, cheers, Jane Deany

Friday, 8 August 2014

Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce networking opportunity Friday 8 August - Demo Club

Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce (BHCC) will launch its Business After Five Club this evening at the Demo Club later today. The event should soon become a regular fixture for local businesses to network.

I am a huge fan of networking. It can lead to so many positive outcomes for your business and/or social life. It's also great for meeting people who share a love of your particular passion, hobby or sport.

... Business After Five Club ...

Tonight, from 5pm, you will have the chance to network with fellow Broken Hill business operators to share ideas and create alliances. Hopefully enhancing the outcome for both parties (the best form of networking).

As well as networking, Small Biz Connect Advisor Fran Savage will speak about this new Broken Hill business support 'presence'.

The event will provide an opportunity for business advisors to meet Fran and learn how the program can drive business success and increase economic sustainability in the region.

The venue is the The Barrier Social Democratic Club at -

218 Argent Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880

Cost is free for BHCC members and Small Biz Connect Clients, and $10 for non members.

Small Biz Connect event ...

Links to further information/media coverage of the recent contract between BHCC and Small Biz Connect are below -

Barrier Daily Truth - 26 July 2014 -

Small Business NSW - media release 9 July 2014 (www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au) -

Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce Inc Facebook page - announcement 11 February 2014 -

Bookings can still be made via Fran Savage, advisor, from Small Biz Connect or Anne Bransdon from BHCC on 08 8087 2236.

BHCC and Small Biz Connect's address is 164 Argent Street, Broken Hill, NSW 2880

Get connecting, cheers, Jane Deany

Monday, 4 August 2014

Black Dog Ride 2014 visited Broken Hill to raise awareness of depression

The Black Dog Ride is an annual motorbike ride, designed to raise awareness of depression, in an effort to stop suicide and help people deal with depression.

Black Dog Ride founder Steve Andrews started the event in 2009 after his best mate Jack Michael's wife Anna committed suicide. Steve's own mother had also committed suicide.

Suicide Call Back Service
is 1300 659 467

"At the wake of Anna Michael, Steve felt the need to raise community awareness of depression, to create a national conversation so that people living with mental ill health feel able to talk about and seek help."

The above is an excerpt from Steve's website www.blackdogride.com.au under the about section -


On Steve's first solo ride around Australia in 2009 (now many riders make the trip), he took a black soft toy dog named Winston.

Winston was named after former UK Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) who first used the term 'black dog' to describe his own depression, many years ago.

Steve raised $34,000 on that first ride, and the money was used to support the 'Suicide Call Back Service'.

In brief, the service provides immediate telephone counselling and support in a crisis.

Suicide Call Back Service's website is www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/ where you can find out more information about this very important service.

The number for Suicide Call Back Service is 1300 659 467. This is a 24/7 service, and has an online facility as well.

As groups of motorcyclists travel around Australia, and around various states in state rides as well, the Black Dog Ride, NSW group ride visited Broken Hill last week on 30-31 July 2014.

... Suicide Call Back Service
is a 24/7 service ...

The riders took over the sign of 'The Black Lion' Inn and renamed it 'The Black Dog' Inn.

Here's their tweet about it -
Another depression and anxiety mental health service, which also assists people in a mental health crisis is Beyond Blue - www.beyondblue.org.au . Their 24 hour help line is 1300 22 4636.

Safe riding, cheers, Jane Deany

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Saturn disappears behind the moon on 4 August 2014 - see it in Broken Hill

Community Event
Astronomers are looking forward to an exciting astronomical event tomorrow  4 August 2014, when Saturn disappears behind the moon, as they become perfectly aligned for about an hour.

The event is known as a 'lunar occultation of Saturn'. It is the third time it has happened this year. In this instance, it will be a first quarter moon. Central and eastern Australia will see the moon to the west.

Outback Astronomy is putting on an event. It could be a great opportunity to check out Broken Hill's famous night sky. The event (and Outback Astronomy) takes advantage of Broken Hill's inland remoteness, which is not effected by big city lights.

Here is a link to Outback Astronomy's website where you can find more details about their 4 August 2014 event -


Below is a tweet I saw about the 4th August event. The tweet takes you to a link to a great article I read about this lunar event, and which I have sourced some of my information for this blog post.

Thanks to Tanya Hill and 'The Conversation' website -


Times - Adelaide 8.33pm - 9.28pm; Melbourne 9.24pm - 9.52pm; Sydney 9.22pm - 10.22pm. As Broken Hill is closer to Adelaide than Melbourne, I'm guessing the event will commence around 8.50 approximately and might take 45 minutes. No doubt Outback Astronomy would have more details.

I published a post about Outback Astronomy on the 28 of May, 'Outback Astronomy - starry skies shine in Broken Hill'.

You can find a link to the article below -


The post was written by Linda Nadge of Outback Astronomy, about her exciting new astro tourism business. It was the first guest post I have published on www.ilovebrokenhill.com .

I wish you beautiful clear skies.

Enjoy, cheers, Jane Deany

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Broken Hill Science Week event by ANU 14 August 2014

Community Event
As part of the upcoming National Science Week (NSW) which will be held between 16 and 24 August 2014, Australian National University (ANU) is holding an event in Broken Hill. The event is being held in partnership with the Broken Hill City Council.

The ANU event is part of "a series of informal, science-based conversations with rural and regional communities around the country on aspects of climate adaptation relevant to community concerns and interests."

Details of the event are below -

Date - 14 August 2014

Venue - Aged Persons Rest Centre
254 Blende Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880

Theme - Environment and Nature

Cost - Free

ANU Contact - Stacy-ann Robinson 02 6125 9909

Light refreshments will follow the event.

Environment and Nature

Here is the National Science Week website where you can find out more information about this and other events, plus lots of other information.


Just go to 'Find an event' tab and type in the post code you want. Fro Broken Hill it's 2880, confirm the name Broken Hill, then hit the search button.

So far I have found three events in Broken Hill, but others may still be being organised.

National Science Week is NSW is An Australian Government Initiative.

I used to be a science teacher many years ago. I even studied advanced genetics.

I think National Science Week is a fantastic initiative. Well done to all those involved.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Monday, 28 July 2014

Farrer MP Sussan Ley pushes to 'sublet' childcare places

Politics - Childcare
The current member for Farrer is The Hon Sussan Ley MP. Farrer is the Federal Australian electorate in which Broken Hill sits.

Ms Ley is a member of the current Abbott Government. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms Ley briefly at Parliament House in Canberra last year (2013). See blog post about my meeting here - 8 June 2013, Broken Hill, Sussan Ley and the Canberra connection -

The Hon Sussan Ley MP

Fast forward to this week. I was interested to read an article in the major daily Victorian/Melbourne newspaper 'The Age' on 26 July 2014 p 21 News section, that Ms Ley was keen to support some of the proposed recommendations from the Productivity Commission, in particular the idea of 'subletting' childcare places.

As I don't have children, understanding details about arranging childcare isn't my strong suit.

However, if you do have children, childcare is a huge issue.

I didn't realise that if you took your child out of childcare, temporarily, say for example you're having another child, or want to travel, and you therefore don't need the place for a while, there was a reasonably significant fee to hold the position open.

Another example that Ms Ley cited, "was a fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) worker, who may wish to take their child out of childcare for an ad hoc week to spend time with them", so it would make sense that they could do so without a significant financial penalty.

The Productivity Commission recommends the removal of regulatory requirements to allow parents to temporarily return their childcare places if they are not being used.

Sounds a great idea to me.

The Commission handed down a 900 page draft report into childcare and early childhood learning last Tuesday 22 July 2014. The broad aim being to create a more flexible and accessible sector.

A number of recommendations were made, and the final report is due by the end of October 2014.

The government did not wish to fully respond to the report until the report is finalised.

Whether it's Broken Hill or anywhere else in Australia, accessible and affordable childcare is a hot topic for discussion. It is critical for families to enable parents to work.

I hope there are many positive changes for the better as a result of this Productivity Commission report and the recommendations they make.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Judith Ireland and Rachel Browne are the authors of 'The Age' article were I sourced my information.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Why is Broken Hill a great place to visit?

Broken Hill
Rather than me talking about all things Broken Hill, I would really love locals and visitors points of view about what they love about the city.

I find it hard to say that I have just one favourite thing about #BrokenHill .

Is it the colours, people, history, architecture, mining, sculptures, art, cute and affordable real estate (especially the miner's cottages), remoteness, or maybe the fun clubs?

These are just a few things I love about Broken Hill.

I love this Broken Hill vista
nice full moon too
This post hopes to prompt you to tell me and the readers of www.ilovebrokenhill.com about what you love about the city.

I will use Twitter and Pinterest to help me distribute this question. Oh, of course I mustn't forget Facebook, YouTube and Google+   ;-)

I really would love to hear your views.

Why do you like / love Broken Hill?

The more comments the better.

I know a lot of people do love the city, I meet them all the time.

Tell us, please do tell us! Cheers, Jane Deany

Friday, 25 July 2014

Broken Hill's Phil LeMay Wins Best Songwriter at 2014 SA Country Music Awards

It was great to read a happy story about Broken Hill musician Phil LeMay in today’s Barrier Daily Truth (BDT).

Phil came first in the 'Songwriter' category at the recent 2014 South Australian (SA) Country Music Awards.

BDT’s Andrew Robertson reported, on the front page of the 25 July 2014 edition -

He’s known locally (in Broken Hill) for his blues music but songwriter Phil LeMay is proving he can also cut it on the country stage.

The local musician has picked up a gong at the SA Country Music Festival and Awards and now has set his sights on more success.

A long-time blues player, LeMay said he only decided to enter the annual event held at Barmera each year at the last minute.”

Phil LeMay at
Coburn Hotel
31 December 2011
from Hotel's website
Here is the link to an excerpt of the article - 


I met Phil 18 months ago approximately, when I was visiting Broken Hill on the Australia Day weekend.

He was participating at a poet’s weekend, and many of the participants were staying at the same place I was.

As I was visiting Broken Hill by myself this trip, the group invited me to join them for dinner which was great.

I also caught up with some of them the next day for a chat.

Phil recited one of his Broken Hill inspired poems and I thought, now that would make a great story for the blog.

I’ve since chatted to Phil a few times, and hopefully he will allow me to publish one of his poems.

Back to music, I’ve also heard Phil on the guitar as he’s known for his blues music, and I know he can sing and play.

In the meantime, congratulations on your award Phil.

Well done, cheers, Jane Deany

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Royal Flying Doctor Service is a vital service worth supporting

I wanted to write something about Broken Hill today. Thought I would check Twitter again for some inspiration, rather than other sources which I've used in the past. www.ilovebrokenhill.com 's Twitter handle is @ilovebrokenhill .

The following tweet by @missemilymaree (Emily Biddiscombe) did the trick.

If you, your family, or just someone special to you have ever had a medical crisis in a regional area, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) might just save your life. The organisation is a medical service that looks after the remote regional Australian population.
Well it's Sunday, I'm off for a bike ride, so this is just a quick post to remind readers to think of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and consider making a donation.

The RFDS's website is www.flyingdoctor.org.au . 

www.ilovebrokenhill.com supports the RFDS.

RFDS is a Broken Hill Attraction
RFDS's main base is in fact in Broken Hill. It's a great attraction to visit if you're heading to #BrokenHill for a trip.

I have written about the RFDS a few times, here's a link to my post of 4 February 2013, which talks about the RFDS base as an operating tourist attraction.

In May 2013 the service celebrated its 85th anniversary of operation, see my post of 26 May 2013.

Thanks Emily Biddiscombe for reminding us of this vital regional medical service.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Friday, 18 July 2014

Broken Hill's On The Grapevine and Twitter

Broken Hill from another point of view
In case you are not aware, www.ilovebrokenhill.com has a Twitter account @ilovebrokenhill.

Whilst I was checking the latest #BrokenHill (not case sensitive) happenings in Broken Hill via Twitter a little earlier today, I once again noticed 'On The Grapevine - Broken Hill's Online Community' website courtesy of one of their tweets under their @OTGBrokenHill Twitter handle (account).
If you want to check out an interesting website, focused on all things Broken Hill, and which is very different to www.ilovebrokenhill.com , have a look at www.onthegrapevine.info .

They have the following themes on their site -

Town Talk
What's On
Positions Vacant
Home Ideas (Recipes, DYI and Craft, Kid's Corner)

It looks a really good source of a variety of information about Broken Hill. I think the folk at 'On The Grapevine' love Broken Hill as well.

Happy surfing (web), cheers, Jane Deany

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Community Development Grant of $500,000 to Lifeline Broken Hill

It was great to receive the media release announcing a $500,000 Community Development Grant is to be given to Lifeline Broken Hill.

The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Federal Member for Farrer (the Federal seat in which Broken Hill resides) is visiting Broken Hill and will present the cheque for $500,000 to Scott Hammond, the CEO of Lifeline Broken Hill today, Wednesday 9 July 2014 at 10am.

Where - Lifeline Broken Hill, 194 Argent Street.

The Hon Sussan Ley MP
image courtesy Steve Block
The major funding grant will help Lifeline develop its local Community Neighbourhood Centre and Workshop. Over 2,000 people access Lifeline Broken Hill's face to face service annually, and is part of over 26,000 information and referral contacts which are made each year.

...$500,000 Community Development Grant for Lifeline Broken Hill ...

The Lifeline Broken Hill team also provides training to over 300 frontline workers and an additional 200+ community members.

It is such a fantastic worthy cause, and I'm glad the Federal Government is supporting Lifeline's wonderful and extremely important work.

My family have been touched by suicide, so I fully appreciate just how crucial every dollar that goes to support Lifeline is.

If you need crisis support please call Lifeline 13 11 14.

Lifeline provides 'crisis support and suicide prevention services'.

If life is in danger call 000.

Jane Deany