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.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Aboriginal Skies a free talk by Paul Curnow - Outback Astronomy - 22 October 2014

Community Event
Outback Astronomy is putting on a special event in Broken Hill on 22 October 2014.

'Aboriginal Skies' is a free community event which will see guest presenter Paul Curnow delivering an insightful discussion on how the world's first astronomers interpreted the night sky.

The event has a limited number of spaces and a booking must be made by contacting Robinson College on 08 8087 6022.

Here is a link to more information about the event -

Paul is a council member of the Astronomical Society of South Australia and has been a lecturer at the Adelaide Planetarium since 1992.

He is regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on Aboriginal night sky knowledge.

The free event is sponsored by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government.

Inspiring Australia (www.inspiringaustralia.net.au) is a national strategy for science engagement.

Time - 7.30pm - 9pm

When - 22 October 2014

Where - Outback Astronomy at the Racecourse - Racecourse Road, Broken Hill.


Bookings - Robinson College on 08 8087 6022.

Following the discussion there will be the opportunity for some star gazing to show some of the objects mentioned by Paul.

The event coincides with the launch of the Far West Science Hub.

Sounds like a really interesting night. There is always something fascinating going on in #BrokenHill.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Mental Health Week 5-12 October & World Mental Health Day 10 October 2014 #WMHD2014

Community Event
It's Mental Health Week this week, and the dates are -

Mental Health Week 5 - 12 October 2014

So we're right in the middle of this special week.

Australia's ABC TV station has been doing a fantastic job of promoting good mental health but way of covering the topic regularly over this week on all their channels, using the slogan and campaign 'mentalas' talk.give.seek there is a feast of information and stories surrounding mental health.

It is also 'World Mental Health Day' in a couple of days. This event is repeated each year on the 10th of October 2014, and the overall objective of the day is to raise awareness about mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. #WMHD2014

The day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

The theme for World Mental Health Day 2014 #WMHD2014 is 'Living with Schizophrenia'.

Broken Hill has it's own Lifeline office. Details are -

194 Argent Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880

Telephone (08) 8087 7525


The main 24/7 crisis number for Lifeline is -

Lifeline 24/7 crisis number is 13 11 14

Wishing everyone good mental health, cheers, Jane Deany

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Broken Hill Silver City Cup is coming up! 25 October 2014

Community Event
The ever popular Silver City Cup in Broken Hill is just under four weeks away, so it would be a great time to visit the city around this time. Hopefully you might still be able to book some accommodation as well if you're not a local.

Silver City Cup
25 October 2014
Broken Hill

I came across this Instagram picture by Broken Hill blogger Katie Bolton www.kateiswriting.blogspot.com.

Silver City Cup 2013

Here's Kate's Tweet about her image which she posted on 26 October 2013.

I still haven't made it to Broken Hill's second biggest race meeting - the Silver City Cup (and the only other race meeting apart from the major event of the year - the St Patrick's Day races in March each year).

Readers would love to hear what you think of it if you're lucky enough to have been to the Cup.

Happy punting and just enjoy having a good day of racing fun.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Shanah Tovah ... Happy Jewish New Year, it's Rosh Hashanah 2014

Source www.freeclipart.com
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, falls on the first two days of the Hebrew calendar - dates are 1 and 2 Tishrei.

Shanah Tovah

In 2014, the coinciding secular dates are sundown September 24 until sundown September 26.

Rosh Hashanah

I wish the Jewish Community of Broken Hill, Melbourne and around the world, a very Happy New Year.

I hope it is a wonderful year for you.

Cheers, Jane Deany

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