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.

Tuesday 30 July 2013

Sussan Ley stars with Annabel Crabb, in ABC's 'Kitchen Cabinet'

MP Sussan Ley, Member for Farrer
Kitchen Cabinet with MP The Hon. Sussan Ley
One of my favourite TV shows at the moment is ABC's 'Kitchen Cabinet', hosted by Australian political journalist and ABC's Chief Online Political Writer Annabel Crabb. Annabel will interview Federal Member for Farrer and Liberal Party representative, The Hon. Sussan Ley about her fascinating career. Annabel will also speak to New South Wales Liberal Senator The Hon. Bill Heffernan to find out more about what makes him 'tick'. Bill I'm told will be helping as assistant 'cook'.

The show is usually filmed at the guest's home, but this time it will be filmed in a shearing shed at Mount Gipps Station, a short distance from Broken Hill, partly due to the fact that Sussan has worked as a shearer's cook and shed hand.

Annabel Crabb, Bill Heffernan and Sussan Ley
From 'Kitchen Cabinet's Facebook page
These are just a couple of roles this fascinating politician has undertaken. She flies around her huge electorate and has a commercial pilot's licence amongst a myriad of other qualifications. The federal electorate of Farrer  covers an area of nearly 250,000 square kilometers including Broken Hill and Albury NSW to the south east, situated on the Murray River. Sussan's pilot's licence sees her regularly in the air as flies around the electorate in her light plane,

I very briefly interviewed Sussan when I was in Canberra earlier this year. See link to article of 8 June here.

To learn more about Sussan's amazing and impressive career, you can go to her website www.sussanley.com . For more information about Bill whom I've not met, see his website www.billheffernan.com.au .

Mount Gipps Station was where boundary rider Charles Rasp was working mustering, checking fences and prospecting when he identified a metal ore in 1883, which would soon after lead to the discovery of the rich ore body of silver, lead and zinc within the 'Line of Lode' which was also known as Broken Hill due to a small break in the middle of it.

'Kitchen Cabinet' is in its third season and this 5th episode screens tonight at 7.30pm Central Standard Time, (8pm in my home town Melbourne).

Enjoy. Cheers, Jane D

Sunday 28 July 2013

Australian Ballet comes to the bush, Broken Hill to be exact!

From the Australian Ballet
Dancers Company website
Community Event - Ballet
It's no wonder Broken Hill can be described as a cultural hub. This time, it's because the Australian Ballet is bringing a touring company to the city to perform a triple bill act on Wednesday 31 July 2013, in just a few days time.

Dancers Company, the regional touring arm of the Australian Ballet is going on the road and will visit South Australia, Victoria, Broken Hill and the Northern Territory.

The Company will perform Swan Lake (Act III), Paquita and a special work of their own Rimbombo at the Broken Hill Civic Centre.

Principle dancer Amy Harris will feature in Swan Lake and Paquita. Bimbombo is choreographer Simon Dow's brand new work which will feature the young male dancers of the company and will showcase their athleticism and emerging artistry.  All together 25 grad students plus Ms Harris will perform.

Details - 7.30pm at the Broken Hill Civic Centre, 60 Chloride Street (cnr Blende Street).

Tickets can be booked at the Visitor Information Centre on (08) 8080 3575.

All I can add is, lucky Broken Hill, and on top of that to have the ballet delivered to your door with no big city parking worries.

Enjoy. Cheers, Jane D

Saturday 27 July 2013

iStreet Desert Expression Concert & Music Jam on now

Town Square to the left
Corner Argent and Chloride Streets
Community Event
The iStreet Desert Expression Concert and Music Jam is on now at the Town Square in Argent Street, corner of Chloride Street, opposite the Town Hall.

The concert is on between 1 and 5pm today 27 July 2013.

There's still time to pop down there for some fun.

If you can't make that, there also the after party between 6-9pm tonight. Tickets are $5.
Theatre 44 from their website

After party venue is Theatre 44, 189 Wills Street, Broken Hill.

For more details about the event which is a Broken Hill Art Exchange (BHAE) collaboration, see further information below from the 'press release'. You can check out the website link also below to book tickets for the party tonight and as mentioned above, they're only $5.


iStreet Desert Expression grew out of a regional tour by digital artist
and community developer mervin Jarman, to engage the local populations of
Menindee, Wilcannia, Cobar, Balranald, Tibooburra, White Cliffs, Ivanhoe,
Dareton, Bourke and Broken Hill.

Mervin’s methodology is ‘engagement with
a difference’ designed to foster ‘the creative abilities of the
underestimated and undervalued youth population worldwide, giving them a
voice to echo and a space to shine’ (http://istreetlab.ning.com/).

from their website

The iStreet Desert Expression Concert & Jam is for the young and the young at
heart. So bring along a musical instrument to join in the jam or just put
on your dancing shoes for this Concert with a difference! iStreet Desert
Expression is new and experimental and its happening this Saturday. It has
already helped to establish a Youth Program for workshops and excursions
in our region and beyond. We hope to make the iStreet Desert Expression an
annual rotating event across the region to raise the funds that will allow
new social enterprises to establish, using the portable iStreet Labs by
mervin and his methodology for youth engagement.

It all sounds like a lot of fun.

Enjoy. Cheers, Jane D

Friday 19 July 2013

Broken Hill's Demo Club 110th anniversary celebrations all weekend

Community Event

Happy 110th Birthday to the Demo Club!

There's lots happening for the 110th anniversary of the Barrier Social Democratic Club (Demo club) over the coming weekend.

See article below for some of the details about what's on. Details of this article have been sourced from the "For Real Magazine" (via today's 19 July 2013 email subscription link), and For Real Magazine sourced their information from - The Bigger Brighter Breakie Show - 2BH 567

The Barrier Social Democratic Club in Broken Hill is celebrating it’s 110th anniversary.

The Club's Marketing Officer Jenna Millagan says with many events planned it’s a great chance for locals to show their support for the Demo Club.

“Today we have, from 2.30 – 5.30pm an outdoor broadcast… live from the Club. Then we have after 5.30pm we have our Monster Meat Raffle, followed by our Up The River promotion and our members weekly draw with entertainment from 7.30pm with the Super Hits Country Show with the Rustic Suns from Melbourne.”

“Celebrations are continuing on through on Saturday, we’ve got our Electrical Landslide from 4.30pm on Saturday afternoon followed by the Bolo Brothers from 8.00pm in the main bar area.”

“On Sunday we have our members Fun Day from 1.30pm followed by our kids karaoke, talent quest show from 4 – 6pm.”

Flyer for Demo Club Facebook page

“It would be really great to see everyone come down to the Club for the weekend and support the Club and it’s members and really get involved and see what we’ve got to offer” said Jenna.

It all sounds like a lot of fun.

I'm a member of the Demo Club and it's a great local Broken Hill club. It's a real local institution.

Enjoy, cheers, Jane D

Thursday 18 July 2013

Boken Hill Chamber of Commerce new Board announced

Boken Hill Chamber of Commerce new Board announced.

Congratulations to the new Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce Board which were elected last Thursday 11 July 2013, and publicly announced earlier in the week.  See the names of the new office bearers below.

President - Ann Rogers

Vice President - Paul Seager

Treasurer - Sharon Hocking

Public Officer - Andrew Gasmier

Board members - Trevor Hicks, Wayne Lee, Rachel Story, Jim Richards and Tabby Tabateau

For more details about who the new Board members are and other information, see BH Chamber of Commerce website www.bhchamberofcommerce.wordpress.com or their Twitter account @ChamberBH.

See their new Board announcement here or via their tweet link (see below). You can take the opportunity to 'follow' their Twitter account via that tweet if you'd like to keep up with the latest Chamber news.

Feel free to 'follow' www.ilovebrokenhill.com 's Twitter account link here @ilovebrokenhill or via the tweet below (it couldn't be easier). It would be great to have you 'follow the conversation'.

All the best to the new Board for the coming year.

Cheers, Jane D

Tuesday 16 July 2013

Faster Broadband for Broken Hill Q & A, 2-3pm 17 July 2013

Luke Hartsuyker MP
Federal Member of 
Image supplied from Sussan Ley's office
Community Event
Don't miss the opportunity to find out more about the Federal Coalition's commitment to deliver internet speeds of between 25 and 100 mbps to all Australian premises by 2016.

The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Federal Member for Farrer, together with Luke Hartsuyker MP, Federal Member of Cowper (NSW), Shadow Minister for Regional Communications are holding a question and answer session to address the very important issue relating to Broadband in the Bush, in particular Broken Hill. Details -

Venue:     Broken Hill City Council, 240 Blende Street, Broken Hill

When:      2 - 3 pm Wednesday 17 July 2013

Queries to Sussan Ley's office 1300 303 203 (toll free inside Farrer)

Sounds like a valuable opportunity to raise any concerns you may have and to find out more about this really important issue for all Australians.

Worth attending if you get the chance. Cheers, Jane D

Thursday 11 July 2013

Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce AGM tonight 11 July 2013

Community/Business Event

A quick note to say the Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce's Annual General Meeting is on tonight.

Barrier Social Democratic Club (Demo Club)
218 Argent Street, Broken Hill.

Time: 6.30pm.

Like all the meetings, the AGM is open to the public.

The Chamber of Commerce provides a great opportunity to get more involved in the community.

The Chamber was established in 1891 and their office is located at -
164 Argent Street, Broken Hill.
Office hours - Tuesday to Friday 10am - 2pm.

Chamber contact details -
Telephone (08) 8087 2236
Facsimile (08) 8087 8387
Email execofficer@bhchamberofcommerce.com.au
Web www.bhchamberofcommerce.wordpress.com

Cheers, Jane D

Monday 8 July 2013

Dr M Yunupingu on ABC's Australian Story in NAIDOC Week

As we know, it's NAIDOC week with a series of events around the national. Great story on ABC's Australian Story tonight which has just finished. If you missed it, catch it on ABC's iview. Dr M Yunupingu's music has been enjoyed in Broken Hill, in Melbourne, across Australia and of course around the world through the band "Yothu Yindi".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders please note that this episode of Australian Story includes images of people now deceased.

The National Indigenous Music Awards 2013 on 10 August 2013 in Darwin, will honour Dr Yunupingu.

We remember and mourn a wonderful Australian. Jane D

Let us celebrate NAIDOC Week 7-14 July 2013

Community Event

NAIDOC week officially kicked off yesterday Sunday 7 July and will run until next Sunday 14 July 2013, and is being celebrated around Australia and the Torres Strait Islands.  The theme this year is "We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963."

Check out the NAIDOC website for more information. www.naidoc.org.au.

Last Thursday 4th July 2013 saw Broken Hill's special celebration of NAIDOC Week at the family fun day at Sturt Park, see my story of 3 July here.

If you went along to Broken Hill's NAIDOC week celebrations, it would be great to hear all about it, so feel free to add your comments here about how you enjoyed this event.

Mildura NAIDOC Week Event
It's a great week to get out and celebrate this important event, and it's school holidays so here's something that may interest parents and children. Mildura has several events celebrating NAIDOC week, including one on 10 July which includes basketball fun for the young and a BBQ between 10-3pm at the Basketball Stadium, Eighth Street. Mildura is a bit of a drive but it's the closest city (3 hour drive) to Broken Hill, that I know of, that has NAIDOC week activities.

Queries about the basketball event can be directed to Joe Hurst 03 5022 3111.

Enjoy, cheers, Jane D

Friday 5 July 2013

Congratulations Ian Tully winner Broken Hill Outback Open Art Prize

Art Scene
The winner of Broken Hill's 'Outback Open Art Prize' has been announced by the Prize's judge, Musswellbrook Regional Art Centre Manager Brad Franks and the winner is -

Ian Tully, with his sculpture "Personal Mobile Broadband Satellite Receiver" 2013.

'Pinnacles Desert' by Tim Winters
courtesy artist

Second prize ($2,500) went to Tim Winters with his piece "Pinnacles Desert" 2013 (pictured).

The Encouragement Award ($800) went to Vincent Namatjira with his piece "Albert Namatjira Camping" 2013.

As you can see, I have managed to get in touch with one of the prize winners (so far) to obtain an image of their prize winning entry. I will pursue Ian and Albert (if possible) for images of their artworks. I love the colours in Tim's painting on paper which was inspired by the Pinnacles Desert in Western Australia. Congratulations to you Tim. Well done.

The People's Choice Award results are not yet known.  This is the first time the non financial People's Choice Award has been offered.

An exhibition of the winning entries and all the 44 finalist's pieces will run from -

6 July to 18 August 2013 at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery -

404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill

Gallery hours - Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm

Entry by gold coin donation.

The annual "Outback Open Art Prize" has been offered since 1994.

Ian has won the acquisitive $15,000 prize, and in return, the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery will acquire the winning sculpture for  display in its already impressive and extensive collection. Not only is Ian Tully a sculptor, but he is also the Director of the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery. Swan Hill is a Victorian border town about 4.5 or so hours drive from Broken Hill. 

Tim Winters is from Stewart Town near Orange, a regional centre in central New South Wales. Tim was interviewed earlier today on ABC Radio National's Bush Telegraph program. See the link here to the interview - http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bushtelegraph/outback-art/4801940. In the interview Tim said of his artwork "It is definitely not a literal landscape, it is more an interpretation of it."

Vincent Namatjira is the grandson of the famous Australian artist Albert Namatjira.

Congratulations to Ian on winning this coveted art prize, as well as to Tim and Vincent. I am told by someone from the finalist's selection panel that the standard of the entries was very high. I look forward to seeing the sculpture when I'm next in Broken Hill.

Cheers, Jane D

Art, Art, Art ... Broken Hill is full of it

Some of the pieces from Amanda Johnson's exhibition
Image courtesy 'Barrier Daily Truth'
Art Scene
I know I go on about Broken Hill and art but this outback Australian City really is into art.

Tonight there are not one but two art events on, and I'm stuck in Melbourne. Mind you I did go to an art prize awards event in Melbourne last night - Clifton Art Prize, to see my friend Robert Lee Davis win the Melbourne division People's Choice Award, and I saw the Archibald Prize 2013 exhibition at Morning Peninsula Regional Gallery last weekend so I'm not going without.

Nonetheless it still would be great to be in Broken Hill right now and be surrounded by all the art and culture.

I've already written about the Broken Hill Outback Open Art Prize and exhibition opening tonight at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery in several posts, however, it's not the only art event on in the city tonight. There is another art exhibition opening tonight at another venue. Maybe a bit late notice, but for the record ...

Local Broken Hill artist and art teacher Amanda Johnson is having an exhibition of her art student's work at the Girl Guides' Hall, corner of Oxide and Wolfram Streets from 6pm tonight.  The exhibition will continue between 10am - 4pm daily until next Friday 12 July.

Enjoy the exhibitions. As always, feel free to tell us what you thought of the exhibitions.

Cheers, Jane D

Broken Hill Outback Open Art Prize 2013 winner announced on 5 July

Art Scene
As mentioned yesterday, the annual Broken Hill Outback Open Art Prize exhibition is on again, and everyone is welcome.

Final judging of the 44 finalists for the 2013 Broken Hill Outback Open Art Prize is to be held later today at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery (BHRAG).  The judge this year is Brad Franks, Manager of the Musswellbrook Regional Art Centre.  The winners will be announced at the BHRAG this evening, Friday 5 July at the official opening which follows the judging.  Everyone is welcome to attend the opening, which starts at 6pm.  The winner will be announced by Brad at around 6.30pm.

Address: 404 - 408 Argent Street, Broken Hill  NSW  2880

The BHRAG is open daily.  Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm.

Entry by gold coin donation.

Enquiries - 08 8080 3440

For details of the winning entries, see my story in the post after this one, or via the link to this post here.

The exhibition of the shortlisted entries and of course the winning entry will then be on show at BHRAG from 6 July until 18 August 2013.

Rick Ball with his winning entry for the
Outback Open Art Prize 2012

"The Land - Broken Hill and Darling River"
Photo courtesy Cathy Farry - Manager BHRAG
Rick Ball won the 2012 Outback Open Art Prize.  I wrote an article about it at the time, see link to that 7 August 2012 post here.

There will be two other exhibitions on at the same time as the Outback Open Art Prize exhibition.

'Life' by West Australian raised indigenous artist David Dowden and 'Silver City Highway' by Wentworth artist Steve Mars. Both these exhibitions will run from 6 July to 11 August 2013. Further details of these exhibitions can be found on the BHRAG website see link here.

Cheers, Jane D

Thursday 4 July 2013

Broken Hill Outback Open Art Prize 2013 shortlisted finalists include ...

2011 Outback Art Prize winning entry by
Janine Mackintosh, image courtesy artist
'Droughts and Flooding Rains'
Art Scene
The annual Broken Hill Outback Open Art Prize exhibition is on again. NB this Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery link takes you to the winning entries, as they were announced the day after this post.

Final judging of the 44 finalists (see shortlisted artist's names and entries listed below) for the 2013 Outback Art Prize is to be held at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery (BHRAG) tomorrow, 5 July 2013. The winners will be announced at the gallery the same day and the artworks will then be exhibited between 6 July and 18 August 2013.

NOTE: You can find the results, since  announced, via my post of 5 July 2013, see link here.

More about the prize.
The main prize is acquisitive, and the winner will receive $15,000. Second prize is non-acquisitive $2,500, and there is an Encouragement Award of $800.  Also, for the first time there will be a People's Choice Award (non financial).

The names of the finalists are listed below.

Outback Open Art Prize 2013 - Shortlist

Ross Booker, Illara Creek 0321, 2013

Betty Bray, Earth Rhythm 1, 2013

Rose Burke, Outback Fences, 2013

Liz Caffin, Flap, 2013

Liz Cuming, Kimberley Moment, 2013

Jodi Daley, Dingo, 2013

Geoff DeMain, Umberumberka, 2013

Jeanette Dyson, Black Soil Plains, 2012

Wendy Epp, This Ancient Land, 2013

David Frazer, Waiting for Rain, 2013

Wendy Grace, Early Evening, 2013

Margaret Gurney, The Falls, Kakadu, 2012

Kathryn Hede, Rolling Fog - Early Morning, 2013

Rebecca Hillis, Devils Marbles, 2013

Boris Hlavica, White Ants, 2012

Bob Jankowski, Subsiding Transition, 2013

Anne Kern, Horse Powered Whim, 2012

Helene Leane, Flaming Land, 2013

Denise Lithgow, From the Summer House, 2013

Tracy Luff, Paddocks II, 2013

Robert MacLaurin, Hidden Gorge in the High Country, 2012

Chris McClelland, Arkaba Station Creek, Flinders Ranges, 2012

Annette Minchin, Under the Net, 2013

Vincent Namatjira, Albert Namatjira Camping, 2013

Geoff Overheu, Stop Pause, 2012

Sarah Park, Burnt Tranquility, 2012

Jim Paterson, Untitled, 2013

Dallas Perry, Via Mildura, 2013

Matthew Quick, The Lost Tribe, 2013

Colin Radford, Back to Bare Metal, 2012

Elliat Rich, Urban Billy, 2013

Tricia Ross, What Wasn't There, 2012

Susan Severino, Covering Land, 2013

Gary Shinfield, Crossing Water, 2012

Crystal Stubbs, Shifting Landscape, 2013

Chris Stubbs, Missing Pieces, Mutawintji Yellow Foot, 2013

Ian Tully, Personal Mobile Broadband Satellite Receiver, 2013

Christine Vella, The Place, 2013

Steffie Wallace, Summer Storm Alice Springs, 2013

Patricia Walsh, Desert Gold - The Merging of Cooper Creek with Lake Eyre, 2013

Dot Wilkin, Pink Panorama Fowlers Gap, 2012

Wayne Williams, Old Farmcote Shearing Shed Bench, 2012

Patricia Williamsz, Trekking in the McDonnell Ranges, 2012

Tim Winters, Pinnacles Desert, 2013

Regional Art Gallery: 404 - 408 Argent Street, Broken Hill  NSW  2880

The BHRAG is open daily.  Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm.

Entry by gold coin donation.

Enquiries - 08 8080 3440

Last year's winner was Rick Ball. My post this evening will have an image of his wonderful artwork. I wrote a couple of articles about Rick and the Outback Open Art Prize from last year on 10 August and 7 August see the highlighted links to both those posts.

Stay tuned for the 2013 winner's name, to be officially announced around 6.30pm tomorrow.

Good luck to all the entrants, cheers, Jane Deany

Wednesday 3 July 2013

Broken Hill's NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day 4 July 2013

Community Event/Day
Broken Hill's signature NAIDOC Week event is the family fun day at Sturt Park.

The event is on this Thursday 4 July 2013 between 10am and 3pm.

Sturt Park - Chloride, Wolfram, Sulphide and Beryl Streets, Broken Hill.

There will be social, emotional and physical community wellbeing stalls hosted by over 60 government and non-government organisations. Various activities will include - karaoke, jumping castle, face-painting, airbrush tattoo tent, traditional food, drink, traditional dance and music, country rugby league drills and skills, art and painting, early childhood games and play equipment including story telling.

NAIDOC week officially kicks off on 7 July and runs until 14 July 2013, in Australia and the Torres Straits Islands.  The theme this year is "We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963."

Check out the NAIDOC website for more information.  www.naidoc.org.au.

Enquiries - Aboriginal Affairs Broken Hill 08 8088 0002

Enjoy, cheers, Jane D

Monday 1 July 2013

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery - A Study in Abstraction workshop

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
image from gallery's website
Art Scene

Weekend Workshop - A Study in Abstraction

The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery (BHRAG) often runs art related workshops.

Here are some details of an upcoming weekend workshop, and the best part is that no experience is necessary, just some enthusiasm and plenty of energy.

What:      An exploratory journey into the world of abstraction.

This informal mixed media workshop is all about releasing the creative spirit within and having fun.

Where:    Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, 404 - 408 Argent Street

When:     Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July, 10 am - 4 pm

Cost:       $100 member/concession     $110 non-member

Enquiries:     08 8080 3440 or artgallery@brokenhill.com.au

You can check out other workshops and activities on the BHRAG's website

www.bhartgallery.com.au site under "Education & Public Programs" link here.

Sounds like fun and a great indoor activity over winter which can be chilly in Broken Hill.

Enjoy, cheers, Jane D