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.

Friday 28 August 2015

Silver City Minerals and Impact Minerals joint venture drilling commencing Spring 2015

Mining Industry
A bit of mining news!
Drilling is to commence next week at the 'High Grade Copper-Nickel-Platinum Project' in Broken Hill - ASX Announcement 26 August 2015 (number 418/260815)

Here is the announcement, sourced from the Silver City Minerals website - main points -

A drill program of up to 1,500 m of diamond drilling is due to start by the end of next week at Impact Minerals Limited (ASX:IPT) high grade copper-nickel-platinum (PGM) joint venture project near Broken Hill in New South Wales.

The drill program will test seven targets (T1 to T7) at the Red Hill Prospect which covers about one square kilometre, where Impact has discovered a 25 to 30 metre thick near-surface layer of copper-nickel-PGM mineralisation. The mineralisation mostly occurs in two zones of high grade drill intercepts called the Upper and Lower Zones (Figures 1 and 2-see website) which returned:

Upper Zone: 9.5 m at 4.7 g/t 3PGM, 1.5% copper and 0.8% nickel including
5.1 m at 11 g/t 7PGM, 1.9% copper and 0.9% nickel (RHD001) and
5.2 m at 7.9 g/t 7PGM, 1.1% copper and 1.6% nickel (RHD006)
Lower Zone: 9.9 m at 6.7 g/t 3PGM, 1.4% copper and 0.3% nickel including
4.2 m at 11.8 g/t 7PGM, 2.6% copper and 0.5% nickel (RHD001) and
13.8 m at 6.6 g/t 7PGM, 1.1% copper and 0.3% nickel (RHD006).

Note 3PGM = Platinum-palladium-gold and 7PGM = 3PGM + osmium, iridium, rhodium, ruthenium where assayed (full details in Table 1-see website for table).

These results are some of the highest grades of PGM ever reported in Australia.

The two zones of mineralisation are interpreted to dip at a shallow angle to the south and may be increasing in width and grade with depth (Figure 1-see website). In addition the mineralisation is in part coincident with an Induced Polarisation (IP) chargeability anomaly identified in a ground geophysical survey (Figures 1 and 2-see website). This is Target T1 and follow up drilling is planned to test the mineralisation at depth and along trend (Figure 2)-see website.

The other five drill targets consist of one ground (T2) and one down hole (T3) electromagnetic anomaly, a rock chip geochemical anomaly (T4), two induced polarisation (IP) anomalies (T5 and T7) and an airborne magnetic anomaly (T6) (see announcement dated 1st April 2015).

Further drill targets may also be identified from the results of a recently completed ground gravity survey over the area. Interpretation of this data is in progress.

The drill rig is scheduled to mobilise to site early next week.


Stay tuned for further developments.


Jane Deany

Tuesday 18 August 2015

RIP Beret from Menindee, my Broken Hill connection

Around nine years ago, I was staying in Broken Hill on one of my many visits. I was staying with a friend who had a little Maltese Shih Tzu cross dog called Bear (sp?). I was so taken with Bear that I thought I'd find out where he came from.

Turns out he came from Menindee. A little town 110 km south east of Broken Hill. I decided I'd go home via Menindee and see if there were any more little relatives of Bear.

I came across one last little pup from a litter, and bought my first ever dog, who was a cousin of Bear.

I named her Beret (semi named after Bear).

Very sadly, about a month ago, I had to have Beret put down due to health reasons.

Luckily I still have another dog named 'Who' whom I bought on the way home from another trip to Broken Hill about six years ago. That's another story.

You were a funny little dog Beret, with quirky habits and a lot of energy. My brother always said it was like she had drunk too much coffee.

Who and I miss you Beret. But we won't forget you.

So it's simply ... RIP Beret.

Saturday 8 August 2015

Congratulations to the winners of the Inland Tourism Awards 2015

Linda Nadge (L), Jane Deany- aka me (centre) and
Travis Nadge (R). Linda & Travis Nadge -
Bronze Award for Specialised Tourism Services.
Community Event
It was great to be in Broken Hill recently to attend the Inland Tourism Awards for 2015. I knew a few of the finalists, and was pleased to witness friends receiving assorted awards from Bronze through to Gold, and for one Broken Hill 'superstar' operator - Tri State Safaris, further, repeat inductions into the Hall of Fame. Tri State was inducted for the Tour and/or Transport Operator category and (with Mutawintji Ecotours) -  Indigenous Tourism.

Here is a link to the Inland Tourism Awards website which lists all the 2015 winners 


The event was held at the Broken Hill Civic Centre and there were approximately 240 guests. Eighty percent of the guests were visitors connected with the finalists and the finalists themselves.

Finalists came from the following four regional tourist areas of Central, Inland, Murray and Riverina NSW.

Winners of the Inland Tourism Awards gain finalist status upon entering the NSW State Awards,  and if successful, go into the National Tourism Awards.

I was delighted to sit with Gold Award Winners Eldee Station, who won the Unique Accommodation category, and my friends Linda and Travis Nadge who won Bronze in the Specialised Tourism Services category for their new Outback Astronomy business.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service Bruce Langford Visitor Centre (Broken Hill) won the Silver Award for the Tourism Attractions category.

Multi award winning Tri State Safaris won the Gold Award for both the Ecotourism category and Adventure Tourism category.

There were 26 categories in all.

It was a fantastic night. Guest were entertained by the Desert Queens and there was a Priscilla Queen of the Desert theme.

Congratulations to all the winners.


Jane Deany