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.

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