Published on : Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Broken Hill in far west New South Wales is up for getting a big boost in tourism with plans to get the city on the world heritage list, two and a half years after it became Australia’s first national heritage-listed city.
Broken Hill City Council has set aside $70,000 in its draft operational plan to see if it would meet the criteria for a world heritage listing.
The Council’s heritage consultant Rachael Vincent said that there were many elements of Broken Hill’s history working in its favour.
Dr. Vincent said, “We have the Line of Lode — the largest silver, lead and zinc mineral deposit in the world. We’ve contributed to some really significant mining, metallurgical [and] safe working practices. There’s lots of things that we can take forward for this world heritage listing to make us unique.”
The Council said that an aim of pursuing heritage listings was for diversifying Broken Hill’s economy through an increase in tourism with the local mining industry facing an uncertain long-term future and the city undergoing chronic population decline.
There was also an increase in overnight visitor numbers last year, up 12 per cent from 2015.