Broken Hill is a remarkable city with a mining history of world significance – despite minimal rainfall and extreme summer temperatures it has survived as a unique settlement with a strong community spirit and civic pride.
From 1886 it burgeoned as a mining centre attracting skilled men and labour from all over the world. By 1907, when it was proclaimed a city, 9,000 men were employed on the mines. With mining as its focus the population of the city has peaked twice – in 1915 with 35,000 and in 1952 at just under 33,000 people. However since that time the population has been steadily declining as the mines have closed, and the population was predicted to fall dramatically by the year 2000 to 9000 people. That has not occurred – there are still nearly 20,000 people in the city. However there has recently again been some down turn in in mining activity and the city is now challenged by some loss of businesses, both in mining employment and general service activity.
The purpose of the Three Year Heritage Strategy is to provide a summary of strategies that the Broken Hill City Council will employ to guide heritage management for the financial years 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017. The 9 recommendations of the Heritage Branch publication Recommendations for Local Council Heritage Management have been reviewed and utilised in the preparation of this heritage strategy.
This strategy has been prepared to meet the requirements of the New South Wales Heritage Office three year funding agreement to support local government heritage management in New South Wales. This Strategy focuses on the built heritage within the City, and does not include aboriginal heritage. The document can be accessed from the link below.