Momentum is building on projects funded by the BHP Billiton Foundation (BHPBF) with design specialists HeineJones presenting a draft framework to connect the projects and bring them to life.
In early 2016 Council received approximately $5.7 million from the BHPBF to fund two projects under its Living Museum and Perfect Light (LM+PL) Plan; the digitisation of the Broken Hill and Outback Archives and its relocation to new state-of-the-art facilities in the Council Administration Building, and the construction of Mineral and Art Intersections along Argent Street.
A further $181,000 was also received from BHP Billiton to develop and interpret the chimney from BHP's original office in Broken Hill as a site of historical significance.
To deliver these projects, Council and HeineJones are taking a ‘Wayfinding and Whole of Destination Interpretive Approach’ to connect each project and truly transform the city into a ‘living museum’.
On Tuesday HeineJones presented some early concepts for wayfinding and the Mineral and Art Intersections to the project's Steering Group - a committee comprised of community representatives from the arts, heritage, mining, tourism, law, health, Foundation BH, RDA Far West and the Chamber of Commerce.
Council's Living Museum Specialist, Dr Rachael Vincent, said the early ideas were well received by the Group, and were the result of HeineJones delving into the local community and its history.
"The brief for this project required the successful applicant to undertake community engagement, and HeineJones have already been very active on that front even though the design process is in its early stages," she said.
"They spent a week immersing themselves in the city, and have so far met with local historical bodies, museum curators, the Chamber of Commerce, taken numerous tours of important local sites and attractions, and also considered previous community feedback gathered as part of the Living Museum and Perfect Light plan.
"And I think that has been reflected in what they have produced so far - their ideas for wayfinding are practical, functional, and centred around promoting the city's heritage and history.
"HeineJones received some very constructive feedback from group members at the recent presentation, and I'm sure their approach to the project will evolve accordingly."
Dr Vincent said the make-up of each Mineral and Art Intersection was still being carefully considered, with ideas to be refined through further consultation.
"We'll now look to continue these conversations to ensure the true essence of Broken Hill is reflected in the final design."
In news from other BHPBF projects, community engagement surrounding the design of the new Broken Hill Archives is expected to begin later this month, and will feature surveys and an open session for residents to provide input.
* The Living Museum and Perfect Light Project Steering Group provided design specialists HeineJones with some useful feedback during a recent presentation.