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Packsaddle reinvigorated

Friday, 28th September, 2018

Packsaddle Roadhouse, about 180km north of Broken Hill on the Silver City Highway, has undergone a transformation. PICTURE: Supplied Packsaddle Roadhouse, about 180km north of Broken Hill on the Silver City Highway, has undergone a transformation. PICTURE: Supplied

By Michael Murphy

Packsaddle Roadhouse has received a facelift thanks to the hard-working crew - and a few friends - of the popular outback hangout.

They’re also planning an event for drought-stricken farmers next week, which has been instigated by a group from the NSW Central Coast.

Packsaddle’s Mia Degoumois said everyone pitched in to give the roadhouse its new look, which includes bar tops along a new insulated verandah with a wooden feature ceiling and down lights.

“We have completely repainted the outside colours to a more modern look without changing the character,” Mia said.

“We still have more to do with adding blinds for summer and a lounge area on the verandah.

“A friend of ours who is a local was looking for work now the drought has dried up most of the need for contract mustering.

“He was able to do the renovations with his boiler-making and wood-working skills.”

All the staff jumped in to help out, sanding and painting.

“We are all really happy with the results. We are always looking to do improvements when we can depend on the tourist seasons.”

She said the new sealed road between Broken Hill and Packsaddle had made their part of the world more accessible for day visits, and a weekend getaway for groups and clubs. 

And they expect a crowd on October 6.

“We are having a party for the farmers which is a donation drive organised by some wonderful people,” Mia said.

“They have put so much time and effort into organising the event which will bring a couple of truck-loads of feed and various items, generously donated by Sydney business and individuals, to Packsaddle for everyone affected by the drought in the area.”

About 15 members of the North Gosford Rotary Club is organising a barbecue, with salads made and supplied by the roadhouse.

Nathan Harvey, a former model and TV presenter now singer, will fly up to Broken Hill, thanks to the generosity of Regional Express Airlines, and he will entertain at Packsaddle for the day, 

“Nathan has generously donated his time to come out and support the event,” Mia said.

“And we are also excited to have some local Broken Hill entertainers come up for an open mic day.

“It’s all about just having fun and seeing smiles on people’s faces.”

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