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Resilient city celebrates in style

Monday, 8th September, 2008

Saturday night's 125th anniversary celebrations were a chance to recognise and pay tribute to the city's resilience, according to Council Community and Development Manager, Fiona Ellis.

Whilst Perilya will today inform the bulk of 440 mine workers of their job losses, Ms Ellis said that the city still had much to celebrate.

"It's a remarkable city," she said at the celebrations in the city's CBD.

"It's very resilient.... we should celebrate the fact that after 125 years we're still here.

"Here we are in the middle of nowhere - a vibrant, dynamic city."

The city's tribute to the 125 years since Charles Rasp filed his claim on the line of lode included the biggest fireworks display Broken Hill has ever seen, as well as a free concert featuring local community groups, James Reyne, The Lees and Broken Hill Song competition winner Anne Bransdon.

Ms Bransdon performed her song "Adventurous Spirit", to the rousing applause of the audience, before getting the crowd to help her sing happy birthday to her mum Christine Adams.

Many in the audience were also happy to sing and dance along to former Australian Crawl singer and headline act James Reyne's biggest hits.

Sisters Monique Richards and Kristy Ramsay were among those enjoying the opportunity to see the star up-close.

"We're having a really good time," Mrs Ramsay told the BDT in between songs.Ms Ellis said that it was great to see so many families out enjoying the alcohol-free festivities.

"The children in the schools are the Broken Hill of tomorrow so it was important they were involved."

Ms Ellis said that while in the past the city had celebrated milestones with street parades, the concert was a fitting tribute to the community's achievements.

And she believes that despite the current uncertainty surrounding Perilya's job cuts, Broken Hill has a strong future in both tourism and mining.

"Broken Hill will be successful in tourism as long as we're a mining town that attracts tourists.

"We'd like mining still to be our biggest industry and I believe it will be."

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