A stroll down memory lane
Thursday, 22nd December, 2011
Today the BDT begins a special series looking back at the events and stories that made headlines in Broken Hill throughout 2011.
Over the next few weeks we will re-live the triumphs and tears that shaped our city, from the year’s soggy start when flooding rain fell in the region, to news that not one but two mining developments, including CBH Resources’ Rasp Mine, had been given the go-ahead, promising jobs and a major boost to the economy.
Then there was production company Kennedy Miller Mitchell, which provided the year’s largest let down when it announced the post apocalyptic movie Mad Max 4 would not be made near Silverton after all because ... it’s too green.
Broken Hill also had its share of special visitors during 2011, not least Australia’s very own royal, Princess Mary of Denmark.
Footballing royalty also paid a visit in the form of veteran AFL coach Kevin Sheedy who was promoting the AFL’s newest club, Greater Western Sydney.
Labor’s historic State election loss - when the party didn’t win a polling booth in BH - was another memorable moment.
2011 was also a year of loss for the city with the passing in April of the union leader, Bill O’Neil.