Burton bids farewell
Tuesday, 14th May, 2013
By Kurtis J Eichler
Health advocate Steve Burton is leaving Broken Hill with “mixed feelings”.
The chairman of Active BH and BH Hospital employee has accepted the job of Regional Health Promoter in Albury with the Murrumbidgee Health District.
The district covers one fifth of NSW and includes 14 health facilities - six more than Broken Hill.
Moving to the city with wife Jackie van der Neut in 2002, Mr Burton founded Active BH Inc to promote the city’s many sporting groups.
His passion for the community has stretched further than just physical activity. He’s been a member of the Y’s Men’s Club and could be seen at everything from rodeos to country music festivals in the village of Cockburn.
“I’ve got very mixed feelings,” Mr Burton told the BDT. “I think Broken Hill is an amazing place.
“In my time here ... I think there’s been an increase in the popularity of sport and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
“The biggest achievement was probably building a database that in time has given free promotion for every sporting, physical education and activity group in Broken Hill.
“It’s slowed the decline in a lot of those groups.”
With the founder of the health advocacy group leaving the city, questions will be raised about its ability to survive but Mr Burton said sustainability was the key.
“The holy grail with this type of work is sustainability.
“Sustainability is a difficult thing to find.”
Mr Burton has outlined a business plan for BH Active BH for the next 12 months and says he hopes to see a shopfront in Argent Street within 10 years.
“If it doesn’t survive that’s three years and lots of money that’s gone down the drain,” he said.
For now, though, he is looking forward to visiting the gourmet areas around Albury as well as doing some skiing at the Falls Creek snowfields.