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Mines urged to step up for Line of Lode

Wednesday, 3rd December, 2014

Discussions were lively at last nights meeting to discuss improvement for the Line of Lode. Discussions were lively at last nights meeting to discuss improvement for the Line of Lode.

Headway was made at a meeting about improvements to the Line of Lode - with discussions about running tours and getting plan costing at the forefront.

Locals who wished to discuss proposed improvements to the Line of Lode attended a public meeting held at the Centre for Community last night.

The meeting was an opportunity to voice ideas to improve the Line of Lode while acknowledging the city’s mining history.

At the centre was a plan, provided as an alternate to City Council’s urban design strategy, to erect giant mosaics and statues at the iconic site.

Barrier Industrial Council President Danny O’Connor said the night was productive.

“We need methodical costing for each project,” Mr O’Connor said.

“We have had the statue idea, murals and another idea for a walkway.”

Mr O’Connor said the decisions to come out of the meeting was that mining companies would be approached about starting up tours and costing for materials would be sought.

The idea first took shape when local man Jamie Long approached BIC president Danny O’Connor and CFMEU vice-president Greg Braes about his long-held plan of erecting giant miner statues atop the Line of Lode.

Mr O’Connor then met with renowned artist Geoff De Main, who offered a different solution that was equally striking and durable, but far more cost-effective.

“The most important thing is that we put a price to all of these ideas,” Mr O’Connor said.

“I think we have woke the sleeping dragon - so to speak. I was impressed people were turning up.”

During the discussions, Mr Braes said that the Line of Lode was “sacred ground” and should be left as it is.

“At the moment, it can’t be used for what it was meant for - I would like to see it back open and in use.

“It needs to be utilised better than it has been. 

“Another important issue is that we don’t have a miner’s memorial day, we are a mining town.”

While some of the crowd agreed with Mr Braes, one local, Steve Sliwka, said it shouldn’t be made into a “tomb”.

Gary Radford said it was positive to see that the community was talking about these issues.

He said the idea of starting up mining tours might be beneficial.

“I toured the Kalgoorlie mines and it took me two days to get on a tour,” Mr Radford said.

“But it was a great tour and what would something like that cost Broken Hill? Nothing.

“We have to knock the mining companies into gear.”

Councillor Darriea Turley said she has heard from many members of the community that they would like the Line of Lode to be left as it is.

“It is my personal view that the Line of Lode is magnificent as it is,” she said.

“You can sit up there and enjoy all of Broken Hill.”

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