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Be a tourist in your own city

Friday, 20th February, 2015

Patton Village Committee chairman Larry Angell at the Synagogue in Wolfram Street. Now a museum, it is one of the many attractions that even locals might not have visited. Patton Village Committee chairman Larry Angell at the Synagogue in Wolfram Street. Now a museum, it is one of the many attractions that even locals might not have visited.

By Emily Roberts

How many of us can say we have seen all the sights of Broken Hill?

That’s what the Patton Village Committee is asking in their “See The Heritage City First Campaign”.

“The Patton Village committee is encouraging all locals to become a ‘local tourist’ in our city,” Chairman Larry Angell said.

“Broken Hill has become the first heritage listed city in Australia, and we are encouraging all locals to tour the city as a tourist to see what we have to offer tourists.”

A week-long campaign which will begin on February 23 and run until March 1.

“Participating tourist attractions will be offering free entry to people who state ‘I’m a local tourist’,” Mr Angell said.

“The timing of the campaign is designed for locals to visit as many attractions as possible, prior to the start of our busy tourist season.

“The more locals that have an understanding and knowledge of the tourist products that we have to offer, the more people that are able to get the word out as to why we are the heritage city.”

Mr Angell said he had this idea in mind for a long time.

“It is an offshoot of the ‘See Australia First Campaign’ that ran years ago.

“We were waiting for an announcement (about heritage listing) and so it was put on the back burner.

“We will be running it as a pilot and see if it is successful to run annually, as well expanding on possible options.”

Many tourist attractions have jumped on board.

Margaret Price, the co-ordinator at the Synagogue, said the museum in Wolfram Street was a popular place to visit.

“We do get a lot of local visitors, but I have some people say to me; ‘I’ve lived here for 60 years and never been inside the Synagogue’,” she said.

“Before Centro Westside was built people didn’t have much of a reason to go down Wolfram Street, so the Synagogue was bypassed.

“It’s a full museum with all local history, as well as Jewish history.”

Other ideas being proposed are Volunteer Tourist ambassadors, free training for staff of tourist attractions, and a dinner meeting for all operators with a key note speaker.

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