Group to restore iconic site
Thursday, 21st May, 2015
By Erica Visser
Almost 1000 faded red roses line the Miner’s Memorial plaques atop the Line of Lode but now a community group is looking to replace them with white versions.
The memorial, which recently reopened to the public, is not only a major tourist attraction but a symbol of respect for those lost.
That’s why members of Quota International of Broken Hill have taken it upon themselves to restore the iconic site to its prime condition.
One member, Gaynor Holliday, had noticed the artificial roses appeared washed out and were covered with cobwebs, whilst the plaques were laden with red dust.
“I’ve got family members up there and all of the red roses looked fairly shabby,” she said.
“I took it to a Quota meeting where everybody agreed it would be a worthy community project to replace all of the flowers and get a little group together to tidy it up on a regular basis.”
Quota has allocated funding to replace the roses and will dedicate time to cleaning the glass plaques.
“We’re looking at putting white roses this time because they won’t fade like the red ones have, and it’s easy enough to wash them with a bit of hot water,” Ms Holliday said.
The club has allocated funds towards the project but will also accept donations, said Ms Holliday, who can be contacted on 8087 4086.
Ms Holliday said she had discussed the plans with the lessee of the site, which is owned by NSW Crown Lands.