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Walking the talk

Friday, 22nd July, 2016

Tour guides Sally Bright, Steve Quinn, Gigi Barbe, Maxine Crowley and Carol McGavisk. PICTURE: Daniel Stringer Tour guides Sally Bright, Steve Quinn, Gigi Barbe, Maxine Crowley and Carol McGavisk. PICTURE: Daniel Stringer

By Daniel Stringer

A group of Broken Hill locals are on the cusp of reviving a much needed tourism service in the city.

For the past 18 months Carol McGavisk has been involved in organising a free heritage walk through Broken Hill, explaining the rich history of the city to tourists.

After many setbacks, including two leaders of the group quitting the project, yesterday progress was finally made, as a training walk was held with perspective local guides.

Carol became involved in restarting the tours after they stopped last year and says that the project is the perfect way to combine her love of history and walking.

“It just appealed to me because I love Broken Hill and I have lived here all my life and know the area well. I also loved walking, so this type of thing seemed like the perfect fit.”

Broken Hill is a city steeped in history, being listed as Australia’s first heritage listed city and being placed on the National Heritage List alongside renowned attractions such as Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef. 

The tours would see guides lead tourists around town, showing them historic sites such as the railway station and even the BDT office.

Tour guide Maxine Crowley says it is important tourists know and understand the history behind the city. 

“Broken Hill is not just a little town that sprung up because people were growing wheat nearby, when tourists come here they need to know what they are seeing when they see it and why certain things are here.

“Broken Hill has so much history and I find that interesting, so I am sure tourists would as well.

“For example, I don’t think even a lot of locals know that Broken Hill was the only place in Australia to be attacked during World War 1.”

The guides are currently putting the finishing touches on the tour and hope to have it ready for tourists before the end of the year.

Any locals who would like to volunteer as a guide are encouraged get involved by contacting Carol.

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