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Let’s do it

Thursday, 8th February, 2018

Adding some greenery and colour. Adding some greenery and colour.

By Emily Roberts

A local woman believes it’s time to take some ideas from other cities to brighten up Broken Hill.

Natasha Bearman said she was travelling through Mildura on Tuesday and saw they had updated their city centre to include a number of fun, interactive items.

She thought something similar in Broken Hill might be the way to go.

“I think if we were more community minded, we could halve the social issues,” she said.

“If there was a stronger sense of belonging and community there would be less vandalism because people would be proud of their community.

“I was in Mildura at the start of the week and we were in the mall in the main part of town.

“It was just beautiful, they had painted tyres with plants in them, an old fridge was used for book swapping, there were checkers and Connect Four games and men were doing Tai Chi.

“They had transportable table tennis, there were games just scattered down the mall.

“It was lovely and green; there was something for all ages.

“There was a really lovely community feel. I didn’t want to leave, I just wanted to sit and chill.”

Ms Bearman said she had been told that not much could be done due to the city’s heritage listing.

“Regardless of our heritage listing, I think we can do more.

“Instead of pulling up the greenery and putting gravel down, succulents could be planted. It looks really stark.

“I love the idea of recycling tyres and painting them.

“It would be good to get some mist sprays around town. It would be lovely to sit and have a coffee with the mist to keep you cool.”

She said giant games would be a great way to keep people occupied.

“If you are proud of your city and feel part of the community you have more ownership and are less likely to vandalise,” Ms Bearman said.

“We could get checkers and put them in Town Square, they could be collected each day.

“I’m fed up with people whinging, we’ve got to fix it ourselves.

“If we have a problem with it, we have to do something about it.”

Ms Bearman said she often hears about people wanting to leave.

“We have a city full of people with no confidence, who want to leave - we need to fix it.

“I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is, I will help out if something can be done.

“There may be a number of reasons Council can’t do these things, but they could do something really simple.

“It’s the little things that make a difference.”

She said making additions to Town Square could be beneficial for all of Argent Street.

“A portable library is a great idea if there was one targeted for kids; it would give them something to do in Town Square.”

Council was contacted for comment.

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