BHP executives visit Broken Hill for heritage talks

Executives from BHP Billiton have visited Broken Hill to have talks with Mayor Wincen Cuy about the city’s National Heritage listing.

It follows the announcement by Federal Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt in January that Broken Hill’s rich mining history helped to name it as the first city on the National Heritage List.

Broken Hill was the birthplace of Broken Hill Proprietary, which went on to become one the world’s biggest mining companies, BHP Billiton.

BHP said it was keen to help recognise the heritage listing and met with Cuy yesterday to discuss measures aimed at supporting the city’s future.

"Broken Hill is an important part of BHP Billiton's history, and we share an interest in the future of the City," the company said in a statement.

"We had a positive discussion with the Mayor and management of the Council and look forward to working together to identify ways we could support the city and acknowledge our shared heritage."

Cuy said while it was still early days, he looked forward to meeting with the company again in the near future.

"We'll now sit and see what we can do and hopefully we can put some proposals together that will meet both parties' desired outcomes,” he said.

"It is early days and we just need to make sure we take things as they are and hopefully we can foster the relationship from there."

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