Broken Hill’s Miners’ Memorial open to visitors

Broken Hill’s Miners Memorial has been reopened to the public after being closed for more than two weeks.

Gates to the tourist attraction are open from 10 am to 8 pm daily, but a fence has been erected around the famous giant red chair to keep visitors off.

Mining Company CBH says a long-term solution is needed for the site so it does not close again, ABC reported.

The site, which acts a memorial to those who have lost their lives since mining begun in Broken Hill, sits on a mining lease.

Rasp Mine general manager Rob Williamson says injuries to visitors are treated as mining-related because of the lease, and is aiming to remove public liability issues.

"Our longer-term strategy is to have part of that lease around the memorial, the cafe and the carpark and also the access road relinquished," Williamson said.

"That would return to Crown Lands so we're working on that at the moment, and we're hoping to make a submission to the Department of Trades and Investment in the next couple of weeks."

Williamson says CBH is hoping council will manage the tourist attraction long-term.

"We understand the importance of the memorial to the Broken Hill community and the local tourism industry," he said.

"However we don't have resources to manage the site for public access in the long term, that's why we've engaged the council to see what sort of resources they could assist us with or provide us with to do that, and as those discussions are on going."

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