Broken Hill’s mining history recognised with heritage listing

Broken Hill’s rich mining history helped to name it as the first city on the National Heritage List.

Federal Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt announced the news at Broken Hill yesterday.

"When you think of regional Australia, when you think of mining, when you think of the ethos of Australia, you think of Broken Hill," he said.

"From Pro Hart to Priscilla to Perilya, it's a town that covers art and culture and mining and industry and the outback of Australia.

"The silver, the zinc, the incredible resources that have characterised Broken Hill have been the basis upon which so much of Australia has been built."

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

"BHP Billiton welcomes today's announcement from the Federal Government that Broken Hill will be heritage listed," the company said.

"Broken Hill is a town with a strong and important history for our Company and Australia more broadly and we look forward to talking to the government and local council about how we could help recognise this shared heritage."

Broken Hill’s mayor, Wincen Cuy, said the announcement was a proud moment for the local community.

“Blood, sweat, tears and very good times have been part and parcel of our history. And while today’s announcement looks at our past – our National Heritage Listing is now very much about our future,” Cuy said.

“Our past is our future. We do have a great story to tell.”

Broken Hill residents lobbied for 10 years to have the city recognised on the National Heritage list.

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