All roads lead to Broken Hill
Broken Hill: it’s the isolated mining town that punches well above its weight.
Known as the Capital of the Outback, the Oasis of the West and the Silver City, the metropolis is a rivalled artistic hub and a history buff’s nirvana. It hosts an authentic outback experience, sits on the iconic red dirt of the Barrier range and, for the first time in almost ten years, it’s certified Nat’s Country.
Two weeks ago our Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton opened his Broken Hill office alongside Senator Fiona Nash, cementing the Nationals’ commitment to the town.
Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries has been loyally fighting for the Broken Hill community since former Nationals’ member John Williams retired from the (now abolished) Murray-Darling electorate. And, thanks to a redistribution of boundaries at the last Federal election, Mark is now their proud representative in Canberra.
With the Nationals’ fighting for the town again at both State and Federal level, it seems appropriate that hundreds of delegates will be taking to the sky, hitching a ride on the train or driving across the desert to Broken Hill for our Party’s 2017 Annual General Conference in May.
This year’s Conference will be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for many of our grassroots members who are yet to explore the rugged beauty of the landscape and charm that Broken Hill has to offer.
Two locals who are looking eagerly forward to Conference visiting town are two of our latest editions to the NSW Nationals family, Danielle Keenan and Brooke File.
The pair staff Mark’s new office and are tremendously excited to welcome guests with all their hometown has to offer.
“As a Broken Hill born-and-bred ‘A Grader’ I am excited to showcase my amazing community to everyone attending the NSW Nationals State Conference,” said Danielle.
“Broken Hill is a real outback city in every sense of the word. It is not in the middle of nowhere, it’s the beginning of somewhere unforgettable. The never-ending starry skies, prolific mining history, artistic culture and the diverse friendly community make for a truly authentic outback experience that we are excited to share.”
But it’s not just those who are raised in Broken Hill who love the city, Brooke is also ready to show off her new home.
“Moving from the coast five years ago I have been in awe of the biggest blue skies I have ever seen, rugged red dirt tracks…it really is the gateway to the outback, and as such you meet a wide variety of people from all over the country, and indeed the world,” said Brooke.
“It is an iconic city, quintessentially Australian and so representative of where our country as come from.”
“The locals of Broken Hill are some of the most resilient people I’ve ever met; they are industrious, innovative and ready to welcome you to their city with open arms.”
The NSW Nationals have a long history in the mining town, with the 1976 Annual General Conference there rejecting the original proposal to follow our Federal counterparts and rename ourselves the “National Country Party of Australia – NSW.”
The unique settlement of Broken Hill captures the spirit of our Party and it seems that there is no better place for the NSW Nationals to come together this year to celebrate.
To find all the details regarding the upcoming Broken Hill conference, click here.
To register for the Conference, click here.