Major landmark upgrades begin

Artist interpretation of the Line of Lode upgrades. Picture: Supplied

A multi-million-dollar redevelopment of the Line of Lode landmark is now underway.

At least $5.67 million will be spent to upgrade the popular site to boost its overall appeal and amenities.

NSW Minister for Lands and Water, Kevin Anderson, believes the upgrades will deliver several benefits.

“The Line of Lode is a unique Crown land reserve that provides an incredible backdrop and tourist lookout for Broken Hill while paying tribute to over 800 people who had lost their lives to mining since the 1880s,” he said.

“This $5.67 million upgrade aims to support regional jobs and material suppliers to inject money into the economy while breathing new life into the reserve for the benefit of locals and visitors to Broken Hill.”

New upgrades include redesigning, expanding and refurbishing the Broken Earth Complex.

This will see the installation of a full-scale commercial kitchen, new amenities and extra storage to provide improved café and restaurant facilities to support functions and conferences.

Other renovations include landscaping the reserve to improve its visual appeal and construction of a reticulated water system to ensure a safe and secure water supply to the reserve and its facilities.

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The major redevelopment follows previous improvements like the installation of solar panels and lighting, fencing, bitumen paving, CCTV security and signage to promote the reserve.

Minister for Western NSW, Dugald Saunders, said a boost to the tourism industry in Broken Hill will have a lasting impact on the town’s economy.

“People and businesses in regional NSW, particularly in iconic places like Broken Hill, have suffered immensely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

“Through investments like these, the NSW Government is helping to keep people employed, keep the local economy ticking along and has provided travellers with yet another reason to visit Broken Hill.

“With domestic and international borders reopening, it is critical for Western NSW to re-establish itself as a tourist hotspot, and this investment will play a crucial role in that.”

The NSW Government contracted North Construction and Building Pty Ltd to manage the upgrade project following a tender process.

Upgrade work is scheduled to be finished by the end of June.

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