THE LINE OF LODE - THE HEART OF BROKEN HILL

The Line of Lode, situated in the heart of Broken Hill, remains a significant feature in the history and physical landscape of outback New South Wales.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries has engaged Allen Jack+Cottier, along with Environmetrics and SGB Advisory, to investigate strategies for the revitalization of the precinct as the city looks to the future. An initial community consultation period found that there is a strong desire amongst the community to maintain public access to the precinct, and that investment in the development of the Line of Lode is very important, both for its potential as a major tourist attraction, and for its significance with the people and history of Broken Hill.

In the following report we have presented a series of development opportunities aiming to revitalize the precinct, based on the community feedback received. These principally involve adding complementary attractions and experiences to the existing iconic Broken Earth Cafe and Miner’s Memorial, and reconfiguring the Cafe to maximize its efficient operation.

Through the implementation of these strategies, we hope to create a compelling must see destination; offering a diverse range of experiences for both locals and tourists, and telling the story, past and future, of Broken Hill. The proposed strategies will lead visitors on a new cohesive journey through the site, take advantage of the Line of Lode’s remarkable location, offer engaging and educational activities, and honour the history of mining and miners that helped make the city.




1. Connection - From the Town to the Top of the Hill

2. Arrival - Sculpture Garden / Viewing Platform / Oasis PICNIC & Playground

3. INTERPRETIVE MINER’S TOUR

4. Miner’s Memorial / Amphitheatre

5. Visitor Centre / Broken Earth Cafe

6. Summary

“The site needs to be like a honey pot composed of a number of attractions and experiences to increase the pull of the destination.”

CONNECTION

Consolidating the existing links from the town centre and creating new methods of convenient access to the top of the hill are integral to the success of the renewal project. Potential improvements include:

CONNECTING THE TOWN TO THE TOP OF THE HILL

pedestrian railway overpass (SANT PERE SACARRERA FOOTBRIDGE. IMAGE xavier font)

IMPROVED SIGNAGE & WAYFINDING

HISTORIC MINING RELICS ALONG THE MEMORIAL TRAIL




ILLUMINATED ‘MEMORIAL TRAIL’ PEDESTRIAN PATH

NEWCASTLE MEMORIAL WALK. source - TripAdvisor




new CHAIRLIFT FROM TOWN TO TOP

STANLEY nut CHAIRLiFT. source - tourism tasmania

new jogging and mtb trails

ARRIVAL

The existing sense of arrival to the Line of Lode is underwhelming. Currently it presents a vast expanse of carpark scattered with historic mining machinery. This area provides an excellent opportunity to increase amenity and offer a range of new attractions, enticing visitors to extend their stay.

new carpark lighting and signage drawing from the nature of the surrounding landscape. Appropriate to a destination of national significance

desert sculpture garden

LEFT: LAKE LIGHT SCULPTURE, JINDABYNE

RIGHT: LAKE BALLARD SCULPTURES BY ANTHONY GORMLEY.

source - kALGOORLIE TOURISM

OASIS PICNIC AREA & PLAYGROUND

NATIONAL ARBORETUM, ACT. source - tAYLOR CULLITY LETHLEAN

broken hill sunset from viewing platform

source - IMMBULLETIN

EXISTING VIEW ACROSS CARPARK

existing view to cafe and memorial

EXISTING arrival

concealing / creating a journey

INTERPRETIVE MINER’S TOUR

The Broken Earth Cafe / Visitor Centre remains as the gateway to the primary part of the site. From here you can either walk directly on to the Memorial or purchase tickets and embark on the Interpretive Miner’s Tour.

The tour will create a new curated backdrop to display much of the existing machinery scattered across the site, but also provide an interactive and educational experience showcasing the history of mining in Broken Hill.

The built-up mullock bank visible on arrival will extend beyond to form a sinuous network of tunnels and valleys, focussing the visitor’s attention on the plays of light and shadow, and the machinery on display. Precast concrete culverts and tanks, buried underneath the mullock, will provide the structure for a simulated mining experience of ‘underground’ tunnels and caves, which could hold animations and light displays.

A combination of tours led by experienced miners and self guided tours using smartphone apps will allow visitors to undertake the tour at all times.

The tour will be centred around the following themes:

entrance to mining tour

MONA, TASMANIA. IMAGE SAM ROSEWARNE

CANTILEVERED viewing platforms LOOKING EASTWARD

HOLOCAUST MUSEUM, JERUSALEM. IMAGE TIMOTHY HURSLEY

‘UNDERGROUND’ tour evokes mining experience

LEFT: source - NCM.ORG.UK

RIGHT: source - WWW.BEYONDTHEFENCE.FPIC.CO.UK

educationaL DISPLAYS oN mining and broken hill

STERLING HILL MUSEUM, NEW JERSEY. IMAGE ROBERT HAUCK

historic mining machinery on display

TOUR MOVES between below ground and valley, with ad hoc shading structures

LEFT: SHRINE OF REMEMBERANCE, MELBOURNE. IMAGE JOHN GOLLINGS

cost-efficient precast concrete culverts and circular tanks can form the structure for the ‘UNDERGROUND’ sections of the tour

views from within the BUILT-UP valleys of the mining tour

MINER’S MEMORIAL / AMPHITHEATRE

The hope for the Miner’s Tour is that it will provide visitors with a much greater understanding of the stories and the history of the people of Broken Hill, so that the visit to the Memorial at its completion will be far more compelling.

Emerging from the Interpretive Tour, or simply heading directly to the Miner’s Memorial, visitors will arrive at the spiritual heart of the Line of Lode precinct. This evocative piece of sculptural architecture will remain essentially untouched, with the reconfiguration of circulation through it the only intervention. Visitors will enter the memorial from the south, and return to the Café along a new raised path running along the northern edge of the hill with spectacular views out over the city.

The Memorial will be complemented by a new adjacent amphitheatre, embedded into the northern side of the built-up mullock embankment. The amphitheatre will be fashioned on the amphitheatres of Classical Greece; elevated, formed from the slope of the earth and looking out over the city below. It would provide a perfect location for memorial ceremonies, or as an amazing venue for open air cinema or musical performances.




MINER’S MEMORIAL REMAINS SPIRITUAL HEART OF PRECINCT

left: image john o’neil

right: image aaron spence

CLASSICAL GREEK AMPHITHEATRE SETS PRECEDENT FOR LINE OF LODE

TAORMINA AMPHITHEATRE, SICILY. SOURCE - AZURE COLLECTION.COM

AERIAL PERSPECTIVE OF NEW AMPHITHEATRE + PATH

VIEW OVER THE TOWN FROM THE PROPOSED AMPHITHEATRE

OPEN AIR CINEMA

source - maui fim festival

memorial ceremony

source - ap

EXISTING ISSUES

PROPOSED SOLUTIONS

VIEW 1: PROPOSED VIEW FROM TOWN

VIEW 1: EXISTING VIEW FROM TOWN

VIEW 2: PROPOSED entry corridor

VIEW 2: existing entry corridor

VIEW 2: PROPOSED view from shop

VIEW 3: existing view from shop

shading structures over cafe terrace

iconic visitor centre remains gateway to the precinct

image simon yeo

silver sculpture cascading from visitor centre to town below

living museum and perfect light - AJ+C in association with electrolight

function mode

night dining mode

Day mode

proposed journey through site

STAGING

The successful implementation of this renewal project requires a considerable investment in time and resources. Key to the future of the Line of Lode is maintaining an integrity of purpose in line with the significance of the site, the relinquishment of any mining tenure from this land and developing a cash-flow-positive staged build up.

Below is a potential staging framework which provides an indication of possible stages. It starts with smaller, more easily achievable interventions and builds up to the complete Interpretive Miner’s Tour.

The subsequent stages can be adapted as required based on available funding opportunities.

In addition to this further opportunities to expand beyond the immediate site will become available as surrounding mining operations come to a close. Attractions such as expanded chairlift rides, self driving tours, guided underground tours, steam train rides and heritage tours across the entire Line of Lode can be considered.


Have Your Say:

The new vision for the Line of Lode presented here is born from the desire to re-engage people with this iconic feature of Broken Hill; to make it a viable and compelling destination for both locals and tourists alike.

The ideas presented are drawn from the suggestions and comments made by the community, and look to construct a cohesive narrative for any future development in the precinct. As part of this ongoing process, we are keen to have further input, particularly from people who are passioante about the precinct and its future, so that we can deliver the best possible outcome for the site.

We would like you to share your thoughts on the direction of the strategic vision and development opportunities presented here.

To provide feedback please contact: info@lineoflode.com.