The BHP Billiton Foundation has donated $5.7million to support a major new Broken Hill City Council initiative to revitalise Broken Hill as a place to live and visit.
Announcing the donation in Argent Street last week, the company’s CEO Andrew Mackenzie said the Foundation was proud to support the Living Museum and Perfect Light Project in the city that gave BHP Billiton its name.
“As BHP Billiton has evolved, we have not forgotten our rich history and connection with Broken Hill. I am very proud to be here today to help the City celebrate its past, and prosper into the future,” he said.
“We are delighted to announce the donation which will fund the development of two key components of the Broken Hill City Council’s Living Museum and Perfect Light Project – the Broken Hill Archives and the Argent Street intersection “parklets”. These will enhance the City’s appeal to attract new visitors and help to create an ongoing legacy and sustainable foundation for the Broken Hill community.”
He said the donation will help protect the City’s historical archives and make them more accessible to visitors and online, and will also fund the restoration and protection of the BHP chimney, which is the last remnant of the company’s original office, a hut built in 1885 for the company’s first manager, William Jamison.
“Broken Hill has a wonderful story to tell. By tapping in to the City’s bold and energetic artistic flair, its rich and colourful history, it will be preserved for generations to come,” Mr Mackenzie added.
As of January 2015 Broken Hill became Australia’s first heritage listed city, joining the Australian War Memorial, the Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef on the National Heritage List.