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AUGUST 2011 | ISSUE 13



from the editor


THANK YOU Last month was our 12th issue and probably the best one yet. So I wanna take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped get the magazine to where it is today. Thank you firstly to all our readers, with out you there is no need for our wonderful magazine. Thank you to all our loyal and new clients who have stuck with us through thick and thin. Thank you to all our contributors past present and future, you guys are what truly make the magazine interesting to read. Thank you to the Broken Hill

Community Foundation for all your support. Thank you to Broken Hill Print for helping us make such a good and sexy looking publication. Thank you Deanne for being the best god-damned sales woman around and being our mum at work. Thank you Sarah for joining our team and making the magazine even more awesome. Thanks to my friends and family for always being so supportive especially Nan and Pop. Thanks to a little white fluff-ball named Ruby for being such a good writer and

for waking me up every morning. Finally to Niccy, thank you for being the best photographer in town, drawing people to our magazine with your amazing photo’s and for always being there for ME when I need it the most, I will always love you. So stick around everyone, we’re here to STAY! MILES

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what’s on this month

COMMUNITY CALENDAR Friday 5th August Jeans for Genes Day

Saturday 13th – 14th August South Broken Hill Golf Club Goanna Scramble Open Saturday 20th August -Saturday 27th August Broken Hill 42nd Annual Eisteddford Friday 26th August Daffodil Day Friday 26th August Outback Dreams Exhibition Opening Regional Art Gallery Saturday 27th August -Sunday 9th October Outback Dreams Exhibition Mondays POETS AT THE PUB 1st Monday of every month, 7.30 pm at the Black Lion Inn. . BROKEN HILL PHILHARMONIC CHOIR Every Monday evening, 7:30 pm, Choir Rooms (corner of Sulphide and Crystal Streets). Phone June on (08) 8087 4004 for more information. DRAMA CLUB Monday 4pm to 6pm at Theatre 44 (189 Wills St). Contact Ethan Mercer 8087 8245 Tuesdays BROKEN HILL STITCH ‘N’ BITCH Third Tuesday of the month. West Darling Hotel dining room at 7pm EDC – FREE BUSINESS TRAINING workshops every Tuesday at the Enterprise Development Centre. Book now limited spots. more enquiries call Steve on: 8087 9222

BROKEN HILL CIVIC ORCHESTRA Every Tuesday evening, 7:30 pm, B.I.U Band Hall (Beryl Street). Phone Peter on (08) 8088 4840 for more information.

Aldo meeting on 2nd and 4th saturdays at 10am. For more information call either Nerelle on 8087 5367, or Jo on 8088 1045.

Wednesdays & Sundays BROKEN HILL MIXED INDOOR BOWLS Social Bowls at the Musicians Club at 7:30pm.

Sundays SOUTH COMMUNITY MARKETS Held every Sunday from 8am to 12pm. Contact Ken on 0350 238 466 for more information.

Thursdays BARRIER INDUSTRIAL UNIONS BAND Every Thursday evening, 7:30 pm, B.I.U Band Hall (Beryl Street). Phone Ross on (08) 8087 9887 for more information.


AGED & INVALID PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION Held every pension Thursday. 11 am - 1 pm. Age Persons Rest Center, Blende Street. Phone Geoff Trudy on 8087 8564 or 8087 1285 for more information. Fridays MORNING TEA FOR FAMILIES, FRIENDS AND CARERS supporting someone living with mental illness10:30am – 12 noon Held at The Caledonian, crn Chloride & Mica streets. First Friday of the month BOWLS FOR EVERYONE 100 Eyre Street. 6pm. Families and children are welcome. Phone Teresa on (08) 8088 1966 for information. Saturdays TAI CHI CLASSES YMCA at 9.30 Enter via chloride street Gold coin donation 1st and 3rd Saturdays SILVER CITY QUILTERS Held at the Aged Persons Rest Centre in Blende St from 1:30pm to 4:30pm,






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DAFFODIL DAY, THE FACTS Daffodil Day is Friday 26th August. This year, Daffodil Day celebrates its 25th anniversary in Australia. Daffodil Day is for all of us to provide hope for a brighter, cancer-free future. Daffodil Day raises essential funds for cancer research, prevention and support services. It is the largest national fundraising event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

The daffodil is the international symbol of hope for all people touched by cancer.


This year, Daffodil Day aims to raise over $9.5 million to fund the cancer control initiatives, patient support, and research services of the Cancer Council’s eight state and territory member organisations.

Information has been provided from Leading up to Friday 26th August, fundraising merchandise will be available in local shops, as well as from fundraising stands set up around town. Look for the bright yellow boxes full of Daffodil Day merchandise.

More than 10 000 volunteers are expected to staff over 1200 Daffodil Day sites across Australia.

Info line: 1300 65 65 85

JEANS FOR GENES What is Jeans for Genes Day? Jeans for Genes Day is the main annual fundraising event for the Children’s Medical Research Institute. It began in 1994 and to date has raised over $55 million for the Children’s Medical Research Institute. We encourage all Australians to wear their favourite jeans to work or school, and make a donation or buy a badge for the privilege. When is Jeans for Genes Day? Jeans for Genes Day is on the first Friday in August. The next Jeans for Genes Day

is on Friday August 5, 2011. Where does the money that is raised go? The money goes to the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI), based at Westmead in Sydney. What is the Children’s Medical Research Institute? The Children’s Medical Research Institute is an independent organisation committed to unlocking the mysteries of disease. Our scientists investigate conditions such as birth defects, cancer, and epilepsy. Our philosophy

is that major advances in prevention and treatment come from research into the fundamental processes of life. Our work is made possible by community supporters and Jeans for Genes®. For further information, visit Information has been provided from up to Friday 5th August, fundraising merchandise will be available in local shops. Look for the Jeans for Genes Day merchandise boxes.



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GOANNA SCRAMBLE Phil Dungey at the South Broken Hill Golf Club Photography by Niccy Starlet The home of the outback dirt course, the South Broken Hill Golf Club, will be holding the Allanza Cultural Goanna Golf Scramble Open on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th August. Hit off is from 9am on both Saturday and Sunday. Food and happy hour will be provided on both days. There will be $5000 in prizes to be won, comprising of both trophies and cashprizes. This event is for serious golfers only. Both ladies and men can participate. Nominations close on the 6th August. Post entries in by 8am, Saturday 13th.You can choose to play on both days, or on just the one day. The cost is $25 per day. Saturday will be an 18-hole individual stroke event, and Sunday is the big golf scramble. The big Sunday scramble


will be a 4-person team event for the serious golfers to participate in. EMED Mining is proudly sponsoring the event and has donated $2000 in prize money for the team that wins on Sunday. Phil is overwhelmed with the local sponsors that have helped to make the scramble possible. Head of the scramble, Phil Dungey, who also volunteers at the club, received a set of 1940s golf clubs. The clubs have been painted by local artist Julie Hart, and will be auctioned off during the weekend. All proceeds from the auction will go to Legacy and the Flying Doctors Service. This event is teeing off for the first time ever, and it is expected that around 120


golfers will participate. The scramble is the main event for the South Broken Hill Golf Club, who have already successfully held their own championships this year. This year is the 78th anniversary of the South Golf Club. The club has come a long way since its opening in 1933. In the beginning, Bill Smith, owner of the South Broken Hill Hotel, was elected chairman and a committee was then formed. Cliff Thompson was elected president, Sid Black as secretary, and Paul Reid as captain. The first job was to decide on a site and the selected area was where the course is now situated, at the east end of Broken Hill.

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OUTBACK DREAMS Words by LocalTalk Photography by Kirbi Kennewell ‘Outback Dreams’ is an exhibition that will be held at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery from the 27th August to the 9th October, 2011. A group exhibition with a variety of mediums on show, and a ‘different’ bunch of artists: A Photographer - Niccy Starlet A Painter/Illustrator - Reuben C. Dodd


A Film Maker - Miles Jesus Clothier A Photographer - Kirbi Kennewell All of the artists involved in the ‘Outback Dreams’ exhibition were born in Broken Hill, and believe in the importance of incorporating the surroundings of the Broken Hill outback into their collection of dream works. The works of these four artists are brought together to make the audience question the power of the mind when dreaming. Are dreams simply what we think of during the day, all rolled into one? Or are they our weird and

wonderful imaginations trying to warn us, reward us, and provoke us? The opening of the ‘Outback Dreams’ exhibition will start at 6pm on Friday 26th August at the Regional Art Gallery, 404 – 408 Argent Street. Other exhibitions also showing at this time will be Ricky Maynard’s ‘Portrait of a Distant Land’, and Katrina Weston’s ‘New Work’.

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Words by Merrilyn Podnar Photography by Niccy Starlet Jasmin Algate & Kiara Presler at the Broken Hill Civic Centre Come to the 42nd Annual Broken Hill Eisteddfod and enjoy the varied talents of our local and visiting performers. The eisteddfod will feature instrumental solos and duets as well as school bands. The choral section includes categories such as school choirs, pop stars, character songs in costume, duets, and solos. The speech and drama section includes categories such as nursery rhyme in costume (ages 5 to 6), school verse speaking choirs, own choice speech, scripture readings, humorous, and many more. The dance section includes categories such as classical ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. All events start at 9.30am each day. There will be a raffle held for the chance to win a music themed quilt. Tea, coffee and drinks will be available on all days. Events Saturday 20th August: instrumental, piano Sunday 21st August: vocal, choral Monday 22nd August: school choral choirs, instrumental, pop star finals Tuesday 23rd August: speech, drama Wednesday 24th August: school verse

speaking choirs, speech, drama Saturday 27th August: dance Adjudicators Bill Broughton – instrumental, piano, vocal, choral Mary-Anne Brushe – speech, drama Michele Kedwell – dance Prizes Each event has a prize but there is also Perpetual Prizes and Awards for each section. Vocal and Choral: Perpetual Trophy for primary school choirs (donated by Philharmonic Society) Speech and Drama: Perpetual Trophies for best verse speaking choir in the infant school event (donated by Pam White), best verse speaking choir in the primary event (donated by Eisteddfod Society), 12years and under speech (donated by Quota Club) Piano: Perpetual Trophy and Proficiency Award for piano (donated by Broken Hill Music), Mick Hoare Perpetual Challenge

Shield for the most outstanding pianist from all solo events Instrumental: Roly Lower Prize to the most outstanding local Instrumentalist, BIU Band Award for the best brass performance Piano and Instrumental: Hartley Harvey Prize for the most outstanding musician from either of these sections Dance: Perpetual Trophies for 10yrs and under – ¬junior most promising dancer, 10yrs and under – junior encouragement award, 11 years and over – senior most promising dancer, 11years and over – senior encouragement award. There will be also a small trophy for the winner to keep (donated by Damon and LeNeta Edwards) The eisteddfod would not be successful without the hard working committee, the volunteers, and the generous sponsors. For further information contact the Publicity Officer, Merrilyn Podnar, on 80877633 or email

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LIVE EXPORT TRADE Words by Belinda Miller

Recently, there has been a lot of media coverage on the live export trade. When 4 Corners showed scenes taken in the Indonesian abattoirs by AnimalsAustralia, most of Australia was outraged. These investigations revealed terrible evidence of our animals being tortured prior to slaughter. It is these scenes that made the public demand that the government stop and take a look at where we were sending our animals and how they were being treated. Although the government suspended the live export to Indonesia, it did not last long. After only a month the trade has resumed. Over the last 30 years, Australia has sent more than 150 million sheep and 13 million cattle to be slaughtered in the Middle East and Asia. Of these, more than 2.5 million have died in ships en route. No matter how you look at it, live export is inherently cruel, immoral and indefensible. Animals are loaded onto ships, and are then transported in cramped conditions, enduring weather extremes for days or weeks. When they

arrive at their destination, the animals are treated cruelly. For example, some have their legs bound and are then shoved into a car boot, others are taken to an abattoir only to be terrorised before being inhumanely slaughtered. Local people throughout the Middle East and South East Asia believe that Australians approve of their treatment of animals, but is this true? If you have not watched any of the footage then go to and watch the videos, and then see what you think. There is the argument that other countries cannot handle the meat if it is killed and processed in Australia. There is also the argument that there is no refrigeration in other countries, yet in some Arabic countries they have refrigerated bus stops so this is not an issue. If there are more abattoirs and processing plants in Australia it creates Australian jobs. Moreover, we can regulate the slaughter to meet Australian standards if it occurs in Australia.

Historic bills to end the live export trade will be voted on in parliament on Thursday the 18th of August. A National Rally is being organised by Animals Australia and RSPCA, and is to be held on the 14th of August. If you care about animals and want to see an end to this cruelty, then this is your chance to join with others and rally for a future that is free from live export, and also to show the government that it’s time to end this inherently cruel practice.


If you are interested in being involved in the event locally, go to the Ban Live Export – Broken Hill facebook page. For more information, for details on how you can help support the cause, or if you feel you want to watch the evidence, then go to the following websites:,,,,,


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HIROSHIMA DAY: BROKEN HILL COMMUNITY VOICES SINGING AT BELLS MILK BAR Photo Submitted - Members of the Broken Hill Community Voices Words by Robin Sanderson

A local event to mark Hiroshima Day will take place at Bells Milk Bar on Saturday 6th August at 3pm. Broken Hill Community Voices, will be focusing mainly on songs with a peace theme, including a song with words written by children from Morgan Street School.

Hiroshima Day… what’s it all about? On the 6th August, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima in Japan. Over 130 000 people were killed — some instantly, some within weeks, and some years later due to cancer and other diseases caused by the effects of radiation.

The aim of the event is to raise awareness of issues relating to Hiroshima Day, in an informal setting. This allows milk bar patrons to have a milkshake or a coffee, and to even have a go at making a paper crane to take home. Japanese paper cranes are used as a symbol of peace at many Hiroshima Day events. The choir will sing a moving song about the origins of this peace symbol called ‘Sadako from Hiroshima’, which is by Australian songwriter, Robin Mann.

In 2011, the world is still not free from the threat of nuclear war. The world faces many threats, but nuclear war remains the greatest potential danger to our planet and humankind. The disaster at Fukushima nuclear reactor following the earthquake and tsunami in March this year was a grim reminder of this deadly potential. As a result of that event, several nations including Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Malaysia, have voted to phase out all nuclear power.

More about the choir Apart from the performance at Bells Milk Bar on the 6th of August, Broken Hill Community Voices can usually be found practicing each Saturday at the Napredak Club in Piper Street. New singers are always welcome. The music sung by the choir is mainly a capella (unaccompanied) with two or three part harmonies. The choir’s repertoire includes songs that promote reconciliation and social justice, traditional trade union songs, songs about the environment, and world music (songs from other countries such as South Africa). You can find out more about the choir at Bells Milk Bar on the 6th of August. Please come along and show your support for Hiroshima Day.

BROKEN HILL COMMUNITY VOICES – WHO ARE WE? Broken Hill Community Voices is a group of people who use music as a way of raising awareness about social justice issues, and promoting freedom and respect for all people. Although we are a choir, our purpose is more to spread a message than to entertain. The songs we sing are mainly a capella (unaccompanied), with two or three part harmonies. We sing songs that carry the message that that all people have the right be respected and free to embrace their own culture, spirituality and sexuality without persecution. The type of songs we sing include: traditional trade union songs that acknowledge Broken Hill’s mining heritage and the struggles of the working class songs from other countries, such as South Africa, to promote understanding and respect for other cultures and awareness of the struggles faced by people around the world material written by choir members which

focuses on issues that impact on our local community in particular, such as the need to care for the environment and the Darling River Background Information Broken Hill Community Voices formed in 2000. The group is made up of a bunch of enthusiastic and versatile singers. Currently, the choir’s musical direction is organised by Robynne Sanderson. Since its formation, the choir has performed at many community events such as peace rallies, Reclaim the Night, and World AIDS Day. Performances for 2008 included singing at a Domestic Violence Awareness dinner, the Napredak Club’s 80th Anniversary, and a performance at Bell’s Milk Bar focusing on Hiroshima Day. In 2009, the choir recorded songs for the 1909 Lockout Centenary and sang at the opening of the exhibition. Other performances for 2009 included singing at a Prostate Cancer fund-raising event, Reclaim the Night, and World AIDS Day. Major events for 2010 included the

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choir’s 10th Anniversary in June, and performing at the Broken Hill Synagogue centenary in November. Any money raised by the choir is donated to charity. For example, in 2005 Professor Ian Plimer asked the choir to perform for the Diggers and Dealers mining group that flew in to Broken Hill in a restored ‘Connie’ aircraft. As a result, almost $2000 dollars was donated to the local branch of Lifeline. In 2009, the money raised at Bells Milk Bar on World AIDS day was donated to the AIDS trust. Where can you find us? The choir practices at the Napredak Hall, 305 Piper St, most Saturdays at 3pm (but not during school holidays). The choir welcomes new members who share our vision of using music to promote awareness of social justice issues. Contact details Phone: 0408 084 787 Address: PO Box 286, Broken Hill, NSW 2880

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On the set of Galatians 3:13 Photography by Chirs Murray


Words by Steve Baker


With all the talk about the new film studio precinct being established in Eyre Street, more people than ever are inquiring how they can get a start in this industry. Your local community college is offering the answers to how you can get the training and skills you need to break into this exciting creative industry. The decision to progress creative industries courses by Robinson College will give local people a chance to develop pathways from school of other situations, to a University level qualification. Courses will be offered in Screen and Media, Interactive Digital media, Costume for Performance, and Scenery and Set Construction. The College is also working on developing

a partnership to provide articulation or recognition from the Diploma courses into a University qualification, with a view to developing a faculty in Broken Hill. The courses will be delivered around a project-based method, whereby students will be able to support the local industry and community as part of their studies. It is hoped that course participants will form a pool of local people who are in a position to be engaged by film makers and producers, in order to work on projects that are being developed and created in the local region. This will enhance the chances of attracting interested companies that want to use the local area to create films and commercials in Broken Hill.

Y O U ! To launch the Film and Media courses, and to provide more information, Robinson College is holding a cocktail party at The Palace Hotel on Saturday the 20th of August at 3pm. Everyone is invited to this event to enjoy free drinks and nibbles, and complete an expression of interest form for courses commencing in February 2012. There will be presentations by local film producers, who will talk about how they got their big breaks, as well as the benefits of working in this exciting industry. Although it is not compulsory, it would be appreciated if you could register your attendance with Robinson College on 8087 6022.


In May, Broken Hill was host to some film students from Sydney. Budding director, Dale Bremner, was filming his major project to finish his studies at the International Film School in Sydney. Being that this was his final opportunity to use industry standard equipment for his own production, and that everything he had worked for was on the line, it was a big deal to him. Having been told there was no way he could produce the movie in such a short time frame and with such a limited budget, Dale became hesitant. In addition to this, Broken Hill was 1159kms away from Sydney, far beyond the black Stump in Mad Max’s backyard.. He just had to do it, and within a few hours of arriving in Broken Hill he was inspired by the support here. Dale soon had contacts which enabled him to get everything he needed. He got permission to use locations, enabling him to shoot everywhere the script

Words by Andrew West Photography by Chris Murray On the set of Galatians 3:13

required. He worked with a volunteer location manager, casting agents, a professional stunt coordinator, and a townful of extras. He had a front page spread in the local newspaper. All those extra little things were provided as well, such as permission to burn a house down, an engraved flintlock, a phone booth, a 1970 left hand drive mint original Plymouth Fury III convertible, a phone booth, 2 yellow bearded dragons and a partridge in a pear tree. “There was no way I wasn’t going to make film. The town wouldn’t let me,” said Dale. The story is about a gambler who wins more than he bargains for in a poker game, and a boy’s soul that had been sold to the devil. With all the help in the world, it takes a good production team and these guys sure know how to make movies. They threw everything they had at it, while praying for mercy from the weather.

days on set near The Owl Barn (formerly the Stephen’s Creek Hotel) and several locations around Silverton, including one of Australia’s oldest churches. However, on the final hour of the last day of filming, the team was meteorologically challenged by a thunderstorm, which seems fitting for a gambler facing his fate in a desert. It’s all fine and dandy cruising into the sunset leaving a trail of dust behind you, until the mud takes you prisoner. After a hectic few days the team had to be in Sydney ready to resume study the next afternoon. Still inspired and humbled by Broken Hill’s level of logistical support and willingness to help, they headed back to the big smoke to prepare Dale’s chance at international recognition for the Silver Screen. Galatians 3.13 will be coming to a theatre near you soon. Keep your eyes glued to Localtalk for where and when.

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food talk

Ingredients 1 grapefruit (Ruby tastes best) 1 medium orange 1 lime (or 2 tbs of juice) ½ cup water 1 ½ cups castor sugar Method 1. Cut fruit into very thin slices and place into microwave safe bowl, uncovered. Microwave on high for 5 minutes 2. Remove bowl from microwave. Remove seeds from partly cooked fruit. Add sugar and stir until dissolved, then add the water and stir. 3. Leave the bowl uncovered and microwave for a further 15 mins on med-high, or until mixture gels. Stir during cooking. 4. Pour hot marmalade into pre-heated jars and seal while hot. Enjoy when cool. Acknowledgments: Elaine Whitton



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CATHERINE BRANSDON Words by Localtalk Photography by Niccy Starlet Catherine Bransdon at the Broken Hill Civic Centre How old are you Catherine? I’m fifteen.

When did you move to Broken Hill? When I was seven.

What year are you currently in? Year ten.

Were you born in Broken Hill? No, I was born in Emerald, Queensland.

What high school do you attend? Willyama.

What are your favourite subjects? I love dance, and I also love science and english.



teen spotlight Do you get to study dance in high school? Yeah, but it isn’t offered in years 11 and 12, so this is my last year [in high school] with it.

it a year early now, and it’s been so good. I’ve learnt a lot. My coach Daniel and I have been working on integrating all of life. My community project was to choreograph the Bankstown students.

How long have you been dancing for? This year will be my eighth year.

What were some of the things you did on the Australian Glee Tour of Los Angeles? I had my first overseas plane ride. When we got to L.A, we had a lot of workshops with casting directors, vocal coaches, dance teachers, and accent coaches. We [Australian Glee Tour group] performed at Disneyland, Universal studios, Knott’s Berry Farm and Winter Wonderland. It was really intense and full on.

Did you start dance classes in Broken Hill? No, I used to live in Unanderra in Wollongong and I started dancing there, but it was very basic. [After dancing with advanced dance schools in Broken Hill], I am now dancing with Silver City Dance Academy. Have your parents been supportive of your dancing? She [Mum] has been so supportive. I keep telling her, ‘thank you’. She always says, ‘don’t worry, this is what you do’. What is your involvement with the Max Potential Community Project for 2011? They [Max Potential members] sponsored me to go to L.A [for the 2010 Australian Glee Tour] on the condition that I do Max Potential this year, and I was fine with that. Mum had been a coach before [with Max Potential] and I was planning on doing it in year 11 anyway. I’m just doing

How many of you got to go on the tour? There was a group of about 80 of us from all over [the country]. Who helped you get to Los Angeles? The Broken Hill Community Centre, Broken Hill Council, and Willyama High School. Heaps of businesses and individual people also supported us. We put tins up around town and people donated money when we held functions. What do you want to achieve after completing high school? I am going to move to Adelaide. I want to go to Flinders University and study

psychology because I want to be a child psychologist. Dance-wise, I think I’ll find a school down there and take lessons when I can. My ultimate dream is to dance with the Australian Dance Theatre, and they are based in Adelaide. I’d like to come back [to Broken Hill] and teach [dance] workshops. Dance is always going to be a part of my life. What would you say to the youth of Broken Hill who want to take their dance further? Just do it. It’s definitely worthwhile in the long run. You have to be prepared for the hard work because it makes you a better dancer. It’s so much fun, it’s good for you, and you make so many friends. Getting on a stage and performing in front of so many people gives you confidence you would have never had. If people want to get into dancing, they just have to call up a local dance school and join. DO YOU KNOW OF A SPECIAL LOCAL THAT SHOULD BE FEATURED AS OUR TEEN SPOTLIGHT OR LOCAL SPOTLIGHT!! EMAIL:

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REUBEN DODD Words by Jason King Photography by Niccy Starlet Rueben Dodd at The Grand Guest House According to local artist, Reuben Dodd, the best compliment he has ever received for his work was when his paintings were hung at his mate’s café and the next day a customer complained that they gave him nightmares. Now, along with three other talented young local artists, he is preparing to unleash his newest creations on an unsuspecting public at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery later this month.


Broken Hill born and bred, Reuben Dodd is fortunate enough to work fulltime on his art. Although Reuben has worked in the alcohol industry for 14 years, and despite now being technically unemployed, he prefers painting to serving drunks for a living. “The fantasy art industry is a hell of an industry to get into because there are too many people who will work for nothing”, laments Reuben. “Every time I get to the


point where I say ‘right no more’, a cool company comes along and says ‘hey can you do this project’ and it gets me back in again”. The ‘cool projects’ that Reuben is referring to include a string of album covers and band T-shirts, and recently, a role-playing game design which was published in a player’s handbook. In fact, it was the artwork he discovered

local spotlight on the covers of role-playing games, like Dungeons and Dragons, that inspired the fresh-faced 15 year-old Reuben to consider following in the footsteps of other artists in the genre. “I thought well, I’ve always loved drawing - if these guys make a living by drawing cool pictures of dragons, I might give it a shot.” His style has evolved over the years and his recent work reflects his obsession with the early 20th century works of H.P. Lovecraft, an American author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. “These days I go for a lot of Lovecraftian imagery, and so my work is mainly cosmic horror, which means lots of strange scary things with tentacles, alien gods and things that man was not meant to know”. Reuben will be unveiling his latest creations at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, along with three other young local artists, Kirbi Kennewell, and LocalTalk’s own Miles Clothier and Niccy Starlet. The exhibition, titled ‘Outback Dreams’, will be opened by renowned photographer Robin Sellick and features ten works of various sizes form Reuben, including a three dimensional piece with mouse-proof

paper-mache tentacles escaping from a recycled old shed door. (Mice attacked the half-completed work during the recent plague). Miles will be showing his new film piece, which incorporates multiple filming techniques and explores the seedier side to Broken Hill, while the two girls, Niccy and Kirbi, will show their photographic interpretations of dream imagery. It will be the first exhibition of note for all four artists, and looks at Broken Hill as interpreted by each of the artists in their own individual and distinctive style, using dream imagery as the common focus. But don’t be fooled by the title, warns Miles. “It will be different to what people are used to seeing at the regional gallery” says Miles, whose own work will take a graphic look at the underbelly of Broken Hill and he hopes that the exhibition will help people to look at the world in a different way. “My film is about the part of Broken Hill that nobody wants to admit to, but that everybody knows is there,” says Miles. Reuben is excited about the opportunity to show his work to new audiences. “People who wouldn’t normally think to look at my work, who wouldn’t get

online and Google ‘scary monster with tentacles’ will have no choice but to view my work which I think is cool”. In the meantime, Reuben plans to keep doing his thing, plodding along with his painting, hanging out with family and friends, playing the X-Box and procrastinating, and telling himself he is going to paint. In addition to several upcoming commissions, including a nightmare-inducing CD cover for a local death metal band, he hopes to build up enough work for a solo exhibition – that’s if he can keep from selling his paintings for long enough. ‘Outback Dreams’ opens August 26th at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and runs for six weeks. As for whether the foursome will be ready in time, Reuben is confident it’s nothing caffeine and some late nights can’t fix. “It may still be wet on the canvas, but we’ll be ready.” DO YOU KNOW OF A SPECIAL LOCAL THAT SHOULD BE FEATURED AS OUR TEEN SPOTLIGHT OR LOCAL SPOTLIGHT!! EMAIL:


Words by Jason King Photos submitted

When Broken Hill-born interior designer, Michael Mallon, was looking for an interesting property to transform, an old church in Patton Village caught his eye. Three years, 12 months of personal time and effort, a bucket load of money, blood, sweat, and a few tears later, and the result is stunning deluxe accommodation which is just as impressive as the multimillion dollar beachfront mansions and penthouses that Mike usually re-designs in some of Australia’s most sought-after locations. “I moved away from Broken Hill when I was 13, but I’ve always loved it here. The church offered the perfect space to work with, so I bought the property over the internet”, says Mike, who has completed the project with the help of partners Guy

and Andrea Littlejohn. “I love the open space in the lounge area because of the fantastic light. It is not the kind of space I get to work with often, and as a designer it appeals to me”. The old church recently celebrated its 100th birthday, and to say it has been totally transformed is an understatement. To anyone who set foot inside this building prior to the renovations, it may be hard to believe it is the same space. The sympathetic makeover combines the class and sophistication of quality recycled materials and antique furniture with new, five-star appliances and fittings, which Mike insists are of the same standard that he would include in a five million dollar beachfront mansion on the Gold Coast or in Sydney.





Apart from the gourmet kitchen, the Outback Churchstay boasts four ensuite double rooms: the main spa, two upstairs on the mezzanine level, and a further guest quarters in the old Presbytery. Add the cottage-stay next door, and the property can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests at a time. Mike sees other possible uses for this grand accommodation: “It makes great accommodation for small groups, but we have deals for couples and it would make a fantastic place to hold a party, get married, or celebrate a special occasion”. For more information, or to share any old photos you may have of the Church, contact Michael (Mike) Mallon on 0415 751 752 or email beachsidedesign@


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Words by Deirdre Edwards Photography by Niccy Starlet Did you know? Over the years, Broken Hill has given birth to a large number of talented artists of all genres, but there are many whose story has never been revealed and local artist Len Schipanski is one of them. I only knew Len for a year, having met him on an Arts bus tour, but during that time we had several chats about Broken Hill and the beginnings of art here. Len was a gentleman, a man from another era. He began painting as one of May Harding’s students in the 1950 - 60’s, and was a founding member of the Willyama Art Society. Like May, Len was also a naturalist and enjoyed a varied subject matter, from bush and sea landscapes, to still life, to portraits, flora and fauna. He was an avid orchid grower and knew the natural habitat and names of many wild orchids. Len married in 1939, raised a family of six children, and worked alongside Kevin ‘Pro’ Hart in the mines. Len was an active member of the Tweed/Banora Art, Bird and Field Naturists Society. Len didn’t wait for exposure to come to him, he took his artistic skills on the road. Len travelled the old Pacific Highway before the freeway days, painting watercolours, oils and ink sketching. Many remember Len as one of the first artists to sell his

paintings between Tweed Heads and Coolangatta. His work would be spread along the beach front in market style, and this popularity saw his work spread internationally to America, England, Sweden, Holland and Germany. On two occasions his displays drew the interest of NBN TV News. If there was anywhere that Len could display his talent, then he’d be there with several works under his arm. A couple that travelled and managed hotels and motels hung many works throughout the guest rooms for Len at no commission. The nomad life along the white sands of the east coast of Australia was not Len’s only interest during those early years. Many trips were made into the mountains, from Mount Warning to Tamborine, where Len would document the birdlife. On one outing he had listed over 40 bird varieties. There were times when Len returned to his beloved hometown, his car laden with paintings. His aim was to have a good, old-fashioned outback exhibition in his favourite gallery — the family’s front yard. Paintings would be hung on tree limbs, fences and verandah railings. By the end of the week, nearly all would be sold and off he would go again in his old

GT Falcon. Len also loved fresh honey straight from the hive. On one particular trip back to Broken Hill, he rolled his car and arrived in the driveway sweet as ever, covered in honey from head to toe. As age crept up on him, Len decided to settle once again in his beloved town of Broken Hill, so he moved into a small pug brick house on the corner of Iodide Street and Williams Lane. Painting was Len’s life and he had his memories in his ‘brag book’, but he was compelled to paint so he decided to illustrate his life’s travels as a mural on the sidewall of his house and along his fence. The artist’s life is there for all to see and yet very few have seen this wall of art. A masterpiece and hidden tourist attraction, the wall of art remains as an archive of the life of one of Broken Hill’s first talented artists. Leonard Herman Schipanski was born on the 21st February, 1917 and died on the 21st June, 2003 at the age of 86. Len will not be forgotten for his contribution to Art. Acknowledgements: The Schipanski family, especially Errol and Ian. The Backbone of Art in Broken Hill by Deirdre Edwards

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SILVERTON CAMEL FARM Words and Photography by Andrew West In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Afghans worked as camel drivers in many parts of outback Australia. In a place where water was scarce, and at a time when there was limited transportation, camels made a big contribution towards the development of the Broken Hill area. Camels provided the logistical support needed to create infrastructure so that places like Silverton could be established Although no longer required to help develop a nation, camels have stayed in Silverton. I can remember them always being there, along with the Kennard family. The camels used to stick their heads in through the Silverton Pub door, and you can still see them almost every time you travel beyond the 39 dips to the small township of Silverton. For a town of almost 60 people, 427


galahs, 17 horses, some camels, two donkeys and a half chook, Silverton is larger than life on the map. This place is one of the world’s best recognised movie sets. I’ve travelled over a million miles and this tiny town is the best asset I have to identify where I come from. The Silverton Camel Farm isn’t a theme park, it’s a real farm with real camel farmers and real camels. Camel rides are listed as a ‘must do’ when you visit Broken Hill, so if you have never ridden a camel now is a good time to do it. The last time I went for a ride at the camel farm was in 2000. Since then I have just driven past like a lot of local people apparently do. A few weeks ago I called in to say g’day to Billy, and things are pretty quiet out there which left me thinking: “I can’t imagine Silverton without the camel


farm”, and hoping that we weren’t going to lose another outback icon. In hindsight, we made a tragic mistake losing the railway line to Silverton. It would be a valuable asset to tourism. I would prefer not to lose another local treasure, not to mention the camels. Camels are big, friendly critters that have wandered around with people in deserts worldwide, for more than 3000 years. Perhaps the camels are looking for drier pastures. The recent rains mean that nobody wants to ride a camel in Silverton, as it is the greenest it has been in living history. But for a few bucks you can still ride camels in Silverton, and it’s a unique ride to say the least! You ain’t been to Silverton if you haven’t ridden a camel.




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AUGUST THEME: EMBARRASSING MOMENTS This month theme is embarrassing moments, send in your most emabrrassing moments to win. Send us your best pictures for a chance to win! Photos can be black and white, colour, portraits or landscape shots. Amateur photographers only. ENTRIES CLOSE 24th OF AUGUST 2011 visit to submit your entry

spirit talk


Words by Leonie Faye

Numerology August is the 8th Month. Its energy vibration is 8. This is a strong, dominant number that offers strength, courage, will power, and the drive to succeed. A vibration connected to practical endeavours, status, power, and material goals. Star signs Star signs that are governed by this month are Leo (fire), the alpha, Yang, masculine and dominant of the fire signs, and Virgo (earth), also the Yang, masculine and dominant of the earth signs. Two mighty forces come together this month to create a lot of powerful energy that we can harness to succeed. But no matter what sign or element we are, this month we have a backdrop for success, empowerment, and will power; to forge our destinies, to push ahead, and to make our lives better. Such powerful energies can cause stress and physical illness if you push too hard and try to control every little thing in your lives this month, so watch out. Earth signs will feel the pressure this month. It seems responsibility lies on your shoulders and yes, you will clash with fire signs in the bid for control and power in the month ahead. A war cry can be heard, and many of you may have a fight on your hands. Taurus: keep yourself grounded and avoid addictions, and bad eating and drinking habits. Enjoy travel when you can this month. Capricorn: keep your head down and focus, because you’ll get a small preview of your future with the energy this month holds. Passion could awaken a powerful


relationship. Single? You may not be for long! Married? You could see a lot of powerful emotions between you both — good and bad! Virgo: an exciting month to make changes in your relationships, and your career. Fitness, health, and well-being should be the areas you focus most upon this month. Many Virgos will travel this month. Also, a good month for fertility, and for some Virgos August could bring good news! A great baby making month for all earth signs.

resilient you are in coping with the emotional turmoil in your life of l a t e . Study and education go hand in hand with the meaning of happiness, and success is yours if you are willing to learn something new this month. Scorpio: you will relish the intense heart and fire energy of this month. You will enjoy the pressure, the social setting, and all the excitement. Great success in all business ventures, but not so good in relationships this month. Look after what you have. Nurture it or you could lose it.

Air signs will enjoy the adventure, fire, and passion that this month brings. August brings the best out in all air signs, and you will rise to meet the challenges. This is a year where you have already let go of so much and are ready for adventure. This month brings you new opportunities. Gemini: being communicative and open minded this month will bring your dreams to fruition, especially new goals. Libra: enjoy the stimulating learning that is happening around you, as well as a new social scene. Health and fitness works well for you this month. Aquarius: still healing and mending. There is a great sense of career changes and travel plans for you this month, which could see you make a commitment in these areas. An exciting month.

Fire signs will thrive on the challenges this month offers. All fire signs should be cautious. Stress, illness, depression, and injury could occur if you push yourself too hard. On a positive note though, you will walk away from August with a clean slate and a good idea of what you want for yourselves after 2012. Leo: you will feel driven and committed to make changes. Aries: you will draw on loving strength and powerful emotional forces to make a more positive home environment. Sagittarius: you will play with the emotional fire this month. You will thrive in relationships, as long as you do not try and control every little emotional event.

Water signs have been struggling a little. August may be the opportunity you need to bring changes into your life. Cancer: you venture out of your comfort zone this month. The energy suggests more travel away as you take risks in love, and your career. Pisces: you will be surprised how


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PET TALK Words by Ruby Lou Starlet

Hi guys, It’s Ruby Lou here again to fill you in with my latest doggy gossip. Not sure if you all know, but this month the RSPCA are having a Cupcake Day to raise money for the thousands of animals that they care for everyday. To get more information about Cupcake Day head to: I think more people should get behind Broken Hill’s RSPCA. Just over a year ago, my Mum and Dad actually rescued me from there. I am one lucky adopted doggy! If you are thinking about getting a pet, think about adopting. Drop me a bone at or find me on Facebook.

Hi, After seeing Ruby Lou in Local Talk I just had to introduce myself. My name is Dexter. I am a 5-month old Maltese. I live with my human pet family, the Huxtables. Like Ruby, I have lots of cute clothes to wear. One of my human pets makes me bow ties to wear. I think they make me look quite distinguished. What do you think? I am very friendly and like to wave to humans (they think I’m so cute when I do that). I am currently learning some tricks, like ‘turn around’ and ‘up’. I’m not big enough to jump onto the lounge myself yet, but I’m working on it. After seeing Ratty in his leather jacket, I have decided that it’s my new must-have wardrobe item! Name: Maggie Marlene Breed: Mini Dachshund “Maggie spotted in her new hooded jumper”

Better go, I have some shopping to do! Dexter

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They say the grass is greener on the other side, but not according to Dr Mark Byrne and his family. Dr Byrne is the former director of Broken Hill Hospital, where he spent many years caring for patients and earned a well-deserved reputation within the community as being a caring, highly competent and well respected doctor. After seven years in the Hill, the family felt they wanted a change and headed for the sunny Gold Coast, where Dr Byrne opened a successful Accident & Medical Clinic. Although the family enjoyed the 12 months they spent in Queensland, they missed the laidback life style that Broken Hill offers, and the many friends they had made over the years of living here. The family made the decision to return to the town they loved so much.

THE DOC IS IN. Photography by Niccy Starlet Dr Mark Byrne at the West Darling Hotel

While on the coast, Dr Byrne, or Dr Mark as he became known, found a passion not only for general practice, but also for the cosmetic and antiaging industry. He has decided to bring this to the Broken Hill community. ‘Most people in today’s society not only want to feel good and healthy, they also want to look great as well. Slowing down the aging process is becoming a higher priority to both men and women’, explains Dr Byrne. This is one of the reasons Mark has decided to open his own clinic here in Broken Hill. Mainstreet Medical Family Practice & Cosmetic

Solutions will open mid-August in Argent Street. As the name suggests, the new clinic will provide Broken Hill people with another muchneeded general practice, as well as the addition of a fulltime anti-aging clinic, which Broken Hill hasn’t had the privilege of before. Dr Byrne will be able to perform procedures such as wrinkle removal to the forehead, around the eyes (known as crows feet), and other parts of the face. He will also be offering lip enhancements and cheek fillers. The clinic will be promoting a skin care range that they are extremely passionate about. Dr Byrne will be holding a seminar night at The Astra in August to launch the clinic and provide more information about what will be offered. ‘This will be a fun, informative night with guest speakers that can give you all the information you will need about what the clinic has to offer, with live demonstrations’, says Dr Byrne. The seminar is free, but seats are limited so you will need to register by calling the number below. Dr Mark Byrne is excited about his new venture and is looking forward to servicing his much loved community of Broken Hill. Anyone who would like more information about Mainstreet Medical please call 0447 969 364 .

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NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, NEW TALENT TO WATCH OUT FOR! Words by LocalTalk Photography by Niccy Starlet Sah’mon Hayes & Rhianna Pascoe

Left to Write are a dynamic, contemporary music duo with a laid back, acoustic feel. Rhianna Pascoe and Sah’mon Hayes met in high school, and quickly became friends. For a year, they contemplated joining forces musically but never seemed to put words into action. After completing their Higher School Certificate, both girls felt that it was the right time to get together and sing their hearts out. Once the girls had turned 18, it became a lot easier to approach 18+ venues for performance opportunities.

The girls have already received several bookings, despite having only being together for a short period of time. Perhaps it’s their charm, determination, and creative talent that make them so popular. Left to Write have performed at the Democratic Club, Red Lush, and the Palace. Left to Write is a quirky play on a name that defines the girls’ natural ability to write music, and also suggests how they are both complete opposites. The sweet natured Sah’mon, and Rhianna, with her

edgy attitude, are a force to be reckoned with. Sah’mon provides the unique guitar sound, as well as the backing vocals that compliment Rhianna’s powerful lead vocals. The girls are influenced by many music artists such as Katy Perry, A Day to Remember, and Queen. Left to Write are available for booking. Email them at or call them on 0447 219 060 or 0437 446 039.

business talk


Words By Deanne Lyall Photography by Miles Clothier

G.R. & S. Blake Insurance Services say a professional goodbye to our customers and clients, but not a social goodbye. Please say hello if we see you in the street. We are not going anywhere, we’re just retiring from the insurance industry. Over the years, we have provided insurance for over 2500 customers. We have provided everything from business insurance to house and contents insurance, as well as insurance for boats, caravans and cars. Susie and I would like to thank each and every one of you. It has been a pleasure to serve you, but with Susie being sick and me becoming her full-time carer, we felt

that it was time to say goodbye to our business. We would like to thank all of the staff that have been with us over the years, including Lesley, Colleen, Ann, and of course our daughter Wendee. Susie was the backbone of the business in the early years. She enjoyed chatting with the customers when they came in for their green slips and other insurance, and also enjoyed the fact that most customers enjoyed the lollies that were always on the counter. It has been a lot of hard work, and over the years we have been agents for FAI, HIH, ALLIANZ, QBE, ZURICH, and most importantly CGU. All of the staff spent many hours

studying so that we could pass the regular exams for the Financial Services Reform Act, known in the trade as FSRA. All of our customers and clients will be well looked after by the Financial Centre. Wayne Spencer and his staff are looking forward to meeting you all, and continuing the loyal service that we have offered you in the past. You can find Wayne and his team at 215 Argent Street, and contact them on 8087 5086. The changeover occurred on the 30th of June and we thank Wayne for the ease with which it happened

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LOOK TO US Words By Deanne Lyall Photography by Niccy Starlet

Manager Ian Jaensch, and the staff of LANDMARK are delighted with their new surroundings. The customers are equally pleased with the well-lit, spacious merchandise area, the huge

car-park and external storage area. Everyone has plenty of room to move around whilst they are working, browsing or buying. The new building allows all of the LANDMARK products to be under


one roof. If you require wool, livestock, fertiliser, real estate, insurance or farm services, then call in and see the friendly staff at LANDMARK at 204 Rakow Street, just near the roundabout.

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SUMMER SEASON Words by Danielle Girdler Photography by Niccy Starlet

The Broken Hill Netball Association will be commencing its summer season on the 17th August, 2011. This season will hopefully see the return of many teams from our winter season, plus many new teams. Grades start from 9/Under up to Open, and there is a skills-based Fun Net for those aged from 5 years. Netball is played on Wednesday nights at 6pm, but the first two rounds of the season are being played on a Tuesday, due to a clash with other sporting finals. This Season will also see the introduction of mixed netball, which will be played straight after the girls at 9pm. A competent umpire will be required for these games. The starting date for this will be advertised, as we will not commence this until after U/16 football finals have finished. Also, the Association is in need of a Publicity Officer to help out with getting information out there to the public. Anyone interested in this position is asked to contact the Association, or come to the registration day. We are holding a registration day on the 7th of August from 10am-12pm, in order

for forms to be filled out and returned. Fees can also be paid on this date. Fees are paid according to the age that the player turns in 2011, not by what grade they are in. For those who are unable to attend registration day, forms can be picked up from Jetset and returned there. This year, Broken Hill Netball Association has also been the Holden Grassroots club of the ANZ Championship. In every game played in the ANZ Championship, players are chosen to receive a 1, 2 or 3-vote as Best on Court. In Rounds 5 and 8, NSW Swifts player Sonia Mklomoa was chosen for the 3-vote as Best on Court, which meant that the Broken Hill Netball Association received a set of Holden goal post padding and $750. Sonia visited Broken Hill for a NSW Swifts clinic in 2010 during her first week in Australia. Sonia is also an England international player who competed in the recent World Cup. Huge thanks to Sonia.

18, Player of Match Melissa Keenan, R/ UP Jasmine Simmons 16/U West Chix 35 defeated Hot Shots 16, Player of Match Holly Henderson, R/ UP Paige Cuy. C Grade Diamonds 43 defeated Hot Spots 12, Player of Match Nicole Howe B Grade SFC Wags 29 defeated NFI 22, Player of Match Nicole Neal. A Grade West Chix 19 defeated Outback Pharmacies 16, Player of Match Sarah Magill. Anyone who has questions about playing, or does not have a team and would like to play, can come to the registration day on 7th August or can email the Association on, or via the website at www.brokenhill. Danielle Girdler President Broken Hill Netball

The results for the winter season finals are as follows: 13/U Ripgirls 24 defeated FWA Fireflies

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WHAT A FIND Three bedroom residence overlooking the newly developed wet lands. Master b/r is very large and ideally suits a walk in robe or additional ensuite, choice is yours. Open plan living areas with formal lounge and dining.The property has been renovated over the years with new paint, wall linings and utilities. Family bathroom incl laundry, all the wet areas are together for ease of cleaning. Seperate bath and shower recess. Kitchen has plenty of cupboard space and bench top space, gas cook tops. Undercover entertainment area, easy care allotment, 2nd external toilet, front drive way access with car accommodation and garage.The property is squeaky clean and ready to move in.the possibilities are endless.


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TURN UP THE HEAT Words by Kate Pryor

Now that winter is upon us we find ourselves looking for ways to keep warm — thick jackets, hot water bottles, hot food, staying in bed! Well here’s a reason to get out of bed on your day off. Imagine this . . . It’s cold outside, maybe even raining. But you’re in a nice, warm treatment room, lying on freshly laundered linens, with the scent of calming essential oils wafting through the air. You are about to experience a treatment that is the epitome of relaxation . . . a Hot Stone Massage. Hot Stone Massage has recently become the ‘in-thing’ among massage treatments, but it has actually been used for thousands of years. The great healers of ancient China, India, and also the North American Indians, used warmed basalt stones during massage to sooth the nervous system and relieve muscular aches. We have a lot to learn from these wise masters of wellbeing. Nowadays, we are constantly searching for ways to combat the rigours of twenty-first century life. It is common sense to learn from this ancient wisdom and provide a service that relieves stress, heals a worn out body, and soothes the soul. How do we do this you might ask? To begin with, the warmed flat stones are

placed along the spine in specific zones. This affects the whole nervous system by warming, calming and soothing the nerves, and the feeling of relaxation can be felt flowing through the body. The massage therapist then applies a warmed massage oil blend and begins to massage the body with the heated stones cupped in their hands. The heat from the stones encourages circulation deep within the muscles, which allows deeper muscle manipulation without the pain or discomfort that can sometimes be felt with deep tissue massage. Soothing strokes with the hot stones soften the muscle tissue and melt away tension. Stones can be placed on various acupressure points to either stimulate or slow the movement of body fluids, such as blood, lymph and digestives, helping them to stabilise. When essential oils are used during a Hot Stone Massage, the heat from the stones helps the oils to permeate the skin, which results in longer lasting benefits from the massage. The essential oils can be tailored to your individual needs to promote a healthy equilibrium, leaving you feeling well and balanced. The long-term effects from this treatment are extremely energising and rejuvenating. Hot Stone Massage encourages circulation, which carries

oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, internal organs, and also the skin. In the weeks after the Hot Stone Massage you can expect to feel fitter, you can expect your digestive system to function better, and you can also expect a radiant glow to your skin. Don’t you think that’s worth getting out of bed for? Hop to it! Discover how you can stay vibrant during this dreary weather.

health talk


Monash University Students Photo submitted

The Outback Pharmacy Group, together with the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (UDRH), recently hosted a group of pharmacy students from Monash University Melbourne. The students spent three

weeks in community pharmacies, and in the surrounding Broken Hill community, learning from a range of healthcare professionals. While on placement, the students also took part in local health promotion activities, and in the wake

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE HARD ISSUES -IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL If you occasionally fail to get an erection, don’t be alarmed. It’s normal, and probably just due to tiredness, anxiety, or consuming too much alcohol. Conversely, persistent erectile dysfunction (ED) should be inspected by a doctor.

of the recent Men’s Health week have contributed the following articles for the enjoyment of Local Talk readers. Lloyd Smith Pharmacist,



Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or maintain an erection to allow for adequate sexual intercourse. ED is a symptom of a physical or psychological problem, and is more common as your age increases. Most cases of ED result from illnesses that alter penile blood flow, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, and high blood pressure. Vascular disease is frequently a fundamental contributor. Psychological factors (namely stress, depression, and anxiousness about sexual performance)

can additionally generate ED. Medications, such as antidepressants, can also interfere with erections. Treating ED can be simple and very effective. Firstly, any underlying causes must be addressed. Secondly, treatment can be used to encourage an improved erection. Tablets, counselling, vacuum devices, penile injections, and implants are all options. Preventing ED is not always possible, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of medical conditions that contribute to unsuccessful erections. Healthy diet, exercise, and avoiding both alcohol and cigarette smoke, are simple starting points. Be open with your sexual partner to maintain a positive relationship. Don’t let ED impair your sexual life. Sex has been proven to combat depression, relieve pain, burn calories, boost your immune system, and decrease ageing. A good sex life is a prerequisite to healthy living. Finding help is straightforward. For more information visit, or phone 1800 800 614. Visit your local doctor now. Chloe Bell Monash Pharmacy Student


CUSTOMER SERVICE Words by Steve Miller There seems to be a big question about the standard of customer service in Broken Hill. I have been asked about it by clients, and also during a radio interview on the ABC. Does this reflect the feeling that customer service could be better? Or is it just the topic of the moment? I believe that customer service can always be improved. After each client interaction, ask yourself the following questions: •Could I have done that better? •Will the customer return because of the

service they have received? •Is the customer going to tell their friends and family about the customer service they received? If the client has not received a positive experience, they will tell lots of people and will probably take their money somewhere else. Good customer service equals increased profits — it’s that simple.

to make sure that the service that you and your business give is the best it can possibly be. Feel free to give any feedback on this or other business topics on our facebook page. Tuesday Training is listed on the website

Is there much time spent on customer service and customer interactions in your work place? Do you have a complaints policy? Is everyone trained on how to deal with complaints? Do all the staff have product knowledge? The answers that are given to these questions affect customer service. Please take the time

SUPERANNUATION - SHOULD YOU DO IT YOURSELF? AXA Financial Advice Network Words By Mark Isaac For many of us, superannuation is an important component of our personal financial affairs. After all, the quality of your lifestyle in retirement depends largely on how well you’ve provided for it during your working life. It’s only natural that you should be concerned with how your superannuation fund is being run, and not just the day-to-day investment, but the overall objectives, administration, and trustee duties as well. An increasing number of people want more control over the management of their superannuation and are transferring from larger funds into selfmanaged super funds (SMSFs). A SMSF has a maximum of four members and is excluded from many of the more onerous reporting requirements of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act. Major advantages include greater control over the structure of the fund and the type of assets in which it invests, potential savings on management fees, and the opportunity to make the best use of the tax environment. This type of fund is primarily designed for self-employed members of family businesses, or business owners who


wish to set up a fund for themselves and/or their partners. However, SMSFs are generally not recommended as a cost-effective option if you have less than $200 000 of superannuation assets. Don’t be a slave to your super fund Despite the increasing popularity of SMSFs, many people find out the hard way just how much work is involved. The penalties for not keeping up with the paperwork can be severe. Fortunately, there are some professional superannuation services available that allow you to operate your own super fund without having to carry out the time-consuming administrative responsibilities. You are still in control of your own fund, but you’re just getting experts in various fields to manage all the time-consuming administrative requirements. You get to decide how much control and hands-on involvement you want to retain. For example, you can use a professional administration service, have your own accountant look after some of the fund’s accounting work, and use your stockbroker to buy and sell shares. Managing your own superannuation fund can provide you with greater flexibility, greater control, and a more


cost-effective way to manage your investments in retirement. But it’s not for everyone, so make sure you consult your financial adviser on the pros and cons of entering the world of do-ityourself super. Mark Isaac Authorised Representative AXA Financial Planning ABN 21 005 799 977 Australian Financial Services Licensee Licence Number 234663





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