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Photography GOD ONLY KNOWS, IT’S IN THE 80’s!

MILLIONS & KARILLIONS I’m not sure exactly how old I was when I first saw fireworks at the show but I do remember that the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers were on TV and the display of fireworks had flaming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turltes on it. Any how the main thing I remember is the first thing I said when I saw them was “ millions and karillions”. To this day I have no idea what a Karillion is or was but they sound pretty awesome to me. Happy Birthday Bec and Grant. Happy Father’s Day Pop. MILES

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday 1st September Wattle Day

Friday 2nd – Saturday 3rd September the Red Light Cabaret. Sunday 4th September Father’s day Sunday 4th September Broken Hill Civic Orchestra Concert The Regional Art Gallery 3:30pm. Entry by donation Wednesday 7th September Motherhood – The Musical Broken Hill Civic Centre 08 8080 35 75 Wednesday 7th September Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce Business Seminar with Steven Di Pietro. Sunday 11th September Bec’s Big Birthday. Thursday 15th– Sunday 18th September The Silver City Show Broken Hill Memorial Oval Friday 16th – Monday 19th September Broken Hill High School Golden Oldies 28th Reunion 08 80 88 15 22 Saturday 24th September Broken Hill Dancing with the Stars Tuesday 28th September National Flag Day Thursday 29th September I. Fest 2.0 [Indent Music Event] Broken Hill Civic Centre 08 8080 35 75 Friday 30th – Sunday 2nd October Saints Rugby League Club Reunion

Mondays POETS AT THE PUB 1st Monday of every month, 7.30 pm at the Black Lion Inn. .

11 am - 1 pm. Age Persons Rest Center, Blende Street. Phone Geoff Trudy on 8087 8564 or 8087 1285 for more information.

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.

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

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




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 BROKEN HILL COMMUNITY VOICES Napredak Club – 305 Piper Street 3pm (most Saturdays) – 040 808 4787 Visitors and new members are welcome. 1st and 3rd Saturdays SILVER CITY QUILTERS Held at the Aged Persons Rest Centre in Blende St from 1:30pm to 4:30pm, Aldo meeting on 2nd and 4th saturdays at 10am. For more information call either Nerelle on 8087 5367, or Jo on 8088 1045. Sundays SOUTH COMMUNITY MARKETS Held every Sunday from 8am to 12pm. Contact Ken on 0350 238 466 for more information. YOU CAN ADD EVENTS TO THE LOCAL TALK COMMUNITY CALENDAR FREE ONLINE. VISIT WWW.LOCALTALK.COM.AU


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Words by Andrew West

On 28th August 1996, the GovernorGeneral of the Commonwealth of Australia, Sir William Deane, acting on advice from the Federal Executive Council, declared that the 3rd of September in each year would be observed as Australian National Flag Day throughout Australia and the external Territories. Although it is not a public holiday, it is to commemorate the day in 1901 when Australia’s national flag was first flown. The Aussie flag was the first national flag to be chosen as the winner of a public competition. The prize money was £200, which was quite a lot of money back then. The sum was equivalent to four years

wages which made it the colouring-in competition of the year, attracting 32 823 entrants. The winning design was unveiled by the Countess of Hopetoun, wife of our first Governor-General, at a ceremony held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, on September 3rd, 1901.

The flag consists of three main elements: the Union Jack in the upper hoist quadrant (made up of three flags in the union of England, Scotland and Ireland), the Southern Cross on the right, and the Commonwealth Star, or Star of Federation, lies in the lower hoist quadrant.

The Australian National Flag is the only one to fly over the whole continent. Australia also has seven external territories that fly our flag: Norfolk Island, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Christmas Island, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, the Australian Antarctic Territory, the Coral Sea Islands, and Ashmore and Cartier Islands.

Ceremonies are encouraged to be held annually in schools and major centres. The Governor- General, Governors, and some politicians attend or release statements to the media at this time. It’s all about being a Dinky Di Aussie.


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Photgraphy by Niccy Starlet Amy Clifford at dress rehersals Organiser and performer, Amy Clifford, is ecstatic about her September show, The Red Light Cabaret, where a cast of over 20 local performers come together to bring you the show of the year. The show will take place over two nights, Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd September, and will feature amazing food and entertainment. The Red Light Cabaret is a jazzstyle cabaret show, featuring live entertainment from singers, dancers, and musicians. The show is complete with breathtaking costumes, original routines, a live band, an incredible atmosphere, and will include songs from artists such as Lady Gaga, Frank Sinatra, and Christina Aguilera. Amy would like to thank local businesses for the generous donations that have helped make the show possible. Tickets are available from G.B Records. Tickets are $55 per head, which includes a champagne cocktail on arrival, a finger-food buffet at interval, and desserts after interval. Tickets will sell fast, so don’t hesitate — come and support local entertainers as they dazzle in this jazz experience.

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Words By Indent Photography Submitted Death of Art

Mark the 29th of September in your calendar because IFEST is back, bigger and better than last year. IFEST is an allages, drug and alcohol free event that is funded through Community Arts NSW and Music NSW. The event is supported by Broken Hill City Council, and is being organised by the local INDENT team in partnership with CDAT’s Drink Safe Project. Indent are responsible for successful past events, including last year’s IFEST as well as Dirtwave earlier in the year, and are gearing themselves up for a spectacular event. This year, IFEST 2.0 features a wide


range of musical styles from local and interstate bands. Included in the line up is Melbourne band, Death of Art. This 4-piece, electronic rock band has headlined numerous gigs at the popular alternative club, DV8. They’ve also performed at many other Melbourne venues and events including: The Hi-Fi Bar, The Bizarre Music Festival, Chapel off Chapel, and The Crown Showroom. Death of Art’s self-titled EP was released earlier this year, and includes songs remixed by dance and industrial producers, Sirus and Rael Borg.


Their theatrically styled live show is guaranteed to entertain and satisfy the audience. IFEST is being held at the Broken Hill Civic Centre at 7pm, on the 19th September. Pre-sale tickets are $5 and can be purchased from the youth centre in Crystal street. Alternatively, you can buy them at the Civic Centre on the night, for $10. With 300 tickets already sold, it’s shaping up to be the biggest youth event in 2011. Make sure you don’t miss this great night of live music.


what’s on this month Words By Andrew West Photography Sharon Matthies Wattle is out national floral symbol and it grows from our land. Unlike other national days, Wattle Day is for everyone, and we can all recognise the beauty of wattle as a part of our Great Southern Land. Wattle also welcomes in the spring and is one of the first plants to regenerate after fire, reminding us of the significance of renewal as it decorates the land with our national colours. Wattle has long had a special connection with people in Australia. In 1988, the Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) was officially gazetted as Australia’s national floral emblem. In 1992, the first day of September each year was officially declared National Wattle Day throughout Australia by the Commonwealth Government. 2011 is the centenary of Wattle Day in Broken Hill, so wear a sprig of wattle to share Australia’s colours of green and gold on the first day of spring.


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ITS SHOW TIME October 1889 was a time of hardship in a developing city. The town was growing fast and the mines were being established in a tough year. Typhoid was a curse and drought ravaged the landscape, leaving water in short supply. The same year saw the lighting of Argent Street, Broken Hill’s first strike, and the very first Silver City Show. The show began as a Floral Art and Industrial Exhibition and was held at the Wesley Church Hall. The drought had broken, so Sturt Peas and other wild flowers were in abundance, adorning the popular 3-day event. The show was soon well on its way to being the event of the year, and featured mineral displays, arts and crafts, home improvements, and poems and live music. Dogs, poultry and bird displays were added to the event, showcasing the advances of domestic settlement in Broken Hill. With a promenade concert and gifts for sale, there was always something different and exciting for everyone. Sideshows hit the scene in 1909. The Ocean Wave was popular, with over 4000 people attending. It was a record breaking event that collected the sum of £179 at the gates. Cars and motorcycles

also became popular and the show went from strength to strength, until the upheavals caused by World War 1, in 1915. In the 20s and 30s, the show gained momentum again with shearing, highland dancing, greyhound racing, and displays from local schools, being added to an ever increasing repertoire. World events stunted development again as World War 2 broke out and Broken Hill was plunged into chaos, along with the rest of the planet. In the later 40s, a pavillion was erected and lighting of the oval was completed, allowing even more attractions such as waxworks, buck jumping, wild west shows, African Pygmies, performing monkeys, a menagerie, and black magic. The boom of the 50s and 60s led to record breaking shows, which attracted crowds of 15 000 or more to a show full of bright lights and sounds, that lasted until well into the night. Sideshow alley was eagerly awaited by the young, and young at heart, as the adrenalin rush of the year. The 70s saw an increase in rides and the demise of sideshows. The pavillions were overflowing and the pastoral entries

were still strong, unless they’d been affected in times of drought. Bad weather still plagued the Silver City Show. I can remember one pavillion losing its roof, along with many local homes. One year there were more travelling events, and the next year there was none. The floods in the 70s reminded us of the meaning of ‘weather permitting’, just as the recent downpours have put a hold on filming for Mad Max. In 1989, the 100th anniversary was an outstanding success with over 27 000 people attending a four day event, packed full of excitement. The Silver City Show had become something that all of the local children looked forward to, whether for the show bags, the adrenalin rush from the rides, the fireworks, the chance to dress up, the chance to compete in stock and equestrian events, or to pat some cute, cuddly critters. It’s nearing showtime for 2011 Go and kick up some some cracker dust at the Broken Hill Memorial Oval from the 15th to the 17th of September. Silver City Show Committee: 08 8087 4160

Words & Photography by Andrew West at the Silver Show




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BROKEN HILL YMCA DANCING STARS BALL Words by Middlemen Photo Submitted

Training for the 2011 YMCA Dancing Stars ball is underway, with final touches being added to the two dances that our star dancers will perform. The Dancing Stars ball has been a major fundraiser for the local YMCA for over five years. The event is the Broken Hill YMCA’s signature event, as it is an event formulated for a local community charity that displays exactly what the charity is all about. The Dancing Stars Ball represents all of the YMCA’s core values by bringing strangers together to have fun, to make friends, to enjoy some exercise, and to put back into the community.

People from different businesses, sporting groups, and media outlets are approached to dance. We look for people who are keen for a challenge, and who love to meet new people and have a good time while supporting their community. Thankfully, we always find the right people, and that is due to the dynamic, fun loving people we have in Broken Hill. The dancers are partnered together by the organisers and attend two training sessions per week, for approximately eight weeks. Each participant also agrees to fundraise $500 to support Youth programs at the YMCA. This fundraising is tax deductible, and

helps the YMCA to reach its charitable aims in Broken Hill. All this effort culminates in the glittering Dancing Stars ball. In 2011, our star dancers will perform the waltz, and also a high-energy jive. It’s a wonderful achievement for non-dancers and they are keen to share their joy with friends and family. The night is always a spectacular success. If you would like to go to the ball this year, please ring the YMCA as soon as possible on 8088 1999, as tickets go very quickly. We have tables of ten available, so get a group together and help us celebrate the efforts of these great volunteers.

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Words by LocalTalk Photography by Wayne Pearce Adam Stewart in His element

It is snake season again. With the recent mice plague and the warmer weather, snakes in the local area are on the move. Local snake catcher, Adam Stewart, advises that now is the time to prepare for snake season. Adam says that there are a few simple measures to help deter unwanted reptiles from hanging around. “All it takes is cleaning up any old rubbish and weeds from your yard, and controlling any rodents. Prune your shrubs at the bottom so you can see underneath them, and don’t leave water lying about. This should help keep them away. If they don’t have anywhere to hide or anything to eat, then they shouldn’t want to come in,” says Adam. If you are confronted with a snake in your yard or house, you should not try to corner it or kill it. Most people get bitten when trying to kill snakes. Snakes are very fast and will strike without hesitation if they feel threatened. Keep a good distance away from the animal and call a professional. “I always ask people to keep an eye on it until I get there. There is nothing worse than not finding a snake. It’s guaranteed to keep you awake at night,” says Adam. Some of the snakes we commonly get in the local area are the Common Brown (pseudonaja textilis), the Western Brown (pseudonaja Nuchalis), the recently classified Shield Nose Brown (pseudonaja aspidorhyncha), the endangered Ringed Brown (pseudonaja modesta), and the big fella — the King Brown, or Mulga (pseudechis australis), which is actually a member of the black snake family. It’s not only the snakes that are coming out now. Our lizards are on the move too. “It seems that every year there are more dead Sleepies and Beardies on the roads. It’s sad to see such beautiful creatures killed in this way. I don’t advise people to swerve or take evasive action to miss them, but perhaps just pay a bit more attention and you might see them a little earlier,” Adam says. If you happen to see a snake, or would like any information on reptiles, please contact Adam on 0458 909 265. Adam provides a free snake removal service for locals.

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THE SILVER CITY GARDEN CLUB During September and October, The Silver City Garden Club, together with Broken Hill City Council and Tidy Towns, will run the annual garden and rose competitions. Residents and commercial businesses in Broken Hill are invited to enter one or more of the 13 categories, which include: large to small gardens, entertainment areas, and water features. The garden competition will be judged on Monday September 12th, with entries closing on September 7th. The rose competition will be judged on Monday October 17th, with entries closing on October 13th. The winners will receive monetary awards and certificates. The Garden Club receives sponsorship from local businesses and community.

With the breaking drought last year, it is hoped that citizens of Broken Hill have been inspired to get out in their gardens and enter the results of their hard work into this fun competition. Entry forms will be available until up to three weeks prior to the closing date, and can be obtained from South Post Office, City Council Administration, Big W garden department, Pots N Plants, and Picton Plants. For further information contact Bob Pascoe (08) 80 87 52 04 Categories 1. Best Display of Spring Flowers 2. Best Shade House 3. Best Senior Citizens Home Garden 4. Best Garden in Senior citizens

complex (maintained by resident) 5. Best Front Garden a) larger block b) smaller block 6. Best Back Garden a) larger block b) smaller block 7. Best nature strip 8. Best Entertainment Area (includes water feature) 9. Best Modern Low maintenance Garden 10. Commercial Section (includes water feature) 11. Best Native Garden Rose Competition: 3 categories 1. Less than 10 roses 2. 10-30 roses 3. More than 30 roses


Words by LocalTalk Photography by Miles Clothier Marise Allen, June Garner, Judi Hoare and Bonnie Netherwood at Con Crowley Village Bonnie Netherwood – “I’ve lived here for six years. I’m very happy and only wish I’d done it sooner. There’s a lot of company here, company you wouldn’t get if you were alone in a house. We can go wherever we want and do what we want to. It’s like having a close-knit community—we get outside and two of us will be talking, and not long after there will be six of us.” June Garner – “I’ve only been here for six weeks. My husband passed away eleven months ago. I decided after three months that I wanted to come down here (Con

Crowley Village), but thought that I was being silly. I had a perfectly nice home so why didn’t I stay there? Because I had no neighbours and I wanted company. I’m happy here, and it’s nice and quiet at night. My daughter and son were all for me coming here in the end, they gave me a push.” Marise Allen – “I’ve been here for about nine months now. I didn’t have much choice because I had an accident and needed a bit more help, but you shouldn’t have preconceived ideas. I was dead against moving but when I came

and saw it, I loved it. Since I’ve moved in, I’ve been accepted by the people in the village. You can have your privacy if you want, you don’t have to go out. But if you want to have a chat, you can go outside and sit in your chair with friends. We use the hall on Tuesday afternoon to knit for underprivileged children, it’s a social gathering. I’m pleased I moved in.” Bonnie, June and Marise encourage others to come and have a look at Con Crowley Village. Don’t have preconceived ideas, have a tour and look around.

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EVERYONE HAS A FATHER, BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A DAD? JASON KING TAKES A LOOK AT FATHERHOOD IN 2011. Words by Jason King Photography By Niccy Starlet Jason and Tommy King at thier home. As it is Father’s Day this month, I want to shine the spotlight on our fathers and the special role they play in shaping who we are. After all, dads are pretty important. For some of us, they are the ones who cook the barbecue just right. They might mow the lawn on Sunday, teach us how to bait a hook, or take



the first driving stint on a long road trip. Fathers coach our junior sporting teams, teach our children at school, volunteer behind the bar at community events, and provide a unique perspective from which to view our world. But what does it mean to be a father in 2011? Are terms such

local spotlight as ‘gender neutral parenting’ blurring the lines between the role of mother and father, as the art of parenting is constantly put under the microscope in today’s competitive society? What is a good father? How important is the role of a father figure in a child’s life? From my own experience, being a dad has been the single most challenging, and most rewarding, experience of my life. Once my folks had split up, my father wasn’t around as much as I would have liked when I was growing up. I promised myself that no matter what happened, I would try my best to be available to my children and help them as they grew up. I’ll never forget the first time I looked into my son Thomas’s eyes just after he was born. He was brand new, and I took the opportunity to steal a quick moment with him before Dominique commandeered him. When he looked at me, there was instant recognition. Being present for his birth was especially important to me, because the first time I met my daughter, Jordan, was when she was 19-months old. I have cherished every moment with Thomas since then, just like I have cherished every morsel of time I share

with Jordan, who lives with her mother and stepfather in Perth. When I see the joy on Tommy’s face when we spend time together, or when I watch Jordan search for me as she gets off the plane from Perth, I can’t imagine not being there for my kids. A friend of mine, Keith WilkinsonReed, was recently telling me about his relationship with his adult son. He explained that they’d had a falling out, and had not spoken to in many months. His words have stayed with me ever since. Keith told me that he’d said to his son: “You are my son, I will always love you and I will always leave the door open for you. When you are ready I will be here”. Keith then told me, “On my birthday this year, I opened the door and there he was, standing there. Just arrived from Geelong. It was the best birthday I’ve ever had”. Another friend of mine, Daniel Wilson, is a local student welfare teacher and also the father of three young children. He put it like this: “The good thing is, you can be yourself around your kids and they don’t judge you for that. I hope that I can return the favour to them as they grow

into whoever it is they choose to be”. To me, being a good father means that when my kids reach adulthood, I can look them in the eye once again and tell them that I have tried my best. I can tell them that I love and accept them, with all their mistakes and misadventures, successes and triumphs, just as I did when they came into the world. I want to say to say that I was there for them, in spirit if not in person. The 17th century poet, George Herbert, said, “One father is more than 100 school masters.” Whether we know them or not, whether we love them or loathe them, the fathers in our community shape our lives by the way they live theirs. The extent to which fathers are present in our lives can provide our most important life lessons. While the experience of having a father is as diverse as the six billion people who inhabit planet Earth, at least from a biological perspective there is one thing we all have in common: everyone has a dad. This Father’s Day let’s look to the dads in our lives and discover what we can learn from them.

FATHER’S DAY SHOUT OUT! I love my daddy, Adam Betts. He was the first one to hold me, and the first to change my nappy (ew). I love my bath time and playtime with him. I know that I prevented him from adequate sleep some nights, but we love our cuddles. Even though daddy works away sometimes, I know he misses me as much as I miss him. So enjoy your first Father’s Day, Dad. When I grow to be a big boy, I want to be a fisherman like you and poppy Philip. Levi Philip Betts

I would love to put a big thank you in for my Dad. He does so much, gives up his days all week to have Tay, and would do absolutely anything for us. He is so special—Happy Father’s Day, Dad. Love Sarah and Tay x



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LocalTalk got the chance to talk to the inspirational, Hayden Zammit, about his love of fundraising and tourism. How old are you Hayden? I am 17. Were you born in Broken Hill? Yes. I was born and raised in Broken Hill. What high school do you attend? Willyama High School. What year are you currently in? Year 11.

What are your favourite subjects? Tourism. I do tourism by correspondence [OTen] which is run through school as one of my subjects. I also like Maths. What fundraisers are you involved in? I am still a member of the Cancer Council and Camp Quality. As far as merchandising goes for this year, I haven’t done as much because I am trying to focus more on school. I am always willing to be a part of any community event to help out others though. Tell us about your trip to Washington, DC? It was a 12-day event in Washington and New York City. It was for the global young leader’s

teen spotlight conference. Over 300 students from around the world attended. It was a conference based around leadership, politics, and the future of the nation. What was so good about it was that you didn’t just see Washington and New York, but [we also visited] little towns in between. How did it feel being the youngest fundraiser for Camp Quality in 2007? It was a great start to my fundraising adventure. Prior to that I had started fundraising for the Cancer Council NSW. It all started when my Aunty was diagnosed with cancer back in 2004. It triggered me to think about people who are less fortunate, and I think we need to take action to help others. It was great being recognised. How did you organise your fun day at the park? I really wanted to do something different, so I chose to do the fun day at the park. It’s something that I am passionate about—young people, and helping people with cancer. I felt as if the community spirit was there. I’ve had two successful camp quality fun days in the park that raised over $5000. Today

we have raised around $30 000 for Camp Quality and the Cancer Council combined. How many years have you been participating in the Broken Hill Christmas lights display? I’ve been doing the Christmas lights display for a fair few years, but as far as fundraising goes I’d probably say the last four to five years. The money has been going toward the Cancer Council NSW and Camp Quality.

giving back to Broken Hill, and having more young leaders in the area. It’s a training program that opens your eyes to what’s happening in our community, and how your everyday life can change somebody else’s. What was your community project with Max Potential this year? Mine was to provide entertainment for the residents of the Harold Williams home. We did trivia and they [the elderly] loved it.

How was it being a camp reporter for Camp Quality in 2008? Well, you experience it like one of the camp quality campers. You go out, enjoy yourself, and see how much of a great time the campers have. It’s definitely a contrast to the everyday living life as a patient either recovering, going through treatment, or with family who have been diagnosed with cancer.

What motivates you to be heavily involved with fundraising? The main reason would be to see the benefits for other people and what they get out of the contribution within the community. To give back to the people who really need it. It’s an honour to be able to collect the money throughout Broken Hill. It’s not a chore, it’s a choice of mine.

What’s your involvement with Max Potential? Max Potential is a program that aims to maximise the potential of young adults. It’s about empowering communities, which we can achieve by

What are your future plans? I hope to go to university, but I am not sure what I want to study yet. My intensions are to further my career with whatever I choose. It will be all about improving me as a person.

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TAFE DINING ROOM Words by Deanne Lyall Photograpy by Miles Clothier Lee Cecchin and her students in the TAFE kitchen



eat local We all have a story. Some of us think that our lives are quite interesting, and then we meet someone who has really lived, and travelled, and appreciated all the things that they have done in life. Recently, I had the privilege of meeting one of these people and I hadn’t expected her to be teaching at TAFE. Lee Cecchin has travelled around the world working in the Italian Alps, Papua New Guinea, Asia, and The Hyatt Hotel. Those of you that know Adelaide will probably know Chloe’s, where Lee worked as the pastry chef. The apprentices that Lee has taught throughout the world still keep in touch with her, and she always has the best table when visits the restaurants where they now work as Chefs. Lee was born in Broken Hill. When she was 17, Lee started her travels. We are lucky that she has come home to offer students of hospitality and tourism the knowledge that she gained from working as a Chef around the world. The TAFE has an amazing set up. Lee

showed me around the kitchen, with its stainless steel appliances, through to the dining room, which is actually a classroom that can be transformed into a function room. When the room is set for dinner it is hard to believe that the students are still just, students.

as bar and reception duties. A trip to the upmarket restaurants in town is a first for some students, but Lee stresses the importance of making these visits. She says it is the perfect way for students to get a glimpse of what will be expected of them once they move into employment.

The menu is both first-rate and complex, and includes Tempura Nori wrapped prawns and Asian braised duck. There are vegetarian options such as Asparagus risotto, and sumptuous desserts including Vanilla and Raspberry Bavarois. The two course lunches and three course dinners are mostly prepared on the day from as many local producers as can be found. Lee says that she and the rest of the team (Dennis Hebbard, Jarrod Lehman, Raylene Venarie, Dirk Liddell and Ann Rogers) look for local produce when they can. Lee is then able to show the students what is in our own backyard, even when that backyard is the desert.

Broken Hill TAFE has come a long way. They were in line for the Restaurant Caterers Award 2010 Blue Mountains/ Central West, and finished in the top three in the state finals. They also took part in producing a nine course meal for the Lifestyle Channel. The TAFE students are being taught by a great team, and are very lucky to have such an experienced Chef as Lee alongside them. Lee has won prestigious competitions for cooking. She is recognised by her peers for industry representation, as well as for being voted as one of the top 15 chefs in Adelaide.

The students start with basic hygiene and RSA training, but are soon learning to cook meals and wait on tables, as well

If you are thinking of going out for lunch or dinner, why not try TAFE? They are only open at certain times for meals, so call 8082 7342 to make a booking.

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The Pro Hart Gallery is one of Broken Hill’s treasures. Pro Hart is one of Australia’s most popular artists, and a much loved Broken Hill icon. His artwork is unique, diverse and, at times, controversial. Visiting the gallery again brought back memories. I used to see Pro’s artwork when I was a kid, because we lived just down the street from the Hart’s. Their home was often as busy as Central Station, but they always found time for everyone. All the neighbourhood kids were in and out of their place because it was fun, and we were always welcome. Getting kids to hang out in an art gallery is an art form in itself. I had no real interest in art until the day


I was riding my pushbike near where the Living Desert is now. It felt like I was riding in one of the pictures that the bloke down the street had painted. Pro was a talented man and it was inspiring to see the gallery again. His studio is still there (re-located to the Gallery), with the last picture that he painted on an easel. An interview with his wife, Raylee, reminded me why I went there as a child. It was friendly, and the pictures were good. I’m no art critic, but Pro was genuine and if the artwork can grab my emotions or take my breath away, 40 years on, then it’s still powerful and captivating. Pro was passionate about everything he did. He was always painting and he always had something to show, be it a pipe organ, a telescope, or a Rolls Royce. He was


always busy, and the last time I saw him he was delivering a meal to someone less fortunate than him. He did all the right things to become a legend in his lifetime. He used his creativity and tenacity to pursue art. Pro and Raylee are still known for their generosity in our community. At the Pro Hart Gallery, you can still see the largest collection of Pro Hart paintings in Australia, and learn a lot from an iconic artist who put Broken Hill’s art in the spotlight. It is a must-see for locals and visitors to the Silver City. Pro Hart Gallery 108 Wyman Street, Broken Hill Telephone: 08 8087 2441 Website:

RUBY LOU’S PET TALK Hi, guys It’s Ruby Lou here again to fill you in with my latest doggy gossip. You would all know by now that it is show month. It’s a joyous occasion to a lot of people, but for your pet pooch it might not be so fun. When the show comes rolling into town, it means fireworks. Some doggies are very scared of fireworks, and a lot of my friends have been known to run away because of the noise. A lot of human Mummies and Daddies baby us when fireworks are on, but please don’t do this as just makes us more scared. And try not to be

scared of fireworks yourself, because that’s when we get scared. Perhaps try drowning out the sound of the fireworks by turning the TV or radio up a little. If my doggy friends seem like they want to hide, then let them. There is nothing worse than pulling and tugging when they are feeling uncomfortable. If you would like some more information, it may be a good idea to contact our local RSPCA. Drop me a bone at editors@localtalk., or find me on Facebook.

Hello Ruby Lou, my name is Fi Fi and I am an 18 month old Maltese Shitzu. I am very friendly and love lots of pats as people walk past my house. My Mum spoils me rotten and my friends are Dora and Suzan the cat. Have to go now as I have to have my bath. Fi Fi xx


spirit talk


September carries a 9 vibration. This is a powerful humanitarian vibration that inspires selfless acts and giving, and also brings completion and resolution to important life lessons. September is the start of Spring and always ushers in hope, freedom, and a fresh start. Earth signs Virgo: The focus this month is on getting into shape. The best in you shines this month, making you irresistible. Very stable and dependable this month, you may find yourself in a carers role. Your communication skills make you an excellent mediator in dramatic situations. Taurus: This month sees you more friendly and outgoing, which could draw attention from the opposite sex. If single, you’ll enjoy the attention. In a relationship? You could improve upon love in your home life. This month is a time to focus on family, as well as socialise. Capricorn: You need to look after yourself, Capricorn. It’s been an emotionally charged year and you’ve been burning the candle at both ends. Romances thrive this month. Some of you may move into a new career or abode. Changes to your house will inspire you to create, perhaps redecorate. Remove the excess baggage and stress in your life. Air Signs Libra: This month is a chance for catch-ups with close friends and travel adventures. Focusing on health and wellbeing may inspire you to get fit. Career prospects are looking good. Money and financial issues are positive, so it’s time to spoil yourself. Gemini: This month is a whirlwind of


activity, creativity, and work. You are busy and inspired, but remember to take some time off to soak up the powerful spirituality this month offers. Contemplate, wind down, relax, heal, take walks, eat healthy, detox, meditate— allow yourself the serenity you need. Aquarius: You’re charming, positive, loving and caring, and this draws many people into your life this month. Romance and renewed love makes your inner and outer beauty shine. Your cooking and creative party skills will make sure everyone in your life enjoys this month. Fire Signs Sagittarius: You’re in the mood to party, lighten up, and enjoy great company. Many Sagittarians will join creative group activities and enjoy being a part of projects with others. Deeply inspired by tragedy, many Sagittarians will take up causes this month. You are an inspiration this month. Leo: Romantic, talkative, in the mood to socialise, fertile—perhaps some of you are feeling clucky? This month brings changes to your body, your house, and your career. Travel opportunities are likely. Extra income will make life easier and more enjoyable. Aries: A little exhausted emotionally, this year has tested your heart and personal relationships. You tend to allow narcissistic natured types into your personal space. September offers you an opportunity to release yourself from such attachments. Remember to allow yourself time to yourself this month.

many Pisceans are in a playful, flirty, fun mood. You are more sociable this month and enjoy attention from others. Career outlook is great with the possibility of new job opportunities. More money coming in to party with, and enjoy life. Cancer: A great month for romance, health changes and career changes. Perfect time to change abodes or make life-changing moves. Enjoy praise from bosses, teachers and peers this month. A time of great learning and hard work, with dividends paying off. Scorpio: Scorpios want to play this month. Heady with romance and passion, many will be in top form, socially. You’ll be the talk of the town with your fantastic parties and outrageous, fun ideas. You’ll have everyone eating out of your hand, which will be useful if you need to woo a bank manager or accountant! Have a wonderful month. Namaste everyone Leonie Faye

Water Signs Pisces: Many fish desire travel this month. Adventurous pursuits are likely as



FENG SHUI Words by Leelee James

The ultimate goal of Feng Shui is to improve health, wealth and happiness through the creation of a harmonious environment. This month, I’m going to talk about the bedroom – a place for sleep and intimacy only. The bedroom is the full stop to the end of your day. It’s where you rest and recharge energy levels, and since not all of us get the required 7 - 8 hours sleep, we need to ensure the bedroom is as restful as we can make it and we need to avoid any activity that is going to stimulate the mind.

exercises in bed as an alternative to reading. It is essential not to have electrical or gaming equipment in the bedroom. Even though it is not in use all the time, symbolically it serves to stimulate the mind.

Some of us like to read prior to falling asleep. While you may feel sleepy, the mind is still being stimulated. Try some meditative breathing or relaxation

• do not sleep with door and windows wide. Leave them ajar, as this limits the amount of energy entering and circulating around the room

The bedroom needs to be as peaceful as you can make it. Some suggestions are: • darken the room, as the night time is associated with yin energy

• limit the use of energetic yang colours, such as red and bright pink. Dark blue is a good colour for a bedroom because it is a yin colour. If you think of the ocean bottom a n d how quiet it is underwater at extreme depths, then this might help you understand how dark colours can create a serene and restful environment • cover any mirrors you can see yourself in when laying down, because a reflection symbolises another presence or energy in the room when you’re sleeping Until next month...

community talk

THE POTOSI PROJECT It has been talked about as long as I can remember but now it is finally underway. The orebody at the northern end of the Line of Lode will soon be sent to the smelters, providing employment and breathing new life into Broken Hill’s major industry. It’s an exciting time for Perilya with the development of a new project well underway. The Potosi project is situated approximately two kilometres north of the existing North Mine in Broken Hill. The project consists of two mining sites, the Potosi Mines and the Silver Peak Mine both of which contain high grade ore. The development of a decline to help procure the ore began in 2007 but was put on hold by global economics in


Words by Andrew West Photography by Miles Clothier At Potosi Mine

2008. With a more favourable outlook now, the job is well underway to provide employment for around 80 people in the establishment of the site. The site is a separate operation which will have it’s own workshop, changerooms and other infrastructure. As it moves from development into the production stage there will be more jobs to come online at the Potosi project. The Potosi mine consists of 1.6 million tonnes at 13.0 % zinc, 3.1 % lead, 43.1 gram/tonne silver and the Silver Peak. 390,000 tonnes at 9.2 % zinc, 5.2% lead which are very significant grades. “It is a lot easier to start a new project than rework old areas which can be a logistical nightmare” said Lee


Rossetti. The current ore body should provide more employment on the site for at least 5 years. “Drilling will continue throughout the development stage and the production stage and it is anticipated more ore will be found, therefore extending the life span of the mine” said Lee. “The ultimate goal is to have an injury free project employing a 100% local workforce” said Tony Edwards. “ Our focus is on zero harm and it is our primary goal to provide a safe environment for anyone involved with the project. The aim is to develop an environmentally sound and efficient project to help secure mining in the Broken Hill region for our future.

business talk


Our Spa is a luxurious modern haven, making it the perfect escape. We deliver innovative treatments, superior skincare and traditional beauty therapies to the highest standard. Our highly skilled and experienced Skin Managers are here to help you unwind and relax in peaceful, professional surroundings. We pride ourselves on offering thorough Skin Diagnosis and would love to prescribe you a skincare solution that is personally tailored to address your skin condition and concerns.


Aura Clinic and Spa is excited to introduce LED Therapy. SSLED Treatments (Seven Spectrum Light Emitting Diode) is a non-invasive light therapy that can successfully treat a wide range of skin conditions. Photo rejuvenation has become one of the beauty industry’s best-kept secrets. It has been proven to restore youth to ageing skin, encourage cellular rejuvenation, calm red capillaries and blemishes, and reduce acne and oily skin without producing heat in the


tissues and destroying skin cells. SSLED uses a scientific process that applies seven wavelengths within the visible light spectrum to send regulated light of a specific frequency into the dermal layer, providing energy for cellular metabolism to produce softer, clearer, more youthful looking skin. LED Phototherapy has been used in Europe for over 30 years and over 2500 scientific papers have been published on the topic worldwide. In the 1980s, NASA researched ways of growing plants in space without the benefit of the Sun and the Earth’s atmosphere, and discovered phototherapy as a way of doing this. This research entailed shining light emitting diodes (LEDs) on plants to see if this regenerated their cells. These studies were successful. Other studies were done to determine the success of cellular regeneration in the human body through the use of LEDs. The results of these studies confirmed that human cells do regenerate, and in fact proved that wounds exposed to pulsed LED lights healed 4 to 5 times faster than usual. It was discovered that the LED lights they were experimenting with as a means to grow plants in space, also helped astronauts recover faster from injuries


sustained during weightlessness in space. LED Therapy successfully treats aged, problematic, pigmented, sensitive, sluggish, stressed, damaged and scarred skin.


Recently, Aura Clinic and Spa introduced Waterlily Skin Body Spa to their extensive range of beauty treatments. Waterlily is an authentic Australian Spa Collection formulated exclusively for Day Spas and Salons. Made from only the purest of natural botanical ingredients, Waterlily is a complete solution to Spa Wellness that was created to maintain beautifully luminous skin. Rich in aromatic essential oils, organic French clays, cold pressed plant oils, anti-ageing vitamins, healing herbs and lashings of exotic fruit, floral and marine extracts, the Waterlily Collection is a sojourn for the senses. A launch evening was held during August as a way for clients to learn about this gorgeous product, and

business talk experience its sensational aromas and benefits. On the night, Aura also unveiled their new Service Menu which is filled with luxurious Spa Rituals, Body Treatments, and Cosmedical Treatments.

ZECCA After six years, Aura is proud to continue its relationship with Zecca Australia. This highly accredited medical team have been coming to Broken Hill since 2005 to provide non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Their vast experience ensures that they will give you the most accurate advice and the most appropriate program for your individual needs, specifically when it comes to wrinkle correction, contour correction, skin rejuvenation, facial peels, body sculpturing, and leg vein

treatment. Their medical and nursing team follows clinically safe protocols in a comfortable and private atmosphere. Zecca are experts at matching appropriate treatments and technology to your personal appearance goals. The team includes Dr Jacinta Keoghan, Ann Pilley (RN) and Ann Spralja (RN, servicing Aura Clinic and Spa clients since 2005).

BODY SUGARING Recently, Melissa became certified in Body Sugaring, and was taught by Lina Kennedy (the creator of Alexandria Professional Body Sugaring). Professional Body Sugar Epilation is a safe, gentle and effective solution to hair extraction for women, men and children. Advanced Body Sugar Epilation offers numerous unique and diverse benefits.

The Alexandria technique uses a sugar paste that extracts the hair in its natural direction of growth. This is done when the hair is still in the early growth stage. The technique eliminates breakage, unnecessary discomfort, irritation and ingrown hairs, while exfoliating dry skin cells. There is no risk of burning your skin. When the sugar paste is massaged onto the skin, it allows the paste to seep into the follicles, which in turn allows the body hair to slide out more comfortably for a complete extraction without body hair breakage. The only side effect is that some clients actually fall asleep during sugaring. Now that’s smooth! The Alexandria technique requires only 1/16� (2mm) of hair growth for body treatments, eliminating the long wait between salon visits. The result: smooth, beautiful skin, without the discomforts of other epilation techniques. Dont for get to find Aura on Facebook.

sport community talk

THE SAINTS LONG WEEKEND Long weekend 30th September– 2nd October: Saints Rugby League Club Presentation Reunion 1983-2011, and Murray Gageler Memorial Reunion 1989-1990. Premiership sides to pay respect to the late Murray Gageler. Friday 30th September: Annual Presentation Ball and Reunion Night. Catered by Ken Holden. Entertainment from Shayne Parle and Hi-way 32. Saturday 1st September: Viewing of all grand final DVDs (1983,1989,1990 and 2008) at the Northern Hotel (Saints RLFC Sponsor). BBQ lunch, then bus to

Lamb Oval for photographs and game of touch. Meet back at Northern for an old fashioned Pub crawl (down Oxide & Argent St). Finishing with late supper at the Northern Hotel.

Paul Kemp - President 0427 117 041

Sunday 2nd September: Northern Hotel NRL Grand Final Day. Lunch will be hotdogs, sausages, steak and onions. Dinner provided by our kiwi boys cooking a hungi. Wear your club colours for the big NRL Grand Final.

Craig Caruana - Treasurer 0439 824 712

All past players, members and executives welcome. For further information on events, please contact:

Stacey Wayte - Secretary 0459 025 556

Saints would like to thank all of our sponsors.


beauty talk

BROKEN HILL VETERAN GOLFERS SILVER CITY TOURNAMENT Words By LocalTalk Photography by Miles Clothier Vetrans Dudley Hannigan, Denis Martin, Cliff Trood and Ally Graziani at the Broken Hill Golf and Counrty Club Broken Hill Veteran Golfers started with six men who loved to play golf. The golfers started meeting every Wednesday at the Broken Hill Golf and Country Club, chipping in a mere dollar to make the game more interesting. Word quickly got around, and the veteran golfers ended up with 20 members. The golfers are now well established in Broken Hill with a full committee, consisting of Captain Ally Graziani, Vice President Cliff Trood, President Denis Martin, and Secretary Dudley Hannigan. The committee and all veteran members are ready to tee off with their Silver City Tournament in September. The tournament brings around 60 interstate golfers to Broken Hill. It will be a great week of golf. Program of Events Sunday 25th Registration from 4pm to 7pm, and complimentary sausage sizzle Monday 26th Country Energy Veteran Golf Day, 9am start 18-hole individual stableford &par – men (grades) 18-hole individual stableford &par – ladies Trophy presentation at end of play Tuesday 27th 18-hole individual stableford – men and ladies Wednesday 28th Leisure day. Golf available at BHG&CC – 8087 9099 Thursday 29th 18-hole individual stableford – men and ladies Friday 30th 18-hole medley 4BBB stableford, 9am start Trophy presentation at end of play. Preference is given to players nominating for three or four days. 36-hole trophies are sponsored by the NSWVGA, in conjunction with play on Tuesday and Thursday.

There will be a presentation dinner on Thursday at 7pm, at the Barrier Social Democratic Club. The dinner will honour the winners of Tuesday and Thursday’s events, as well as the 36-hole event. Tournament director and President of the Broken Hill Veteran Golfers, Denis Martin, wishes to thank the local sponsors that have made this tournament possible: Country Energy The Broken Hill Social Democratic Club The Broken Hill Golf and Country Club The N.S.W Veteran Golfers Association Silver Haven Motel Silver City Tours The Broken Hill Community Credit Union Westpac Bank McDonalds Family Restaurant Shannon Electrics Top End Meats Comfort Inn Hill Top Carasel Jewellers Town ‘N’ Country Bikes I.G.A Foodland

health talk

HEALTHY EATING: IT’S TIME TO SHAPE UP FELLAS If your waistline is widening, you’re not alone. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 65% of men are now overweight or obese. That’s an increase of around 15% since 1980. Being an unhealthy weight impacts on your health in many ways, some of which aren’t always immediately obvious. For example, it may impair your ability to sleep comfortably, resulting in tiredness and lack of concentration during the day. Your reasons for wanting to get into shape will also vary. For some, getting healthy may be about looking sexy in a pair of trunks, while for others it’s about keeping up with active kids in the playground. Whatever your reasons may be, most of us know that being overweight isn’t healthy. What you may not know or fully appreciate is the serious dangers and health complications it can lead to. Unhealthy eating in conjunction with a lack of physical activity can lead to an increased risk of developing a chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease, some cancers, and type-2 diabetes. Good nutrition is an important part of achieving and maintaining good general health. By taking a few small measures and making some simple changes to your diet throughout the day, you can keep your waistline in check and help decrease your risk of chronic disease.

It’s all about variety According to the Dietary Guidelines for Australian Adults, people are encouraged to enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods. Many of you will be aware of the benefits of eating plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, legumes, wholegrain cereals and grains, lean meats, low fat dairy products, and drinking plenty of water. It is also essential to practice portion control and consume processed foods and alcohol in moderation. At the end of the day, it’s the simple everyday choices you make that make a difference. Simple strategies to lose the spare tyre, without losing the things you love! • Switch full-cream milk for low-fat milk • Swap sausages and regular mince for lean meat or mince • Occasionally replace red meats with fish, chicken, or legumes • Swap a meat loaded pizza for a vegetarian pizza with less cheese • Instead of a glass of fruit juice, have a piece of fruit and water • Swap fried chips for a baked potato with salad • Try high fibre breakfast cereals instead of low-fibre, high sugar ones • Switch white bread for wholegrain varieties • Swap your regular soft drink for plain water, or soda water flavoured with squeezed lemon • Instead of eating a handful of lollies, go for a handful of unsalted nuts,

dried fruit or berries • When cooking, use a spray of poly or mono unsaturated oil instead of butter • Instead of adding salt, try adding spices and herbs to add flavour to meals • Have a few alcohol-free days a week Get off the couch A good balance between regular exercise and food intake is essential to help maintain a healthy body weight. About 30 minutes of physical activity, such as walking, is recommended every day. Why not walk down to the local shops rather then getting in the car? Take the stairs instead of the escalator. Instead of taking a half-time food break, go for a half-time kick of a ball in the backyard or park. Everyday, we may find ourselves doing things, eating things, and drinking things that aren’t great for us. While we sometimes know we’re not making the best decision, other times we don’t. If you’re concerned, or have any questions about your personal health, please talk to your local pharmacist or health practitioner. Olivia Pellicano Monash Pharmacy Student

MEN’S DEPRESSION – LETS GET IT ON THE TABLE Depression is a common issue across all age groups and demographics, and can affect around 1 in 6 men within a community, at any given time. It is especially prominent in both young (1525 year old) and elderly (>65 year old) men. Rural communities, show a further increase in cases of depression, with rural suicide rates being double that of their city-dwelling counterparts in the 15-24 year old male age group. That makes suicide on par with motor vehicle accidents as the major cause of death in young men. Needless to say, depression represents a huge healthcare concern within our community. Everyone can feel down sometimes, and it is perfectly healthy to do so, but if it starts to prevent you from having a beer with your mates then it can become a cause for concern. Clinical depression is a complex disorder that is frequently hard to diagnose, due to its undefined causes and wide branching range of symptoms. Some of the factors that may cause depression include: • Drug and alcohol abuse • Stress • Sleeping disorders • Poor physical health

Symptoms of depression can include: • Low energy and decreased interest in people or activities • Loss of appetite and weight loss • Lapses in personal hygiene • Loss of sex drive If you think you might be experiencing depression, don’t feel alone. There are a number of outlets open to anyone who wants to have a chat. Perhaps the most prominent of these is the Beyond Blue organisation, which has been an Australian leader in depression awareness and management for over a decade. There are also many other groups, including MensLine Australia, which provide a 24/7 phone line that offers information and referral services for men’s health issues, and Men Sheds, which offers a positive environment for men to get together and develop longlasting mateships. As well as finding someone to talk to, simple lifestyle changes can work wonders in alleviating depressive symptoms. In particular, exercise offers many mood-enhancing benefits, including: • Focussing the mind and body on rhythmic, meditative activity • Relieving muscle tension and boosting energy levels

• Elevating heart rate • Promoting relaxation alertness • Improving self-image


Your local doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional are also a wealth of knowledge on depression management. Next time you visit your GP, or find yourself in the area of a local pharmacy, don’t hesitate to have a chat about any concerns you have regarding your mental health. Depression and Men’s Health Organisations Beyond Blue Phone: 1300 224 636 Website: MensLine Australia Phone: 1300 789 978 Website: Men Sheds Website: Robert Dunlop Monash Pharmacy Student

CLOUD BASED SYSTEMS Computers have a great deal more storage on them these days, and this is ever increasing. However, business and personal users are moving away from storage on their own systems, and towards using Cloud Based Systems. Google mail is now one of the most popular email systems. The current trend is away from outlook so that emails are not stored on your computer, but are instead stored on a remote server with a large storage capacity. There are free Cloud Based servers, Cloud Based accounting systems, and other systems such as client management. This allows for a lot more flexibility in your working life. If you travel often, all of your files are available to you, wherever you are. You can use any computer to gain access to your email. Even your phone can now be

Words by Steve Miller

used as a mini computer, accessing all your data remotely. This may mean that your internal and external hard drives will soon be a thing of the past, with all your data and programs being stored and operated ‘in the clouds’.

and discuss how this can be a success for you and your business. To make a booking, please call Kristie Pinnuck on 8088 0103. Sponsored by Broken Hill EDC and Broken Hill Community Foundation.

The EDC has an accountant visiting in September to talk about Cloud Based accounting systems. Please contact Steve for more details by emailing, or phoning 8087 9222. There will be a free breakfast at Club Legion on the 8th of September, and Josh Cowdrey will be speaking about Social Media Success. Josh will take you through the medium of online marketing,

RETIRING FOR LIFE If you’re approaching retirement and are fortunate enough to have accumulated a sizeable amount in your superannuation fund, this is probably the largest amount of money you’ve ever had to manage — and it has to last you for the rest of your life. What are the options? Firstly, you can take your super benefits as a lump sum, pay tax on it and then look for somewhere safe to invest. Make the wrong decision, however, and you could jeopardise your long-term security. The second option is to exchange your lump sum for a retirement income by purchasing a pension or an annuity. There are several advantages: professional investment management; tax advantages; and flexibility over the amount of income you receive and how long you will receive it. Thirdly, you can combine both options if funds permit – for instance, you could purchase a retirement income ‘stream’


with part of your lump sum and invest the balance in a diversified investment portfolio.

The trend now is to invest in pensions and annuities, which is due to their favourable tax and Centrelink treatment. Four choices are available: immediate annuities; allocated annuities and pensions; and superannuation pensions. Immediate annuities and super pensions offer a fully guaranteed income (regardless of the economic climate) and favourable Centrelink and taxation treatment. Allocated annuities and allocated pensions offer greater flexibility and control over your capital. However, due to the flexibility of this option, the level and duration of your income is not guaranteed. To make sure you invest your superannuation pay-out to suit your particular circumstances, the following issues need careful consideration: the amount you have available to invest; present and future income needs; and


your capital requirements. Your financial planner can assist you in this important process and help you maximise your income in retirement.





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