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Broken Hill is a thriving outback community; the economic and cultural hub of far western NSW. It attracts over 300,000 tourists a year. Although geographically isolated, the City has produced a surprising number of widely recognised artists. The people of Broken Hill cherish their heritage and enjoy a city with lovingly restored historic buildings and monuments.
Broken Hill was named in 1883 when Charles Rasp discovered silver ore in the area. The range of Hills that contained this ore appeared to have a break in them leaving him with an easy job in naming the area Broken Hill. The broken hill itself no longer exists, having been mined to the ground in the intervening years, but the name and the pioneering spirit of those days live on.
Following partnerships in the form of art exhibitions with the proceeds going to a local youth refuge, the two Councils began to think about forming stronger links. They realised that opportunities could be provided for people from both cities to experience a totally different way of life.
On 16 September 1986, the Mayor of Bankstown (as it stood at the time) signed our first Sister City agreement. The first program run between the two cities was a youth sporting event which has continued as an annual exchange ever since. Thousands of young people have competed in friendly sporting matches between both cities and lifelong friendships have been formed.
Our Talent Advancement Program (TAP) performers also had the opportunity to impress the people of Broken Hill when they visited in July 2007 and again in July 2011.