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Paringa Desert 400 – Newsletter #1
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Wednesday, 29 January 2014
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Planning is well underway for the first round of the ARB Off Road Racing Series, the ARB Paringa Desert 400, to be held 50km north of Broken Hill on Paringa Station.

Event Secretary Kevin Hind has issued the following Newsletter to introduce competitors, crews, families and friends to the inaugural running of the ARB Paringa Desert 400.

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2310b_sm As this is a new event, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone who is contemplating coming to the outback for the Paringa Desert 400.

Broken Hill and surrounding areas have a long association with off road events which include the Australasian Safari’s, numerous Barrier Sport Car Club local and interstate rallies, Classic Rally, Outback Challenge, Australian Outback Extreme, Silver City 600/1000 and many others. The terrain around Broken Hill is varied, and the organising committee is excited to have the opportunity to plan, prepare and produce an event that will give competitors a wonderful outback experience.

Paringa Station is located about 50km north of Broken Hill along the Silver City Highway towards Tibooburra. The country is ruggedly beautiful, but can be harsh, and is frequently subject to dry and difficult conditions.

Paringa Station also has a long association with off road events and in the past has conducted many off road rallies on the property. The property is owned by the James Brothers, Robin and Terry, with another brother Gary managing the property on a daily basis. The James brothers took over the property in late 2008 and immediately started a breeding program with White Dorper sheep, identifying that Dorpers are a proven fast growing meat sheep that will adapt well to the harsh and changing climatic conditions of the region.

Due to the Paringa area being in drought conditions, there is very limited supply of water at the venue. With this in mind, the property owners have requested that there are NO fires lit over the period of the weekend.

2310d_sm The organising committee is arranging for water to be delivered to the venue for drinking, cooking, showers and toilets.

The committee requests that everyone coming to Paringa bring at least 10lts of drinking water per person for personal hydration over the weekend.

Camping
The event will be a camping weekend, with full facilities available to all campers including hot showers and toilets. We are looking at also having 240v generator power available for campers.

Catering
The Legacy Club of Broken Hill will be providing all meals over the weekend. Cost for catering will be $50.00 per day per person for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Children under the age of 12 will be half price - $25.00 per day

Bar Facilities
Open Friday night and after completion of racing Saturday and Sunday

Entertainment
There will be live Country and Western style entertainment on Saturday night from approx. 7.00.pm. It is recommended that you bring a suitable fold up camping type chair with you for that extra bit of comfort.

Accommodation
There are many Motels and Hotels in Broken Hill for those who would like a few more comforts of home. The list is many; click here for a few the committee recommend.

Tourist Information
As there are many tourist sites to visit in Broken Hill, and the best place to start your tour is the Visitors Information Centre, Car Blende and Bromide Streets – 08 8080 3560.

Broken Hill is known for its “Art Galleries” to which there are dozens. Famous artists like Pro Hart, Jack Absalom, Peter Anderson are some of the many artists that have galleries in town.

The City of Broken Hill is the largest regional centre in the western half of New South Wales. It lies in the centre of the sparsely settled New South Wales Outback, close to the South Australian border and midway between the Queensland and Victorian borders. The nearest largest population centre is Mildura in Victoria, three hundred kilometres distant to the south on the Murray River. The nearest large city is Adelaide, capital of South Australia, approximately 500 kilometres to the southwest. Because of its location Broken Hill has strong cultural and historical connections with South Australia and operates on Central Australian Time, one half hour behind Eastern Standard Time.

The City covers an area of 178.86km². As of July 2006, there were 10,539 rateable properties with a total lane value of $92,135,350. The most recent estimates (2006) placed the population at 20,223. This represents a 30% decline since 1971, mainly related to the run down in the local mining industry. However, in recent years the population has stabilised somewhat and the rate of decline has slowed down. Over the next 5 years it is assumed that the City's population will remain fairly stable with at worst a small decline.

Broken Hill is world famous for its silver, lead and zinc mines that have been worked for over a century. At present within the city and region, a high level of activity in the mineral resources sector has meant new and continuing mining operations together with planned re-opening of previous operations. This together with a high level of mining exploration in the near region has buoyed confidence in the city and the potential for employment generation. Existing mining operations are expected to continue to operate until after 2012 and new re-opened operations until at least 2020.

Some new jobs were created in the mineral sands industry located to the south of Broken Hill and with the establishment and operation within the City of the Bemax Separation Plant.

Broken Hill currently has an extensive range of locally based retail and service industries. These include medical, health, educational, welfare and shopping facilities. The retail sector has been enhanced by recent major redevelopments and further retail developments are presently being considered by Council for other major national retail providers.

At the request of the property owners, there are to be NO fires lit on the property for the period of the event.

Distances to and from Broken Hill
Sydney - 1173klms
Melbourne - 858klms
Brisbane - 1612klms
Adelaide - 511klms
Perth - 2802klms
Mildura - 300klms

If there is any further information you require about the event or Broken Hill, please give me a call on 0438 814 969

I look forward to seeing you in Broken Hill during the ARB Paringa Desert 400.

Regards
Kevin Hind - Event Secretary

 

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