Cinema lift work begins

Work has started to install a chairlift at the Silver City Cinema.

It’s been nearly 12 months since the idea was first raised, and thanks to the generosity of Broken Hill the lift should be installed by the end of the week.

Bluesky Mobility has been contracted to carry out the work, installing the custom-built Swedish chairlift along the left side of the cinema’s stairs.

The lift’s rails were installed on Monday, with the platform to be installed today and the electrics to be put in on Wednesday, according to Bluesky Mobility’s Damian Ryan.

“We’re hoping to be finished by 5pm Wednesday,” Mr Ryan said.

“But we’ve got Thursday as well in case things go slower than expected.

“It’s been quite a process, it’s been shipped across the world.”

The people of Broken Hill raised more than $60,000 to fund the lift, after the idea was first introduced by visiting student Sam Norman.

Sadly, Sam passed away in January this year, before he could see his vision brought to life.

Cinema owner John Wren said Sam’s involvement wouldn’t be forgotten, with a plaque dedicated to the young man to be installed alongside the lift.

“I’m just so impressed that the Broken Hill people have been so generous in their support,” Mr Wren said in the wake of the donation blitz that took the town.

“Sam got the ball rolling and it just snowballed to such a gigantic effort that the whole of Broken Hill was involved in donating and everybody was for it,” he said following Sam Norman’s death.

“With a chair lift, it’s going to make it so much easier, so much more secure.”