Phil has plan to rebuild Diggers


Phillip Parnaby is keen to rebuild Diggers on the Darling. PHOTO TWH

The loss of Diggers on the Darling this year was a huge blow for the Bourke community, but proprietor Phil Parnaby said he is determined to rebuild on the site.

Diggers burnt to the ground on September 1, 2021, and the loss of precious memorabilia and Bourke’s ‘heart and soul’ hit hard.

The site has been cleared and now it is time to look forward, Phil said.

“I have sat down with Ann-Marie, and we’ve talked about our plans now that the site has been cleared,” he said.

“We would like to leave the steps and the old slate in memory of the old RSL and Diggers so it will be a history feature, to pay respect to the buildings and the memories that everyone has of the place.

“We’ve talked about a few different options and the next stage is to get the site secured and the fence up in the lane way and on the Mitchell Street side.

“Not much will happen until after Christmas, then we’ll continue to discuss our plans.

“The abattoir re-opening it will bring about 120 jobs to the shire and with the resurgence of the irrigation and grazing industries after the drought, it is now an attractive business proposition for seeking finance to rebuild.

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