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News archive

This is an archive containing every news story ever posted on the BDT website. If you’re looking for a specific article, try the search box at the top right hand side of this page. Otherwise you can just browse the archive by selecting a year and month below.

November, 2014

Rugby improving indigenous communities

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd November, 2014


An independent review has highlighted the link between rugby league and health outcomes for indigenous communities in Far West New South Wales. 

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Alesco joins ORL scrum

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd November, 2014

Alesco Learning Centre students are joining forces with the National Rugby League to help deliver local sporting programs. 

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Serial drunk driver jailed

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd November, 2014

A man who has never held a driver’s licence has been jailed after being convicted of a sixth drink-driving offence.

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Refuge plea answered

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd November, 2014

City Council will construct a pedestrian refuge at a busy section of Galena Street more than a year after one woman labelled it a “fatality waiting to happen”.

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Weir shutdown

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd November, 2014

The NSW Greens have hit out at the government for shutting down a motion to fund a new weir at Wilcannia.

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Open all hours

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd November, 2014

Push for Boxing Day, Easter Sunday trading

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Petition still needs flood of signatures

Originally published: Friday, 21st November, 2014

A local water petition has so far attracted hundreds of signatures, but organisers are aiming for thousands.

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BH Basketball rebounds

Originally published: Friday, 21st November, 2014

Schooling the next generation of referees is top of the agenda following the Broken Hill Basketball Association’s Annual General Meeting.

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Harness racing eyes larger field

Originally published: Friday, 21st November, 2014

It is hoped that an influx of new horses, trainers and drivers will hit the track when the Broken Hill harness racing season begins in a little under a month. 

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Mineral funds climbing

Originally published: Friday, 21st November, 2014

A fundraiser for the Milton Lavers’ mineral collection is attracting strong support.

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Why we must act

Originally published: Friday, 21st November, 2014

Residents realising measures are needed: Ley 

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Labor candidate weighs into river debate

Originally published: Thursday, 20th November, 2014

The NSW Labor candidate for Barwon says a lack of government consultation over plans for the dying Menindee Lakes was a “slap in the face”, but he wouldn’t rule out supporting the controversial bore water plan. 

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Precious water supply dropping

Originally published: Thursday, 20th November, 2014

Water restrictions will soon be in effect as the city’s water supplies dwindle and summer sets in.

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Ellysia in hot form

Originally published: Thursday, 20th November, 2014

In the highly competitive world of Open National Swimming where hundredths of a second can separate the gold medallist from the silver, Broken Hill’s Ellysia Oldsen is tearing up the rankings.

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Christmas feast comes early for residents

Originally published: Thursday, 20th November, 2014

Year 11 Hospitality students at Broken Hill High School prepared a delicious Christmas dinner for the residents of St Anne’s Nursing Home this week.

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Group to present plan

Originally published: Thursday, 20th November, 2014

A local water advocacy group with a 10,000-member following will present a draft proposal on an emergency water supply to the NSW Government.

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Open up mines

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th November, 2014

Forget museums and urban design - prominent local businessman Gary Radford believes the best way to sell Broken Hill to the world is to open its famous mines up to tourists.

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Walker inks new three year deal

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th November, 2014

One of Broken Hill’s favourite sons, Taylor Walker, has signed a new contract which will keep him at the Adelaide Football Club until at least the end of 2018.

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Tommy had a terrific time

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th November, 2014

When Sydney social work student Tommy Wallace moved to Broken Hill four months ago, he had no idea it would be so hard to say goodbye. 

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Big ride, big bucks

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th November, 2014

A fundraiser has raised more than $30,000 locally, thanks to the generosity of the community. Megan Algate, Wayne Demery and Karlo Bozic have spent many months fundraising for the Ronald McDonald House.

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Gift of giving starts here

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th November, 2014

The annual BDT Christmas Appeal is in its 27th year, which organisers believe is a huge accomplishment.

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Mains get a re-line

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th November, 2014

A team of specialists has been engaged by Essential Water to re-line the sewer main in Railwaytown.

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Bid to lock in competitors for 2015

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th November, 2014

Without a firm commitment from competitors, the Silver City 1000 risks being canned for the second year in a row.

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Colour the one constant

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th November, 2014

Locals have a full palette to choose from at a very colourful exhibition running at the Broken Hill Art Exchange.

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Teens terrorised South

Originally published: Saturday, 15th November, 2014

Two teenage boys armed with knives who robbed a bottle shop in South Broken Hill in April also held up a shopkeeper in the same street in June, it was revealed in court yesterday.

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Long term administration for Shire

Originally published: Saturday, 15th November, 2014

It was announced yesterday that Central Darling Shire Council administrator Greg Wright will be in the position permanently.

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Great contest at Alma

Originally published: Saturday, 15th November, 2014

Although only early in the season, the West versus Central game at the Alma Oval today takes on epic proportions in a number of ways.

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Bulldogs will miss big guns

Originally published: Saturday, 15th November, 2014

If South are to win a game this season, today’s game against North at the Jubilee Oval could present them with their best opportunity.

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City’s best on show

Originally published: Saturday, 15th November, 2014

A host of Broken Hill basketball players will test the wares at state level following selection in South Australia Country Representative sides.

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Perkins to lead the way

Originally published: Saturday, 15th November, 2014

Newly-appointed West coach Ben Perkins is vowing to lead by example on the field next season. 

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Creek no concern

Originally published: Friday, 14th November, 2014

City Council says it has no plans to clean up a grass-infested creek that feeds Imperial Lake and provides the city with vital emergency water.

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Health information at your fingertips

Originally published: Friday, 14th November, 2014

Finding local health services just got easier with the release of a directory that includes details such as opening hours and whether or not EFTPOS is available.

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Dennis farewells the Newmarket

Originally published: Friday, 14th November, 2014

After 35 years, local bookmaker Dennis Letchford will no longer being taking any more bets at the greyhounds. 

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125 year milestone marked with a song

Originally published: Friday, 14th November, 2014

The Alma Public School Senior Choir entertained locals at the South Library yesterday.

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Plan laid bare

Originally published: Friday, 14th November, 2014

The Sydney designer of a controversial CBD plan stood before a crowd of 40 residents last night and pitched its potential to boost Broken Hill’s international profile - but not everyone was convinced.

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Give us gill nets: fishermen

Originally published: Thursday, 13th November, 2014

Regulations preventing the use of gill nets to harvest carp at the drying Menindee Lakes are denying commercial fishers an income, according to one fisherman.  

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Pageant on the horizon

Originally published: Thursday, 13th November, 2014

It’s nearly that special time of year again and the South Rotary Club has urged locals to get to work, just like North Primary School students Marcus Whitbread and Tayah Moore. 

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Pottery on show

Originally published: Thursday, 13th November, 2014

The “Pottery ‘n’ Craft Christmas Fair” will help everyone looking for that personal touch in a Christmas present.

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Hospital stacks up well

Originally published: Thursday, 13th November, 2014

The Broken Hill Hospital is performing very well, according to the latest report.

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Call to arms

Originally published: Thursday, 13th November, 2014

Several hundred people are expected to rally at a meeting on the dire state of the Menindee Lakes tomorrow night.

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Big birthday treat

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th November, 2014

A birthday isn’t a celebration without a cake and Lifeline will have a tasty fruit cake for their 50 years in the community.

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Poppy wall takes pride of place

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th November, 2014

Willyama High School students took Remembrance Day very seriously, with students doing research and making a poppy mural.

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Rae rights a wrong for veterans

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th November, 2014

When Rae Dellar heard about the brazen theft of donations from a Legacy poppy seller last week she decided to take matters into her own hands. 

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Anger writ large

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th November, 2014

 Like most locals, Tricia and Paul Thomas remember only too well the damage caused by substandard, salty water during the region’s drought ten years ago.

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Eye on the prize

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th November, 2014

It’s fair to say that the stakes are rising for local poker player Jason Spencer. 

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Success, enjoyment Hinton’s twin aims

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th November, 2014

He was the last Central Football Club coach to taste premiership success and Jarrod Hinton is hoping he can help the club return to prosperity. 

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Teacher enters Barwon race

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th November, 2014

Local Cameron Jones believes the Minister for Western NSW, Kevin Humphries, is not aware of the issues of the people further inland.

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Alma ‘family’ to mark 125 years

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th November, 2014

For students Mason and Lucas Ferguson, Alma Public School’s 125th anniversary is particularly special.

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Departing West coach says team must do better

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th November, 2014

West mentor Dale Tonkin has decided to hang up the clipboard after four years as coach, admitting that the club underachieved during his time in the top job.

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Residents pay respects

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th November, 2014

Residents at St Anne’s nursing home were given an early opportunity to pay their respects to Australia’s fallen servicemen and women at a Remembrance Day ceremony yesterday.

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Missing in action

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th November, 2014

The local RSL says the defence force has let it down after it was revealed no army representatives would take part in today’s Remembrance Day ceremony.

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Searching for a princess

Originally published: Monday, 10th November, 2014

Quota International of Broken Hill are looking for the next Pageant Princess.

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Hack attack can’t save Dogs

Originally published: Monday, 10th November, 2014

A maiden A Grade century to North batsmen Tobias Hack wasn’t enough to get North over the line against West at the weekend. 

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Remembering Alma

Originally published: Monday, 10th November, 2014

It is almost 100 years since two men took her life, and not that much is known about her, but her descendants are making sure she is not forgotten.

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School teachers put to the test

Originally published: Monday, 10th November, 2014

Morgan Street Public School teachers will be switching their whiteboards for deep fryers this evening.

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Drop the disco

Originally published: Monday, 10th November, 2014

An idea to light up pieces of mirror on the Line of Lode to create a “giant disco ball” has been panned by the Barrier Industrial Council and descendants of those killed on the mines.

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‘Treated with contempt’

Originally published: Saturday, 8th November, 2014

Ministers ‘laughed’ at city’s distress, says Greens MP

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Magpies to dominate

Originally published: Saturday, 8th November, 2014

Although their performances have not been as convincing as those of last season, Central have still found ways of winning their past two games.

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Up a notch

Originally published: Saturday, 8th November, 2014

Although they didn’t win a bout, a trip to Bendigo provided a priceless learning curve for four local roller derby skaters.

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Bike thieves lead police on bush chase

Originally published: Saturday, 8th November, 2014

Police have appealed for the public’s assistance to find those responsible for stealing four motorcycles yesterday.

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Poppy lady robbed by boy cyclist

Originally published: Saturday, 8th November, 2014


A teenager’s brazen theft of cash donations from a Legacy poppy seller yesterday in Oxide Street has been condemned by the local RSL sub branch.

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But are the critics on the right track?

Originally published: Friday, 7th November, 2014

It wasn’t long ago that horse racing was still enjoying its lofty status as the sport of kings, both locally and across the country.

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Chemical scare disrupts school

Originally published: Friday, 7th November, 2014

Parts of Willyama High School were cordoned off yesterday after firefighters were called in to deal with a mysterious chemical incident. 

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Elder rallies people on lakes disaster

Originally published: Friday, 7th November, 2014

On the same day that bore water drilling was stopped at Menindee Lake after indigenous artifacts were uncovered there, an Aboriginal elder has called on the Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister to weigh in on the issues of water and heritage.

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South sticks with the strength

Originally published: Thursday, 6th November, 2014

After guiding the red and whites to their first premiership in five years, South coach Craig Thomas is already chomping at the bit for another shot at the flag.

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Bigger and better

Originally published: Thursday, 6th November, 2014

If early indications are anything to go by, St Pat’s punters can bet that 2015 will see the iconic race day’s biggest year yet.

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Riders raising cash for kids

Originally published: Thursday, 6th November, 2014

Three locals have come together to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House and take part in a big ride.

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Hot wheels at Zinc Lakes

Originally published: Thursday, 6th November, 2014

Hot rod enthusiasts who want a good perve should head south to the Zinc Lakes on Sunday where “all things on wheels” will be on show.

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River pest thrives in salty water

Originally published: Thursday, 6th November, 2014

An expedition to save native fish trapped in the receding waters of Lake Menindee has proven largely fruitless, but masses of carp have been removed from the waterway.

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Fun and fashions for Cup

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th November, 2014

While many locals didn’t make it to Flemington yesterday, they did manage to celebrate as if they were there.

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Schoolies rejoice as exams near end

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th November, 2014

HSC students can breathe a collective sigh of relief - the last of their exams finish today.

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Chess team champions

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th November, 2014

A group of high school students overcame distance and some tough competition to take out second division in the NSW Junior Chess Tournament.

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Solar plant gets go-ahead

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th November, 2014

The construction plans for an AGL solar plant near Broken Hill have been approved with the project expected to be completed by the end of next year.

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‘Racist’ gibe hurts club

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th November, 2014

The PCYC has firmly denied allegations that it does not welcome Aboriginal people to the club.

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Records tumble in red-hot October

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th November, 2014

If you thought it felt a little warmer than usual last month, you’d be right on the money.

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New school offers a fresh start

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th November, 2014

An alternative high school with a focus on the arts and sport is looking for students from “outside the box” as it prepares to open in South Broken Hill.

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Keeping your cool is the safest bet

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th November, 2014

As Melbourne Cup excitement builds today, Lifeline has issued a reminder not to go overboard with the bookies.

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Lucky last at Blende Street TAB

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th November, 2014

The Blende Street TAB was a hive of activity yesterday as locals dropped in to punt on their Melbourne Cup favourites.

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MP fires back at lakes ‘hysteria’

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th November, 2014

Member for Farrer Sussan Ley has called for an end to the “hysterical commentary” surrounding a proposal to put the city on bore water.

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Strip wins top award

Originally published: Monday, 3rd November, 2014

Sunset Strip residents seem to be doing a better job of managing their little patch of the Menindee Lakes than some we might mention.

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Middle-order maulers

Originally published: Monday, 3rd November, 2014

It was a game-changing middle order partnership between Brett Hannon and Scott Shephard that proved the catalyst for Central in their 133-run victory over North. 

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Lakes work begins

Originally published: Monday, 3rd November, 2014

Work to create temporary emergency storage for Broken Hill in the fast-drying Menindee Lakes system is underway.

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History book on iconic races

Originally published: Saturday, 1st November, 2014

A book detailing the history of the city’s iconic St Pat’s races and its many characters is on track to be released in time for the meeting’s 50th anniversary next year.

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‘Looks the goods’

Originally published: Saturday, 1st November, 2014

Retailers say cityscape plan has big potential

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Former local is NT’s new Administrator

Originally published: Saturday, 1st November, 2014


Former local man John Hardy, who went on to create one of the Northern Territory’s largest airlines, has now become the Territory’s Administrator.

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Howard key to North’s hopes against Magpies

Originally published: Saturday, 1st November, 2014

Central returned to the winning list in emphatic fashion last weekend against South and they will be hell bent to repeat the dose at the Alma Oval against North today in their 45-over encounter.

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Lack of runs Roo’s Achilles heel

Originally published: Saturday, 1st November, 2014

West have the opportunity of making it three wins from as many outings when they meet South at the Jubilee Oval in the first 45-over contest of the season today.

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