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.

May, 2015

“Old-school cop” calls time on policing

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd May, 2015

After serving the community for almost three decades, “old-school cop” Sergeant Greg McMahon turned in his gun and called time on his police career yesterday.

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Celebration revs up

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd May, 2015

Five decades of mud, sweat and tears will be celebrated at the Civic Centre this weekend as the Barrier Sporting Car Club (BSCC) holds its 50 year anniversary.

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Locals going mad for Max

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd May, 2015

Locals were coming “out of the woodwork” to watch George Miller’s latest blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road at the Silver City Cinema.

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Alleged dealer faces jail time

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd May, 2015

A 37-year-old man who was on trial for dealing in amphetamines has been told he is going to jail.

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Simmons to play for GWS

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd May, 2015

Former North Football Club young gun Sam Simmons will line up for the Greater Western Sydney reserves side today for the first time.

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Rivalry renewed

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd May, 2015

A Broken Hill combined side travels to Adelaide today to renew the battle with Far North in the eighth instalment of the Miners Cup.

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Gun slingers in shootout

Originally published: Friday, 22nd May, 2015

The Silverado Shootout makes its return to Broken Hill this weekend after a five-year hiatus with some fast-paced shootin’ expected.

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Extended stay for exhibit

Originally published: Friday, 22nd May, 2015

The travelling exhibition promoting the life and times of Cattle king Sidney Kidman has been extended until June 20 at the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum (GeoCentre).

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Fundraising feasts

Originally published: Friday, 22nd May, 2015

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is on the horizon, and Anne-Marie Cain is preparing a feast fit for the occasion.

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Gary’s not sheepish

Originally published: Thursday, 21st May, 2015

He’s locked horns with City Council in the past but that won’t stop one visitor from enjoying all Broken Hill has to offer.

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Group to restore iconic site

Originally published: Thursday, 21st May, 2015

Almost 1000 faded red roses line the Miner’s Memorial plaques atop the Line of Lode but now a community group is looking to replace them with white versions.

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Award winning locations

Originally published: Thursday, 21st May, 2015

The Visitor Information Centre (VIC) and Living Desert have received an award for excellence from a major travel website.

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Tex takes flight

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th May, 2015

Taylor Walker and Eddie Betts, after the opening seven rounds of the AFL season are proving to be the most dangerous forward combination in the competition. 

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More foster carers needed: MP

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th May, 2015

A senior NSW politician has issued a plea for more locals to “step up to the plate” and become foster carers to reduce the number of children being taken away from the region.

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Local generosity inspires

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th May, 2015

A support service for victims of domestic violence says it’s been inspired by the generosity of local donors since opening its doors last year. 

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An evening with the Archibald

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th May, 2015

As part of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery’s Art Restoration Project, there will be a night of fine food and elegance to open the regional tour of the Archibald Prize.

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Light shining in new location

Originally published: Saturday, 16th May, 2015

Light to Nations Church has moved to a new location and will be holding their first service on Sunday.

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Heidi versus the Great Wall

Originally published: Saturday, 16th May, 2015

Local Heidi Drenkhahn will be off on an adventure in October while also fundraising for Kidney Health Australia.

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Short jail term for drug dealer

Originally published: Saturday, 16th May, 2015

Despite his 114 charges of selling methamphetamine, a local drug dealer was on the bottom rung of the criminal enterprise, a judge told the District Court yesterday.

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West could cause upset

Originally published: Saturday, 16th May, 2015

After weeks of Alma and Jube football, the leviathan that is the Memorial Oval will have its time in the sun when it hosts the hotly anticipated matchup of West and Central.

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Roos look to hold on to winning streak

Originally published: Saturday, 16th May, 2015

The top of the table Roos travel to the Jubilee Oval today to do battle with the Bulldogs. 

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True Aussie dance moves

Originally published: Saturday, 16th May, 2015

An indigenous dance workshop was held at Broken Hill High School yesterday.

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A celebration of history

Originally published: Friday, 15th May, 2015

The Broken Hill Historical Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary on June 6 and 7.

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Big day for volunteers

Originally published: Friday, 15th May, 2015

The volunteers at Harold Williams Home were treated to a lunch at the Astra, yesterday.

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Wind farm faces uncertain future

Originally published: Friday, 15th May, 2015

AGL says the fate of its mothballed Silverton wind farm project remains up in the air following a bipartisan agreement on a new renewable energy target (RET).

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A lesson in the sweet science

Originally published: Thursday, 14th May, 2015

Anyone looking for fitness and fun can find it at the PCYC’s new adult boxing classes.

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Crunchy and Munchie need a home

Originally published: Thursday, 14th May, 2015

Crunchy and Munchie are a set of female guinea pigs who have been living at the RSPCA Shelter since December.

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Hard work recognised

Originally published: Thursday, 14th May, 2015

The Far West Health District celebrated the good work of their volunteers at a special presentation yesterday.

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Hocking, George lead BHHS field

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th May, 2015

Broken Hill High School’s Emma Hocking and Ethan George were the overall winners of the school’s Cross Country race this week.

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Reg revs up for a new project

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th May, 2015

The intricate task of piecing together a wheelbarrow-load of parts to restore the first ever Australian outboard motor would be a daunting enough challenge for most.

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Top honour for Ranjith

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th May, 2015

Ranjith Chandrappa is the Far West Local Health District’s Nurse of the Year.

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Road to the red carpet

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th May, 2015

As a pint-swilling 18-year-old growing up in Yorkshire, Adrian Bennett never thought he would ever get the chance to walk the red carpet at a blockbuster movie premiere.

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Cadets to visit Hong Kong

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th May, 2015

Three local St John cadets have been chosen to attend an International Cadet Camp in Hong Kong.

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Seniors to build digital skills

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th May, 2015

Elderly residents will be able to continue to build their digital skills at five centres in the city via the Broadband for Seniors program.

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North mine may reopen

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th May, 2015

Perilya is developing a proposal to re-open the North Mine.

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Swim coaches one step ahead

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th May, 2015

The Silver City Swim Club was proudly represented by two club coaches, Ricky Shore and Joanne McCarron, at the 2015 Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA) Convention.

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2750 power jobs to go

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th May, 2015

About 1400 jobs will be lost at Essential Energy as a result of the Australian Energy Regulator reining in the amount retailers can charge customers, but it’s unclear how hard our region will be hit.

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Hospital celebrates wonderful volunteers

Originally published: Monday, 11th May, 2015

The Far West Local Health District will once again celebrate the contribution of its volunteers with various events.

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Classic run

Originally published: Monday, 11th May, 2015

Fun runners and walkers braved a chilly morning yesterday to lap Sturt Park and raise cash for breast cancer research.

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Sun to light up city

Originally published: Monday, 11th May, 2015

It’s long been referred to as the Silver City but later this year Broken Hill could just as rightly be called the Solar City.  

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Disqualified rider caught at Maccas

Originally published: Monday, 11th May, 2015

A motorcyclist with a pillion passenger who stopped for an early morning burger at McDonalds yesterday, ended up behind bars.

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In the dark; Complaints against doctor kept secret

Originally published: Saturday, 9th May, 2015

Neither the Broken Hill Hospital nor any of Dr John Rolleston’s fellow doctors at his private practice here were ever alerted to complaints made against him in Sydney years before, a royal commission was told yesterday.

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Pet adoption numbers up

Originally published: Saturday, 9th May, 2015

After a record number of animals adopted locally, Broken Hill Pet Rescue is hoping to keep the success going with a garage sale today.

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Perilya prepared to go all the way

Originally published: Saturday, 9th May, 2015

Perilya says it’s prepared to take its long-running dispute with the NSW Valuer-General as far as it can go after the Land and Environment Court dismissed its appeal this week.

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Shitbox Rally rolls into town

Originally published: Saturday, 9th May, 2015

Now in its sixth year, the Shitbox Rally is again taking to the outback and will be in Silverton on Sunday.

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Booze on the way out?

Originally published: Saturday, 9th May, 2015

Aussies are renowned for enjoying a drink, but new statistics show we may be gradually shedding our boozy culture.

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‘Bring on Bourke’

Originally published: Saturday, 9th May, 2015

Broken Hill High has breezed through to the next round of the Western Schools Sports Association Girls Open Soccer competition with a comprehensive victory over Nyngan yesterday.

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South tough to beat

Originally published: Saturday, 9th May, 2015

The last time South and West met, the game was one-sided.

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North breezes past South

Originally published: Friday, 8th May, 2015

The North Under 18s added to their impressive list of victories this season as they bolted away from South to win by 105 on Wednesday night.

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Onesie fun ahead

Originally published: Friday, 8th May, 2015

The PCYC is having a “onesie/pajama” Blue Light Disco this weekend.

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Unique art depicts fascinating life

Originally published: Friday, 8th May, 2015

Primary school children have been getting a lesson in the art of expression by looking at the colourful work of acclaimed Aboriginal artist, Jimmy Pike.

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‘Pass it on’: Blair

Originally published: Friday, 8th May, 2015

The NSW Water Minister has asked flooded Queensland to let more water flow down the Darling River.

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Council unveils “future-proofing” plans at a cost to residents

Originally published: Friday, 8th May, 2015

City Council says it’s on track to achieve a break-even budget in five years, as it yesterday revealed plans to continue to shift more mine rates over to residents.

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Young runners on the prowl

Originally published: Friday, 8th May, 2015

Students from Broken Hill High School will be running in the adidas School Fun-Run to raise extra funds for their school on May 11.

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Debutantes ready for special night

Originally published: Thursday, 7th May, 2015

The Civic Debutante Ball is being held on Friday for 10 debutantes and their partners.

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Floral arrangements for every mum

Originally published: Thursday, 7th May, 2015

The Floral Art Club’s members are in full bloom after making arrangements for their Mother’s Day stall.

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AFL honours Nashy

Originally published: Thursday, 7th May, 2015

As part of the AFL’s on-going volunteer recognition program, AFL Broken Hill Chairman Peter Nash has been decreed as a Community Legend. 

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‘Birth of solar industry’

Originally published: Thursday, 7th May, 2015

Along with its big brother in Nyngan, the Broken Hill solar farm represents the birth of the large-scale solar industry in Australia, according to the company behind the renewable energy project.

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Junior explorer receives pleasing drill results

Originally published: Thursday, 7th May, 2015

Impact Minerals has made a breakthrough discovery at its Red Hill project after drill samples revealed world-class levels of rare metals.

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Soccer kicks off

Originally published: Thursday, 7th May, 2015

The 2015 Broken Hill soccer season kicked off last weekend with action happening on both pitches.

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Girls get taste of outback life

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th May, 2015

A group of Sydney school students are in the city as part of an exchange visit designed to develop experiences.

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Local station welcomes new officers

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th May, 2015

Three new probationary constables have had their first few days at the Broken Hill Police Station.

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Remembering Shirley Blake

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th May, 2015

Her family says she was an agent for change and Shirley Blake certainly made it her life’s mission to help others.  

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Salvos needs you

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th May, 2015

As The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal hits a big milestone this year - 50 years of the Red Shield Doorknock - the Salvos are asking people in Broken Hill to spare just a few hours to help.

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Mystery surrounds piece of history

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th May, 2015

A part of Broken Hill’s history has returned to the city but it is surrounded in mystery.

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DANGER ZONE

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th May, 2015

The Broken Hill Rifle Club in the city’s south is still very much open, and not a place for picnics or shortcuts through the bush.

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Thirsty thief targets cinema

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th May, 2015

Footage has emerged of an alleged brazen thief strolling into the cinema with an empty plastic bag before helping himself to bottled water.

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Cop’s statement “tainted”: lawyer

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th May, 2015

A police officer denied he purposely omitted charitable work performed by the Rebels bikie club in a report so as to put the club in a bad light.

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Dogs fight off West

Originally published: Monday, 4th May, 2015

The Bulldogs have made it two from two against the Robins in 2015 after registering a 41 point win on Saturday at the Jube.

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Proud moment for aspiring singer Alex

Originally published: Monday, 4th May, 2015

An aspiring local singer has shared the stage with country music icon Troy Cassar-Daley as he launched a new song which celebrates the gift of hearing. 

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Caitie’s skills on show

Originally published: Monday, 4th May, 2015

Local hairdresser Caitie Hibberd recently won a hairdressing competition which will now see her show her work at a Hair Expo in the middle of the year.

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Locals still ‘fat, inactive’

Originally published: Monday, 4th May, 2015

Far West residents are still among the most obese and physically inactive people across the state, according to new research by the Heart Foundation.

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Bores the ‘best bang for buck’

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd May, 2015

The state government has worked tirelessly to explore alternative options to emergency bore water and anyone suggesting otherwise is sending a “poisonous message”.

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Midwife of the Year

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd May, 2015

Local nurse Deb Towns has been crowned the Far West Local Health District Midwife of the Year.

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Willyama in science final

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd May, 2015

For the first time in four years a Willyama High School team has won through to the State final of the Science and Engineering Challenge.

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Water plan revealed

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd May, 2015

The state government has finally revealed what actions it will take to counter Broken Hill’s water shortage before a looming September deadline - and it involves bore water.

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Tourist body’s nod to Priscilla

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd May, 2015

Tickets went on sale for the Inland Tourism Awards presentation dinner yesterday, and the launch was positively fabulous.

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The Fast and Furious Five

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd May, 2015

Five local revheads will compete in Mildura’s biggest stock car race meet of the season tonight.

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Tonkin hits ton

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd May, 2015

West’s Jordan Tonkin will make it to triple digits today when the Robin notches his 100th league game at the Jube.

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Power jobs shock

Originally published: Friday, 1st May, 2015

A cut in power bills is expected to come at a heavy price, with local Essential Energy jobs on the line.

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Dementia help on wheels

Originally published: Friday, 1st May, 2015

A ‘memory van’ that provides information about Alzheimer’s had a very busy morning in town square yesterday.

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Bore water potable: MP

Originally published: Friday, 1st May, 2015

The bores in Menindee are delivering acceptable quality water, and there’s more drilling to be done.

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Circus spectacular

Originally published: Friday, 1st May, 2015

Roll up, roll up - the Great Loritz Circus is in town!

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Bulldogs flying highest

Originally published: Friday, 1st May, 2015

North Under 18s made it two wins in a row on Wednesday night while West recorded their first win over South.

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Soccer dispute could end in juniors’ favour

Originally published: Friday, 1st May, 2015

After a two-hour meeting at the Sturt Club on Wednesday night, there may be a solution to the disaffiliation saga between the BHSA and the FFSA.

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