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.

December, 2014

Shae’s an all- rounder if ever there was

Originally published: Friday, 19th December, 2014

Like all the other HSC students, Shae Nevill received her results this week and they were good, which was no surprise when you consider everything she has done.

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Christmas feast is on the house

Originally published: Friday, 19th December, 2014

That special time of year has rolled around again, but it won’t be merry for those who can’t afford to eat.

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Ashleigh’s ready to hit the track

Originally published: Friday, 19th December, 2014

In her own words it has been a “rocky few months” but Ashleigh Camilleri has found a way to keep smiling. 

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Mine hit by ‘tremor’

Originally published: Friday, 19th December, 2014

A large “seismic event” at the southern-most end of Perilya’s lease on Wednesday night has damaged a disused underground drive.

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Wildlife danger on the roads

Originally published: Friday, 19th December, 2014

Motorists are warned to drive carefully over the holiday season with increased numbers of animals being reported on roadsides.

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Police recruits on the beat

Originally published: Thursday, 18th December, 2014

The Barrier Local Area Command has welcomed three new police officers on their first official day of duty as Probationary Constables.

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Attard into Country Reds

Originally published: Thursday, 18th December, 2014

West Broken Hill batting all-rounder Mackenzie Attard has won selection for the Country Red side in the 2014-2015.

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When it come to bands, HSC kids among the best

Originally published: Thursday, 18th December, 2014

Six local Year 12 students have made it onto the Distinguished Achievers’ List in their HSC exams.

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Whyte Christmas in the outback

Originally published: Thursday, 18th December, 2014

Christmas is that time of year when families come together, and one UK resident has travelled all the way to share an “outback” Christmas with her family.

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Tourism in “limbo”

Originally published: Thursday, 18th December, 2014

City Council has again deferred a decision to hire a $30,000 consultant to create a major tourism event, but Mayor Wincen Cuy says it can’t afford to wait much longer.

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Man sought for reported assault of young girl

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th December, 2014

Detectives are investigating an alleged physical assault of a girl in Chapple Lane on Saturday night.

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Display with a difference

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th December, 2014

As dozens of families light up their homes for Christmas, one local couple is using their display to help SIDS for Kids.

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Vinnie’s hampers a Christmas gift

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th December, 2014

St Vincent de Paul will make Christmas a little more special for the less fortunate with the help of other organisations in the city.

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Mum’s clever girls

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th December, 2014

Two sisters are Dux of their schools, much to their proud mum’s delight.

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Amid the grief, questions linger

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th December, 2014

 As tributes pile up and grief sets in for victims of the Sydney cafe siege, attention is turning to how a lone gunman with an extensive criminal history was free on bail to commit a shocking act of terror.

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A big step forward

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th December, 2014

Outback Taekwondo students were put to the test at the weekend and all passed with flying colours. 

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Sky-high honour for our ladies

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th December, 2014

The RFDS Women’s Auxiliary has been honoured again for all their service to the region with an aircraft being named after them.

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Christmas Appeal the best ever

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th December, 2014

The BDT Christmas Appeal finished over the weekend with organisers describing  it as the best they had seen.

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Lavers’ savers achieve their aim

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th December, 2014

Cashed-up rock hounds have snapped up hundreds of specimens from the Lavers mineral collection - and a handful is returning home to Broken Hill. 

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‘Time for talk is over’

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th December, 2014

A former cotton grower, now standing for the seat of Barwon, told a public meeting last night that we should never accept bore water and to be more radical in our opposition to it being forced on us.

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We want the Darling to flow again: MP

Originally published: Monday, 15th December, 2014

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham will step up his fight for the region’s waterways today with a tour of Broken Hill and Wilcannia.

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In the danger zone

Originally published: Monday, 15th December, 2014

They both provide life-saving emergency medical evacuations and specialist care to thousands of sick and injured people over a vast area each year.

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Youngster spreads friendship message

Originally published: Monday, 15th December, 2014

Gloria Zou wants everyone to love each other and for the world to become one big happy family.

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457 visa system being abused: CFMEU

Originally published: Monday, 15th December, 2014

Unemployment has hit a 12-year-high but employers are still being allowed to bring foreign workers into Australia.

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Friday night success

Originally published: Monday, 15th December, 2014

An activity for children on Friday nights has been an overwhelming success, according to organisers.

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South spirit no match for Robins

Originally published: Saturday, 13th December, 2014


South’s poor batting has sadly been the feature of their play this season when every other facet of their game has improved. 

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Bulldogs’ big chance

Originally published: Saturday, 13th December, 2014

North must give themselves a great chance of recording back-to-back wins today when they take on a much weakened Central side at the Alma Oval.

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Speedway tonight

Originally published: Saturday, 13th December, 2014

Driver Matt Kemp has been busy preparing the paintwork on his VR Commodore for the opening round of the Broken Hill Speedway season tonight.

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Hefty fine for electricity thief

Originally published: Saturday, 13th December, 2014

A former linesman who was put on a bond for stealing electricity has been fined $1000 after he breached that bond by committing another offence.

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Pen gun shenanigans

Originally published: Saturday, 13th December, 2014

A 21-year-old man has been convicted of possessing a home-made pistol by a magistrate who described his explanation as unbelievable.

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Mahalia’s got winning moves

Originally published: Saturday, 13th December, 2014

A local Irish dancer has won five events at a Celtic Festival.

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Opportunity missed

Originally published: Saturday, 13th December, 2014

A tourism operator has slammed the lack of attendance at workshops held this week to give industry the chance to comment on a pivotal new report.

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Barrier batsmen short on patience

Originally published: Friday, 12th December, 2014

Final Round, Under 16 Country Cup

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Life in the fast lane

Originally published: Friday, 12th December, 2014

If you’re after some trackside tales from Australia’s biggest motorsport events, look no further than Kevin Hind. 

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Water gone to waste

Originally published: Friday, 12th December, 2014

About three million litres of treated water was yesterday released from a south holding tank into scrubland, just days after the city was forced onto water restrictions.

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More water for irrigators

Originally published: Friday, 12th December, 2014

While the Menindee Lakes are drying up, irrigators to the north have been given permission to take up to 16,000 megalitres more from the river each year. 

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New tenant for Trades Hall

Originally published: Friday, 12th December, 2014

An Australian company with Chinese backers could breathe new life into Broken Hill and the region’s mining industry with plans to invest in a number of projects.

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Run shortage hurts Barrier in Country Cup

Originally published: Thursday, 11th December, 2014

Round 2, Barrier vs Yorke Peninsula

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Drag theatre at its best

Originally published: Thursday, 11th December, 2014

“Drags Aloud”, a show taking drag to the world, is coming back to the city thanks to the enthusiasm of local audiences.

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Christmas cakes ready to go

Originally published: Thursday, 11th December, 2014

Broken Hill’s crafty cake decorators are helping bring some Christmas cheer to dozens of house-bound residents again this year.

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Theatre Royal back on violent venues list

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th December, 2014

Police say a local venue has knocked back suggestions on curbing its problem with drunken violence and now it is paying the price.

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Memories stolen

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th December, 2014

A mother who had her house broken into is begging the thieves to return some tapes of very sentimental value.

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‘The worst is yet to come’

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th December, 2014

A group of Menindee and Broken Hill residents have been told to brace for worsening water conditions with little prospect of inflows into the Menindee Lakes over summer.

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Rehab for drunk driver

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th December, 2014

A drunk driver brought himself to the attention of police by cutting them off at a corner, the Local Court was told yesterday.

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Bail refused after alleged assault

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th December, 2014

A 33-year-old man charged with using a loaded rifle to threaten another man in Williams Lane has been refused bail.

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The resurrection of John Wren

Originally published: Monday, 8th December, 2014

The city’s last “picture showman” put on his greatest performance of all in a rehabilitation centre in Adelaide.

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Support for tourism shake-up

Originally published: Saturday, 6th December, 2014

The proposed creation of a peak body charged with developing tourism in the region is the “way to go”, according to one local tour operator.

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Farewell tour

Originally published: Saturday, 6th December, 2014

The volunteer Walk Tour Guides held their last walk yesterday morning, as they had been unable to secure more volunteers to continue the 30-year tradition.

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Time for the mos to go

Originally published: Saturday, 6th December, 2014

To coin a phrase from commentary folklore, the West Cricket Club’s fundraising efforts can best be described as simply ‘mo-vellous’.

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West v Central set to be season’s biggest match

Originally published: Saturday, 6th December, 2014

Cricket lovers should ensure that they set aside a few hours to get down to the Jubilee Oval today to watch what promises to be the best game of the season.

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Wobbly bats must stand up

Originally published: Saturday, 6th December, 2014

Fresh from a good win over West last weekend, North takes on a winless South at the Alma Oval today.

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Dry times won’t hurt Jube

Originally published: Saturday, 6th December, 2014

Water restrictions will hit Broken Hill on Monday but Jubilee Oval caretaker Peter Johnston believes it won’t affect the quality of the ground. 

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Off-road victory

Originally published: Friday, 5th December, 2014

When Kerry Turley decided to enter the ARB Off Road Racing Series it was basically just to test the waters.

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Water restrictions to begin from Monday, borefield tests ongoing

Originally published: Friday, 5th December, 2014

Residents will be forced onto water restrictions on Monday as investigations into a borefield near Lake Menindee have already revealed “potential for a reasonable flow”.

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Festive cheer on track

Originally published: Friday, 5th December, 2014

As the Outback Christmas Train rolled into town, yesterday, excited children lined up to see Santa and excited parents gathered to see an Aussie rock band from the 90s.

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Rekindle the Christmas spirit

Originally published: Thursday, 4th December, 2014

The YWCA wants community groups to reprise the lost local tradition of decorating Christmas trees.

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Swimmers shine

Originally published: Thursday, 4th December, 2014

The Silver City Swim Club enjoyed outstanding success at two Victorian swimming carnivals on the weekend. 

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American students relish outback experience

Originally published: Thursday, 4th December, 2014

A nine-week outback adventure is coming to an end for two students from the University of Tennessee.

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“One in a million chance”

Originally published: Thursday, 4th December, 2014

A chance visit to one of the local clubs saw visitor Geraldine Dickson run into her goddaughter - whom she hasn’t seen in over 40 years.

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Crime stats fall

Originally published: Thursday, 4th December, 2014

There has been a stunning drop in crime across New South Wales, and Broken Hill appears to be one of the centres leading the way.

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Mines urged to step up for Line of Lode

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd December, 2014

Headway was made at a meeting about improvements to the Line of Lode - with discussions about running tours and getting plan costing at the forefront.

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Free course delves into history

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd December, 2014

This summer, Australians have the opportunity to research their family history as part of a free online course from the University of Tasmania.

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Big plans for club

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd December, 2014

The Demo Club has taken the first step in what is believed will be a total overhaul of the club.

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Under arrest

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd December, 2014

Prison officers appear to have foiled an attempt to bring contraband into the gaol.

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Pooncarie’s new Youth Ambassador

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014

The Pooncarie Field Day Group has named Chanel Crozier of Karpa Kora Station as its 2015 Field Day Youth Ambassador.

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City left off NBN list for third time

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014

More than 400 cities, towns and suburbs will receive the National Broadband Network in the coming months, but Broken Hill appears set to miss out for a third time.

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Betts delivers

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014

On an emotive weekend across the entire cricket community, teenage Broken Hill export Sam Betts lead the attack for the SA Scorpions on their way to a clean sweep.

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Celebrating our unsung heroes

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014

After 40 years of volunteering at Lifeline, Laurel Oates says she still gets a smile at seeing people coming through the door.

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“Secret agent” postal worker wins appeal

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014

The odd case of the White Cliffs opal miner who allegedly pretended to be an undercover cop to impress the manager of the town’s post office and was then convicted of stealing from her took another turn yesterday.

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Fight smart

Originally published: Monday, 1st December, 2014

The band of dedicated people fighting for the Menindee Lakes must give their opponents no excuse to dismiss or discredit them, according to the former Darling River Action Group secretary.

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St Pat’s welcomes new deal

Originally published: Monday, 1st December, 2014

The future of the St. Patrick’s Day race appears more secure after City Council agreed to offer in-kind support for the next five years. 

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Players pay tribute

Originally published: Monday, 1st December, 2014

It was a weekend where results took a backwards step, with Broken Hill cricketers joining the global tribute to Phillip Hughes. 

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Don’t let barbie wreck the party

Originally published: Monday, 1st December, 2014

To avoid striking any snags this summer, firefighters are encouraging people to be careful with their barbecues.

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From Day to Bright: You’re a winner

Originally published: Monday, 1st December, 2014

 After nominating for Pageant Princess last year, Ellie Bright was talked into giving it another go - and it paid off.

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