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.

January, 2015

Ambassador sells maths to masses

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th January, 2015

A love of mathematics gave Dr Clio Cresswell the desire to show others how enjoyable it can be.

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Humble leader honored

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th January, 2015

“Don’t get ahead of yourself, son”: That is the advice that Vince Gauci has lived by and no-one would argue that it has taken him a very long way indeed.

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CIVIC PRIDE

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th January, 2015

A chilly and fresh morning didn’t stop everyone from attending the Australia Day ceremony at the Civic Centre.

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City’s young achievers

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th January, 2015

When we talk of young leaders, Claudia Paul is a shining example of the young, talented people who have embraced the opportunities afforded in our city.

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Crash driver does a runner

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th January, 2015

The driver of an unregistered utility crashed into a give-way sign while trying to evade police yesterday and then ran away.

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Celebrate

Originally published: Saturday, 24th January, 2015

Local residents have double the reason to feel proud this Australia Day, says Mayor Wincen Cuy. 

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Halfway there

Originally published: Saturday, 24th January, 2015

When Ron Hill starts a project he usually doesn’t do things by halves - that is until his most recent project.

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Historic race day nears

Originally published: Saturday, 24th January, 2015

With just seven weeks until Broken Hill’s most anticipated race day, the Silver City is getting ready to turn green.  

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New MDBA boss says bias not an issue

Originally published: Saturday, 24th January, 2015

The appointment of a citrus grower from South Australia to lead the Murray-Darling Basin Authority has been met with caution by northern neighbours, but new chairman Neil Andrew says there will be no favouritism during his tenure.

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Ready to race

Originally published: Saturday, 24th January, 2015

After a fortnight’s break the action returns to Memorial Paceway for a big night of harness racing tonight.

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Youth, tourism, water top issues: CDP candidate

Originally published: Saturday, 24th January, 2015

Given his over 20 years in the education system it’s hardly surprising young people form a major part of Ian Hutchinson’s vision for the electorate. 

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Thanks, we’ll take the Lotto too!

Originally published: Friday, 23rd January, 2015

First the big supermarkets started doing newsagents and corner shops out of business by selling newspapers, magazines and greeting cards.

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Massive book sale

Originally published: Friday, 23rd January, 2015

After Christmas, Lifeline was given so many books that it has decided to hold a grand sale.

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Tennis champs take on Red Cliffs

Originally published: Friday, 23rd January, 2015

Local tennis players have headed off to compete in the Red Cliffs Lawn Tennis Club tournament and are hoping to come away with some trophies.

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Nurses program a resounding success

Originally published: Friday, 23rd January, 2015

A program to combat a nursing shortage in the city has been a resounding success.

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Barwon candidate says voters sick of arrogant Nationals

Originally published: Friday, 23rd January, 2015

It’s a vast electorate but independent candidate Rohan Boehm says people right across Barwon want much the same thing: a voice.

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Kegzie shares love of country tunes

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd January, 2015

A local man has had his dream realised after starting a country music radio station - and he doesn’t plan to stop there.

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History in the making

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd January, 2015

A combined men’s softball team appears set to make history this weekend at the South Australian Softball Association Championships.

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South headframe fate still hanging

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd January, 2015

The fate of the faltering South Mine headframe is expected to be known in the next couple of days.

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Aboriginal art on show tonight

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd January, 2015

The fifth annual art prize for Aboriginal artists in the far west will open tonight at the BH Regional Art Gallery.

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City glowing following heritage listing

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd January, 2015

The city’s heritage listing has generated plenty of excitement, with many forecasting a range of benefits ranging from improved funding to a boost in tourism.

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“Extra special” attraction

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st January, 2015

Broken Hill can now expect to see an influx of international visitors in search of a “special experience”, according to Simon Molesworth. 

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Looking to gain new skills?

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st January, 2015

Anyone who wants to continue their education or gain new skills should think very seriously about attending TAFE Western’s open day today.

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Chase takes on the world

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st January, 2015

The sharp aim of junior darts star Chase Bottrell is set to take him to distant shores after he was selected in Australia’s World Cup team.

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“BHP where are you?”

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st January, 2015

Decades after it moved out of the city never to return, BHP will be asked to sit down with City Council and come up with a “package to assist the town in its heritage recognition”. 

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Broken Hill is nation’s first heritage city

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st January, 2015

A decade long “dream” to have Broken Hill become the nation’s first heritage-listed city was finally realised yesterday. 

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Tibooburra named state’s hottest

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th January, 2015

New weather data suggests that Tibooburra residents had more reason than most to cele- brate when the heav- ens opened across NSW recently.

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Healthy treats

Originally published: Monday, 19th January, 2015

With the beginning of the school year right around the corner parents are getting ready to stock up on snacks but are you putting the right things in your child’s lunch box?

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Underdogs triumphant

Originally published: Monday, 19th January, 2015

A clinical display of fielding and a brutal innings from Matt Garrick has seen North stun West in the T20 final at the weekend.

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Outback at its finest

Originally published: Monday, 19th January, 2015

What locals might not realise is that photographs taken in far west NSW “really jump out” to people in urban cities like Sydney, says ABC Open Producer Jenia Ratcliffe.

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Public reporting puts litterbugs on notice

Originally published: Monday, 19th January, 2015

Locals will be able to dob in people who litter from their vehicles from next month - but they may need proof of the wrongdoing.

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Long-awaited announcement expected

Originally published: Monday, 19th January, 2015

Confirmation that Broken Hill has become the first city to be included on the National Heritage List is expected tomorrow.

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Magpies to scrape into finals

Originally published: Saturday, 17th January, 2015

The Barrier District Cricket League will conduct its rescheduled 20/20 games from last weekend’s wash out with Central taking on North at the Jubilee Oval with the winning side advancing to the 20/20 Final against West.

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Tourism divide

Originally published: Saturday, 17th January, 2015

A committee faced with taking on tourism will be officially formed early next month, but a local business owner says there’s too large a divide within the community for it to work.

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Relief efforts for stranded

Originally published: Friday, 16th January, 2015

Relief efforts are underway at the local airport to deliver supplies to stranded landowners north of the city.

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Diabetes program out of reach

Originally published: Thursday, 15th January, 2015

Local diabetes sufferers have been invited to attend free education programs run by Diabetes NSW - but there’s a big catch.

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Roadhouses face foul play

Originally published: Thursday, 15th January, 2015

The roadhouse dunny gets a workout over the festive season, but some travellers are not so jolly about their experience in the outback.

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Watch out for locusts

Originally published: Thursday, 15th January, 2015

While recent wet weather has been a godsend for many people on the land, it unfortunately also creates perfect conditions for locusts.

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Top job well deserved

Originally published: Thursday, 15th January, 2015

Taylor Walker’s appointment as captain of the Adelaide Crows yesterday has been met with jubilation from friends and former teammates.

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Rebate cuts will sting

Originally published: Thursday, 15th January, 2015

Local patients could face a long wait or pay a $20 fee to see their doctor from next week when changes to the Medicare rebate come into effect - but they might not last for long.

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Macquarie Drilling to pay former employees “every cent” owed

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th January, 2015

Former employees of Macquarie Drilling will get “every cent” owed to them, the company’s owner declared yesterday.

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Back to normal

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th January, 2015

After nearly 24 hours of boiling their water before drinking a glass or doing the dishes, South residents were yesterday afternoon assured that the Hebbard Street supply was back to normal.

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Rain adds to supply

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th January, 2015

Residents can rest a little easier knowing that recent downpours have provided the city with another three months worth of water.

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Bubbly celebration

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th January, 2015

The drought has made life pretty tough for station owners Brendan and Jacinta Cullen lately, so when the heavens finally opened on their property at the weekend it was cause for celebration.

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Fall from grace

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th January, 2015

Four years ago Macquarie Drilling and its founder Michael Petrozzi were riding the resources boom.

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Water caution

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th January, 2015

Essential Water issued a precautionary notice yesterday afternoon following detection of low chlorine levels from the Hebbard Street service reservoir.

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Water concerns start a donation drive

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th January, 2015

A two-day-old campaign to deliver free bottled water to Wilcannia residents has quickly gained momentum, but Central Darling Shire Council says it is totally unnecessary.

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‘Health positions at risk’: HSU

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th January, 2015

Local health professionals’ positions are at risk and Broken Hill Hospital could face privatisation after the upcoming state election, the Health Services Union (HSU) has warned.

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Sacked via email

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th January, 2015

A former employee of Macquarie Drilling who was sacked via email has been left “distressed” and thousands of dollars out of pocket following the company’s collapse.

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Big drop provides no relief

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th January, 2015

The weekend’s downpour may have offered some relief from the hot start to 2015, but it did little to revive local water storages.

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Tale of a bakery

Originally published: Monday, 12th January, 2015

The Dyer Brothers bakery was founded in 1888 and did well for a period of time, and then James Dyer took control of the firm.

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Lucy’s brave world

Originally published: Monday, 12th January, 2015

To the outside world Lucy Netherwood is a young woman with the world at her feet.

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Bank deposit

Originally published: Monday, 12th January, 2015

As mining operations go the nearby Portia gold deposit might be on the small side, but its importance to Havilah Resources is huge.

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Joy of rain

Originally published: Monday, 12th January, 2015

Constant rain over the weekend has quelled a fierce start to the year, drenching relieved cockies and soaking the Silver City.

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Planet puts stargazers on the map

Originally published: Monday, 12th January, 2015

The Lonely Planet has released its list of “hottest new travel experiences” for 2015 and Broken Hill gets a mention.

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Free trade could impact water

Originally published: Saturday, 10th January, 2015

Returning water from foreign-owned irrigators to the Murray Darling system could become significantly more complicated once Australia’s Free Trade Agreement with China comes into effect.

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The face of beauty

Originally published: Saturday, 10th January, 2015

When newborn Jobe Harrington was first diagnosed with Down Syndrome parents Tayla and Byron didn’t know what to expect.

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West fine tune for final

Originally published: Saturday, 10th January, 2015

With two wins from as many games in 20/20 cricket this season West go into today’s game against South at the Jubilee Oval looking to make it three wins from three outings and with the idea of using the game to fine tune their game for next weekend’s 20/20 final.

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Expect a close contest

Originally published: Saturday, 10th January, 2015

20/20 Cricket welcomes in the second part of the 2014/15 BDCL season today with Central taking on North at the Alma Oval in the third and final round of the 20/20 competition.

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Police crack network

Originally published: Saturday, 10th January, 2015

Police say they have “ripped apart” a local criminal group that was allegedly supplying amphetamines and illegal firearms.

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Administrator takes over

Originally published: Saturday, 10th January, 2015

Macquarie Drilling Pty Ltd has gone into voluntary administration, however the local impact of the decision won’t be known for another month.

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City could receive welcome downpour

Originally published: Thursday, 8th January, 2015


Residents are crossing their fingers after forecasts Broken Hill could receive up to 120 millimetres of rain during the coming days.

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Pool is the place to be

Originally published: Thursday, 8th January, 2015

To combat the heat, the Aquatic Centre will be providing lots of fun activities.

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Petrol savings slow to arrive in outback

Originally published: Thursday, 8th January, 2015

Sydney petrol prices have fallen below a dollar for the first time in five years, but local motorists appear set to miss out at the bowser once again.

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Golden opportunity

Originally published: Thursday, 8th January, 2015

A “fortuitous” deal struck between junior explorer Havilah Resources and local businessman Steve Radford will see a job-creating gold mine come into operation next year.

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Basketballers well prepared for interstate clashes

Originally published: Thursday, 8th January, 2015

Broken Hill Basketballers have been putting in the hard yards throughout the holidays preparing for the upcoming Australian Country Championships.

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Missing man may have passed through city

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th January, 2015

Signs have been posted on overpass with the social media hashtag “#FindDane”.

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Minerals now back where they belong

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th January, 2015

They were recently part of the finest private collection of Broken Hill minerals ever assembled - and now they’re here to stay.

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Bulldogs get their ‘Wiz’ back

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th January, 2015

The Bulldogs will enter the 2015 season with some added firepower with mercurial forward Anthony Henderson rejoining the club.

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High hopes for Red Hill

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th January, 2015

Junior explorer Impact Minerals says it’s even more convinced a significant discovery is near Broken Hill, following more positive drill results.

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Bore results ‘promising’

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th January, 2015

Five more bores may be sunk around Lake Menindee following promising initial results from an investigation to find an emergency groundwater supply.

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Action in the night sky

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th January, 2015

 

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Public aid police in war on ice

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th January, 2015

Police have credited a greater public awareness and willingness to share information about drug users and suppliers for their making inroads into the ice fight. 

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Minister says long-term plan key to commitment

Originally published: Monday, 5th January, 2015

The NSW Government won’t commit to major works at Menindee Lakes until a long-term plan is in place to secure Broken Hill’s water supply, according to Water Minister Kevin Humphries.

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Election run ruled out

Originally published: Monday, 5th January, 2015

When Darryn Clifton began his fight for the region’s waterways, his aim was to pressure politicians - not become one.

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Disgrace on the Darling

Originally published: Monday, 5th January, 2015

Country drivers have dropped their littering habits, but campers in the Broken Hill district are a disgrace when it comes to leaving rubbish about.

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Bar raised for student teachers

Originally published: Monday, 5th January, 2015

NSW school leavers wanting to become teachers in 2016 will need higher marks to gain entry after a university study found that many undergraduates could not spell.

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Wayman scores double at Memorial Paceway

Originally published: Monday, 5th January, 2015

Local harness racing veteran Rob Wayman is enjoying a return to form after having a quadruple bypass surgery less than eight months ago.

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Rich reward for some words from the heart

Originally published: Monday, 5th January, 2015

A competition is calling all upcoming poets who are keen to share their verse with the city.

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A nice drop for our northern neighbours

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd January, 2015

If the predictions are right, and in a year’s time Broken Hill is supping on a cocktail of slurry and bore water, some of us will be casting an envious eye to the north.

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Written in the stars

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd January, 2015

Broken Hill High school student Hannah Schofield has been named one of the winners of the ABC’s Heywire competition.

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Rocky’s legacy lives on

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd January, 2015

The dedication to harness racing shown by the late Ray “Rocky” Baker is set to continue through the generosity of his children.

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A look into history

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd January, 2015

Alma Cowie’s life may have ended abruptly in the picnic train attack of 1915, but her legacy lives on through the generations of relatives who gathered for the Cowie reunion at the Demo Club yesterday.

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Anxious silence over listing

Originally published: Friday, 2nd January, 2015

Despite hopes that Broken Hill would be added to the National Heritage List over Christmas, no announcements have been made.

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Power outage hits thousands

Originally published: Friday, 2nd January, 2015

Nursing a post New Year’s Eve hangover in the searing heat is bad enough, but some were forced to endure it without electricity.

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Controversial Sydney sculptor pays respects

Originally published: Friday, 2nd January, 2015

A Sydney resident was in the city to give the Sulphide Street Railway Museum a permanent object of remembrance  commemoration ceremony yesterday.

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A love story cut short

Originally published: Friday, 2nd January, 2015

Whether Clarrie O’Brien was about to propose to shooting victim Alma Cowie remains a “family mystery”, and the only person who probably knew was the man himself.

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Victims remembered 100 years on

Originally published: Friday, 2nd January, 2015

More than 300 people - most of them Cowies - commemorated the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Broken Hill at the Sulphide Street Railway Museum yesterday morning.

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Highs and lows

Originally published: Friday, 2nd January, 2015

Barrier Daily Truth correspondent from Adelaide Peter Argent has a look at his personal top 10 highs and lows from sportsmen and women with a connection to the Silver City.

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