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, 2016

Soccer star a hit

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st May, 2016

Former Australian player and Captain Paul Wade hosted the city’s junior soccer stars for skills clinics all day Saturday and Sunday.

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Here comes the Boom

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st May, 2016

The Wilcannia Boomerangs asserted their authority over the Outback Rugby League after outplaying down-river rival Menindee Yabbies in a grand final rematch at the Lamb Oval on Saturday afternoon.

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Trading agreement creates positive outlook

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st May, 2016

Carpentaria Exploration yesterday announced another new agreement with an independent commodities trading house to purchase iron ore from its project near Broken Hill.

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Rare milestone reached

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st May, 2016

June and Kevin Sinclair will celebrate a rare Diamond wedding anniversary this weekend.

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Snail mail

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st May, 2016

Letters posted locally with a $1 stamp to Broken Hill addresses can travel up to 2300 kilometres before they arrive in your letter box, according to information provided by Australia Post.

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Village auction draws interest from afar

Originally published: Monday, 30th May, 2016

The auctioneer for the Shorty O’Neil Village says there’s been a range of interest in the sale, including from interstate corporations specialising in retirement living.

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Homeless rate rises

Originally published: Monday, 30th May, 2016

In Australia on any given night there are more than 100,000 people without a home, including 73 in Broken Hill.

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Collectors rally for Red Shield

Originally published: Monday, 30th May, 2016

The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal will probably top more than $13,000 this year, about $2,000 more than the previous year.

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West overcome Central in close game

Originally published: Monday, 30th May, 2016

West took down Central by 3 points in a low-scoring, scrappy affair down at the Alma on Saturday afternoon. 

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North cause upset

Originally published: Monday, 30th May, 2016

North have caused the season’s first upset scoring a impressive 31 point win over the ladder leaders South on Saturday at League Headquarters.

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Council’s exit to create jobs

Originally published: Saturday, 28th May, 2016

Council’s gradual departure from community care services has prompted HammondCare to expand its operations and create new local jobs.

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Bigger, stronger Ruddock returns

Originally published: Saturday, 28th May, 2016

Round 3 2015. That was the last time that North footballer Jackson Ruddock made an appearance in the blue and white of the Bulldogs but after 12 long months of rehab and training, Ruddock is all set to line up this today versus South at the Jubilee Oval.

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Escapee acted on impulse: lawyer

Originally published: Saturday, 28th May, 2016

It was hardly “Broken Hill’s version of Escape from Alcatraz,” a lawyer told the Local Court yesterday while pleading for leniency for a man who absconded from the jail.

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Ice seizure ‘significant’

Originally published: Saturday, 28th May, 2016

Police uncovered a significant amount of what appeared to be the drug ice in a local motel room yesterday.

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Pride on the line

Originally published: Saturday, 28th May, 2016

Central are hosting West at the Alma. That sentence might not make much sense but that's the situation this afternoon on the South side of town.

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Joyce avoids dry argument

Originally published: Friday, 27th May, 2016

Federal Water Minister Barnaby Joyce has been spared the task of explaining the state of the Darling River on national television, thanks to some unexpected help from Labor.

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North too slippery

Originally published: Friday, 27th May, 2016

On a cold, wet night at the Jubilee Oval, Broken Hill’s next generation of AFL stars braved the shocking conditions to put on a couple of entertaining games of football. 

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Doctor’s cash boost

Originally published: Friday, 27th May, 2016

The local police force has recognised the hard work that the Royal Flying Doctor and have rewarded it with a $10,000 donation.

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Group urges residents to reject pipeline, bores

Originally published: Friday, 27th May, 2016

A water advocacy group is urging locals to use MP Kevin Humphries’ own survey to send a clear message that the city wants clean surface water from Menindee.

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Free on Sunday?

Originally published: Friday, 27th May, 2016

The Salvation Army needs at least 100 more volunteers in the city for the Red Shield Appeal.

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Here to stay

Originally published: Thursday, 26th May, 2016

It may have been too cash-strapped to acquire the $1.3 million Milton Lavers collection, but Council will ensure the city retains the remaining tiny fraction. 

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Local out to mix it with the best

Originally published: Thursday, 26th May, 2016

North junior Isaac Cumming has been selected in the first-ever Allies squad to take part in the Division One AFL NAB U/18 National Championships on June 4.

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Jezabella gets her wheels

Originally published: Thursday, 26th May, 2016

Railwaytown student Jezabella Ortega will soon be zipping around the playground, thanks to a donation by the Lions Club of Broken Hill.

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Mine ‘collapse’ ultimate test

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th May, 2016

It’s a March afternoon in Broken Hill. St Pat’s is just days away, the streets are abuzz with tourists ready to enjoy the city’s biggest weekend, and most people have finished work for the day.

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Locals pitch in to help pay huge fine

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th May, 2016

People are banding together to help 85-year-old Reg Stacey after the pensioner received a whopping $531 fine for accidentally parking in a disabled space.

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Support Cup and you could be a winner

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th May, 2016

The Silver City Cup race club is now selling tickets for their raffle with the main prize including a Family Weber Q.

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Vet slams new pound plan

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th May, 2016

The local pound operator claims ratepayers will suffer for Council’s decision to take over its management, while the city will be left inundated with feral cats.

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Exports make State squad

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th May, 2016

Two of Broken Hill’s recent exports, Lachlan McGregor and Mitchell Clisby, have won positions in the final squad of 25 for the SA State league clash against the VFL. 

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MAN MADE MESS

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th May, 2016

Greens leader Richard Di Natale has labelled the state of the Lower Darling an “environmental and social catastrophe” after touring Menindee and Broken Hill yesterday.

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O’Connor re-elected BIC head

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th May, 2016

Danny O’Connor has been re-elected president of the Barrier Industrial Council.

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River teams rise to top

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th May, 2016

The Wilcannia Boomerangs defeated the Broken Hill Saints in a high scoring affair, 34 to 22, at the Lamb Oval on Saturday.

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A fitting tribute

Originally published: Saturday, 21st May, 2016

The speedway fraternity is gearing up to pay tribute today to a mate who lost his life in a car accident three weeks ago.

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West in with a shot

Originally published: Saturday, 21st May, 2016

While the Robins have the shown the competition they are not to be taken lightly anymore, they have but one win to their name in season 2016 and they’ll look to change that when they take on the Bulldogs on this afternoon.

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Solid South set to score

Originally published: Saturday, 21st May, 2016

The all conquering South side host Central in what could be a tough day for the Magpies.

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Watering hole gets new roof

Originally published: Saturday, 21st May, 2016

One of the city’s oldest watering holes is being given a new lease on life thanks to the Turley family.

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Law at work

Originally published: Saturday, 21st May, 2016

Animal rights activists finally got their day in court yesterday when Goldilocks went on trial for stealing from the three bears.

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White Cliffs ready to rock

Originally published: Friday, 20th May, 2016

The White Cliffs Music Festival kicks off this evening and it is sure to be a great family event.

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“Assault” on TAFE hits hard

Originally published: Thursday, 19th May, 2016

Places like Broken Hill are being hardest hit by an “orchestrated assault” on TAFE NSW by the State Government which needs to be reversed, according to Opposition Leader Luke Foley.

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PCYC’s packed schedule

Originally published: Thursday, 19th May, 2016

The PCYC is hosting a range of fun activities over the next few weeks, starting with a movie night on Friday.

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Sonja celebrates teaching milestone

Originally published: Thursday, 19th May, 2016

The school system has changed markedly in the last three decades, but for teacher Sonja McEvoy the best parts of the job have remained the same.

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City needs to make pipeline stance known

Originally published: Thursday, 19th May, 2016

Broken Hill needs to send “a clear message” to the State government that it either wants a pipeline from the Murray or not, according to State MP Kevin Humphries.

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King of the Hill

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th May, 2016

World eight ball champion Mick Hill taught local potters a few lessons on the green felt at the weekend when he took on two Broken Hill combined teams at the Rising Sun Hotel.

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Rooftop solar rebate cut looms

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th May, 2016

The generous rebates paid to many householders who have solar panels will all but end next year but if you have the cash, you can still benefit.

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Sweet or savoury?

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th May, 2016

The BDT will be hosting a Biggest Morning Tea tomorrow and for one staff member it is a cause that is close to her heart.

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Firies to open up

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th May, 2016

The Broken Hill and South fire stations are opening their doors to the public this weekend.

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Slater’s pick

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th May, 2016

Greyhound trainer Peter Slater is still picking winners after 68 years around the track.

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The man behind the murals

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th May, 2016

After finding that they had an artist in the family, two cousins travelled to Broken Hill to see his renowned works.

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Network boost

Originally published: Monday, 16th May, 2016

The Rural and Remote Autism Network (RRAN) is Westpac bank’s charity of choice for a $500 donation.

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Southies too good

Originally published: Monday, 16th May, 2016

South continued its demolition job of the other teams in the Broken Hill AFL on Saturday, posting a commanding 52-point victory against the Robins at the Alma Oval.

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National award winner

Originally published: Monday, 16th May, 2016

A controversial gathering place for public housing residents in Creedon Street has been praised with its local coordinator winning a national award.

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Women’s gathering for Silver City

Originally published: Monday, 16th May, 2016

Broken Hill has been selected to host the Rural Women’s Gathering for 2016 and locals are sought to host workshops during the two-day event.

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Pastie sales sign of downturn

Originally published: Saturday, 14th May, 2016

Business in Argent Street has been so flat over recent weeks and months that not even the hot pasties are selling.

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Help find Phoebe

Originally published: Saturday, 14th May, 2016

The Petersen family are missing their beloved cat, Phoebe, who hasn’t been home in over 10 days.

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Stephens Trig shows promise

Originally published: Saturday, 14th May, 2016

One of the largest mining tenement holders in the region says initial drilling results show potential for an open cut mine just north of the city.

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Snags to help save lives

Originally published: Saturday, 14th May, 2016

Local Lions Club members were hard at work yesterday cooking sausages to help raise funds to prevent childhood cancer.

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Dogs to get season back on track

Originally published: Saturday, 14th May, 2016

Round five of local football today will see North take on Central at League Headquarters with a fair bit at stake for both sides.

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West look to leaders

Originally published: Saturday, 14th May, 2016

West Coach Peter Larkins will look to his leadership team this afternoon to help lift the Westies against a formidable South line-up at the Alma Oval.

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North, West notch wins

Originally published: Friday, 13th May, 2016

West and North had strong victories in the Under 18 AFL BH competition on Wednesday night, paving the way for a potential top-of-the-table clash when they meet in two weeks.

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Exhibition offers insight into print art

Originally published: Friday, 13th May, 2016

The Broken Hill Print Collective’s inaugural print show opens up at the Town Hall Facade tonight.

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Stuart named top nurse

Originally published: Friday, 13th May, 2016

Stuart McIntosh is the recipient for the Registered Nurse of the Year Award with the Local Health District.

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Have a cake for robot Andy

Originally published: Thursday, 12th May, 2016

The Willyama High School Robotics team is holding a cake stall on Saturday to help them attend a robotics challenge in July.

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CBD ‘can be renewed’

Originally published: Thursday, 12th May, 2016

The man behind a successful scheme that filled empty shops in Newcastle’s CBD is confident it could do the same for Broken Hill.

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Clock repairs a matter of timing

Originally published: Thursday, 12th May, 2016

Now there is no excuse for not getting home on time - the Railway Station clock has been fixed.

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Perfect time to try mountain biking

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th May, 2016

The Broken Hill Mountain Bike Club is hosting a Come ‘n Try Day of the BH Golf Club track this Sunday.

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Downpour provides golden opportunity

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th May, 2016

What do you do when you’re stuck on a gold mine in the middle of nowhere with the only road and airstrip out of action for days because of rain?

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Barrier Highway rescue

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th May, 2016

Two people were trapped inside a car yesterday morning after it rolled on the Barrier Highway about 40km east of Broken Hill.

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Celtic calls out for new players

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th May, 2016

The Celtic women’s team is desperately seeking players for the 2016 season after being forced to forfeit.

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Netballers ready for carnival

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th May, 2016

A squad of the town’s best high school netballers is preparing to drive 12 hours for a challenging carnival.

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A big day out for a good cause

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th May, 2016

A big family fun day is being hosted to support a young local girl, who has been diagnosed with a neurological disorder.

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Rain welcome, but water situation largely unchanged

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th May, 2016

The region enjoyed a good soaking over the weekend with many areas receiving lots of rain, however it did little to boost local water storages.

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Roxby take Miners Cup in a slog

Originally published: Monday, 9th May, 2016

In tough and unrelenting conditions Broken Hill was beaten by arch rivals Roxby Downs in a low-scoring and physical ninth edition of the Miners Cup yesterday. 

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Do it for Shorty

Originally published: Monday, 9th May, 2016

A mayoral candidate will head a tribute walk for Shorty O’Neil Village next weekend. 

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Keeno needs your help

Originally published: Monday, 9th May, 2016

It costs more than $700,000 every year to run Algate House and Catherine Haven locally, and the Red Shield Appeal helps to fund both of these facilities.

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Fighter until the end

Originally published: Saturday, 7th May, 2016

The boxing fraternity and West Football Club will farewell an iconic character in local sport on Monday with the funeral of Jimmy Johns.

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When ‘The Tank’ met Jimmy Johns

Originally published: Saturday, 7th May, 2016

Jimmy Johns was well known for his no-nonsense approach to most tasks, and sporting historian and columnist Graham ‘Bushy’ Burke says that attitude was also evident on the football field.

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More power to them, says thankful Lifeline

Originally published: Saturday, 7th May, 2016

Broken Hill’s Cavpower has taken a step towards helping prevent male suicide.

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Hanson here and happy with Hill

Originally published: Saturday, 7th May, 2016

Pro Hart was a good friend and supporter of Pauline Hanson, and so it was with fond memories that the One Nation leader returned to the city this week.

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Revved up for Mum’s Day meet

Originally published: Saturday, 7th May, 2016

Tomorrow round two of the motocross season gets underway at 9am at the speedway/motocross track on the Adelaide road. 

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Our boys can do it

Originally published: Saturday, 7th May, 2016

The Broken Hill combined team will travel to Adelaide today for the ninth instalment of the Miners Cup, and with the series tied at four-all the game could well be classed as the decider as it is becoming increasingly difficult for this rivalry to continue at the Home of South Australian football.

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Who wins the Miners Cup could hold it forever

Originally published: Friday, 6th May, 2016

The ninth Miners Cup will be played on Sunday at the Adelaide Oval between Broken Hill and Roxby and the local boys will be playing it like the grand final.

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Out-of-the-ordinary art reveals all

Originally published: Friday, 6th May, 2016

A collection of contemporary works and ideas will be showcased tonight at the dual launch of two eye-catching exhibitions.

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Sick budget

Originally published: Friday, 6th May, 2016

Doctors have predicted GP clinics and their patients will be left shortchanged and in worse health if the government pushes ahead with healthcare cuts in the latest budget.

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Rugby League greats tackle mental health

Originally published: Thursday, 5th May, 2016

They may be three simple words, but “Act, Belong, Commit” are breaking down the stigma of mental health problems.

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Diamond couple recalls good old drive-in days

Originally published: Thursday, 5th May, 2016

Ron and Millie Gray tied the knot at the Methodist Church in Oxide Street 60 years ago today, a milestone most couples can only dream about.

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Sweet treats and more for mum

Originally published: Thursday, 5th May, 2016

Aurelia Slater has a lot more than Quandong pie and cakes on offer at the Broken Hill Cake Decorators Mother’s Day stall at the Town Hall Facade in Argent Street.

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River’s history told in stone

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th May, 2016

The story of the Murray River has been immortalised in stone by the hand of renowned indigenous artist Badger Bates.

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Sweet victory in Paul Rook Rally

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd May, 2016

Rob and Tarnie Andrews were decisive winners of the Paul Rook Memorial Rally held on April 23 by the Barrier Sporting Car Club.

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Happy to keep ‘em under the pump

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd May, 2016

The manager of a service station that started a local petrol price war says he will stick to his guns as long as the price of a barrel of oil remains the same.

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The tip shop adopts big shop amenities

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd May, 2016

Lifeline’s tip shop has taken it up a notch and customers are beginning to respond in numbers.

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High tea

Originally published: Monday, 2nd May, 2016

The Central Football Club held their High Tea yesterday. 

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Magpies all the way

Originally published: Monday, 2nd May, 2016

The Magpies recorded their second win of the season on Saturday when they beat the Robins by 24 points. 

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Now targeting: wild dogs

Originally published: Monday, 2nd May, 2016

A major on-ground baiting offensive against wild dogs this autumn season is expected to provide great relief to livestock producers across the region.

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