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April, 2009

In step with the times

Originally published: Wednesday, 29th April, 2009

For youngsters Hannah Evers and Olivia Burt, this year's eisteddfod will be all about the hip hop. Entries are now being accepted for the 40th Broken Hill Eisteddfod, to be held in August, and organisers have introduced a number of new events following the recent success of the Pop Stars category for young singers.

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Hot bags a hit with Meals on Wheels

Originally published: Tuesday, 28th April, 2009

Two charitable organisations have joined forces to support Broken Hill Meals on Wheels.

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Broadband network could start in city

Originally published: Monday, 27th April, 2009

By Stefan Delatovic A plan to start building the National Broadband Network in regional areas has been welcomed by City Council.

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Trots Shave for a Cure

Originally published: Friday, 24th April, 2009

Harness racing returns to Sunday this weekend with the first race scheduled for 12.30pm.

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Tough track tackled

Originally published: Tuesday, 21st April, 2009

Walking the Kokoda Track was both physically and mentally grueling, but Rhiannon Massey is very happy she did it.

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Millions for Wilcannia

Originally published: Tuesday, 21st April, 2009

A new bureaucrat will be appointed to manage a multi-million dollar revolution in service delivery in remote Aboriginal communities, including Wilcannia.

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Physio student wins scholarship

Originally published: Tuesday, 21st April, 2009

A former Willyama High School student who is now studying to become a physiotherapist has been awarded the 2009 David Bowler Memorial Award.

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Man on a mission

Originally published: Monday, 20th April, 2009

Newcastle man Rod Cheney lost a brother and an uncle to depression so it's understandable that he would want to help those organisations that offer support to sufferers.

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Originally published: Friday, 17th April, 2009

Two women have been charged with stealing a cheque book from a man's house and cashing one of the cheques at a motel.

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City's star quality

Originally published: Thursday, 16th April, 2009

Popular Australian actors Frankie J Holden and wife Michelle Pettigrove have been enjoying the city's delights this week in their latest role as travel show hosts. Frankie, who has appeared on television shows such as Police Rescue and Underbelly, and Michelle - who once starred in A Country Practice - were in the district filming a segment for travel show "Discover Down Under."

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Cash for quality cause

Originally published: Thursday, 16th April, 2009

The NSW Minister for Youth, Graham West, yesterday granted $4,000 to help complete the BMX bike track being built at the local Police and Community Youth Club (PCYC). The money will be used to buy the remaining 200 tonnes of cracker dust needed to finish the track which is due for completion in the mid-year school holidays. This follows a $5,000 grant for the BMX track made by Mr West in 2007, in his previous role as NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation.

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Justice visit

Originally published: Wednesday, 15th April, 2009

Overcrowding leading to an increase in violence at juvenile detention centres is not a problem in Broken Hill, according to the NSW Minister for Juvenile Justice, Graham West. Mr West visited the local Juvenile Justice Centre yesterday and said it was the only facility he hadn't inspected since being appointed to his new position in September last year.

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Walkers at the ready

Originally published: Wednesday, 15th April, 2009

If exploring the local area's rich natural and man-made features on foot appeals then the Barrier Rangers Bushwalking Club wants to hear from you now. The club is turning 40 and is celebrating with two weeks worth of bushwalks and other outdoor activities for existing and new members starting Saturday. Spokeswoman Margaret Lesjak said a total of 14 walks were planned around the district between April 18 to May 1, ranging from easy half-day walks to all-day treks.

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Bid to honour local champs

Originally published: Wednesday, 15th April, 2009

Nominations are being called for the Silver City Racing Club's Wall of Fame, as preparations for this year's race day kick off. After a meeting of the committee on Tuesday night, club president Chris Kersten said this was the second time locals were being asked to nominate famous racing identities and those who had made a significant contribution to racing in the far west.

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Star-gazing at Kinchega

Originally published: Tuesday, 14th April, 2009

The International Year of Astronomy is making its presence felt at Kinchega National Park. It was 400 years ago that Italian scientist, Galileo Galilei turned a telescope toward the skies and 40 years since man landed on the moon, and to celebrate these landmark events in human history, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared 2009 the International Year of Astronomy.

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No shortage of offers for piano to paint

Originally published: Tuesday, 14th April, 2009

Local artist Howard Steer's recent plea for a piano to paint met with seven offers. He said he accepted the first offer which was made by Debbie and Peter Druitt, whose newly-painted piano will be auctioned to raise money for the Red Desert Live festival. Mr Steer, who is best known for his flying doctor characters, called the picture on the piano "Flying Doctor over Druitt Flats", in honour of the couple. The piano will be auctioned at Red Desert Live's long lunch and art auction at the Broken Hill Golf Club on June 14.

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Tradition lives on

Originally published: Friday, 10th April, 2009

Colourful hats and cheers of "Happy Easter!" greeted about 100 people as the Alma School's Easter hat parade wound its way down Patton street yesterday. Mums, dads grandparents and members of the public cheered and clapped as around 300 children from pre-school to year six walked past with Easter messages.

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Economic stimulus begins at home

Originally published: Friday, 10th April, 2009

Business BH and local retailers are asking residents to spend their government stimulus payment in local stores to help the Broken Hill economy. With payments due to start arriving from the government soon, President of Business BH, Robin Edgecumbe, is urging people to spend their money in local stores rather than shopping on-line or travelling to Mildura.

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Taekwon-do pair honoured by MP

Originally published: Friday, 10th April, 2009

Taekwon-do students Ashley Clogg and Oliver Kolinac have won awards for their contribution to the sport. In front of their peers at a ceremony on Wednesday, they were presented with certificates by Federal Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley. Ms Ley, who has a green belt in judo, said it was marvellous to see that martial arts were still popular. "It's really important for girls to do this, too," she said.

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Silverlea dudded

Originally published: Thursday, 9th April, 2009

Six months after cancelling Silverlea Employment and Training Services' (SETS) contract to maintain the hospital grounds, the health service continues to rub salt into the wound. Silverlea CEO Brian Slater said that the Greater Western Area Health Service still owed more than $1,600 for work that its disabled employees performed at the hospital last year. Silverlea, which employs over 30 people with a disability at its Picton Plants nursery, maintained the grounds twice a week until September last year when the GWAHS terminated the contract without notice.

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Boxers await the bell

Originally published: Thursday, 9th April, 2009

Novice boxer Ben Grossi admits to a bout of nerves ahead of his very first tournament fight on Saturday night. Grossi, 25, is one of four locals competing in the PCYC's amateur boxing tournament at the Entertainment Centre. For all but one of them the experience will be their first. "I'm looking forward to it," said Grossi, who at 80.7kg just scrapes into the light-heavyweight division.

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Village still on the cards

Originally published: Thursday, 9th April, 2009

Progress is being made on plans for a retirement village on the former Excelsior Oval site, according to City Council. Adelaide company RA Macdonald and Associates won the right to build the village almost four years ago but work has still not started. The private company, which owns a number of retirement villages in South Australia, has Council consent to construct 78 one-bedroom units. The supported living model would see residents pay a deposit to live at the village where they would be able to receive meals and limited care.

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Alma School Anzac Day

Originally published: Thursday, 9th April, 2009

The Alma Public School has held its Anzac Day ceremony early this year. Teacher Peter Dougherty said the ceremony was held yesterday to allow the entire school to come together and commemorate those who sacrificed their lives for the nation. Yesterday's ceremony was hosted by school captains Callum Dodimead and Veronika Holland.

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Telstra sackings have locals worried

Originally published: Wednesday, 8th April, 2009

The union representing Telstra workers says the latest job cuts will almost certainly affect Broken Hill workers. The Construction, Electrical and Plumbing Union also accused the telco of scrapping jobs under the guise of over-staffing when it was evident the measure was blatant cost cutting. Telstra announced yesterday that another 92 jobs would go from across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. The secretary of the CEPU's Telecommunications and Services branch said Broken Hill's six Telstra workers were not safe, but would probably know their fate soon.

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TAFE honours its brightest and best

Originally published: Wednesday, 8th April, 2009

Jonathon Bishop and Byron Hooker will take out the top honours at the local TAFE awards night tonight. Electrical apprentice Jonathon Bishop will receive the Barrier Industrial Council Excellence award for achieving the highest average mark in a Trade Course. Diploma of Business Administration student Byron Hooker will receive the Business Broken Hill Medal of Excellence Award. This award is given to an outstanding graduating student who has completed a Business Studies Course. The 86th Presentation of Awards will be held at the Whitehouse Convention Centre at 7pm and will recognise about 280 graduating students.

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Future of Rasp Mine under discussion

Originally published: Wednesday, 8th April, 2009

The Rasp Mine will be developed if the outcome of talks between CBH Resources and a number of would-be backers are successful. Managing director Stephen Dennis told the Australian Financial Review recently that Rasp was its premier project and the company was in talks with a number of parties to see it developed. "One way or another we will see a development at Rasp - that's our best project," Mr Dennis said. "What I'd like to see happen is to get the company to a position where it has got the support or perhaps a cornerstone investor outside of Toho."

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Boutique B&B a heritage jewel

Originally published: Wednesday, 8th April, 2009

It's only been open for 12 months but the city's latest pub-turned-boutique accommodation has already won its second local award. The restored Miners Arms in Crystal Street has taken out the Commercial Heritage category of the John Reid Memorial Heritage Awards. The annual awards are aimed at preserving the city's built heritage by recognising individual efforts in conserving their premises "in an exemplary manner". The residential award was shared between Donna Corner of 673 Blende Street and Garry and Ann Vella of 479 Beryl Street. Dayna Pascoe of 336 Thomas Lane received a commendation.

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Hairy Harrier hobbles into Hash history

Originally published: Tuesday, 7th April, 2009

It's over 20 years ago now but local identity Ricky Cooper will never forget his first outing with the Hash House Harriers running group. "I got lost on the first run. It was dark and they sent a search party out for me." Undaunted, Ricky continued to turn up each week and last Saturday evening he notched up his 1000th run, becoming just the third Harrier to do so.

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Doctors urge change

Originally published: Tuesday, 7th April, 2009

A group of doctors has called on the Commonwealth to put more money into the Greater Western Area Health Service (GWAHS) or take it over. The seven doctors, who all work for the GWAHS, backed the take-over proposal during a meeting with a policy adviser to Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon on Friday. An immediate take over of the nation's hospitals by the Federal Government is one of the options contained in a preliminary report by the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission.

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Race day survey

Originally published: Tuesday, 7th April, 2009

The St Pat's Race Club is to conduct a survey to identify ways to improve the race day and fringe events. The survey would seek constructive feedback from racegoers on what is working and what could be improved to make not only race day but the whole week better. Club president Margaret Corradini said the committee supported the survey and recognised that the event was ultimately a major benefit to the whole city. The club has will post the survey on its website, write to all members living outside of the city, which is in excess of some 3,000 people, and print the survey in the Barrier Daily Truth.

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Attempt at medical history

Originally published: Monday, 6th April, 2009

Young Olivia Norley is taking part in a groundbreaking clinical trial that could make a common disease a thing of the past. The 10-year-old is participating in the trial which might result in Type 1 diabetes being prevented and the doing away with daily insulin injections. Type 1 diabetes, previously known as juvenile or early onset diabetes, is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system destroys the cells that produce insulin. The Norley family first became involved in research into the disease after Olivia's mother, Cecilia, received a letter from the Adelaide Women's and Children's Hospital saying her family would be eligible for screening for the trial.

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Hoons clocked at 100kph

Originally published: Monday, 6th April, 2009

Police have issued a warning to hoons after two drivers were caught speeding at more than 100kph in Eyre Street over the weekend. An 18-year-old P-plate driver had his licence suspended for six months after police clocked him travelling at 119km/h in the 60km/h zone about 10.50pm on Friday. The man was also issued with an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by 30km/h.

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Gaining some direction

Originally published: Friday, 3rd April, 2009

A Sydney film production training company is inviting the city's budding filmmakers to take part in a documentary and film making project. The Silver Sun Documentary. Project will run over three consecutive weekends in May and June in Broken Hill. Metro Screen will train 12 locals in all areas of film making including pre-production, camera operation, editing and post production.

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Private prison plan protested

Originally published: Friday, 3rd April, 2009

Local Correctional Services officers and State MP John Williams said yesterday that they were worried that the State Governmment might privatise the Broken Hill jail. The officers joined their colleagues around the State yesterday in a strike to protest against the government's plans to sell the Parklea and Cessnock jails to private companies. The State's prisons were manned by executive staff during the 24-hour strike which finished at 10 o'clock last night. The strike had no affect on local court proceedings as there was only one matter on the list yesterday - a civil claims hearing.

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Cadets bring home awards

Originally published: Thursday, 2nd April, 2009

A group of local St John Ambulance Service cadets has returned from the Western Region Cadet First Aid Competition with several awards under their belts. The competition was held in Cobar and included cadet division members from Molong, Bathurst and Mid West.

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Firebug about

Originally published: Thursday, 2nd April, 2009

Four small grass fires on the weekend appeared to have been deliberately lit, according to the fire brigade which was called to put them out. One of the fires was in South BH, two were in the North and the other in Sturt Park. Central Fire Station Officer Sue Collins said yesterday that two of the fires had been started in Morgan Street in the early hours of Saturday morning.

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Skilled workers vital

Originally published: Wednesday, 1st April, 2009

Millions of dollars expected to flow to the Greater Western Area Health Service could be better spent, according to the Broken Hill Health Council. The NSW Health Minister, John Della Bosca, said on Monday that he would adopt all but five of the recommendations made in the Garling Report into acute care services in public hospitals.

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Southern Cross plans $16 million expansion

Originally published: Wednesday, 1st April, 2009

Southern Cross Care (SCC) will embark on a $16 million expansion after approval was given for the construction of a retirement village and a new War Veterans' Hostel. The building projects, which have board approval to proceed, will deliver improved aged care services to the city and provide a much-needed boost to its economy. CEO Allan Carter yesterday said the projects would help address "unmet demand" for both residential aged care places and retirement village living in Broken Hill.

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HARNESS RACING

Originally published: Wednesday, 1st April, 2009

Friday night saw a strong crowd and a great St Pats harness racing program with Raz Slater taking home the bacon twice aboard Globe Vauxall and Meganite. Both horses were driven to perfection by the handy reinsman and given every opportunity to finish on well. Trainer of the Night went to Anthony Camilleri for his winner with Daveydee, Driver of the night was Raz Slater, Best Presented horse went to Lucys Diva for Pat Attard and Run of the Night went to Globe Vauxall for Raz Slater.

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