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, 2011

Generosity shown but more needed

Originally published: Monday, 30th May, 2011

by Gina Wilson

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Solar safety risk

Originally published: Monday, 30th May, 2011

Provider warns of dodgy installation

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Talking business

Originally published: Monday, 30th May, 2011

A motivational speaker is in the city to share her secrets to success in running a business.

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Magpies fly home in thriller

Originally published: Monday, 30th May, 2011

CENTRAL V WEST

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Doctor speaks out

Originally published: Saturday, 28th May, 2011

Dr Brian Senewiratne, who has been visiting the local hospital for five years, said he had decided to lift the lid on conditions at the hospital in an effort to force a review of aged care in Australia.

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Heavyweight clash

Originally published: Saturday, 28th May, 2011

Nothing will be given to you on a silver tray and both sides will have to earn the points here.

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Little comfort in official response

Originally published: Friday, 27th May, 2011

It seems locals can expect no help from the Federal Government on the aged care crisis any time soon.

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Good cause a real treat

Originally published: Friday, 27th May, 2011

Locals were enjoying lots of quality homemade goodies yesterday with their morning tea.

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Mad fad too bad

Originally published: Friday, 27th May, 2011

Planking, a craze in which people lay flat on various objects, has reached Broken Hill.

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Angelic sounds

Originally published: Thursday, 26th May, 2011

The Broken Hill Philharmonic Choir is about to present its 219th concert.

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Our voice will be heard: Mayor

Originally published: Thursday, 26th May, 2011

Locals should become more aggressive in their fight for aged care services in the city, Mayor Wincen Cuy said.

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Smiles all round from big tent event

Originally published: Thursday, 26th May, 2011

Local business owners have 500,000 reasons to be happy about the Resources and Energy Symposium.

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Drama queens apply here

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th May, 2011

Aspring entertainers are being asked to nominate for this year's Eisteddfod before June 3.

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'Old folk forced out'

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th May, 2011

Family says 18 to go from hospital

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New CentaCare chief has a wealth of experience

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th May, 2011

CentaCare Wilcannia-Forbes' newly-appointed CEO was coming to terms with the "nitty-gritty" of the organisation when he flew in to inspect the local office yesterday.

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Under 18 previews

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th May, 2011

South out for revenge as West look too good

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Just who's on the grog?

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th May, 2011

Taylor Walker enjoying a quiet "frothy" on his day off has the AFL's rabid media posse foaming at the mouth.

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'Don't hide your light'

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th May, 2011

It was time for the mining, resources and energy sector to show the good work it was doing, the inaugural Resources and Energy Symposium heard yesterday.

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Care that's always there

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th May, 2011

By Kurtis Eichler

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Hawks eye young guns

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th May, 2011

As Broken Hill rejoiced in its Miners Cup win on Saturday, AFL club Hawthorn also had good reason to celebrate the form of a couple of local players.

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Sweet victory

Originally published: Monday, 23rd May, 2011

After a slow start, the local boys ran away from their fancied Woomera and District opponents in the second quarter and led for the rest of the day in the game played as a curtain raiser to the Port Power-Fremantle match at AAMI stadium.

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Fond memories of famous Fred

Originally published: Monday, 23rd May, 2011

Broken Hill has sadly lost another of its most photographed famous faces.

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Conference coup

Originally published: Monday, 23rd May, 2011

The patron of the inaugural Resources and Energy Symposium which begins in the city today hopes it will put Broken Hill on the map as a conference destination.

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Hot machine now a centrefold

Originally published: Saturday, 21st May, 2011

A legend of Broken Hill is this month staring out at readers from news-stands across Australia thanks to local car aficionado Kerry Turley.

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Tragic dilemma

Originally published: Saturday, 21st May, 2011

 On Monday, Brian Sellick and another man were to have become the first locals to be sent away from the hospital to Wilcannia because there was no room for them here. 

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Walking towards a healthy lifestyle

Originally published: Friday, 20th May, 2011

Local school students are being encouraged to abandon the usual car ride to school and walk today for National Walk Safely to School Day.

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Rate rise plan

Originally published: Friday, 20th May, 2011

Residents and businesses, and the mining companies, will be paying more this year if City Council ups rates by almost three percent across the board.

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Managers dedicated in mineral art

Originally published: Thursday, 19th May, 2011

By Kurtis Eichler

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Park party celebrates families

Originally published: Thursday, 19th May, 2011

A morning tea was held in Sturt Park yesterday for National Families Week.

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"First class" events location

Originally published: Thursday, 19th May, 2011

Plans to make next week's Resources and Energy Symposium an annual fixture in Broken Hill have been given a ringing endorsement by the main infrastructure provider associated with the event.

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Tennis dynamo to compete in the US

Originally published: Thursday, 19th May, 2011

Junior tennis dynamo Danielle King will soon be showcasing her skills in America, and she's hoping for a little help along the way.

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Selling for a cure

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th May, 2011

Local youngster Jack Costello can't enjoy sweets himself, as his strict diet doesn't allow it, but the Jelly Baby symbol is now being used to find him a cure.

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Great boost to city

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th May, 2011

A local union has welcomed a jobs boost with CBH Resources looking to fill 28 new positions at the Rasp Mine as development ramps up.

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Record breaker

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th May, 2011

Hot on the heels of her performance at the Australian Age National Swimming Championships, local swimmer Ellysia Oldsen has broken a South Australian Staterecord.

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Extreme finish to 4x4 event

Originally published: Monday, 16th May, 2011

They may not have scored a podium finish, but local racers Cam Holden and Josh Holmes have achieved their goal of completing the ARB Australian Outback 4x4 Extreme.

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Don't fear Ramsar

Originally published: Monday, 16th May, 2011

There was nothing to fear, except fear itself, from the push to list Menindee Lakes as a wetland of international significance, the city will hear tomorrow.

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Dig deep for Salvos'

Originally published: Monday, 16th May, 2011

Red Shield Appeal

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Graduates a first for city

Originally published: Monday, 16th May, 2011

Nine locals will soon graduate from what is believed to be the first university course taught entirely in Broken Hill for many years.

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Saturn shots bring world renown

Originally published: Saturday, 14th May, 2011

By John Casey

Internationally recognised Broken Hill astronomer Trevor Barry has captured spectacular images of a fierce electrical storm raging around the planet Saturn.

From his BH observatory, Mr Barry has recorded data and photos that will be published throughout the world.

“I have to say it has been a very exciting time,” Mr Barry said yesterday.

“It has been fantastic not only to enjoy and capture these images but then to know my work is being used by some of the world’s leading organisations like Oxford University in the U.K. and NASA in the United States gives me a great feeling.

“Any time you receive international recognition is pleasing, not only for me but for the city of Broken Hill as well.” 

The rare electrical storm swirling around Saturn is the biggest, brightest and most intense ever seen in our Solar System (apart from those associated with the Sun).

“This is a unique phenomena,” he said. “The data and images from this will be used forever as a reference in the history of our Solar System and to know that Broken Hill will be listed as a part of that is mind-blowing.”

The United States-based National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and 16 other countries are spending billions of dollars on the Cassini spacecraft and its mission to Saturn and Mr Barry’s images will sit alongside their data.

“Who would have thought an amateur astronomer using a home-made telescope out in the middle of nowhere would be given this type of recognition?” Mr Barry enthused.

“In many ways this will put Broken Hill on the map as far as world astronomy is concerned.”

According to Mr Barry, despite the magnitude of the electrical storm surrounding Saturn there will be no impact on Earth because of the distance between the planets.

“Saturn is 1.4 billion kilometres away so despite the lightning associated with the electrical storm being 10,000 times more intense than we see here on earth it won’t influence our environment.”

The second largest planet in the Solar System, Saturn has an average radius almost 10 times larger than the Earth and rotates more than twice as fast.

Mr Barry said his recent work with Saturn and the international recognition he had received had been one of the highlights of his astronomy career since he graduated from Swinburne University in Melbourne in 2005.

“To think that an ex-mine worker using a $20,000 telescope would be on the same par as a planetary physicist from Oxford University with all their resources gives me a warm fuzzy feeling,” he said.

“I think this collaboration will go a long way to bringing professional and amateur astronomers much closer together and our work will be appreciated and respected a little more.”

Broken Hill’s location, being so far from the coast and not near forests and mountains, coupled with the flat terrain, made it a perfect spot for astronomy, according to Mr Barry.

“Anyone with a small six-inch (15-centimetre) telescope and a Star Wheel can enjoy the unique phenomena on display around Saturn at the moment.”

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Test your luck

Originally published: Friday, 13th May, 2011

The RSPCA says buying a black cat today will not bring its owner any bad luck on what is typically regarded as the day of misfortune.

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Cream of the crop

Originally published: Friday, 13th May, 2011

Some of the most sought after representatives of the Australian energy and resources sectors have been locked in to headline the upcoming symposium which is expected to draw national and international attention to the city this month.

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Robins must turn it around

Originally published: Friday, 13th May, 2011

 Today’s game looms as an important contest for South and West with the Roos hoping to stay in touch with league leader North and the Robins wanting to regain that winning formula.

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West 'left out'

Originally published: Thursday, 12th May, 2011

Ley says budget fails to deliver

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A new nest for Magpie champ

Originally published: Thursday, 12th May, 2011

Ben Perkins may have left Central but he's still a Magpie, and he's still kicking bags of goals.

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We're scared stiff

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th May, 2011

Police patrols will be stepped up in the South following complaints that a wave of violent disorder has enveloped parts of it.

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Ump's raring to give 'all clear'

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th May, 2011

Football leagues across Australia will pay tribute to the dedication of umpires this weekend as part of the AFL's "Thanks Ump" initiative, and few officials could lay claim to being more dedicated than Broken Hill's own Frank Nutt.

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Online crooks nearly cost family dear

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th May, 2011

Computer owners are warned to be vigilant against a group that appears to be running a computer scam in the Broken Hill area.

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Taeja's a trouper

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th May, 2011

One young local has been dancing her way across New South Wales and into Queensland, competing in eisteddfods all along the way.

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Hospital to state its case

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th May, 2011

by Gina Wilson

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From backyard to the MCG

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th May, 2011

While I always really look forward to running out on to the hallowed turf of the famous MCG, my favourite football memories are the fun I've had playing with my mates.

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Extreme race off to a blazing start

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th May, 2011

ARB 4x4Extreme competitors have been literally lighting up the course in the opening stages of the seven-day event.

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Local jobs "safe"

Originally published: Monday, 9th May, 2011

by Gina Wilson

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Free service 'well worth it'

Originally published: Monday, 9th May, 2011

Free breast screening is available at the hospital for a limited time and women are being encouraged to take advantage of it.

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Fitting tribute

Originally published: Monday, 9th May, 2011

The Marist Brothers and Sisters of Mercy have been honoured with the placing of two plaques at the Cathedral.

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The Mayor on Monday

Originally published: Monday, 9th May, 2011

Celebrating our volunteers

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Bulldogs burst the Robins' bubble

Originally published: Monday, 9th May, 2011

The Robins put Thomas Kickett into the side while North have come to terms with independent cabs and were able to play Anthony Henderson. 

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The Roos pluck some feathers

Originally published: Monday, 9th May, 2011

by CED

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Funding questions

Originally published: Saturday, 7th May, 2011

A cloud hangs over the head of the hospital as changes to its funding structure threaten to cause budget cuts.

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Appreciating women in our lives

Originally published: Saturday, 7th May, 2011

It has evolved from a day to honor mothers to one that recognises all special women. So if there is a woman in your life who isn’t a biological mother - but special nonetheless - Mother’s Day can be a time to tell her how much she is appreciated.

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Century comes up for Corey

Originally published: Saturday, 7th May, 2011

Twenty-four-year-old Corey, who played his first senior game back in round three 2002, has enjoyed a highly-decorated career.

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Williams highlights road problems

Originally published: Friday, 6th May, 2011

The poor condition of the Silver City Highway and its impact on Tibooburra residents and graziers was brought to parliament’s attention this week.

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Surprised by interest

Originally published: Friday, 6th May, 2011

 The group running the Centre for Community was surprised that City Council wanted the building after it failed to respond to an offer to take it over about 18 months ago.

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Council may get centre

Originally published: Thursday, 5th May, 2011

Proposed GP Super Clinic site talks 

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Sensational show

Originally published: Thursday, 5th May, 2011

Have you ever taken your kids to the theatre? Live theatre, that is.

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Power to the press

Originally published: Thursday, 5th May, 2011

As you may be aware, "electricity" is really a vague description used to define a variety of phenomena. But something we all agree on is that we can't live without it.

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10yo speed demon

Originally published: Thursday, 5th May, 2011

Broken Hill-born 10-year-old Jaidyn Ruhs is a young speedway driver destined for life in the fast-lane.

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Today's newspaper free

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th May, 2011

Good morning,

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Rumour warning

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th May, 2011

Police have "major concerns" with the way some locals are using social media networks such as Facebook following rumours of shots being fired and an armed man on the loose.

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Williams is the new Whip

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th May, 2011

by Gina Wilson

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Award-winning Film maker in city

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd May, 2011

An award-winning Canadian artist and film maker with an interest in small Aboriginal communities visited the city over the weekend.

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Heading north

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd May, 2011

Mining and exploration company Perilya is reviewing plans for the North Mine which it says is "showing great promise" and which could generate a number of jobs in Broken Hill in the near future.

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Park to reopen

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd May, 2011

Work to improve the Duke of Cornwall Park in Blende Street is almost finished and the park will reopen this morning.

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Reports of armed person after fire

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd May, 2011

A house fire in Beryl Street was last nigh being treated as suspicious as police also investigated reports of an armed person in the area.

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Basketball boys in city

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd May, 2011

The State's best primary school basketballers will converge on the city today as Broken Hill hosts the 2011 NSW PSSA Boys Basketball carnival.

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BH star swims with the best

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd May, 2011

Broken Hill superfish Ellysia Oldsen has competed with the country's top swimmers at the Australian Age National Swimming Championships held recently.

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Bronze our legends

Originally published: Monday, 2nd May, 2011

Prime Minister Julia Gillard will be approached to support a campaign to recognise some of Broken Hill's finest citizens who have recently passed away.

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Changes could prove the right medicine

Originally published: Monday, 2nd May, 2011

By Gayle Hogan 

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Strip residents demand changes

Originally published: Monday, 2nd May, 2011

Sunset Strip resident Dick Thustain believes the Central Darling Shire's proposal to create a free-standing progress association will benefit all who enjoy the holiday destination.

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The Mayor on Monday

Originally published: Monday, 2nd May, 2011

Our living history

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Scheme rethink

Originally published: Monday, 2nd May, 2011

Member for Murray-Darling John Williams says the government is committed to renewable energy despite its decision to suspend the state's Solar Bonus Scheme.

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Closing education divide

Originally published: Monday, 2nd May, 2011

The NSW Government says it has already begun work to close the education divide between rural and urban students as part of its election commitment.

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Bulldogs storm home

Originally published: Monday, 2nd May, 2011

A barnstorming final quarter effort saw North overpower South to win by 28 points at the Jubilee Oval on Saturday.

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Robins fly home

Originally published: Monday, 2nd May, 2011

The Robins have continued their early season form with an impressive 29 point win over the Magpies at the Jubilee Oval on Saturday.

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