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.

August, 2011

Mad about books

Originally published: Wednesday, 31st August, 2011

Book Week was celebrated at Morgan Street Public School yesterday with a book fare and a special assembly.

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Club axes Two Up game

Originally published: Wednesday, 31st August, 2011

Cries of “Head ‘em up” will no-longer be heard at the Musicians Club after its Board of Directors last night reaffirmed its decision to axe the historic game.

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Tourist centre talks

Originally published: Wednesday, 31st August, 2011

An information booth for tourists could be put inside the Regional Art Gallery in Argent Street as part of changes proposed for the Visitor Information Centre (VIC).

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Tearing up the outback dust

Originally published: Wednesday, 31st August, 2011

When ex-local Chris Wilson isn’t busy working to rebuild Afghanistan, he likes to spend his time tearing up the outback in Australia’s biggest off-road racing events.

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Yabbies claw win

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th August, 2011

Menindee Yabbies have been crowned the Outback Rugby League champions for 2011 after defeating Broken Hill Geebungs 28-14 in an epic encounter at Jubilee Oval on Sunday.

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Dog off-leash trial a success: Mayor

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th August, 2011

A decision is still at least a month away but Mayor Wincen Cuy has labelled two trial dog off-leash areas a major success.

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Game’s future up in the air

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th August, 2011

 By John Casey 

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Changing the constitution

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th August, 2011

Locals are invited to have their say on changing the Australian Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Cultural alliance nurtures optimism

Originally published: Monday, 29th August, 2011

The cultural alliance between Broken Hill and famous Spanish mining region Minas de Riotinto is developing some “exciting ideas for the future” which will be unveiled during the next 12 months.

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Timely response

Originally published: Monday, 29th August, 2011

A local firefighter said all emergency calls will continue being responded to in a speedy manner even if they are diverted to Sydney.

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Henry James Johnstone

Originally published: Monday, 29th August, 2011

The 11th in the series of articles by the Regional Art Gallery’s education officer, Catherine Farry, about the artists who painted the pictures in the city’s collection.

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Robins humiliated

Originally published: Monday, 29th August, 2011

In an embarrassing and insipid display, West have had their finals aspirations dented by a South team who appear grand final bound.

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Cup winner shares his luck

Originally published: Saturday, 27th August, 2011

Former jockey Bill Graham has made a habit of picking winners ever since he landed the Silver City Cup at his very first attempt back in 1956.

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Fairytale awaits

Originally published: Saturday, 27th August, 2011

For the first time since 2007 the Menindee Yabbies have a chance at premiership glory after winning themselves a place in this year’s grand final.

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We’re weighty out west

Originally published: Saturday, 27th August, 2011

Locals are being encouraged get up and exercise after a recent study showed that more than 70 per cent of people in the Far West were overweight or obese.

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‘Every little bit helps’

Originally published: Saturday, 27th August, 2011

 By Kurtis Eichler

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Too few of the new: Police

Originally published: Friday, 26th August, 2011

Six new probationary constables have been assigned to the whole of the Western Region and none of them will be coming to Broken Hill.

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Fly-in, fly-out ‘no way’

Originally published: Friday, 26th August, 2011

 Non-residential mine workers were not the norm locally and it should stay that way, according to a local union boss.

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Flying higher after 35 years

Originally published: Friday, 26th August, 2011

After four decades of trying, racing pigeon trainer Ken Malloch has finally landed the prestigious Young Bird Derby and now has his sights set on claiming the $10,000 first prize on offer tomorrow in one of BH’s richest sporting events.

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Characters on parade

Originally published: Friday, 26th August, 2011

Broken Hill Public School celebrated Book Week yesterday with a parade of the children’s favourite story characters.

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‘The Y’ casts eye on pool

Originally published: Thursday, 25th August, 2011

Mayor Wincen Cuy says City Council has nothing to lose by exploring the possibility of handing over the running of the city’s aquatic centre.

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No reprise for Outback Jazz

Originally published: Thursday, 25th August, 2011

The music has died for BH’s prestigious artistic showcase “Outback and All That Jazz”.

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Little voices win high praise

Originally published: Thursday, 25th August, 2011

 After five days of competition the BH Eisteddfod will now take a two-day hiatus before its 2011 season concludes at the Civic Centre on Saturday.

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Soccer the big winner

Originally published: Thursday, 25th August, 2011

 By Two Touch

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Super Clinic looks set

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th August, 2011

Broken Hill’s proposed $7m GP Super Clinic is a step closer to reality with federal MP Catherine King confirming that negotiations with the preferred applicant are underway.

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And the kids ran away with the show

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th August, 2011

Yesterday at the Eisteddfod youngsters recited poetry, nursery rhymes and stories.

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Try your luck on the Harley Club Poker Run

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th August, 2011

The Harley Riders Association’s annual Poker Run is on soon and all the money raised is going to the local Rescue and Rehabilitation of Australian Native Animals (RRANA).

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South’s triple treat

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th August, 2011

 By Scribe

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Petition reaches parliament

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd August, 2011

  The most heavily supported petition in Broken Hill’s history was tabled in federal parliament yesterday.

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Young talent on display

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd August, 2011

The Civic Centre was brimming with the sound of music yesterday as instrumentalists, bands and eight infants’ choirs and seven primary choirs competed in the annual Eisteddfod.

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Outback Jazz needs a hand

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd August, 2011

 The future of one of the city’s most important artistic events hinges on the response to a crucial planning meeting tonight.

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Footy revolution

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd August, 2011

For decades in Broken Hill men have had Aussie Rules all to themselves but now a push is on to introduce a competition for local women next year.

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Eyes on the prize

Originally published: Monday, 22nd August, 2011

The city’s aspiring singers took to the stage yesterday on the second day of the 42nd annual Broken Hill Eisteddfod.

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Too much rock to roll

Originally published: Monday, 22nd August, 2011

 Broken Hill’s new multi-million dollar shopping centre will be open for business next year, according to project developer Steve Palyga from Leasecorp.

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Harriette Sutcliffe

Originally published: Monday, 22nd August, 2011

The 10th in the series of articles by the Regional Art Gallery’s education officer, Catherine Farry, about the artists who painted the pictures in the city’s collection

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JUNIOR CHAMPS

Originally published: Monday, 22nd August, 2011

Soccer teams from Sunraysia, Whyalla, Fleurieu, Riverland and Western Border, the Adelaide Hills and Port Pirie competed in the SA Junior Soccer Association’s Country Championships on the weekend. The event saw 650 players and more than 1000 visitors descend on the city. However, the competition was too stiff for Broken Hill which didn’t win a first or second place in any age division. For a full report on the weekend’s matches, see the BDT during the week.

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Old rivals turn it on

Originally published: Sunday, 21st August, 2011

 Minor premiers North recorded a 12-point win over South at the Alma Oval on Saturday, and in the process registered their seventh win on the trot - something they haven’t achieved for 10 years. 

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Taser footage sought

Originally published: Saturday, 20th August, 2011

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said yesterday that police footage of a man being tasered in Wilcannia should be released for public viewing in the interests of “open justice”.

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US trip out of this world

Originally published: Saturday, 20th August, 2011

By John Casey

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Eisteddfod interest thrills our organisers

Originally published: Saturday, 20th August, 2011

 More than 400 entries - including a healthy number from interstate - along with a $3000 prize pool suggests the 42nd annual Broken Hill Eisteddfod will again be a roaring success when it gets underway at the Civic Centre tomorrow.

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Let the games begin

Originally published: Saturday, 20th August, 2011

 The wait is finally over.

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Here’s looking at you, Stranger

Originally published: Friday, 19th August, 2011

“It has been great working in collaboration with the ABC on the Portrait of a Stranger exhibition,” Mr Tindale said.

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‘Let turbines rip’

Originally published: Friday, 19th August, 2011

“The Silverton wind farm would provide a hell of a lot of employment but it is an enormous capital venture,” Mr Clark said.

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Historic threads online

Originally published: Friday, 19th August, 2011

He came to Broken Hill in 1905 and worked on the Central Mine and for the Silverton Tramway Company and helped his father-in-law who was a cameleer.

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Carnival time in the city

Originally published: Friday, 19th August, 2011

SHOWCASE: This weekend BH is hosting the SA Junior Country Soccer Championships which will bring to the city hundreds of players, parents and team representatives for two days of soccer action. How much action? Try 144 matches played at three venues: O’Neill Soccer Complex, Norm Fox Oval and the Jubilee Oval. Talented youngsters Baily Stubing (left) and Ethan Smith (right) will be among the 650 plus players taking part in the carnival. The pair are pictured with Football Federation of SA Development Officer Michael Matricciani, who conducted a coaching session here on Monday. A full report, including local teams and chairmen’s messages, is on pages 14-15.

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Taser case fight

Originally published: Thursday, 18th August, 2011

A Wilcannia man charged over an altercation with police is alleging that the use of a taser on him amounted to excessive force.

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Creatures of the night

Originally published: Thursday, 18th August, 2011


By John Casey

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Silverton cycleway plan

Originally published: Thursday, 18th August, 2011

 Using the old Broken Hill to Silverton train track as a cycleway would provide an added attraction, according to a Silverton businessman.

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It’s time for young birds to fly

Originally published: Thursday, 18th August, 2011

 Broken Hill’s best trainers are gearing up for the business end of the Pigeon racing season with Saturday’s prestigious young bird Derby to be followed by the $10,000 winner-take-all Silver City Classic the following weekend.

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Country life proves the right medicine

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th August, 2011


By John Casey

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Not guilty plea

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th August, 2011

A local woman has pleaded not guilty to stealing $160,000 from a motel where she worked.

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Morgan Street sing to the beat

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th August, 2011

 The primary choir winners at last year’s Eisteddfod are ready to defend their title at this month’s event.

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Illegals arrested

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th August, 2011

Eleven illegal immigrants were arrested yesterday after they were caught working at Menindee. 

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Pies’ last chance

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th August, 2011

 Magpies captain Curtis Jelbert will be hoping tonight’s Under-18 Preliminary Final will be a double celebration in what has been a lean season for the Central Football Club.

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Pilot’s lucky escape

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th August, 2011

 It began as a solo flying trip to an air show and ended with a wrecked light plane and the 56-year-old pilot in hospital - but counting his lucky stars.

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The look of books

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th August, 2011

Railwaytown Public School students and teachers got into the spirit of Book Week early yesterday by dressing up as book characters and holding a parade.

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Voices on show

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th August, 2011

Today is Badge Show and the Barrier Industrial Council is again featuring members from the Broken Hill Community Voices Choir.

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Walker: Still plenty to play for

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th August, 2011

My team-mates and I have been out of contention for this year’s finals for some time now but as we have shown in our recent matches there is still plenty to play for.

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Young and old admire famous train

Originally published: Monday, 15th August, 2011

Famous 1960s passenger train the Southern Aurora rolled into the city last week.

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High domestic assault rate

Originally published: Monday, 15th August, 2011

Broken Hill had the seventh highest rate of domestic violence related assault in the state last year.

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Sam Byrne

Originally published: Monday, 15th August, 2011

Sam Byrne was born in the Barossa Valley in 1883 and moved to Broken Hill with his family when he was two years old making him, as he declared, “as old as the town itself”.  

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Magpies belted

Originally published: Monday, 15th August, 2011

In the first match at Memorial Oval in over 12 months Central received no home coming presents from South only a comprehensive 91 point belting. 

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It’s a racecourse riot

Originally published: Saturday, 13th August, 2011

The Gary Radford Pavilion at the racecourse has become the new home of the Broken Hill Roller Derby League.

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Police slam asbestos “neglect”

Originally published: Saturday, 13th August, 2011

 Local police have still not been officially notified about the existence of asbestos in many police-owned properties, according to their union.

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Bang on a blue beanie

Originally published: Saturday, 13th August, 2011

Brain Injury Awareness Week is next week and locals are asked to get behind it and buy a blue beanie for the cause.

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Central’s destiny in their own hands

Originally published: Saturday, 13th August, 2011

With the finals just around the corner, today’s round of matches looms as an important one for all four teams.

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Cabaret Club spectacular

Originally published: Friday, 12th August, 2011

Anyone who loves cabaret and jazz can treat themselves to a live show that will be held in the city next month.

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Jobs on the line: BIC

Originally published: Friday, 12th August, 2011

Local union boss Danny O’Connor has called on MP John Williams to stand by a pledge to “fight tooth and nail” to save public service jobs in the city.

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Doors open at Dick’s

Originally published: Friday, 12th August, 2011

The city’s newest electrical store, Dick Smith, opened yesterday.

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Joe holds aces

Originally published: Friday, 12th August, 2011

BH golfing ace Joe Battle is hoping his well known hole-in-one skills can land him some lucrative cash at the inaugural Goanna Golf Outback Scramble this weekend.

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Get into the swing, says Jacqueline

Originally published: Thursday, 11th August, 2011

Talented teenager Jacqueline Walter is using the unique youth leadership development program Max Potential to help attract Broken Hill’s next generation of golfers.

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A borderline case

Originally published: Thursday, 11th August, 2011

Broken Hill sits on the edge of “the best uranium address in South Australia” but whether the NSW Government should lift its ban on uranium exploration and mining is a sensitive topic not everyone is prepared to discuss.

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Surgery welcomes two new medicos

Originally published: Thursday, 11th August, 2011

The Broken Hill Medical Centre has announced the addition of two new doctors to its staff. 

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Poker race run and won

Originally published: Thursday, 11th August, 2011

Broken Hill Mountain Bike Club held its 13th annual “Poker Race” at the Silverton Heritage Trail on the weekend.

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Southern scramble

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th August, 2011

The South Golf Club will this weekend launch its inaugural Goanna Golf Outback Scramble for players who want to challenge themselves on a dirt course.

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Deadly treadlers do it again

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th August, 2011

A cycling crew has recently finished a 13-day ride in which they covered almost 900 kilometres.

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Climate change talk tonight

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th August, 2011

Water, drought and climate change will be on the agenda tonight when a Charles Sturt University lecturer gives a talk at the TAFE College.

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Aged care report ‘on the mark’

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th August, 2011

The head of the city’s largest aged care provider has welcomed the Productivity Commission’s recommendations for an overhaul of the industry.

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‘Uranium riches beckon’

Originally published: Tuesday, 9th August, 2011

Broken Hill should be considered for special State government legislation to allow uranium exploration and mining to take place in the region.

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Cup winner eyes raid

Originally published: Tuesday, 9th August, 2011

October’s Silver City Cup meeting is now on the radar for veteran galloper Husisname following a spectacular win in Saturday’s Louth Cup.

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Life lessons on Kokoda

Originally published: Monday, 8th August, 2011

Most people can barely manage to trudge their way along the Kokoda Track, but Simeon Kloczko is a young man in a hurry.

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John William Godward

Originally published: Monday, 8th August, 2011

“Memories” is by far one of the most popular works in the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery. It is also one of the first, having been donated to the city in 1904 by George McCulloch.

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Motorbike rider hurt in collision with ‘roo

Originally published: Monday, 8th August, 2011

A motorcyclist broke his leg after colliding with a kangaroo on the Tibooburra road yesterday morning.

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Beware of Kangaroos

Originally published: Monday, 8th August, 2011

In less than four weeks South will play West in the Preliminary Final and judging by what happened at Alma Oval on Saturday they will enter that game full of confidence.

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Film decision hurts business

Originally published: Saturday, 6th August, 2011

A local catering manager says the decision by the producers of Mad Max 4: Fury Road to not film here had hurt his business.

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Council has ‘no regrets’

Originally published: Saturday, 6th August, 2011

City Council says it has no regrets about building a $2.3 million film studio in the city.

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Central salutes a champion

Originally published: Saturday, 6th August, 2011

The Central Football Club may be out of finals contention, but today they take the field for what must be considered their “must win” game of the season.

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Concert of sacred music

Originally published: Saturday, 6th August, 2011

The Philharmonic Choir will present a concert of sacred music at Wesley Uniting Church tomorrow afternoon.

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Max Max 4 won’t be filmed in city

Originally published: Friday, 5th August, 2011

Blockbuster movie sequel Mad Max 4: Fury Road will not be filmed in the Broken Hill area.

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Don’t forget to wear denim

Originally published: Friday, 5th August, 2011

Today is Jeans for Genes day and workers around the city are getting into the spirit of the day by putting on their favourite pair of jeans.

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Snakes on the move soon

Originally published: Friday, 5th August, 2011

A local snake handler claims snake season will return sooner than locals expect.

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Race against time

Originally published: Friday, 5th August, 2011

North will sweat on the fitness of key utility Jarrad Ruddock as it gears up for an assault on the 2011 flag.

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Born footballer

Originally published: Thursday, 4th August, 2011

Born in the South Australian hills town of Mount Barker, Robert George Lavington Barnes moved with his family to Broken Hill while he was still a youngster. 

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Lessee hoping to finish on top

Originally published: Thursday, 4th August, 2011

Applications for the lease of the Broken Earth cafe and shop on the Line of Lode closed last week and the current holder is hoping to win it again.

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Still waiting

Originally published: Thursday, 4th August, 2011

Frustration over the lack of progress regarding Broken Hill’s GP Super Clinic continued to build yesterday with the Rural Doctor’s Association of Australia (RDAA) calling on the Government to finalise its plans for the city.

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Parents step back in the classroom

Originally published: Thursday, 4th August, 2011

Broken Hill Public School opened its doors to parents yesterday - much to the delight of the students.

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YMCA revamp plans

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd August, 2011

YMCA NSW said it was not “offended” by City Council’s decision to reject a motion to waive the local YMCA’s $160,000 debt and would still consider revamping the local building.

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Support our Darling

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd August, 2011

A former local girl is a contestant in the Miss Pin-Up Australia competition and she needs some good old fashioned local support.

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Siege woman in hospital

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd August, 2011

A woman armed with what was thought to be a rifle surrendered to police yesterday after a stand-off that lasted all night.

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Crows seething over Davis loss

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd August, 2011

 ADELAIDE - A seething Adelaide blamed a “ridiculously inflated” AFL player market for losing emerging defender Phil Davis to Greater Western Sydney.

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“Pivotal” publication

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd August, 2011

 Broken Hill’s new flagship tourism publication hits the streets today.

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Census collectors hit the local roads

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd August, 2011

Local Pat Jones is one of 60 Census collectors who have hit the roads of Broken Hill to deliver Census forms to every home, hotel and grazier in the area.

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Library on show

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd August, 2011

After digging into Local Government Week with National Tree Day on Sunday, celebrations continued with a morning tea for residents at the library yesterday.

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After 40 years ‘Rudds’ is Top Dog

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd August, 2011

The North Football Club has bestowed its top honour on senior coach David Ruddock, naming him Top Dog for 2011.

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Dancers on the hunt for a few good men

Originally published: Monday, 1st August, 2011

Broken Hill’s own Dancing with the Stars is looking for two more men to join the chorus line.

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Locals scoop awards

Originally published: Monday, 1st August, 2011

Broken Hill’s reputation as a tourist haven was further enhanced on Saturday night when three local businesses received recognition at the Inland Tourism Awards.

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Hospitality students up for a challenge

Originally published: Monday, 1st August, 2011

Hospitality students at Broken Hill High School will cater for close to 100 people as part of the launch of Education Week next week.

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Robins hold off determined Magpies

Originally published: Monday, 1st August, 2011

They were gallant, they were brave and they were determined, but in the end Central were beaten by West who are now headed to the Preliminary Final.

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