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.

March, 2012

Countdown to Agfair

Originally published: Saturday, 31st March, 2012

With just five weeks until the State’s biggest outback field day, the countdown to Agfair has begun.

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Lead level review

Originally published: Saturday, 31st March, 2012

Almost half of all Broken Hill children who had their blood lead level tested last year would be above anticipated new national guidelines which could come into effect this year.

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Ladies Night at North Football Club

Originally published: Saturday, 31st March, 2012

The North Football Club is holding a night especially for the ladies to launch their women’s football team and celebrate the women who support the club.

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Locals dominate

Originally published: Saturday, 31st March, 2012

The BH Harness Racing fraternity put their best foot forward for the nationally televised 2012 season ending meeting at Memorial Oval Paceway last night.

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Finding homes for stray dogs

Originally published: Friday, 30th March, 2012

By Emily Roberts

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NBN knockback

Originally published: Friday, 30th March, 2012

By Kurtis Eichler

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Blues’ midfield the challenge for Tigers

Originally published: Thursday, 29th March, 2012

MELBOURNE - Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says his club will need to beat Carlton in their area of greatest strength, the midfield, to win toight’s MCG encounter.

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Veteran motor expedition reaches city

Originally published: Thursday, 29th March, 2012

Some very old motorcars arrived in the city yesterday afternoon to relive history.

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Doctor’s high honour

Originally published: Thursday, 29th March, 2012

Broken Hill physician, Dr Steve Flecknoe-Brown, has won a high honour.

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Girls’ footy needs a kick along

Originally published: Thursday, 29th March, 2012

 By Emily Roberts

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Sky’s the limit with Aero Club

Originally published: Wednesday, 28th March, 2012

Aspiring pilots are taking to the skies in droves in a bid to further their flying careers and offset the isolation of Broken Hill.

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It’s hard being top dog

Originally published: Wednesday, 28th March, 2012

The new footy season is about to begin with the Lightning Cup this weekend heralding the start of the season proper. Before what is shaping up as an exciting year of footy, the BDT spoke to each of the four clubs about the season ahead. Today sports writer Graham Ball looks at North.

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$530m record revenue

Originally published: Wednesday, 28th March, 2012

Uranium One has reported a record revenue of $530 million for 2011.

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Students learning healthy habits

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th March, 2012

Broken Hill school children - and their parents - are being given a lesson in oral health in the hope it translates into a lifelong habit.

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No more excuses

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th March, 2012

New motto and attitude for West

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Harry’s winning debut

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th March, 2012

Saturday night’s history-making all New South Wales AFL derby between the Swans and Greater Western Sydney will forever remain a precious moment in time for the Cunningham and Bearman families from BH.

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ANZAC Day tensions

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th March, 2012

Commemorating 100 years of ANZAC Day could create divisions in multicultural Australia and be seen as “unpopular” in the eyes of young people, the Gillard Government has warned.

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Best foot forward

Originally published: Monday, 26th March, 2012

The 2012 football season is just around the corner with the first proper hit-out for the city’s four clubs, the Lightning Cup, kicking off this weekend ahead of the season proper. Ahead of what is shaping up to be an exciting season, the BDT has spoken to each club about the year ahead. In the first installment, sports writer Graham Ball takes a look at Central.

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Closing the health gap

Originally published: Monday, 26th March, 2012

Maari Ma wins two state awards

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A game changer

Originally published: Monday, 26th March, 2012

AFL Broken Hill board kicks off

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Breast care nurse is here to help

Originally published: Monday, 26th March, 2012

 Breast cancer sufferers have been assured that they still have the support of the Royal Flying Doctor’s new breast care nurse, Jo Beven.

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More upgrades for Jubilee

Originally published: Saturday, 24th March, 2012

It’s generally the last place footballers want to sit, but suddenly the prospect of getting benched doesn’t seem so bad.

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Wind farm set to go

Originally published: Saturday, 24th March, 2012

Australia’s largest privately owned renewable energy business, AGL Energy, is the new owner of the Silverton Wind Farm.

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A blessing or a curse?

Originally published: Saturday, 24th March, 2012

Since 2007 the Silverton Wind Farm has been an idea - a disturbing vision at worst, a potential revenue earner at best - for those in the tiny town better known for art, film and sunsets than mighty sky-high turbines.

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‘No lakes, no deal’

Originally published: Friday, 23rd March, 2012

Stakeholders in the Far West have identified maintaining the Menindee Lakes as their top priority for the management of the Murray-Darling Basin.

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Lizards kick off against Superdogs

Originally published: Friday, 23rd March, 2012

The Barrier Shinglebacks will travel to Lyrup in the Riverland tomorrow to kick off their Masters season against the Riverland Superdogs. 

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Back to the ‘50s fundraiser

Originally published: Friday, 23rd March, 2012

Rollerskaters and hot rod owners will roll and rev to help raise money for a baby boy who lost his mother earlier this year. 

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A week with the best

Originally published: Friday, 23rd March, 2012

Ellysia Oldsen has spent the past week at the pinnacle of Australian swimming, competing in the Australian Open Swimming Championships in Adelaide.

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Iron mine closer

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd March, 2012

 Carpentaria Exploration is one step closer to developing its multi-billion dollar iron ore project having just signed a memorandum of understanding with Flinders Ports for exports.

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Hear the hits at Theatre 44

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd March, 2012

What do singers Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Bette Midler and Kylie Minogue have in common?

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Giants Academy awaits Mitchell

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd March, 2012

Mitchell Henderson will be in elite company this weekend when he heads to Sydney for an intensive GWS Giants football camp.

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Bulldogs clean up for juniors

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st March, 2012

The Bulldogs are cleaning out their kennel with a garage sale, and they’re hoping for a little help from their supporters.

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Train sell-off likely

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st March, 2012

The State Government would not sell CountryLink to a private operator without a guarantee that the current service would be maintained, according to local MP John Williams.

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Help at hand for mum and bub

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st March, 2012

Mothers are being reminded that support is available after a recent survey revealed that most Australian mums think that raising children can be lonely, robs them of time and fills them with guilt.

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Junior refs take charge

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st March, 2012

Broken Hill’s basketballers weren’t the only ones to impress at the recent SA Junior Country Championships - referees Andrew Donnelly and Connor McLaren also attracted plenty of praise.

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Silverton’s big day just got even bigger

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th March, 2012

A bumper crowd turned up to the St Pat’s Recovery Day at the Silverton Hotel on Sunday.

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Your chance to put river plan right

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th March, 2012

Public consultations in Broken Hill and Menindee this week will give people the opportunity to refine their input into the Murray-Darling Basin Authority Draft Plan.

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Tigers go back to back

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th March, 2012

Tigers have held off Penguins to claim the 2011-2012 softball premiership in a high scoring game.

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Art is where you find it

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th March, 2012

The adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” could be taken as the theme for a new art competition opening the city.

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McClure makes it a double

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th March, 2012

Veteran speedway racer Jeremy McClure recently won his fifth South Australian Modified Sedan Title after dominating at the Riverland Raceway in Renmark.

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‘Absolutely superb’

Originally published: Monday, 19th March, 2012

It seemed that the luck of the Irish was with the St Patrick’s Race Club when they held their 47th race meet on Saturday.

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Luck of the Irish

Originally published: Monday, 19th March, 2012

St Patrick’s Day was made even more special for Irish-born jockey Tara O’Donnell who rode Lotto Blues to victory in the Races Clubs NSW and Keno Outback Cup at the St Pat’s race meeting on Saturday.

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Fashion to the fore

Originally published: Monday, 19th March, 2012

Flyaway feathers, trend-setters wearing black and white and an always popular fashions competition made this year’s St Pat’s a success, according to organisers.

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Energy merger plan ‘perverse’: unions

Originally published: Monday, 19th March, 2012

It remains to be seen whether any local jobs would be lost as a result of the State Government’s plan to merge the three electricity providers, unions said yesterday.

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Racing firms

Originally published: Saturday, 17th March, 2012

Organisers upbeat despite drenching

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Be merry, not mindless

Originally published: Saturday, 17th March, 2012

Police are asking racegoers to act responsibly at the St Pat’s meeting today.

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Broncos thrive under pressure

Originally published: Saturday, 17th March, 2012

The Broncos under 14 girls have battled through two heart-stopping finals to clinch the SA Country Basketball Championships in Adelaide.

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Cruel blow for trots

Originally published: Saturday, 17th March, 2012

While hopes remain high for the running of today’s St Pat’s races, yesterday’s downpour put paid to harness racing’s biggest night of the year.

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Service in good shape

Originally published: Friday, 16th March, 2012

The service provided by the Broken Hill Base Hospital patients is more efficient than the State average, a new report has shown.

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Soccer shootout

Originally published: Thursday, 15th March, 2012

BHHS advances in Errea Cup after hard fought win against Willyama

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We’re in with a chance

Originally published: Thursday, 15th March, 2012

Hopes city will be on next NBN rollout

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Flood funds bid

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th March, 2012

 City Council has applied for almost $220,000 in government funding to fix damage caused by the recent floods.

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Bingo: green theme a hit

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th March, 2012

Miraga Day Care Centre has celebrated an early St Patrick’s Day with activities that would make anyone “green with envy”.

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Hot shots take aim at Lower Light

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th March, 2012

West Rifle Club members will have success in their sights when they line up in the SA District Rifle Association and Country Teams Championship this weekend.

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Seniors in for treat

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th March, 2012

A wide variety of local talent has signed up to kick off Seniors’ Week next week.

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Sprintcar superstar

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th March, 2012

Sprintcar racer Brendan Guerin’s star continues to rise after he recorded a top three finish in the Murray Machining and Sheds Australian 360 Sprintcar Championship at the weekend.

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Passion to help people

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th March, 2012

Solicitor Ben Crompton has joined the team at the Far West Community Legal Centre.

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Healthy fields for St Pats

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th March, 2012

The St Pat’s Race Club has received plenty of interest from trainers ahead of Saturday’s big meeting.

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Filling the gaps

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th March, 2012

‘Incentives needed to attract dentists’

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Gageler, Garnaut new bowls champs

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th March, 2012

The city’s best male bowlers went head to head at the North Bowling Club over the weekend to decide the singles and pairs “Champ of Champs”.

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Back on top

Originally published: Monday, 12th March, 2012

West cruise to premiership

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Actor bringing acclaimed show to city

Originally published: Monday, 12th March, 2012

John Waters is inviting music lovers to an intimate evening to explore the music, mystery and memory of John Lennon.

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John Ede Cup stays in SA

Originally published: Monday, 12th March, 2012

by Darrin Manuel

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Groundbreaking move

Originally published: Monday, 12th March, 2012

Aboriginal Land Council looks at mining

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‘Hypocrisy’ charge over job losses

Originally published: Saturday, 10th March, 2012

Local MP John Williams has been accused of failing Broken Hill after it was revealed that the local office of small business is to close.

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Done and dusted

Originally published: Saturday, 10th March, 2012

The Barrier Highway was reopened yesterday after a detour road around the collapsed bridge at Pine Creek was completed in just two days.

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Grand Final one to relish

Originally published: Saturday, 10th March, 2012

The Barrier District Cricket League draws the curtain on its 2011/12 cricket season with the start of its Grand Final series of games today after a lost weekend to rain last weekend.

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Maxine rolls on

Originally published: Friday, 9th March, 2012

A “magnificent” game of lawn bowls has decided the city’s Champ of Champs in the women’s league.

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Housing work debacle

Originally published: Friday, 9th March, 2012

Dismay as government wipes its hands

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Real art in an age of plastic

Originally published: Friday, 9th March, 2012

The women’s arts group, Gaara Arts, will tonight present its third exhibition at the Broken Hill Regional Gallery.

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Volunteers brighten paceway

Originally published: Friday, 9th March, 2012

The Memorial Oval track is now sporting a fresh new look thanks to the work of Vincent and Pritchard Painters and Decorators.

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Cup for members, families

Originally published: Thursday, 8th March, 2012

The newly-elected president of the Silver City Racing Club says he is hoping to restore amenities to the club’s members at this year’s cup meeting.

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Highway fix imminent

Originally published: Thursday, 8th March, 2012

The Barrier Highway will be reopened much sooner than expected with the construction on a detour road starting today.

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Fashion fantasy Bolly-good!

Originally published: Thursday, 8th March, 2012

Guests at the Civic Centre were treated to a Bollywood extravaganza last night at the St Pat’s Fashion Parade.

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A will to succeed

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th March, 2012

The road to a professional soccer career is a long and challenging one, but St Joes junior Ethan Smith has shown he’s prepared to make big sacrifices to get to the top.

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Fix bridge? No probs

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th March, 2012

 By Kurtis Eichler

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Last chance to catch fashion extravaganza

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th March, 2012

With the St Pat’s Fashion Parade on tonight you would be well advised to snap up the few remaining tickets, according to organisers.Fashion Parade Co-ordinator, Dana Farcich, said there were just over a dozen tickets left for the ever-popular show.

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Joeys back in action

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th March, 2012

St Joes may have taken out all grades in the local soccer competition last year but they’re not about to rest on their laurels.

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Marooned in a red sea

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th March, 2012

 By Gayle Hogan

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Highway to stay shut for 10 days

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th March, 2012

The rain has cleared but the Adelaide road will remain closed until at least the end of next week.

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Gageler doubles up

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th March, 2012

Peter Gageler looks set to play a big part in the upcoming Champ of Champs tournament after taking out dual titles in the Zinc Bowling Club’s Championship.

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Shinglebacks give kids a helping hand

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th March, 2012

The city’s junior footballers have received a welcome kick along after the Shinglebacks made a major donation to every club.

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Bed sale on hold

Originally published: Monday, 5th March, 2012

 By Erica Visser

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Tri State wins gold

Originally published: Monday, 5th March, 2012

Tri State Safaris has again proven to the world that they are amongst the peak performers in Australia’s tourism industry.

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Green revived for races

Originally published: Monday, 5th March, 2012

The days of green petrol and pageants may have been and gone but the colour of the Emerald Isle is being revived for the 47th St Pat’s race meeting.

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Flying start for junior footy

Originally published: Monday, 5th March, 2012

The rain may have forced Saturday’s junior football registration day indoors, but that didn’t stop the city’s future footy stars from having a ball.

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Umpires wanted

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd March, 2012

Youngsters can turn their excess energy into easy money simply by running the boundary at weekend football matches.

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Hitmen to target Militia

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd March, 2012

The city’s top eightball competition has been ruled by the Northern Militia for the best part of a decade, but one team has declared it’s time for a shift in power.

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Finals washed out

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd March, 2012

The A-Grade cricket finals series will make a delayed start with this weekend’s games cancelled due to recent heavy rain.

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Status on display

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd March, 2012

Club Legion is throwing a party with a difference to make finding a partner easy this weekend.

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Crossing to bear

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd March, 2012

 It was not a case of “the pub with no beer” in Cockburn this week, but with the highway to Adelaide closed and all traffic blocked, the Cockburn pub is certainly the pub battling for trade.

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We should recognise our stars of sport

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd March, 2012

A gala awards night to acknowledge the role of sport and the people involved in it might soon be on the city’s events calendar again.

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Sign up, juniors

Originally published: Friday, 2nd March, 2012

The Broken Hill Junior Football Association (BHJFA) will be holding its registration day at the Sanderson Stadium tomorrow due to recent heavy rain.

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No quick fix

Originally published: Friday, 2nd March, 2012

The highway to Adelaide will be blocked to motorists for at least a week.

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New era for footy

Originally published: Friday, 2nd March, 2012

The city’s junior and senior football bodies will now work more closely than ever after the formation of a local AFL Board.

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“Committed” Rex considers third route

Originally published: Friday, 2nd March, 2012

Regional Express said it would do everything in its power to prevent flights to and from Broken Hill being cut in the face of rising costs.

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Locals have their say

Originally published: Thursday, 1st March, 2012

Broken Hill heard from State Ministers earlier in the week, but on Tuesday night it was time for locals to have their say.

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Ace twice as nice

Originally published: Thursday, 1st March, 2012

Ken Rogers has scored the second ace of his golfing career - and the feeling is twice as sweet.

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Bali break yields a lifelong friendship

Originally published: Thursday, 1st March, 2012

When Chris and Shirley Malthouse first visited Bali some years ago they never thought the trip would lead to a lifelong connection with a man thaat the couple now consider “like family”.

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