News archive

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September, 2014

Upgrade for soccer complex

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th September, 2014

The O'Neill Soccer Park is set for a facelift in the coming months, with the Broken Hill Soccer Association committing to a number of development projects.

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Progress at last

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th September, 2014

Long-awaited repairs to Federation Way are set to begin in a week after City Council spent the past month consulting with an engineer.

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Rail services secure

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th September, 2014

The city's rail services are safe with plans to increase patronage under a new brand, according to NSW TrainLink's Chief Executive Rob Mason.

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Bumper crowd expected for Gymkhana

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th September, 2014

The Hill family is setting their sights on the Tibooburra Gymkhana and Corner Country Reunion this weekend.

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Goat’s head skewered in sickening attack

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th September, 2014

Two men were laughing as they drove off leaving a goat standing with an arrow protruding from its head in Wills Street on Sunday, according to one witness.

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Hoping for sudden impact

Originally published: Monday, 29th September, 2014

Impact Minerals is poised to embark on an exciting drilling program near the old Red Hill mine site, about 15km south of Broken Hill.

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Pet dies after being bashed

Originally published: Monday, 29th September, 2014

The abduction, bashing and ultimate death of a family pet in the city at the weekend has sparked community outrage.

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Change of scenery sparks Goats midfielder

Originally published: Monday, 29th September, 2014

A switch of clubs and playing positions paved the way for Terry Delbridge to take out the Broken Hill Soccer Association's Best and Fairest Award on Friday night.

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Group’s bid for collection

Originally published: Monday, 29th September, 2014

Milton Lavers' extensive mineral collection may not be completely lost to the city, with plans underway to try and purchase back parts of the iconic collection.

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Village passes standards test

Originally published: Monday, 29th September, 2014

City Council says it has passed an audit on Shorty O'Neil Village which failed to meet aged care standards earlier this year.

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All eyes on Harry

Originally published: Saturday, 27th September, 2014


One household in particular is keeping an extra close eye on this afternoon’s AFL Grand Final. 

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Held at gun-point

Originally published: Saturday, 27th September, 2014

Three men and a woman faced court yesterday over an incident in which several people were held at gun-point in a shed in Piper Street on Thursday morning.

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Consultants not needed: Councillors

Originally published: Saturday, 27th September, 2014


Councillors have voted down a plan to spend tens of thousands for a consultant to come up with a new major event idea for Broken Hill. 

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Outbreak of gastro in the city

Originally published: Saturday, 27th September, 2014

The hospital has reported an outbreak of gastroenteritis in Broken Hill.

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Colts rack up a century

Originally published: Saturday, 27th September, 2014


You don’t often hear about a soccer team racking up a century. 

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New deputy mayor

Originally published: Friday, 26th September, 2014

The city's new deputy mayor says securing a strong financial position for Council is his key priority.

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Workshop on domestic violence

Originally published: Friday, 26th September, 2014

Community workers will be better equipped to deal with domestic violence in the indigenous community after taking part in a workshop hosted by Lifeline yesterday.

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Shinglebacks head to the Masters

Originally published: Friday, 26th September, 2014

Shinglebacks are heading to Adelaide this weekend to participate in the AFL Masters National Carnival at Westminster and Camden Ovals in the Marion area.

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Exhibition in memory of student

Originally published: Friday, 26th September, 2014

Fine art and fond memories will take centre stage tonight at an exhibition by students of artist Amanda Johnson.

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Council ignore plea

Originally published: Friday, 26th September, 2014

Councillors have ignored a couple's public gallery plea and agreed to lease part of the North Family Play Centre for Telstra's unwanted phone tower.

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Chrissy’s Geebung number one

Originally published: Thursday, 25th September, 2014

Volunteers are the lifeblood of many sporting organisations but you be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated club person than Geebungs' Chrissy Stokes.

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Helping hand for school leavers

Originally published: Thursday, 25th September, 2014

Broken Hill school leavers will have a helping hand to get into university with new scholarships from the Country Education Foundation and the Eureka Benevolent Foundation.

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Chamber elects new board

Originally published: Thursday, 25th September, 2014

For the f irst time in 16 years, the Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce has a full board of 12 members.

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Change to accident laws

Originally published: Thursday, 25th September, 2014

An age-old law that required motorists to call police if they had a crash that resulted in their vehicles having to be towed away is about to be abolished.

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Bore rejected

Originally published: Thursday, 25th September, 2014

City Council will express its opposition to a State Government plan to secure an underground emergency water supply for Broken Hill.

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Callum’s state title

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th September, 2014

He rode bruised and boggy but seemingly nothing could get in the way of youngster Callum Dodimead en route to taking out a motocross state title.

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Council asking for review on funding decision

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th September, 2014

City Council will ask an assessment panel that rejected a multi-million dollar funding application to transform Argent Street to review its decision.

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Council’s towering decision

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th September, 2014

City Council could find itself in the Land and Environment Court if Telstra fails in its latest bid to secure a site for a 10 storey phone tower.

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Jarrah’s spirit awarded

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014

After completing the Kokoda Track last year at age 16, Jarrah Seager has been announced as this year's winner of the RSL and Services Clubs Association 'Spirit of Kokoda Award'.

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Kids make most of the sun

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014

Blue skies, BMX bikes, and no school - it was the perfect day to be a kid for high school students Austyn Page and Colby Taplin.

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Couldn’t get any better

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014

Long-time Musicians' Club members will experience a blast from the past when the "Couldabeens" hold their reunion there next month.

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Number one train spotter

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014

On meeting Ron Carter you are immediately brought into his world of Railway memorabilia and the sheer love of trains that he holds dear in his heart. He has worked tirelessly in his long career in Broken Hill at the Silverton Tramway and the Sulphide Street Train Museum.

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Women’s refuge faces significant cuts

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014

The city's only women's refuge still has significant funding problems, despite the state government promising a review.

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Westie women win

Originally published: Monday, 22nd September, 2014

Some crisp striking and desperate goalkeeping saw West take out the women's grand final in convincing fashion over St. Joseph's.

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Plants with a history

Originally published: Monday, 22nd September, 2014

In 1860, the Burke and Wills Expedition established a supply camp on the banks of the Darling River at Menindee.

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Joey’s topple Celtic in shootout

Originally published: Monday, 22nd September, 2014

It took more than two hours to separate St. Joseph's and Celtic in a nail biting Community Credit Union Premier League grand final on Saturday.

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Hunter meets enemy

Originally published: Monday, 22nd September, 2014

A provocative sixpart documentary series "exploring the fault lines of social cohesion" in Australia is set to star a former local who made his name as the man who likes guns.

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Don’t fill up in Broken Hill, says RAA

Originally published: Monday, 22nd September, 2014

The Royal Automobile Association is telling travellers to avoid filling up in Broken Hill unless they want to pay high petrol prices.

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Council merger ‘won’t work’

Originally published: Monday, 22nd September, 2014

Amalgamation of Broken Hill and Central Darling councils would not work, but resource sharing was a priority, said the administrator in charge of Central Darling.

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Chronic disease top topic at health forum

Originally published: Saturday, 20th September, 2014

Health Council members came together yesterday to discuss chronic disease.

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It was worth a crack, says Ken

Originally published: Saturday, 20th September, 2014

Ken Abbot is a proud Scot and a “Yes” man.

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City to host bush schools conference

Originally published: Saturday, 20th September, 2014

For the first time, the State conference of the Isolated Children’s Parents Association will be held in Broken Hill.

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A life together ends

Originally published: Saturday, 20th September, 2014

A couple married for almost 67 years will be separated on Monday because they will have nowhere to live together if the Shorty O’Neil Village closes.

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Soccer finals feast

Originally published: Saturday, 20th September, 2014

The Community Credit Union Premier League grand final kicks off this afternoon, with minor premiers St Joseph’s taking on the in-form Celtic.

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Prepare your home stormy weather

Originally published: Friday, 19th September, 2014

With storm season looming, the NSW SES and NRMA Insurance are encouraging Broken Hill residents to get 'StormSafe' to help reduce the amount of damage.

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Netball’s going up a notch

Originally published: Friday, 19th September, 2014

The Broken Hill Netball Association is introducing a 'Fast Fives' concept to spice up the mixed competition.

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A big leap forward for high school dancers

Originally published: Friday, 19th September, 2014

Two Broken Hill High School students have returned from a dance camp run by the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association.

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CBD renewal planners want to hear your ideas

Originally published: Friday, 19th September, 2014

Local businesses are putting forward great ideas for the Argent Street renewal project - now it's everyone else's turn, says organisers.

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Country airlines ‘let down’

Originally published: Friday, 19th September, 2014

A federal government subsidy announced this week for regional airlines was "disappointing", Regional Express Airlines said yesterday.

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Killer gets 16 years

Originally published: Thursday, 18th September, 2014

A convicted murderer who stabbed another man to death in Wilcannia last year will spend at least 16-and-half-years behind bars.

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Police put face to armed robber

Originally published: Thursday, 18th September, 2014

Broken Hill detectives yesterday released another image of a man they want to interview about an armed robbery at the South Hotel in Patton Street last month.

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Softballers call out to men, juniors

Originally published: Thursday, 18th September, 2014

Association is hoping to establish a junior and men's competitions to help draw people back to the sport.

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A little tipple never hurt Bosko

Originally published: Thursday, 18th September, 2014

Bosko Jovanovic's secret to longevity is whisky, beer, red wine and Turkish coffee - but not necessarily all at once or in that order.

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Hooray for holidays!

Originally published: Thursday, 18th September, 2014

The school holidays begin next week and parents can use the opportunity to get their children out and about.

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Safety first at Silver City Show

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th September, 2014

The Silver City Show Association says they have a good team working at this year's show and safety will be a high priority.

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Rally to start in Silver City

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th September, 2014

Broken Hill will be the starting point for this year's Camp Quality outback fundraising car rally to help support children with cancer.

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Young pharmacist’s winning vision

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th September, 2014

An Outback Pharmacies intern has won a national award and hopes to bring some of her winning ideas to the Broken Hill pharmacies.

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Dino & Squirrel a classy pair

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th September, 2014

Local veterinary nurse Megan Enright has come back from the Royal Adelaide Show with top honours after two of her dogs put on a classy performance, even pipping a Malaysian dog flown in especially to compete.

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Running on empty

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th September, 2014

Water restrictions will be introduced next month if there are no good inflows into Menindee Lakes in the coming weeks, Essential Water announced last night.

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Bookmaker Doug pays in prizes

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th September, 2014

How does a race club ensure its major raffle is a fundraising success?

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Seahawk far from home

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th September, 2014

A navy Seahawk helicopter has stopped over in the city on its way to the south coast of NSW.

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Celtic on fire

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th September, 2014

A late season recruitment drive has helped boost the Celtic Football Club into their first grand final in seven years.

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Downtown revival

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th September, 2014

Argent Street business owners are being urged to attend CBD revitalisation workshops.

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Independent review for wind farms

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th September, 2014

 

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Petrol power conked out

Originally published: Monday, 15th September, 2014

Petrol-powered bicycles will be outlawed under a new plan to curb deaths on NSW's roads, the state government says.

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Geoff’s at it again

Originally published: Monday, 15th September, 2014

Broken Hill artist Geoff De Main, renowned for his works of public art around the city, has won yet another commission, this time in Menindee.

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South's sweet success

Originally published: Monday, 15th September, 2014

South claimed the 2014 premiership after recording a 43-point win over North on Saturday.

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Emma adds colour today, but she’s all black and white

Originally published: Saturday, 13th September, 2014

Footy fanatic Emma Stenhouse has used her screen printing talent to add a little extra colour to grand final day.

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Bloody end to alleged assault

Originally published: Saturday, 13th September, 2014

A man faced the Local Court yesterday charged with reckless wounding after allegedly hitting another man with a piece of wood.

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Grand Final bumper edition

Originally published: Saturday, 13th September, 2014

It all goes on the line for the South and North football clubs in today’s AFL Grand Final.

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Team effort needed for underdogs to triumph

Originally published: Saturday, 13th September, 2014

It may sound simple, but North coach Mark Pitt has emphasised the need for a concerted team effort in this afternoon’s grand final. 

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Roos to deliver

Originally published: Saturday, 13th September, 2014

After a long hard summer and slog over the winter months it has come down to one last effort and a shot at glory.

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Smurfs, Frogs in friendly final showdown

Originally published: Friday, 12th September, 2014

With team names like Bush Oysters, Red Jelly Frogs and Baby Virgin Blue Smurfs, it's not difficult to guess the Broken Hill hockey competition is a whole lot of fun.

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BDCL gets sun smart

Originally published: Friday, 12th September, 2014

The Barrier District Cricket League has amended its heat policy and made changes to the draw ahead of the 2014/15 season.

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Minister spreads positive mental health message

Originally published: Friday, 12th September, 2014

It mightn't always be an easy question to ask, but sometimes asking our family, friends, neighbours and colleagues"are you OK?" can
make a world of difference to their mental health.

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Heroic act draws top honour

Originally published: Friday, 12th September, 2014

Leanne Barber has returned home after being honoured for her bravery in a saving a man who was being mauled by a pack of dogs.

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New approach for Lifestyle Village

Originally published: Friday, 12th September, 2014

A real estate company that specialises in "affordable housing" has been appointed to breathe life into the Broken Hill Lifestyle Village project.

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Lucky escape for ‘Des’

Originally published: Thursday, 11th September, 2014

A trip to Fowlers Gap last week turned into a rescue mission for a RRANA volunteer who found a joey in his dead mother's pouch.

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Kiosk delivers big upgrade

Originally published: Thursday, 11th September, 2014

Members of the Hospital Kiosk Auxiliary saw their fundraising go to good use yesterday.

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scaled back Sharon settles in

Originally published: Thursday, 11th September, 2014

A working trip back to the bush has worked out better than imagined for a finance manager for a big council on the coast.

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SC Swim Club top of the heap

Originally published: Thursday, 11th September, 2014

The dedication and hard work of Silver City Swim Club members has been recognised.

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Council change looms

Originally published: Thursday, 11th September, 2014

A major change in the way local government operates in the Far West is a step closer with the State Government saying it supports the principle of a new model.

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Hawke taking flight

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th September, 2014

With a year of experience under his belt, youngster Aaron Hawke had a much-improved showing at the National Indoor Bowls Championship.

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AFLBH makes room for ladies

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th September, 2014

The recently created female change facility at the Jubilee Oval was officially opened by Darren Simpson, the State Football Operations Manager for AFL NSW/ACT, during his visit to Broken Hill for the Lionel Johnston

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City unscathed by wild winds

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th September, 2014

Despite winds reaching speeds up to 43 kilometres per hour, and gusts of 61 kilometres overnight on Monday, the SES only had one call-out.

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Bail refused after alleged stabbing

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th September, 2014

A man who has spent three months in custody for allegedly stabbing a man through the arm with a knife in Williams Street has again been refused bail.

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Council to consider tourism handover

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th September, 2014

A councillor has backed a suggestion that City Council hand over the running of the Visitors Information Centre to a proposed new tourism body.

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Tayla too good

Originally published: Tuesday, 9th September, 2014

A barnstorming end to the season saw South's Tayla Frizell finish with a flurry of votes to take home the 2014 Jan Corey Medal last night.

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Kelly creates history

Originally published: Tuesday, 9th September, 2014

North's Jayden Kelly claimed his fourth Lionel Johnston Medal last night and in the process created his own slice of history.

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Gas leak scare

Originally published: Tuesday, 9th September, 2014

Firefighters called to the Shell Memorial Service Station yesterday found a large amount of gas leaking from a car.

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Mad Max draws muscle cars

Originally published: Tuesday, 9th September, 2014

Some mean-looking muscle cars will hit the city next year to pay homage to the birthplace of the best action movie to hit the silver screen.

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Investors eye BH Prospecting

Originally published: Tuesday, 9th September, 2014

Instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has fuelled speculation about the price of Cobalt, making Broken Hill Prospecting a "stock to watch".

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Do it again

Originally published: Monday, 8th September, 2014

A report recommending a major shakeup of the region’s tourism industry needs further work, according to Regional Development Australia (RDA) Far West.

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Best on ground

Originally published: Monday, 8th September, 2014

They say winning a grand final is the best day of your life but Wilcannia Boomerangs’ Jamin Whyman had another more important reason to celebrate on Saturday afternoon.

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Geebungs eye Outback prize

Originally published: Saturday, 6th September, 2014

They may be low on troops but Broken Hill Geebungs won’t be using that as an excuse this afternoon.

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Get into a healthy habit

Originally published: Saturday, 6th September, 2014

Women’s Health Nurse Leanne Hastwell (left) and Clinical Nurse Specialist Eleanore Williamson encouraged women to get regular check-ups as part of Women’s Health Week this week.

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Ritual keeps the bacteria at bay

Originally published: Saturday, 6th September, 2014

The traditional Aboriginal “smoking’ rituals in which smoke from a smouldering bush is let drift over the body has been found to have not just a spiritual but a very practical application.

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Choir needs more voices

Originally published: Saturday, 6th September, 2014

Broken Hill’s Philharmonic Choir is looking for new members.

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Drought measure

Originally published: Saturday, 6th September, 2014

The bores to be sunk by Lake Menindee were only to find water for Broken Hill in an emergency and were in no way part of a plan to replace the lakes as the city’s main supply, the NSW Minister for Natural Resources and Water, Kevin Humphries, said yesterday.

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Lasting legacy

Originally published: Saturday, 6th September, 2014

Managers recall major projects

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Theatre reels in the luxuries

Originally published: Friday, 5th September, 2014

Cinema owner John Wren's enthusiasm for the Silver City remains unbridled as he continues upgrading his business "for the people of Broken Hill."

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Crime drop a first for NSW

Originally published: Friday, 5th September, 2014

The latest data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has shown that, for the first time since it began collating the statistics, crime had fallen in NSW.

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Crunch time

Originally published: Friday, 5th September, 2014

If their recent history is anything to go by, the preliminary final between South and Central will go right down to the wire.

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Help on a plate

Originally published: Friday, 5th September, 2014

The Quota Club of Broken Hill will be holding its Father's Day stall of delicious homemade pasties and cakes tomorrow.

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Rebels bikies facing charges

Originally published: Friday, 5th September, 2014

Three members of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang have been arrested by Broken Hill police and charged with intimidating a man at his home in Chapple Street.

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Player exodus to hurt club

Originally published: Thursday, 4th September, 2014

Saints' elimination from the Outback Rugby League at the weekend marks the end of an era for the club.

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Students behind virtual wheel

Originally published: Thursday, 4th September, 2014

TAFE students are getting to know what it is like to work in the mines without having to go underground.

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Rally rolls into town

Originally published: Thursday, 4th September, 2014

Competitors in the Classic Outback Trial rally rolled into town yesterday for some rest, relaxation and repairs.

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Shops praise new angle on parking

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd September, 2014

Gypsum Street shop owners and staff say they are thrilled at City Council's decision to put 45-degree angle parking in front of the businesses.

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Gentle giants big on family

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd September, 2014

Prospective dog owners have a rare chance to add a gentle giant and guardian to their family with two wolfhound-cross puppies available at the RSPCA.

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Micah’s gift

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd September, 2014

Former local Micah Kickett has returned from a trip to South Africa where he had helped raise money for a poor village.

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Supporters flock to help in fight

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd September, 2014

It may have started as a simple show of support for a mate, but Ben Victory's head shave has quickly becomec one of the biggest fundraising events of the year.

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Elite selection

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd September, 2014

Broken Hill's talented swimming export Ellysia Oldsen earned herself a place in Swimming Australia's National Talent ID Program after her excellent performances at the Australian Age Championships in Sydney this year.

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Police probe house blaze

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd September, 2014

Emergency services crews were called to 485 Thomas Street about 12.30pm yesterday as a house went up in flames.

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Magpies come close

Originally published: Monday, 1st September, 2014

In many ways Central's final game summed up their season to a tee.

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Christ-like image questions linger

Originally published: Monday, 1st September, 2014

It's not every day that you open the BDT to find out that a mysterious 'Christ-like' image has suddenly appeared on your house during the night.

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Geebungs in the big one

Originally published: Monday, 1st September, 2014

Broken Hill's Geebungs believe they've been able to turn the Outback Rugby League competition on its head.

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