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.

September, 2015

No agreement on redundancy cap

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th September, 2015

The Barrier Industrial Council has given Essential Water 24 hours to accept the unions’ “extremely fair” offer for a new agreement or face industrial action.

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Heartless thefts

Originally published: Friday, 25th September, 2015

The loss of loved ones is always a difficult burden to bear, but Judy Barlow is having more trouble than most, thanks to heartless thieves.

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Top cop returns home

Originally published: Friday, 25th September, 2015

When superintendent Paul Smith saw a chance to gain a promotion and return home to Broken Hill, he knew the opportunity was too good to pass up.

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Charity fills gap

Originally published: Thursday, 24th September, 2015

Maari Ma’s struggle to provide dental care to the Aboriginal community has not gone unnoticed, with Filling The Gap CEO Michele Sharp paying a visit this week.

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Fine art display

Originally published: Thursday, 24th September, 2015

Artist Annie Learoyd is taking her exquisite works to Menindee for display in the Darling River Gallery at the Menindee Tourist Association. 

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Contract lost

Originally published: Thursday, 24th September, 2015

Broken Hill airport is set to undergo changes after the ground handling contract was awarded to a new company.

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No deal, Rupert

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd September, 2015

In the 1960s a young newspaperman with big ideas offered to pay the Barrier Daily Truth to close down.

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Toni ready to hit the trail

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd September, 2015

Warmer weather will greet one Broken Hill young leader when she leaves Sydney to embark on the Kokoda Trail.

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Potters’ show

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd September, 2015

The Broken Hill Potters’ Society is holding its annual exhibition and there is a broad range of items on display.

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World cup swim

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd September, 2015

Local teenage swim star, Ellysia Oldsen, has been selected to represent Australia at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Singapore.

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Desperate need for drug and alcohol centre

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd September, 2015

The Far West Law Society says the city is in desperate need of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.

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Clubs united

Originally published: Monday, 21st September, 2015

Over the weekend, all four soccer clubs along with BHSA President Tom Kennedy and mediators from Community Justice Centres met and found a resolution to fix Broken Hill soccer.

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Last drinks for Little Topar

Originally published: Monday, 21st September, 2015

It’s been 25 years since Colin and Barbara Harvey took on the Little Topar Roadhouse but now the couple is preparing to call last drinks.

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CEO in Cambodia run

Originally published: Monday, 21st September, 2015

Phil Lawler, the CEO of CentaCare Wilcannia-Forbes, has accepted the challenge to lose weight and get fit to cycle over 350kms across parts of Cambodia in February 2016.

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Pokie play up

Originally published: Monday, 21st September, 2015

Broken Hill punters are tipping more money into the pokies despite a drop in population and the number of gaming machines in the city.

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Crisis meeting: Wilcannia teachers call for help on violence issue

Originally published: Saturday, 19th September, 2015

Teachers at Wilcannia have called on the state government to help with the issue of student violence.

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Voluntary redundancies not an option

Originally published: Saturday, 19th September, 2015

The Barrier Industrial Council has refuted claims that it was prepared to let Essential Energy negotiate with individual workers about voluntary redundancy entitlements.

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Juniors take next step

Originally published: Saturday, 19th September, 2015

A handful of junior footballers will take another step toward an AFL career next week when they line up in the Joss State Zone Trials in Albury.

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Dubai bounces back

Originally published: Saturday, 19th September, 2015

There are nine races pencilled in for the greyhounds today with the usual excitement expected.

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Soccer clubs to parley

Originally published: Thursday, 17th September, 2015

Mediation between all four soccer clubs will begin on Saturday in the hope of finding a resolution to their separation.  

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Water fears: ‘Portfolio change worrying’

Originally published: Thursday, 17th September, 2015

A local water group has likened giving Barnaby Joyce the responsibility for the nation’s water to “putting a fox in charge of the hen house.”

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Sun set to shine

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th September, 2015

The prolonged winter weather may finally be at an end with the onset of a string of sunny days. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the temperature should remain in the low 20s over the next week. One local who stepped outside to enjoy the fine conditions was Jett Xavier Jackson Gabelloni. The three-year-old is shown with the pretty flowers growing outside his grandmother’s house yesterday afternoon.

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Health Council aim to improve services

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th September, 2015

Health Council members will exchange ideas on how to improve services in the Far West when they meet in the city this week at the Far West Local Health District Annual Health Council Forum.

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Hot cars make hot dogs

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th September, 2015

The welcome return of the warm weather has sparked a reminder to pet owners not to forget their four-legged friends.

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Water cap condemned

Originally published: Tuesday, 15th September, 2015

A local water advocate has criticised a 1500-gigalitre cap on water buybacks, saying it’s well short of what’s needed to return the Darling River to good health.

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Festival a huge success

Originally published: Tuesday, 15th September, 2015

Organisers of the Broken Heel festival had the unenviable task of cleaning up yesterday as they cast their eyes to the future.

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Bushies’ golden goal

Originally published: Monday, 14th September, 2015

New champs have been crowned in Broken Hill Hockey with the Bushrangers narrowly defeating the Baby Blue Virgin Smurfs in an exciting, extra-time grand final on Saturday.

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Hub taking shape

Originally published: Monday, 14th September, 2015

The transformation of a Creedon Street house into a gathering spot for residents is nearing completion.

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A celebration like no other

Originally published: Monday, 14th September, 2015

The Broken Heel festival has delivered on everything it promised - glitz, glamour, and a party to remember.

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Top young farmer from good stock

Originally published: Saturday, 12th September, 2015

Anika Molesworth, the daughter of the man who led the campaign that had Broken Hill become the nation’s first heritage-listed city, has been crowned the 2015 Young Farmer of the Year.

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Rainbow colours show the progress

Originally published: Saturday, 12th September, 2015

The evolution of police acceptance and support for the gay community is on show at the Geocentre as two milestones are being celebrated.

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Broken Heel high note for Bill

Originally published: Saturday, 12th September, 2015

The weekend’s Broken Heel celebrations will double as a happy homecoming for ex-local Bill Finney.

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Pop in for a swinging do

Originally published: Saturday, 12th September, 2015

The Sir Madam Salon is in full swing and the locals are flocking in.

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Willyama hits the highway

Originally published: Friday, 11th September, 2015

A bunch of athletic students from Willyama High School will head to Adelaide next week to take part in the Sunday Mail City to Bay Fun Run.

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Art made from the Darling River

Originally published: Friday, 11th September, 2015

The latest exhibitions at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery deliver a taste of glitz, glamour and relaxation.

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Hit the park to save the river

Originally published: Friday, 11th September, 2015

Residents are being invited to come together tomorrow morning in a show of unified support for the Darling River and Menindee Lakes.

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Pop in for a cuppa with the Mission team

Originally published: Thursday, 10th September, 2015

Child protection is everyone’s business and as part of National Child Protection Week, Mission Australia will hold a morning tea tomorrow.

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Shane’s talent shows

Originally published: Thursday, 10th September, 2015

Local artist Shane Bates has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 NSW Parliament’s Aboriginal Art Prize.

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A couple of bloomin’ champions

Originally published: Thursday, 10th September, 2015

 Spring has well and truly sprung for local couple Diane and Peter Clark.

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Sub-standard supply damaging skin: doctor

Originally published: Thursday, 10th September, 2015

Residents are complaining of numerous skin irritations and a local doctor has blamed the deteriorating quality of the city’s water supply.

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The Honeymoon’s on again

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th September, 2015

The mothballed Honeymoon uranium mine has again changed hands with junior miner Boss Resources snapping up the site.

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Police send show to ‘Broken Heel’

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th September, 2015

A special exhibition has arrived in the city for the Broken Heel Festival.

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Step into the light

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th September, 2015

Lifeline Broken Hill is asking locals to rise in the darkness and walk against depression and suicide.

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Essential Energy cuts 18 jobs

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th September, 2015

Eighteen local jobs will be axed under the first stage of Essential Energy cuts announced yesterday.

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Footy’s colourful finale

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th September, 2015

Mad Monday was in full swing across the city yesterday as both grand final teams relaxed with a few drinks after a long footy season.

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The Flying Doctor’s simulator, seen here at Sydney’s Easter Show, will be in the Town Square on Saturday for the Broken Heel Festival.

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th September, 2015

The Flying Doctor will be joining this week’s Priscilla party and money raised from the ‘Drag Parade’ will go back to them.

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Jack finds history in ‘secret place’

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th September, 2015

Young fossicker Jack Butcher has unearthed a small but unique piece of Broken Hill’s history.

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Class wins the day

Originally published: Monday, 7th September, 2015

The South Football Club claimed the 2015 Premiership with a comfortable 47-point win over North on Saturday and went back-to-back for the first time since the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

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Chicks in early education

Originally published: Monday, 7th September, 2015

Rainbow Preschool has welcomed some chirpy new additions.

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Shirl raises a teetotal toast

Originally published: Monday, 7th September, 2015

Tough girl “Shirl” is still going strong, 21 years after she got smashed trying to drink a drag queen under the table in the movie “Priscilla”.

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New meth laws not so simple

Originally published: Saturday, 5th September, 2015

The makers and dealers of large quantities of methamphetamine in NSW could be jailed for life under a new law that came into effect this week.

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Poverty seminar well-attended

Originally published: Saturday, 5th September, 2015

More than 70 people attended a “Bridges Out of Poverty” workshop over two days this week.

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Super Crew members make the finals

Originally published: Saturday, 5th September, 2015

Three young employees of McDonald’s Broken Hill have made the finals of the 2015 McDonalds Super Crew Competition.

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Glory awaits Roos

Originally published: Saturday, 5th September, 2015

2015 GRAND FINAL

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MP’s plan to keep train service on track

Originally published: Saturday, 5th September, 2015

Member for Farrer Sussan Ley is looking to take a national approach to save economy class train travel from being axed.

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Central chases four straight

Originally published: Saturday, 5th September, 2015

Today’s Women’s Football grand final is shaping up to be a close contest as Central shoots for their fourth premiership in a row.

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Alma too good

Originally published: Friday, 4th September, 2015

Alma took home the first ever Silver City Football Association Men’s A-Grade trophy on Wednesday night by defeating St Joes 5-1.

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Roos’ ommision shock

Originally published: Friday, 4th September, 2015

South 400-gamer Phil Neal will be absent from the A-grade side for tomorrow’s grand final after being omitted from the squad.

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GM’s early exit

Originally published: Friday, 4th September, 2015


The General Manager of City Council, Therese Manns, has resigned and will leave the job at the end of the month.

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