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Floodplain favour

Wednesday, 28th December, 2011

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has received a Christmas bonus from landholders in NSW.

Australian Floodplain Graziers have banded together to pledge more than one million acres of voluntary floodplain easements to the Authority to deliver environmental flows.

Led by Tilpa grazier, and president of the Australian Flooplain Association, Mark Etheridge, floodplain easements give governments the legal right to flood the graziers’ land for environmental flows.

“We want our properties to flood more naturally. Natural flooding restores life into our land and rivers. The last drought was much worse because too much water had been taken from our rivers for too long,” said Mr Etheridge.

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Council’s new recruit a real asset

Wednesday, 28th December, 2011

INNOVATOR: Council’s new business and service specialist Kate O’Neill says she is looking forward to spending the next five years in the city. INNOVATOR: Council’s new business and service specialist Kate O’Neill says she is looking forward to spending the next five years in the city.

City Council has created a new job after a recent organisation review revealed a greater focus was needed on corporate services and management. 

The revised position of Group Manager of Business Improvement and Corporate Services Specialist has been filled by Kate O’Neill.

Ms O’Neill, who has worked in senior roles in Adelaide and Mount Barker councils, said that she was interested in the job but it was a visit to Broken Hill that sold it to her.

“I came here to see what it was like and I felt at ease. I loved the town and the people have been very welcoming,” Ms O’Neill said.

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A stroll down memory lane

Thursday, 22nd December, 2011

A CLOSER LOOK: Members of the NSW Nationals Parliamentary team touring the city’s Film Studio in June this year with Council’s general manager Frank Zaknich and Mayor Wincen Cuy. A CLOSER LOOK: Members of the NSW Nationals Parliamentary team touring the city’s Film Studio in June this year with Council’s general manager Frank Zaknich and Mayor Wincen Cuy.

Today the BDT begins a special series looking back at the events and stories that made headlines in Broken Hill throughout 2011.

Over the next few weeks we will re-live the triumphs and tears that shaped our city, from the year’s soggy start when flooding rain fell in the region, to news that not one but two mining developments, including CBH Resources’ Rasp Mine, had been given the go-ahead, promising jobs and a major boost to the economy.

Then there was production company Kennedy Miller Mitchell, which provided the year’s largest let down when it announced the post apocalyptic movie Mad Max 4 would not be made near Silverton after all because ... it’s too green.

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Community gives Council thumbs up

Thursday, 22nd December, 2011

A recent community survey has shown that people are generally satisfied with  its City Council.

Comparing the results of the 2011 research to 2009, respondents were moderately satisfied with Council’s overall performance in the last 12 months.  

While there was a slight decline in satisfaction compared to 2009, the rating this year was similar to 2008 and higher than in 2006 and 2005. 

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