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More of the same

Tuesday, 29th May, 2012

A revised Murray-Darling Basin Plan has failed to take into account 12,000 public submissions, according to Darling River Action Group (DRAG) Secretary Barney Stevens. 

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) released the new plan yesterday and despite 20 weeks of public consultation meetings, including in Broken Hill, it remained relatively unchanged.

The MDBA has stood by its original decision to return 2750 gigalitres to the river system.

It has, however, reduced the figure of ground water extraction by 1000GL following reports that the original 4340GL was “reckless”.

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Long road ahead

Tuesday, 29th May, 2012

Aimy Thorne and her mother Valerie Newall are aiming to raise awareness for Autism Spectrum Disorder with a walk from Broken Hill to Wellington. Aimy Thorne and her mother Valerie Newall are aiming to raise awareness for Autism Spectrum Disorder with a walk from Broken Hill to Wellington.

A woman and her mother will lead a group of 15 people who will soon embark on an 800 kilometres walk from Broken Hill to Wellington to raise awareness of autism.

Aimy Thorne’s seven-year-old son, Will, has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a disruption of the normal developmental processes that occurs in he first three years of life.

The Wellington woman and her mother, Valerie Newall, were in Broken Hill yesterday to promote their non-for-profit institution “Rural and Remote Autism Network” (RRAN).

The network was established to assist rural and remote families who care for a loved one with ASD.

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Breast cancer fun run a success

Monday, 28th May, 2012

Barbara Gear (left) and Maria Hobba put their pink on to support the local Breast Cancer Support Group fun run. Barbara Gear (left) and Maria Hobba put their pink on to support the local Breast Cancer Support Group fun run.

Over 120 people braved the cold early yesterday morning to take part in the Breast Cancer Support Group fun run.

The local group has around 20 members and offers social support as well as financial assistance to people with breast cancer and their families.

The event was held at Sturt Park where participants ran or walked either one, three or five kilometres.

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Learning the hard way

Monday, 28th May, 2012

School disability funding slashed

By Emily Roberts

The State Government has come under fire after it was revealed that funding was being slashed for students with special needs.

The NSW Labor Opposition revealed during this week that the Government was slashing the funding in at least 272 schools.

Under the Government’s ‘Every Student, Every School’ policy, these changes could start at the beginning of term three. 

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Junior miner looks north

Saturday, 26th May, 2012

Silver City Minerals’ Managing Director Chris Torrey at the Resources and Energy Symposium. Silver City Minerals’ Managing Director Chris Torrey at the Resources and Energy Symposium.

By Erica Visser

A small mining company has plans to look for a northern extension of the Line of Lode in pursuit of a hidden ore body.

Following recent good results from drilling at its Allendale project, Silver City Minerals Ltd is turning its attention towards the Razorback West Prospect,  10km north-west of Perilya’s Potosi mine.

The company’s managing director, Chris Torrey, spoke about the potential of the project at this week’s Resources and Energy Symposium.

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