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Pudding production no easy task

Wednesday, 10th October, 2012

Sanchia Treloar mixes the fruit on the first day of pudding production yesterday. Sanchia Treloar mixes the fruit on the first day of pudding production yesterday.

By Kurtis J Eichler

Whipping up close to 1800 RFDS Christmas Puddings is no piece of cake.

And if you thought it was, you'd be taken to task by the army of cooks entrusted with bringing kilos of ingredients together this week to make the festive delicacies.

Inside the steamy Zinc Mine Hall, the bevy of 26 ladies don their hair nets and tie up their aprons ready for the gruelling pressure test ahead of them.

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RFDS flying high

Monday, 3rd September, 2012

RFDS South Eastern Section president John Milhinch and executive director Clyde Thomson at the Broken Hill base. RFDS South Eastern Section president John Milhinch and executive director Clyde Thomson at the Broken Hill base.

By Kurtis J Eichler

The RFDS' South Eastern Section saw more patients last year and had more people use its specialist clinics, a new report says.

Patient contacts for the aero medical health service increased by 11 per cent to almost 42,000 in the year to June.

The number of GP clinics also rose 11 per cent to over 4000 and primary or emergency evacuations were up 11 per cent to 770.

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Treadling dynamo does it again

Wednesday, 22nd August, 2012

Cyclist June Files relaxes yesterday after seven weeks of cycling though the bush. Cyclist June Files relaxes yesterday after seven weeks of cycling though the bush.

By Kurtis J Eichler

Cycling superstar June Files is back - albeit slightly exhausted.

The 70-year-old last week returned from her gruelling 2400km journey through the NSW, SA and Queensland outback to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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German's bush odyssey

Tuesday, 24th July, 2012

Mr Leven cycling near Bunyeroo Valley Flinders Ranges. Mr Leven cycling near Bunyeroo Valley Flinders Ranges.

A German man who is riding his mountain bike around parts of Australia to raise money for the Flying Doctor should reach Broken Hill next month.

A regular visitor to Australia since 1993, Walter Leven quit his job and gave up his flat to travel through the outback areas of South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales.

The adventurer is making a documentary about his trip which he expects will take about four months and cover about 6000km.

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Thrillseeker numbers soar

Friday, 22nd June, 2012

A skydiver and instructor Jules McConnel high over Broken Hill last year. A skydiver and instructor Jules McConnel high over Broken Hill last year.

This weekend's Skydive Oz at the Broken Hill Aero Club has attracted the largest number of thrillseekers since it first came here 11 years ago.

The Aero Club's secretary, John MacLeod, said that by yesterday afternoon 45 people had already booked to jump out of the Skydive Oz aircraft.

"That's the best ever for Broken Hill, said Mr MacLeod. Skydive Oz has returned for the 11th anniversary of "Outback Touring" in country
NSW and each year they donate money to the Flying Doctor.

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