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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.

June, 2018

OK, strike a pose

Originally published: Thursday, 21st June, 2018

The Broken Hill Repertory Society and Marilyn Harris present their second show of 2018 this coming Sunday.

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Lifting more than weights

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th June, 2018

A group of powerlifters are doing their part to raise money to help lift depression from the lives of others.

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No more need to leave home for shoulder surgery

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th June, 2018

People no longer need to travel to Adelaide for certain types of shoulder surgery. 

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Masterpiece home in all its glory

Originally published: Monday, 18th June, 2018

One of the city’s favourite pieces of art, Arthur Hacker’s “Vae Victis - The Sack of Morocco by the Almohades” has been restored and is about to take its place back in the Regional Art Gallery.

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On the roads again

Originally published: Saturday, 16th June, 2018

The long-awaited sealing of the Silver City and Cobb highways would be completed by the NSW Government, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, said yesterday.

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Milestone for Marc

Originally published: Saturday, 16th June, 2018

South champion and captain, Marc Purcell, will run out for his 150th League game today.

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Harmless pets suffer cruel end in township

Originally published: Saturday, 16th June, 2018

A spate of baiting has left at least three animals dead in Tibooburra.

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Donations to Vinnies keeping people warm

Originally published: Saturday, 16th June, 2018

St Vincent de Paul has received a donation of a dozen flannelette sheets from the Legion of Ex-Servicemen’s and Women’s Broken Hill Sub Branch. 

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Girl abandoned in government scheme

Originally published: Friday, 15th June, 2018

A Broken Hill family says they’ve been left without essential services in the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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State’s Fire Chief likes what he sees

Originally published: Thursday, 14th June, 2018

The local Fire Brigade received an important visitor this week when the Commissioner of Fire and Rescue NSW, Paul Baxter, flew in from Sydney for a look about.

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Beanies head-up cancer help event

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th June, 2018

The team at Inspired Home Living have banded together to raise money for the Mark Hughes Foundation after an employee’s family member was diagnosed with brain cancer. 

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Magical actors wanted

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th June, 2018

Spangled Aura Productions has arrived in Broken Hill and is currently casting for two theatre productions.

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Home across the globe

Originally published: Saturday, 9th June, 2018

After years of searching and close calls, local Steve Sliwka has finally connected with his long lost Polish heritage after multiple trips to the country.

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Hoon fools killing wildlife

Originally published: Saturday, 9th June, 2018

Hoon drivers are creating more danger on the roads, especially with the addition of thirsty wildlife.

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BH team goes south

Originally published: Saturday, 9th June, 2018

While football takes a break this weekend in Broken Hill, some of the best junior footballers in town will be in action in country South Australia.

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Eliza joins Allies

Originally published: Saturday, 9th June, 2018

Eliza Cumming has continued her rise up the AFL ranks after being selected for the Eastern Allies team to compete in series two of the women’s under 18 national championships.

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Chance to make a difference

Originally published: Friday, 8th June, 2018

The Youth Frontiers Mentoring Program is coming to Broken Hill. 

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City loses top journos

Originally published: Thursday, 7th June, 2018

Two of Broken Hill’s young journalists are moving on to great things, Kara de Groot of the Barrier Daily Truth and Declan Gooch with the local ABC. 

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Council calls for tenders

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th June, 2018

Council is now inviting tenders from suitable applicants for the Broken Hill Library, Community Hub and Cultural Project.

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Phil’s mighty walk

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th June, 2018

Port Melbourne man Phil McDonald will stop in Broken Hill on Sunday to take a day of rest on his 3,200km walk across the country to raise $73,000 for The Fred Hollows Foundation.

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You sew girls

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th June, 2018

The local branch of the Country Women’s Association is leading the charge to eradicate plastic bag usage in the city.

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120 years today

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th June, 2018

One hundred and twenty years ago today the foundation stone for the Trades Hall was laid, and with it, the foundations of a lasting legacy.

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Mine deal

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th June, 2018

Broken Hill can add another mining company to the district with the $14 million purchase of the Portia gold mines by Consolidated Mining and Civil.
It was announced yesterday that Havilah Resources will sell its Benagerie mining lease, which holds the Portia and North Portia projects, to local company Consolidated Mining and Civil (CMC) for $14.7 million.
Havilah said the transaction would allow it to put more attention on the development of the Mutooroo and Kalkaroo copper-cobalt-gold projects.
CMC and Havilah had developed the Portia gold mine as equal partners.
Havilah CEO Walter Richards said the sale was a logical move because it allowed Havilah to proceed with its other projects.
“This transaction realises value from our multi-commodity portfolio and will allow us to increase our focus on Mutooroo and Kalkaroo, the two core projects in our strategy, where the opportunity to add value and generate higher returns is greater,” Mr Richards said.
“CMC have demonstrated their ability to run the (Portia) mine and stepped up at the processing plant at Portia.”
CMC’s Managing Director, Steve Radford, said the company was looking forward to becoming a copper-gold miner in its own right.
“From what I remember about exploration in the 1990s and the Benagerie precinct, plus our learnings of Portia and North Portia since January 2015, I feel that with the right operating model there is significant potential at North Portia,” Mr Radford said.
“Broken Hill now adds another miner to its community where Consolidated Mining & Civil (CMC) will stand tall alongside Perilya Mining, CBH-Rasp Mine, Crystal Mining and the Pinnacles Mine, offering support and assisting to shore up the future of Broken Hill.
“This agreement offers the opportunity for CMC to continue to transform, taking our company and the Portia project to the next level.
“Most importantly, it allows continuity of current operations by allowing us to make strategic long-term decisions and investments with certainty.”
Mr Radford said the life of Portia could be 10 years or more.

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Book club is back

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th June, 2018

Broken Hill’s bibliophiles, aka book lovers, are invited to attend Under the Silver Tree’s returning book club.

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Gums gone

Originally published: Monday, 4th June, 2018

Councillors voted to get rid of the trees at their meeting last week after staff raised concerns about damage to the Civic Centre building.

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Good deal for apprentices

Originally published: Monday, 4th June, 2018

Broken Hill Toyota and Mazda employed two new apprentice mechanics at the beginning of the year.

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Award for Sam

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd June, 2018

Disability advocate Sam Norman, who instigated the idea for a mobility lift in the Silver City Cinema, has received a posthumous award for his work in Broken Hill.

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‘Buy a brick’ campaign

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd June, 2018

In the coming months, the footpath in front of the Broken Hill RSL will be re-paved with personalised engraved bricks, honouring those who have fought for our country.

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Dreamtime at Jube

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd June, 2018

With the AFL celebrating the Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round, headlined by ‘Dreamtime at the G’ on tonight, North and Central will do so on a local front at the Jubilee Oval tomorrow. 

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Irrigators on notice

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd June, 2018

The environmental flow down the Barwon-Darling rivers has reached Bourke and irrigation properties along its path are being inspected to make sure all of the water gets to Menindee.

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Staff ready for move down town

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd June, 2018

Kincumber House has become a hive of activity with staff packing and preparing for their move to the new Community Health Centre.

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Oh no, they stopped at WILCANNIA

Originally published: Friday, 1st June, 2018

WHATEVER you do, DO NOT STOP IN WILCANNIA! Those were the words we heard all the time, on a regular basis.

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Council supports projects

Originally published: Friday, 1st June, 2018

City Council has decided to give $100,000 to the YMCA’s new development and $50,000 to the upgrade of the Jubilee Oval.
In November last year, Council knocked back a request from AFL Broken Hill for $50,000 to help it upgrade the Jubilee Oval and facilities.
President of Broken Hill AFL, Andrew Schmidt, had asked Council for financial support.
“The Oval is Crown land and the trust that administers the facility is made up of AFL Broken Hill Board members,” Mr Schmidt wrote.
“The application we will submit to the NSW Government will include the construction of a new change room complex, expansion and renovation of our current changing facilities, a new umpires room, covers and seats installed over and in the two bleachers areas, construction of a new administration centre and an additional number of lights will be installed to improve the oval lighting.
“The project’s aim is to have for the first time in Broken Hill an oval that is at a standard where the city has the ability to host regional, state and national sporting events.”
Council did offer in-kind support, but said they couldn’t support any grant funding because AFL BH didn’t go through the correct approval process.
But at Wednesday night’s Council meeting, Councillors voted to give AFL BH $50,000 for the new project.
Mayor Darriea Turley said she was pleased AFL BH had gone through the correct channels.
“What’s happened is we’ve had the formal application process, that’s the thing that Council was saying,” Mayor Turley said.
“We had the motion from a councillor on the floor, but we need to go through the formal process. It’s quite significant money, it’s ratepayers’ money.
“We needed to make sure the paperwork was in place that the governance was in place.”
She said the money was allocated in the upcoming budget.
“We did have some money put away for some big projects so these are successful.
“These are two elements that will grow our economy as well.”
Mr Schmidt said yesterday that AFL BH was delighted to get Council’s support.
“They offered their in-kind support last year, but now they have put their financial support behind the project; we’re rapt.
“The Jubilee Oval is not a Council-owned oval, it is owned by Crown Lands and run by AFL BH.
“We are over the moon with this announcement.”
Mr Schmidt said, with the help of the Foundation Broken Hill, they have put in an application to the State Government for $2.7m for the Jubilee Oval upgrades.
“It’s taken six months’ worth of work to put the submission together and if it gets accepted past that stage we will have to put a more detailed application together.
“This project has been in the works since 2006. We’ve been to the government a few times but haven’t been successful.
“We took John Barilaro and Kevin Humphries to the oval when they visited last year and they encouraged us to try again.
“We’ve met with Council numerous times and they have helped us with the submission.
“We’ve received a lot of support. I hope it goes to the next stage.”
Mr Schmidt said the aim is to create a multifunction sports ground that can host AFL pre-season games and sporting tournaments.
“We could host regional cricket carnivals, the Adelaide Football Club have written us a letter to say if the facility is up to scratch they would host a pre-season match at the Jubilee - there is a lot of potential.
“We would like to thank Council for their financial support.”
Mr Schmidt said if the lighting towers are removed and replaced with new lights, AFL BH will offer them to Council to be used at another oval.
AFL NSW has also pledged $100,000 to the project.
Broken Hill YMCA Area Manager Shane Simmons said they were also grateful for the donation.
“YMCA NSW applied for $100,000 through Council’s Community Assistance Grants program to support the construction of the new Integrated Wellness Centre,” he said.
“YMCA NSW is thankful for the contribution offered by City Council.
“YMCA NSW will work with Council through the allocation of the funds to ensure they have long term, tangible benefits for the Broken Hill community.”

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Horses for causes

Originally published: Friday, 1st June, 2018

After a 17,000km journey on horseback around Australia, wild horse trainer Joe Hughes has arrived in Broken Hill to hold a clinic and donate $5000 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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