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October, 2008

Fertility rate falls

Originally published: Friday, 31st October, 2008

The local fertility rate has fallen slightly from its peak in 2006 but remains higher than the national figure. There were 209 births in the city last year in an estimated population of 20,066. This gives Broken Hill a fertility rate of 1.96 per cent, down slightly from 1.98 in 2006 (215 births) but on par with 2003-2005, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The total fertility rate represents the average number of babies that a woman could expect to bear during her reproductive lifetime if current fertility rates continued. Brock and Melanie Roberts are one of many local couples who have recently welcomed a little bundle of joy. Elka Willow was born on April 7 and is the first child for Brock and Melanie, who were married in 2006. The couple said they have had few problems with little Elka, who was happy and smiling when the BDT came to visit. "She's very interested in what everyone's doing," Brock said.

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College plan backed

Originally published: Friday, 31st October, 2008

City Council has thrown its support behind a plan to re-establish a mining college in Broken Hill. AMMA (Australian Mines and Mining Association) has expressed its interest in establishing a satellite training centre in Broken Hill. At yesterday's monthly meeting of Council, Administrator Ken Boyle endorsed a resolution to offer its full support to the plan.

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Centenarian kicks up birthday heels

Originally published: Thursday, 30th October, 2008

Margarita Sulicich may be 100 years old but that didn't stop the spry local from having an energetic dance at her birthday celebrations yesterday.

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Major project wins Credit Union support

Originally published: Thursday, 30th October, 2008

The BH Community Credit Union has thrown its support behind the Regional Events Centre development to the tune of $50,000. The funding was announced by Chairman of the Credit Union Board Allan Carter yesterday. Mr Carter said it was the largest sum the Credit Union had donated in his time on the board. "It's at the heart of the Credit Union's total belief in the future of Broken Hill," he said.

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City's $2m boost

Originally published: Thursday, 30th October, 2008

This week's NSW Local Government Association Conference put $2 million into the local economy, according to City Council. The conference was scheduled to finish yesterday but wound up early with a Tuesday night celebration at Silverton, Council's Administrator Ken Boyle said yesterday. "All of the motions and business had been put to bed so we finished up early," Mr Boyle said.

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Albury's turn next

Originally published: Wednesday, 29th October, 2008

Albury City Council was elected yesterday as the next host of the Local Government Association of NSW Conference. In one of the many motions passed by the 700 council delegates yesterday, all local government employees in NSW look set to be granted 18 weeks' paid maternity leave and two weeks' paid paternity leave. The next local government conference will be held in 2010 and the race to host the event was in full swing ahead of the vote.

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Fresh start needed

Originally published: Wednesday, 29th October, 2008

Locals may be ready to adopt a new body of councillors, but they didn't want the old ones back, according to Broken Hill City Council's Administrator, Ken Boyle. Mr Boyle was among those attending the Local Government Conference being hosted by the city.Yesterday he attended a talk by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Commissioner Jerrold Cripps, who discussed the Code of Conduct and its applications for councillors. Mr Cripps' explanation of the ICAC was well-attended and questions were asked, showing that the assembled councillors were keen to learn of real and perceived instances of improper behaviour. Even though Broken Hill has no councillors at present, Mr Cripps gave good advice to those who may wish to take up the mantle in the future.

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Rees faces councils

Originally published: Tuesday, 28th October, 2008

The NSW Premier and Opposition Leader were yesterday among the more high profile political players to address the 2008 Local Government Association of NSW Annual Conference. In his address to the 700 delegates at the Entertainment Centre, Premier Nathan Rees focused on a range of issues faced by Councils across the State. Rate pegging, climate change, the global economic crisis, transparency of councils and the relationship between Federal, State and Local government were mentioned in his speech.

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Miner chases big money

Originally published: Tuesday, 28th October, 2008

When he lost his job as a specialist Drill Rig Fitter on the South Mine last month, Brent McIntyre knew he would have to move away from his family to find work. Ratherthat taking a similar paying job in Australia, Mr McIntyre said he decided that seeing as he had to leave town, he might as well head abroad to chase the big dollars on offer. Today he will head to Indonesia, where he will begin working as a Diesel Mechanic and Drill Rig Fitter for Byrne Cut Mining on a gold mine in Halamehera, which is owned by NewCrest.

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City's "bigots" slammed

Originally published: Tuesday, 28th October, 2008

Broken Hill has been slammed in a travel article on Wilcannia for not promoting tourism to the town.

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Crowd flocks to Cup

Originally published: Monday, 27th October, 2008

A bumper crowd packed the city's racecourse on Saturday to see Dandy Jester charge to victory in the Silver City Cup. Around 2,000 locals and visitors were treated to a day of quality racing, with picnic sites proving particularly popular. A constant breeze and overcast conditions provided respite from the heat, as racegoers enjoyed a flutter and a few drinks with friends. Not everyone was there simply for the racing however, with birthday parties and a school reunion taking place amongst the crowd. Willyama students from 1974-78 took the chance to catch up on old times, and class member Peter Crossing said the races had provided an ideal venue at which to do so. "It's 30 years since we were all in year 10, and we had a reunion for ten and twenty years, and this time we decided to have it at an event," he said. 

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Awards for service

Originally published: Monday, 27th October, 2008

The bravery, dedication, professionalism and courage of the region's police officers and a number other emergency service representatives was recognised at the Barrier Local Area Command Awards presentation in the Trades Hall on Friday. The awards were in honour of service both in Broken Hill and other police areas within NSW, and recognised the role police played in times of civil unrest and carrying out their daily duties.

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Gas works clean-up

Originally published: Saturday, 25th October, 2008

Origin Energy's plans to carry out a million dollar remediation of the city's former gasworks site has been well received. After the contaminated site is rehabilitated, City Council plans to develop a storm detention basin which will temporarily store stormwater before it is released at a controlled rate. Origin Energy's Manager of Public Relations, Yvette Reade, said that a public meeting and door knocking in the area of the site, on the corner of Mercury and Graphite streets, found residents were in favour of the clean-up. "It was very positive, both from the neighbours and the meeting," Ms Reade said. "It went very well.

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Losing nurses

Originally published: Saturday, 25th October, 2008

The Greater Western Area Health Service lost 377 nurses in the last year, according to government documents obtained by the NSW opposition.

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Playschool legend visits city

Originally published: Thursday, 23rd October, 2008

It's been 17 years since Alister Smart retired from the eternally popular children's show, "Play School", but his presence has left a lasting impression on many Australians. That was evident when he visited the Silverton Hotel, where even the publican remembered watching the presenter as a child. "I've never objected to being identified with Play School," Mr Smart told the Barrier Daily Truth yesterday. He was the very first presenter on the show which went to air in 1966, and he remained on air for 25 years. He spent a few days visiting the local district this week to catch up with lifelong friend Barry Esling, who was the Police Sergeant in South Broken Hill for many years.

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New medals, records for local swimmer

Originally published: Thursday, 23rd October, 2008

Most octogenarians are happy to live life at a slower pace, but Bill Trigg is not your typical 81-year-old. The local swimmer recently returned from the Alice Springs Masters Games, bringing home with him six gold medals, three silver, a total aggregate trophy in his age group, as well as two new records. The impressive effort was despite him competing with a broken rib, caused by a fall just three weeks before the games. "It didn't affect my swimming that much," he said, adding that it did impinge on his backstroke training before the games. About 4,000 competitors from around the world took part in the games which includes a multitude of sports, but Bill was the only local swimmer.

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Water plant underway

Originally published: Thursday, 23rd October, 2008

It's been a long time coming but construction of Broken Hill's new $29 million water treatment plant will get underway in December.When it's finally finished in late 2010, the new plant will provide residents with good quality drinking water for decades to come, according to Country Energy's managing director Craig Murray. Mr Murray told the BDT that the plant, which will replace the existing Mica Street treatment plant that was built in 1952, was about 20 years overdue.

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Comedian to visit

Originally published: Wednesday, 22nd October, 2008

Sean Choolburra, a popular and award-winning Aboriginal comedian, is coming out west to do his show for local school students this month. Mr Choolburra will also run workshops for the children in Broken Hill and Wilcannia between October 20 and 23. Local MP John Williams has welcomed Mr Choolburra's visit which is also being backed by Maari Ma Health Service. Mr Williams said Sean Choolburra had performed at a number of festivals and events over the past six years after winning the NSW Raw Comedy final in 2002. He has also just returned from the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

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New lead test proves popular

Originally published: Wednesday, 22nd October, 2008

A new lead testing method is proving popular with local families, according to the staff at the Lead Health Program. The program is taking a whole new approach to lead screening in the city, with a view to increasing participation rates for local children. The new approach includes a less invasive method of measuring lead by taking a "finger prick" blood sample instead of using needles. This is a fast and accurate way to perform on-the-spot blood-lead screening using new lead analysers.

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Company puts its case to shareholders

Originally published: Tuesday, 21st October, 2008

CBH Resources has told Perilya shareholders it is in a "strong position" and they should carefully consider its merger offer. Chairman Jim Wall said that recent concerns raised by Perilya's executive chairman, Patrick O'Connor, about CBH had been overstated. Mr O'Connor has told shareholders that a merger with CBH would expose them to additional risks, in particular CBH's Endeavor Mine and its debt position. "These concerns are overstated," Mr Wall said in a letter to Perilya's shareholders.

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City unites for relay

Originally published: Monday, 20th October, 2008

Around 600 locals took part in the city's second Relay for Life event at the Memorial Oval on the weekend, raising an impressive $30,000 for cancer research and treatment. Twenty-seven teams took part in the relay which requires at least one person from every team to be walking the track at any one time during the 18 hour relay.

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Ex-miners seek work in exotic locations

Originally published: Saturday, 18th October, 2008

Local companies who had contracts with the mine are being forced to slash staff due to a downturn in income as a result of Perilya's recent restructure. As competition for jobs in the local region heats up, many out of work miners are looking to head interstate and overseas to find employment. The Barrier Daily Truth understands a number of contracting companies, particularly those who serviced mining vehicles and equipment, have had to lay off a large percentage of their workers after Perilya last month cut 440 jobs.

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Casper the friendly puppy needs a home

Originally published: Friday, 17th October, 2008

About a month ago, a very special dog named Casper came to the RSPCA, and now he needs a home.Casper is a four-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross, named for his friendly nature and white colour. "What sets him apart from other dogs is the fact that he is completely deaf, most likely since birth," RSPCA spokesperson Sharon Murphy said.

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Taylea's a Ralph favourite

Originally published: Thursday, 16th October, 2008

Taylea Keenan has won Ralph Magazine's monthly "Who Should Ralph Shoot?" competition. Ms Keenan, 19, submitted photos of herself to the lad mag and they were published alongside those of other hopefuls in the September edition. Australian readers voted for their favourite girl - with a professional photo shoot on offer to the winner - and Taylea emerged victorious.

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Young couple feel benefit of new economic stimulus

Originally published: Wednesday, 15th October, 2008

The federal government unveiled a $10.4 billion package to protect the economy against the global financial crisis yesterday, and one young local couple couldn't be happier. Pensioners, families, and first home buyers are the big winners from the Economic Security Strategy announced by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Treasurer Wayne Swan. The government also will speed up spending on infrastructure and increase training places.

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Festival a chance for locals to shine

Originally published: Tuesday, 14th October, 2008

The organising committee behind the Red Desert Live festival have hailed the event as a success.

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Desert comes alive

Originally published: Monday, 13th October, 2008

Red Desert Live 'blew them away' on Saturday night, with musicians of every stripe taking the stage at the racecourse. The two-day festival is the latest addition to the city's social calender and an evolution of the popular All That Jazz Festival. If Saturday's showing is anything to go by, the new format is a success.

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Perilya Board considers CBH takeover bid

Originally published: Saturday, 11th October, 2008

The Perilya board has recommended that its shareholders take no action on CBH’s takeover bid until it is in a position to make a final assessment of the offer. According to Perilya executive chairman Patrick O’Connor, that won’t be until CBH lodges a bidder’s statement. 

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Silverlea treatment “unethical”

Originally published: Saturday, 11th October, 2008

The NSW Minister for Health has been asked to investigate the hospital’s abrupt and unexplained termination of its gardening contract with Silverlea.

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Silverlea treatment “unethical”

Originally published: Saturday, 11th October, 2008

The NSW Minister for Health has been asked to investigate the hospital’s abrupt and unexplained termination of its gardening contract with Silverlea.

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Pool being filled

Originally published: Saturday, 11th October, 2008

There is water in the city’s new pool. After months of construction and years of waiting, City Council turned the taps on yesterday morning to start filling up the 50-metre pool being built at the North Family Play Centre. It will take three or four days to fill up and over the next few weeks the structure will be tested, commissioned, drained and refilled to ensure it’s working properly.

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No job losses

Originally published: Saturday, 11th October, 2008

No local jobs will be lost at the Greater Western Area Health Service as it looks at ways to save money, according to the chief executive of the health service, Dr Claire Blizard.

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Pruning lessons came too late

Originally published: Saturday, 11th October, 2008

The news that Country Energy would teach its local staff how to better prune trees came too late for a number of pine trees in Wilson Street.

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North Pole post open

Originally published: Saturday, 11th October, 2008

Christmas is fast approaching and it is time for local children to send their letters to Santa Claus.

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Positive projects on horizon

Originally published: Friday, 10th October, 2008

Business Broken Hill wants the community to know that the sky isn’t falling. With Perilya’s decision to downsize weighing on people’s minds, the organisation is shining a spotlight on the wealth of positive projects slated for the Silver City. President of business Broken Hill, Robin Edgecumbe, said there were a lot of good things on the horizon that workers, the business community and the public could be involved in.

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Thieves take rodeo prizes

Originally published: Friday, 10th October, 2008

The winners at a bush race meeting last weekend did not receive all of their prizes because thieves got to them first. The owner of an Argent Street store was loading them into his vehicle to take to the Tibooburra Gymkhana when they were stolen along with some of his personal possessions, police said yesterday.

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Big issues on agenda

Originally published: Thursday, 9th October, 2008

Increasing maternity leave, eliminating cost shifting, extending alcohol- free zones and creating a taskforce targeting anti-social behaviour are some of the issues to be debated at the Local Government Association Conference here this month. Up to 800 councillors, mayors and general managers from across NSW will attend this year’s conference where newly elected Minister for Local Government, Barbara Perry, and Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell will address delegates.

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Testing times ahead

Originally published: Thursday, 9th October, 2008

Broken Hill High School’s School Captain, Anna Manly, is one of many local students gearing up for the 2008 Higher School Certificate (HSC) exams. A record 67,931 students across NSW will be taking part in this year’s HSC written examinations which will begin on October 16 and finish on November 13. Interestingly, the ratio of female to male students sitting the exams this year remains at 52 and 48 per cent respectively, unchanged since 2002.

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Holiday fun in Menindee

Originally published: Thursday, 9th October, 2008

Recently the Bowral Anglican Church members visited Menindee to run their second Holiday Club at the township’s Anglican Church.

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Big employment boost

Originally published: Wednesday, 8th October, 2008

The proposed wind farm near Silverton could give Broken Hill and the region a big boost in employment, according to figures in the recently released Environmental Assessment. The project could generate almost 4,000 jobs, according to NGHenvironmental which compiled the report on behalf of Silverton Wind Farm Developments Pty. Ltd.

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Tour of thirsty region

Originally published: Wednesday, 8th October, 2008

No matter how much you read about the Murray- Darling Basin and its plight, it doesn’t compare to having shoes full of Menindee sand. Governor-General Quentin Bryce was in the city yesterday as part of a 12-day tour of the Murray-Darling Basin. She’s seeking greater understanding of the issues affecting the thirsty region. “There are strong points of view on the subject across a range of point of view,” Ms Bryce told the BDT.

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Pensioners deserve more: Ley

Originally published: Tuesday, 7th October, 2008

Pensioners in Broken Hill struggling to make ends meet deserve to share in the Rudd Government’s budget surplus, according to Federal Memberfor Farrer Sussan Ley. 

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Renting proves popular

Originally published: Saturday, 4th October, 2008

As confidence in the local housing market wanes, renting is proving to be a popular choice. Local real estate agent Clifford Wren said that house sales have slowed in response to Perilya’s recent sacking of 440 mine employees, and there is neither a lot of selling or buying happening while people sit back and wait to see how the market fares. “I suppose the confidence in the market place has dropped a bit which is to be expected, Mr Wren said. “It is quite flat at present but contrary to what everyone’s been saying we’ve probably got the same amount of houses for sale as we did six months ago.”

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Pool could be open in weeks

Originally published: Saturday, 4th October, 2008

As the warm weather sets in, locals will no doubt be pleased to hear that the city’s new 50 metre pool could be open in the next few weeks. City Council’s General Manager, Frank Zaknich, said that the pool should be filled next week. Testing and commissioning will follow shortly after and Mr Zaknich said it should be opened late this month or early November.

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Volunteers honoured

Originally published: Saturday, 4th October, 2008

Volunteers from the local State Emergency Service have been recognised for their long service and also for their help during the Hunter Valley floods last year. 

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World record attempt

Originally published: Friday, 3rd October, 2008

Locals are being offered the chance to help break a world record for dancing at this month’s Relay for Life. The Memorial Oval will be the venue for the relay and for an official attempt to beat the record set by 1048 people who carried out the Longest Contra Dance in September last year in Hong Kong.

The dance chosen for the attempt is the famous - or infamous - “Chicken Dance”. “We only have to dance for five minutes and have more than 1048 people to break the record,” said the chairman of the Relay Committee, Brian Slater.

Schools are now rallying students for the challenge and an open invitation is being extended to the public to be part of is as well. It is important to register before the event as the details have to be sent to London for verification by the Guinness Book of Records. You can register at the South Pharmacy, Newsworld, People’s Chemist, the Barrier Daily Truth and Picton Plants. The attempt will begin around 5pm on Relay day, Saturday, October 18 and dancers need to be ready by 4.30.

More information may be obtained from Relay Coordinator Ron Hellyer on 0428101531.

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Local bands getting ready for festival

Originally published: Friday, 3rd October, 2008

Local band The Gap are excited to be taking part in next week’s Red Desert Live festival.

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Race to find work

Originally published: Thursday, 2nd October, 2008

Like many of the 440 miners made redundant last month, third year plant mechanic apprentice Rhys Lehmann is hoping to find employment in the local region. But unlike the majority of staff who received redundancy packages, Rhys said that apprentices did not receive any payouts and would have to find work as soon as possible to pay the bills. “We pretty much have to look for employment straight away,” he said yesterday. “I thought we were going to be safe being apprentices. Apparently not.”

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Art exhibition at musical

Originally published: Thursday, 2nd October, 2008

An art exhibition called “Women” will be held in conjunction with the musical “Menopause” tonight at the Entertainment Centre. It follows the success of a local art exhibition which accompanied the performance of the opera “Madame Butterfly” last week. Tomorrow’s art show features the work of local artists including Laima Politis, Deidre Edwards, Maggie Connell, Michelle Symonds, Bronwyn Woodroffe-Standley, Amanda Simmons, Karrie Langstrom, Angela Fitzpatrick, Tarryn Bow, Andrea Blundell and Amanda Johnson. The exhibition can be viewed prior the musical, during intermission and again at the end of the show.

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Blast from the past

Originally published: Wednesday, 1st October, 2008

As fuel prices hurt the hip pockets of local motorists, a more traditional form of transport made its way through the city’s streets yesterday. Two Cobb and Co. coaches gave a couple of lucky locals a ride down Argent Street, much to the delight of curious onlookers. The coaches belong to RJ and KJ Woolley’s Silver City Stagecoach

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