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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.

January, 2009

Ellysia qualifies for Olympic trials

Originally published: Friday, 30th January, 2009

At just 13 years of age, Silver City Swim Club star, Ellysia Oldsen, has qualified to swim at the Telstra Olympic Team Swimming Trials.

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Summer time reading fun

Originally published: Thursday, 29th January, 2009

Reading remains a popular pastime amongst the city's children, and around 40 kids gathered to discuss their favourite books at the City Library yesterday.

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Important lesson for artists

Originally published: Wednesday, 28th January, 2009

By Stefan Delatovic

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City salutes you: Citizen of the year

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th January, 2009

By Darrin Manuel A very shocked Dick Kelly has received the top honour at City Council's Australia Day Awards ceremony after he was named Broken Hill's Citizen of the Year. A good crowd was in attendance to pay tribute to both the awardees and the nation, with many getting an early start and arriving for a breakfast barbecue held by the Lions Club. The ceremony commenced at 8am with Pastor Wayne Lee reciting a prayer, followed by addresses from Council's Administrator Ken Boyle and Member for Murray Darling John Williams. The Australian flag was then raised by the Scouts and Girl Guides, as the BIU Band and Sing Australia performed the national anthem. Retiring Scout Master Kevin Francis fought back tears after the flag was raised, this ceremony his last with the Scouts after 39 years of work with city's young men. Master of ceremonies Andrew Schmidt commended Mr Francis in a brief but emotional farewell address, before directing the crowd into the Entertainment Centre for presentations. Former New Zealand resident Margaret McAndrew was naturalised in the citizenship ceremony, before the crowd and dignitaries completed the affirmation ceremony. Award winners were then called to the stage with Australia Day Ambassador Bunny Gibson and Citizen of the Year for 2008 Fay Newell joining Ken Boyle for presentations to the awardees. Broken Hill High School student Farrah Preston received a Certificate of Appreciation, while Cheryl Krutli, John Rouse and John Coff each received Citizenship Awards. Tireless fundraiser Hayden Zammit was named Young Citizen of the Year, before Dick Kelly took the stage to receive the day's top award. Mr Kelly, 83, served in the Air Force in World War Two, and worked as a mechanical engineer on the Zinc Mine until 1949 when he left to pursue a career in journalism. He worked at the Barrier Daily Truth and ABC, before returning to the mine in 1959 as Editor of The Conveyer. Mr Kelly went on to make a significant contribution to adult education in the city through the Broken Hill and District Adult and Community Education Committee and the Robinson College Management Committee. He has also given great service to the District and Regional National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Committees, the Broken Hill Probus Club for whom he produces the bulletin, Lifeline, and the Broken Hill Repertory Society. Despite his extensive contributions to the community Mr Kelly was stunned upon being selected as Citizen of the Year. "It's mind blowing, and it seems unreal," he said. "It's very humbling to be named, I had no idea I'd ever be involved in any ceremony like this, it comes as a big surprise." While pleased with his own award, Mr Kelly said that services such as the Australia Day were important to recognise not only the awardees, but the work of all volunteers in the community. "At any public activity there'll always be helpers and volunteers, and it's good to raise the awareness of this work," he said. "There's all sorts of people every day doing interesting and useful voluntary work in the community in all walks of life. The work people put in and the spirit of doing things together - that spirit helps the social fabric of the place. "This has made me more appreciative of all the voluntary work that goes on, and it also makes you aware of all the people out there that do so much work and don't get a mention. "We're really representing them - we just got the lucky draw." Mr Kelly said he wished to thank his wife and family for all their support throughout the years.

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Pool's new name unveiled

Originally published: Monday, 26th January, 2009

Broken Hill's upgraded pool facilities will be known as the Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre after it was officially named and launched yesterday afternoon.

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Danielle headed to Netherlands.

Originally published: Saturday, 24th January, 2009

Local teenager Danielle Roberts has had her academic and extra-curricular efforts rewarded with a scholarship that will have her spend a year studying in the Netherlands.

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Homes flooded: Mercury Street residents not happy with resurfacing

Originally published: Friday, 23rd January, 2009

A number of homes in the recently resurfaced Mercury Street were flooded during Wednesday night's thunderstorm.

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Dessert in the desert

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd January, 2009

A quandong and raspberry tart with Italian meringue won Jessica Ford the title of best Local Apprentice in a recent "dessert in the desert" competition.

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Eleven will be deported

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st January, 2009

Eleven people detained after Police and Department of Immigration and Citizenship officials raided properties at Menindee on Monday will be deported from Australia by the end of the week.

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Staff face absuse

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th January, 2009

Let an investigation show the facts before you abuse our staff - that is the message from the Greater Western Area Health Service. The message comes after abusive phone calls were made to staff following the reporting of a woman giving birth to a baby in a hospital toilet. Chairman of the GWAHS Health Advisory Council Dr Steve Flecknoe-Brown said he was angered by complaints from staff about copping abuse and threats from members of the public. "A number of members of the emergency department have received abusive phone calls and threats to their personal safety," Dr Flecknoe-Brown said. "The writing of the article obviously twigged the emotions of readers who expressed that on members of our staff. "Staff are feeling intimidated - it's bad enough what they've been through without facing threats." Dr Flecknoe-Brown said an investigation into the matter, which involved the mother of 24 week old twins giving birth to one of them in a toilet, would produce all the facts. While he denied he was questioning the accuracy of the family's recount of the events that night, he did suggest recollections of events could be tainted by emotion. "There are mechanisms in place to investigate by objective methods," he said. "A team of people will be working on the investigation and their aim is to get at the facts. "Records will check and prove the facts and the inquiry will find that out. "It will also find what if anything needs to be addressed so if there are problems they are fixed." GWAHS said the investigation would be thorough and open, and suggestions by people that the matter would be covered up were totally unfounded. It also urged members of the public to use the proper course of action to register their concerns or complaints. "For people to suggest that the health system would try and find a scapegoat is extremely out of the way of how we approach things," Dr Flecknoe-Brown said. "While this is a very emotional issue can I ask that the public please let the system be used before they take the law into their own hands. "I don't want to stifle discussion; discussion is good. "But don't abuse our staff. "Feel free to write to senior members of the staff, the health service manger, the director of nursing or myself as the chairman of the Health Advisory Council. "There is also the Health Care Complaints Commission which is funded by the NSW Government to investigate these types of matters and it is a very powerful organisation and not driven by emotion. "This is very upsetting for staff and patients and we want the best result for everyone. "It's very important that staff remain cool calm and collected and they do not have to deal with threats." GWAHS said three instances of phone calls had been made to the emergency department threatening staff, but as many had been calling the maternity ward saying how wonderful they were. It said the investigation would be done as "thoroughly and quickly as possible" but whether the findings were made public or not was up to the family.

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Gold lure for miners

Originally published: Monday, 19th January, 2009

Local miners are being lured to gold mining regions all across Australia, according to local removalist Kerry Turley.

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Jobs drying up

Originally published: Friday, 16th January, 2009

By Stefan Delatovic

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Rees fails miners

Originally published: Thursday, 15th January, 2009

Member for Murray-Darling John Williams wants to ask the State Government a question: Where's Broken Hill's Rapid Response Squad?

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Press let us down

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th January, 2009

The first major failure of the BDT's printing press in three decades led to most residents not receiving yesterday's paper.

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Problems persist

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th January, 2009

It has not been all smooth sailing for the city's new 50 metre pool.

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Reason to smile: Good rains help graziers get by

Originally published: Monday, 12th January, 2009

After 10 to 15 years of "virtually continuous drought," many graziers in the local region are enjoying the luxury of full dams and abundant food for their stock.

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City shapes up

Originally published: Friday, 9th January, 2009

Local gyms are enjoying a surge in membership, with new year's resolutions, warmer weather and people having more time over the holiday season being credited for the trend.

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Perilya flawed: CBH

Originally published: Thursday, 8th January, 2009

Perilya has been accused of misleading shareholders after revelations this week that it needs to raise millions of dollars by March this year to remain afloat.

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Hot time in the city

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th January, 2009

The mercury climbed above 40 degrees Celsius for the first time this summer yesterday, and more of the same is expected in coming weeks.

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Tougher water theft penalties

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th January, 2009

New South Wales water users who steal water or damage a water source now face tougher penalties if caught. Changes to the State's water compliance powers were approved by the NSW Parliament in October as part of a raft of amendments to the Water Management Act and came into force on January 1. New offences and penalties now apply, along with additional powers for monitoring and enforcing compliance with NSW water laws. Member for Murray-Darling John Williams said yesterday that the new rules applied to NSW water licence holders, bore water users and landholders who lived along a waterway, but people who lived within a town boundary and relied solely on town water would not generally be affected. "In NSW, the Department of Water and Energy (DWE) is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance . . .," he said. "Most of the rules haven't changed and existing information on the DWE website relating to water access, licensing and trade still applies. "However, changes have been made in relation to water compliance offences, penalties and investigatory and enforcement powers. "To better prevent and police water theft and other illegal activities that might damage a water source or impact water supplies, DWE now has tougher penalties, new

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Houses razed

Originally published: Monday, 5th January, 2009

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly setting a house on fire in the early hours of yesterday morning.

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Outback beckons trainee doctor

Originally published: Friday, 2nd January, 2009

Former local Josh Crase isn't your typical medical student. While most of his peers will end up working as GPs or specialists in large city hospitals or practices, Mr Crase is determined to take a different path. One that will see him working in an area that lags behind the rest of country when it comes to health outcomes: rural and remote Australia. "I couldn't be a GP in the city," said Mr Crase, who is entering his fourth and final year as a medical student at the University of Melbourne. The 28-year-old was awarded a Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship, which is given to students who are prepared to commit to at least six years of rural practice. That won't be a problem for Mr Crase, who "really likes" the idea of being part of a small team at a rural clinic, much like the one at Menindee where he has just finished a two-week placement. Mr Crase had only praise for the town's health staff and the work they performed with limited resources. "The nurses are extremely capable," he said. This was his fourth placement with the Greater Western Area Health Service (GWAHS). He has twice spent time in Wilcannia and also worked at Broken Hill. Because they do not form part of his university studies, Mr Crase has been funding his own placements. But this time around he received some financial assistance from the BH Contribution Fund. He singled out former Remote Cluster general manager Justin Ragenovich, current manager, Rod Wyber-Hughes, Professor David Lyle and Kevin Sinclair, secretary of the BH Contribution Fund, for their help. Mr Crase's rural experience hasn't been limited to far west NSW. He also does placements at the small town of Mareeba in northern Queensland through another scholarship. The former BH High School student, who describes himself as an advocate for rural health, is also a member of Melbourne University's Rural Health Club, which promotes the virtues of rural medicine and country living to students. Mr Crase, who is based at one of the university's rural clinical schools, said most of his fellow students would not have experienced life outside the city. "A lot of students at Melbourne (University) are from Melbourne with private school backgrounds," said the student, who lists Indigenous health as one of his major areas of interest, along with diabetes and obesity. Whenever students did venture out of the city and into the bush, they were pleasantly surprised. "Once they experience the place it's actually not that different," he said. "The lifestyle's a lot better. They are not as rushed and you probably have more time to spend with family and patients." Mr Crase said his own time spent in small clinics had opened his eyes to the challenges facing isolated communities, which mainly revolve around distance and access to services. But he said there were also advantages. "People support one another a lot more," said Mr Crase, who wants to train with the RFDS when he completes his studies and internship. "So when people are discharged from hospital they are followed-up well. "That sort of service doesn't exist in the city. So from that point of view small places have a big advantage." Medicine wasn't Mr Crase's first career choice. It would have been an option for the brilliant student who in 1997 scored a Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) of 99.65, the highest ever recorded by a local student. But he chose computer engineering. He studied at Adelaide University, where he received the university medal for topping the course and the Arvi Parbo Medal from Engineers Australia. A few years ago, despite carving out a successful career, Mr Crase decided he wanted to change paths, citing "parental health and my own health" as the reason behind his decision. Just getting into medicine was a lengthy process, according to Mr Crase, who has no regrets. "Once I was in I didn't look back."

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