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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.

March, 2009

St Pat's punters peeved

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st March, 2009

Some patrons have voiced criticism of the St Patrick's race meeting, despite organisers' claims of a resounding success. Club officials classed the restriction on full strength beer and spirits a success, claiming not one complaint was received by committee members. However, on the ground punters were not so sure, complaining that entry cost, parking and the price of beer was too high. The Club charged up to $25 for pre-paid membership to the races, with racegoers entering on the day paying $18. Those who drove their vehicle paid $5 to park, while drinkers paid $5 for a low strength beer.

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Lamb target for vandals: Tucker

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st March, 2009

City Council will consider increasing security patrols at the Lamb Oval which residents claim is being regularly vandalised by underage drinkers. Pop-up water sprays worth hundreds of dollars were pulled from the ground and a metal sign advertising the oval's alcohol-free status destroyed overnight on Friday. Lamb Oval management committee member Alan Tucker yesterday said that vandalism attacks occurred regularly at the oval and that drunken juveniles were partly to blame.

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Locals take aim at New Zealand

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st March, 2009

They're not expecting a title win but two local baseballers selected to play in the Australian Provincial Championships next month do have one goal. "It would be really good to beat New Zealand," declared Garred Birrell, who along with Jarred Paull has been included in the 17-man South Australian side. SA is one of six teams - including New Zealand - competing in the provincial championships which will be held at Baseball Park in Perth over eight days from April 11.

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Outback champ

Originally published: Monday, 30th March, 2009

A crowd of thousands witnessed what was arguably the biggest win in local racing history on Saturday, as Nozi held off a surging field to claim his third successive Outback Cup. The seven year-old gelding brought the crowd to its feet with the history-making run, surpassing previous back-to-back winners Wild Vision (1992-93) and Fascinating Rhythm (1979-80). The win proved to be Nozi's toughest on the local track, as he struggled on the the soft dirt despite jumping well from the inside barrier. His rivals had no interest in conceding the firm ground in the track's centre, and by the 1000 metre mark Nozi was trailing a length behind top-rated Satara, with Double Cover in hot pursuit.

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Perfect day for premier event

Originally published: Monday, 30th March, 2009

Saturday's perfect racing conditions saw thousands turn up for the city's premier social event of the year, the St Pat's Races. History was made when race favourite, Adelaide galloper Nozi collected a hat-trick of Outback Cups, while locals collected big in the fashion stakes. Hundreds of hours of volunteer time ensured the race course and grounds were immaculate as the hordes of visitors and locals enjoyed the racing, fashions and social atmosphere.

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Star bowler picked for SA

Originally published: Saturday, 28th March, 2009

Fifteen-year-old Thomas Derham is preparing to play for South Australia at the National School Sports Cricket Championships in Victoria next week.

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SES hoping for more Aboriginal volunteers

Originally published: Friday, 27th March, 2009

The State Emergency Service (SES) is looking to expand its Indigenous Training Project to attract more volunteers from culturally diverse communities, including Wilcannia. NSW Emergency Services Minister, Steve Whan, said yesterday that the training project had so far attracted about 60 new SES members from Aboriginal communities around NSW, as well as raising awareness of the Service's role.

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Strong fields for St Pat's

Originally published: Friday, 27th March, 2009

A big list of nominations has resulted in strong fields for this year's St Pat's races, with 85 starters confirmed after acceptances were finalised yesterday. The program of eight races has attracted a number of visiting trainers who will be looking for a share of the $118,000 prize money and trophies on offer. They will be joined by local trainers Frank Stacey, Barry Murray, Mick Wayman, Norm O'Donnell, Heidi Smith and Wayne Marsden, all of whom will be eager to get a win on their home track.

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At 90 Jack retires for a second time

Originally published: Thursday, 26th March, 2009

Jack Carney is a legend in local volunteering circles but that has come to an end after he turned 90 recently.

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City missing out on digital service

Originally published: Thursday, 26th March, 2009

The oft-promised 'digital television revolution' finally gets underway tonight, but not in Broken Hill. Australia's free-to-air digital broadcasters have banded together and formed Freeview, a not-for-profit organisation aimed at promoting digital television. On its website, Freeview says it "will give viewers more choice than ever before". The broadcasters behind Freeview have said they will offer 15 digital channels and an electronic program guide.

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Try your luck

Originally published: Thursday, 26th March, 2009

Locals looking for a wager before Saturday's races are encouraged to try their luck at the traditional St Pat's Games Night. The event provides a range of dice and wheel games for punters, including Crown and Anchor, Unders and Overs and local creation "The Horse Game". Convenor Geoff Cullenward said the Games Night continued to prove popular with those enjoying a night out before St Pat's, with The Legion Club providing a great venue for the event this year.

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Pancake day goes down a treat

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th March, 2009

Vegemite sandwiches were out and delicious pancakes were in at Sacred Heart Parish Primary School yesterday.

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Drinkers encouraged to choose mid-strength

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th March, 2009

The Broken Hill Liquor Accord is encouraging drinkers to stick with mid-strength beer after a day at the races. Saturday's St Pat's Race Meeting will not serve full-strength beer or spirits with an alcohol content higher than four per cent, although wine and champagne will be served.

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Warm heart caring for cold blooded babies

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th March, 2009

They're not fluffy and playful like kittens or puppies, but this group of baby sleepy lizards will still be loved unconditionally by their carer. The 10 tiny reptiles are the offspring of injured blue-tongues being cared for by local RRANA (Rescue and Rehabilitation of Australian Native Animals) volunteer Lindy Hunt.

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Mid-strength event

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th March, 2009

Neither full strength beer nor spirits will be available at Saturday's St Pat's race meeting, but champagne and wine will still be served. Only mid-strength and light beer will be on offer, and only pre-mixed spirits with an alcohol content of four per cent or lower. Alcohol cannot be brought into the racecourse. The restrictions will be set out in the event's liquor licence, which is expected to be granted by the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) in the next few days. The move to a 'mid-strength event' was requested by local police with the backing of the St Pat's Race Club.

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Cleaning rag starts fire

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th March, 2009

A house fire in Morgan Lane yesterday morning caused about $180,000 damage and started after a rag soaked in linseed oil self combusted, according to the fire brigade. The rag had been used by the owner of the house to clean sporting equipment and had been put into a wardrobe and forgotten about.

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House destroyed by fire

Originally published: Monday, 23rd March, 2009

Police are investigating the cause of a fire which damaged the majority of an unoccupied house in Creedon Street on the weekend.

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Outback tourism defies the odds

Originally published: Monday, 23rd March, 2009

On the eve of the biggest event on the Outback NSW tourism calendar, the state government has released statistics showing a huge increase in visitors to the area. Outback NSW has defied the national trend by producing a 10 per cent increase in domestic overnight visitors for 2008, compared to a national fall of 4.5 per cent. The industry now attracts 635,000 people a year to the Outback. Despite the economic downturn, Outback also increased its international visitor numbers by 2.8 per cent, while the national trend indicated an overall fall of 0.6 per cent.

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Your time will help others

Originally published: Monday, 23rd March, 2009

A small donation of your time can have a massive impact on the lives of struggling Australians, according to Lifeline. Lifeline has launched its annual recruitment drive for telephone counsellors in the hope of improving services and easing the burden on the small number of volunteers. The service receives around 7,500 calls a year from all over Australia, and local Lifeline Manager, Richard Lines, says any help would be deeply appreciated.

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Bill's dream recurring

Originally published: Friday, 20th March, 2009

Bill McLeod has achieved every golfer's dream and he's now done it four times. His latest hole-in-one was scored on the 16th hole at the city's grass course.

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New faces at Council

Originally published: Friday, 20th March, 2009

City Council recently employed three new trainees and two new apprentices. Twelve-month traineeships have been awarded to Hannah Bennett (art gallery), Kate Pittaway (customer relations) and Chevy Kemp (youth services).

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It's show time

Originally published: Thursday, 19th March, 2009

A good number of locals answered the Broken Hill Repertory Society's recent call for help, meaning performances such as this weekend's "Once Upon a Time" can continue to be staged.

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Head shave heart felt

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th March, 2009

Shane Stacey had a special reason for taking part in the World's Greatest Shave for a Cure - his son Nathan suffers from leukemia.

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Local scores well for her body of work

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th March, 2009

By Stefan Delatovic

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John fulfilling need for speed

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th March, 2009

A team of local racing enthusiasts cracked 155 miles per hour (mph) at the Dry Lake Racers event in Lake Gairdner last week.

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Four held at knifepoint

Originally published: Monday, 16th March, 2009

A man is due to appear in Broken Hill Local Court after he allegedly held four people at knifepoint for an hour yesterday.

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A new spin on things

Originally published: Saturday, 14th March, 2009

Cold fusions, zebras, matrix, kewijibos, shockwaves and black hops.

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Caller threatened revenge

Originally published: Friday, 13th March, 2009

A local man has been charged with allegedly making a dozen threatening phone calls to Melbourne police in relation to the shooting of a teenage boy last year.

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Boppin' with Dot

Originally published: Thursday, 12th March, 2009

Hundreds of children enjoyed a special performance by Dorothy the Dinosaur and her friends at the Entertainment Centre yesterday.

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Creedon Street fatality

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th March, 2009

A 17-year-old girl died yesterday afternoon after she was hit by a semi-trailer in Creedon Street. Police said the single-trailer Mack truck, which was carrying wool bales and travelling south along the street, struck the girl near the intersection at Wills Street at about 2.30pm.

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Health chief a"scapegoat"

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th March, 2009

Departing Greater Western Area Health Service boss Claire Blizard has been made a scapegoat for the financially ailing health service, according to the chairman of the health service's advisory council.

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Immediate action needed: Council tells Water Minister

Originally published: Monday, 9th March, 2009

By Gina Wilson

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Heading

Originally published: Friday, 6th March, 2009

Broken Hill's reputation for being generous has been reinforced by the city's extraordinary effort in helping Victoria's bushfire victims.

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Fighting for what's right

Originally published: Thursday, 5th March, 2009

Jeanine Clarke does not think of herself as an activist for women's rights, but her determination to fight for what was fair and just earned her that reputation.

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Shooters aim anger at vandals

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th March, 2009

Members of the city's rifle and pistol club yesterday expressed their anger and frustration after their property was attacked by vandals again.

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Pro's legacy lives on

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd March, 2009

Pro Hart's name has been linked to a program which will raise awareness of the disease that claimed his life nearly three years ago. His widow Raylee said her family was happy to support the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Queensland's "Pro Art" campaign.

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Speed hoon crash

Originally published: Monday, 2nd March, 2009

A P-plate driver led police on a high-speed car chase through the city yesterday morning before crashing into a drive-through bottle shop and fleeing on foot. Police arrested the 24-year-old hoon a short time later in Oxide Street, a short distance from where his partner's Mitsubishi Lancer lay wrecked.

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