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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, 2010

His wish was granted, now Hayden's in Broken Hill

Originally published: Saturday, 30th January, 2010

A little boy from Wisconsin in America was granted a wish to visit Broken Hill and it has been a "unique transition", according to his mother.

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Man-bashing teens arrested

Originally published: Saturday, 30th January, 2010

Two teenage boys have been arrested and charged with breaking into a man's home in Buck Street last month and bashing him. The victim, a 52-year-old man, suffered a fractured skull in the assault and had to be flown to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for treatment. Yesterday police said they had this week arrested two boys, one 15 years old and the other 17.

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Gun music video explodes

Originally published: Friday, 29th January, 2010

By Stefan Delatovic

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Rasp Mine will employ 40 locals

Originally published: Friday, 29th January, 2010

By Stefan Delatovic

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Green light for CBH

Originally published: Thursday, 28th January, 2010

CBH Resources' application to crush and store ore at its Rasp Mine has been approved by City Council.

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University beckons

Originally published: Thursday, 28th January, 2010

Local students will soon be leaving home to start their tertiary studies after accepting their first round offers from universities across Australia.

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Leading lights

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th January, 2010

By Stefan Delatovic

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OAM winner proud of city

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th January, 2010

Stephen Radford has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division for his service to the community of Broken Hill. Mr Radford, Managing Director of Consolidated Plants and Quarries and Director of Basin Sands Logistics, received an Australia Day Citizenship Award in 2002 and was the city's Inaugural Businessman of the Year in 2005.

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Beat the heat on nation's big day

Originally published: Monday, 25th January, 2010

By Emily Roberts

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New doctors join local practice

Originally published: Monday, 25th January, 2010

The prospect of a rich general practice experience has brought two new doctors to the city.

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Rising river lifts the spirits

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd January, 2010

The filling of the Darling River is bringing joy to Wilcannia, locals say.

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Drive-through art gallery a first

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd January, 2010

Work on the first drive-through Aboriginal art gallery has begun.

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Japanese company seeks half of the Rasp Mine

Originally published: Friday, 22nd January, 2010

By Stefan Delatovic

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Outback ideal for trainee doctors

Originally published: Thursday, 21st January, 2010

By Emily Roberts

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Council hits mark with customer satisfaction

Originally published: Thursday, 21st January, 2010

Life under a City Council administrator appears to have been a happy one for the majority of local residents, with the public showing an increased satisfaction with Council for the third year running.

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Station closure "morally corrupt"

Originally published: Thursday, 21st January, 2010

The union representing NSW fire fighters has taken a swipe at the state's brigade after a recent run of closures at the South Fire Station.

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Hospitals adopt surf lifesaving approach

Originally published: Thursday, 21st January, 2010

A world's-first program designed to improve the safety and care of patients in NSW hospitals has been launched in the city.

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NSW gives 148 gigs to SA

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th January, 2010

An agreement has been reached for NSW to allow 148 gigalitres of floodwaters to be released into the parched Lower Lakes region of South Australia.

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Mine decision on hold

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th January, 2010

By Darrin Manuel

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Fair go for lakes, say locals

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th January, 2010

Fishermen at Menindee say water should be used to replenish the lakes rather than be directed to South Australia.

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Sole nominee doesn't count his chickens

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th January, 2010

The deputy mayor is elected by the councillors and acts as mayor when Wincen Cuy is unavailable.

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Olympian our Australia Day ambassador

Originally published: Monday, 18th January, 2010

Every year Australia Day is celebrated and to share the spirit of being an Australian an ambassador comes to Broken Hill to join locals in marking the day.

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Kids get plenty of air time

Originally published: Monday, 18th January, 2010

The school holidays have provided a chance for Broken Hill's youngsters to hone their skills on bikes, skateboards and scooters at the Sturt Park skate ramp.

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Captain in industry - The story of James Hebbard

Originally published: Monday, 18th January, 2010

By Paul Armstrong

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Student doctor loved city, cheeseslaw

Originally published: Saturday, 16th January, 2010

Even though he's heading off for the last time, student doctor Chris Cameron won't forget his time in Broken Hill.

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Booze ban ignored

Originally published: Friday, 15th January, 2010

Broken Hill's pubs and bottle shops appearset to ignore a requestfrom NSW Police to limit the sale of fullstrength alcohol on Australia Day. In an effort to limit alcohol consumption and curb violent behaviour, police have written to liquor outlets across the State requesting that they adopt a range of measures for sales on January 26.

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Reading on the wild side

Originally published: Thursday, 14th January, 2010

This summer children are getting in touch with their wild side.

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Silverton's newest resident

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th January, 2010

This baby camel was born at the Silverton camel farm last week.

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Heat wave

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th January, 2010

Broken Hill is in the midst of a heat wave but it is not as bad as the one this time last year, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. A heat wave, according to the Bureau, is when temperatures are above 35 degrees Celsius for five or more days in a row. Broken Hill has had eight such days but Daniel Hayes, from the Bureau of Meteorology in Cobar, said it was "no where near as bad as this time last year." Mr Hayes said dry, hot weather was normal for this time of year. The Greater Western Area Health Service said it is important to keep cool in the summer. The GWAHS Acting Manager of Population Health, Dr Therese Jones, said even the simplest of precautions can prevent heat exhaustion. "All ages need to take care to avoid heat exhaustion," Dr Jones said. "Heat exhaustion can be avoided by drinking lots of water, staying indoors between the hottest partsof the day, resting and staying well hydrated, as well as avoiding strenuous activity and wearing loose, comfortable clothing."

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Pool use rise

Originally published: Monday, 11th January, 2010

By Emily Roberts

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City's first 2010 baby

Originally published: Saturday, 9th January, 2010

The city's first baby of the year was born at the start of this week and for mother and child "everything has been great."

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Nathan Kickett to tour South Africa

Originally published: Thursday, 7th January, 2010

Local footballer Nathan Kickett will leave for a two-week South African tour this month as a member of the 2010 Indigenous Youth Team, the Flying Boomerangs.

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Darling water moving fast

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th January, 2010

Wilcannia residents eager to see the Darling River restored may not have long to wait, with water running quickly just 80km north of the town.

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Nostalgic lunch

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th January, 2010

After a big family holiday that spanned four States, former local Bob Verburght was yesterday back where it all began.

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Desert Dash for young and old

Originally published: Monday, 4th January, 2010

The Broken Hill YMCA is in the process of organising the first ever Living Desert Dash Fun Run. There will be a variety of distances open to competitors, with the main event being a 10km run from the Sculptures car park to Picton Oval. There will also be a 5km run starting along the Nine Mile Road and finishing at the Picton Oval. Another two runs will be for school children. These will be a 1km run for kids in Kindergarten to Year 3 and a 3km event for kids in Years 4 to 6. A Healthy Lifestyles Expo will be held at Picton Oval at the completion of the event, where local sporting and community groups will be invited to promote their activities and encourage further participation in an active lifestyle. The YMCA's aim is to establish a community event that will be held annually and continue to grow over time. Similar running events are found in most major centres in Australia. The Fun Run is to be held on March 7 and is supported by the National Australia Bank. Keep an eye out for entry forms at the YMCA and National Australia Bank in the New Year.

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Safety compromised: unions

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd January, 2010

The aircraft engineers union said if changes to maintenance laws are made then plane passengers, including those on REX and the RFDS, will have their safety compromised. The Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association's secretary Steve Purvinas said yesterday that changes proposed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to aircraft maintenance legislation would mean training for people who fix aircraft would be diminished. Mr Purvinas said if draft maintenance regulations were accepted, someone with as little as three weeks' experience could be changing the wheels of REX and Royal Flying Doctor Service planes and conducting other critical aircraft maintenance and checks. "What we might see is REX deciding that they are going to start allowing baggage handlers and pilots to change the wheels on an aircraft," he said. "They might dislodge some cabling in the area of the wheel (which could get tangled up) with some of the equipment and they might not understand that. "Safety will be reduced and not only on larger aircraft but also on the smaller aircraft that are flying in regional and outback Australia." The new category A maintenance licence under CASA's revised rules could allow people with just three weeks' training to be sent on to the tarmac to fix potentially critical aircraft parts, Mr Purvinas told the Sydney Morning Herald. "Category A is a licence for people who aren't licensed to carry out the inspections," he said. "You've got people who don't have the experience who are going to be given these qualifications on a plate." Mr Purvinas said now to be a licensed engineer and say an aircraft is safe to fly you had to have "a minimum four-year apprenticeship with around 20-odd post apprentice exams and thousands of hands on hours." He said CASA wanted to cut the 10-year lead up period it takes for someone to do that "so that someone can come in and instead of knowing everything about the aircraft, knowing the background and understanding on aircraft - you can grab a bloke off the street and teach that bloke to change a wheel - and say from now on you're going to change all the wheels. "Baggage handlers will do a three-day course and now they'll change all the wheels."

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Orchards raided four arrested

Originally published: Friday, 1st January, 2010

Four foreigners working illegally at a fruit block in Menindee were arrested in a raid by police and immigration officials on Wednesday.

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