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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.

February, 2010

Film studio for city

Originally published: Friday, 26th February, 2010

City Council has embarked on a plan to develop a multi-million dollar film studio at the former Central Power Station.

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Locals asked to lose their locks

Originally published: Thursday, 25th February, 2010

With the World's Greatest Shave just around the corner, store owners Randy Meatheringham, Christos Niarros and Tracy Gauci are getting together to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

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Illegal fishing crackdown

Originally published: Thursday, 25th February, 2010

Three men have had their boat and fish seized after being caught illegally fishing in the Darling River at Menindee. NSW Fisheries Compliance Director, Glenn Tritton, said the men were apprehended earlier this month during a night-time surveillance operation conducted by NSW Fisheries Officers into ongoing illegal fishing activities in the far west of NSW. "It's alleged the men, a 63-year-old from Menindee, and a 24-yearold and 22-year-old, both from Sydney, were using two cord drum nets which are illegal to use in NSW waters. "Cord drum nets are no longer permitted to be used in NSW waters since the closure of the inland native finfish commercial fishery in 2001," Mr Tritton said.

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Payphones removed

Originally published: Thursday, 25th February, 2010

Telstra has defended its decision to remove six more payphones from around the city, saying the phones were no longer economically viable.

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Train an asset to community

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th February, 2010

The Indian-Pacific was yesterday linked to the city's heritage as it arrived here to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

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Unfair tax

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th February, 2010

Jessica Daniels is not impressed after finding out that she will be slogged up to $30 extra per year to pay for upgrades to Sydney's transport system.

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Champagnat too strong

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th February, 2010

House Champagnat has finished ahead of rivals McAuley and Joseph to win the 2010 Sacred Heart Swimming Carnival.

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Anabranch flowing

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd February, 2010

Between 3,000 and 4,000 megalitres (ML) of water a day is flowing into the tributary, courtesy of good rainfall in northern NSW and a decision by the State Government to release billions of litres of water for South Australia.

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Speech pathology students enter schools

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd February, 2010

A group of University of Sydney undergraduate speech and language students have arrived in the city for a clinical placement in primary schools here and in Menindee.

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Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd February, 2010

A local ceiling insulation installer has welcomed a federal government audit into homes fitted with pink batts.

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Short term pain

Originally published: Monday, 22nd February, 2010

There will be some short term pain but sudden changes to the Federal Government's ceiling installation program should make it better, according to an installer.

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Grave concerns

Originally published: Monday, 22nd February, 2010

Recent rainfall has been welcome but it has also highlighted a problem in Wilcannia that has angered residents.

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Ray Oates' first winner of the season

Originally published: Monday, 22nd February, 2010

On a calm humid evening on Saturday night, the Broken Hill harness racing clubs 7th meeting saw locals winning in fine form. The highlight of the night was veteran trainer driver Ray Oates driving a winner aboard Shay Shay Shania who broke after dispatch and lost considerable ground but coming home strongly the last 200m to win the second fast class event.

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Dodgy installers spark insulation warning

Originally published: Friday, 19th February, 2010

[b]Batts rort danger[/i]

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Solly signs off

Originally published: Friday, 19th February, 2010

"Everyone has been right behind me throughout the years and I've always known it. It's been great." - Solomon on Broken Hill football supporters

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Abbott pay plan doesn't add up

Originally published: Friday, 19th February, 2010

by Gina Wilson Weekend worker Tenille Nagas-Symonds will be worse off under a federal coalition plan to reduce weekend penalty rates.

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Water lures locals to lakes

Originally published: Thursday, 18th February, 2010

A trip to the river has become a lot more popular in recent weeks, now that there's some water around.

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Don't pass on wage increase

Originally published: Thursday, 18th February, 2010

By Darrin Manuel Business Broken Hill is encouraging local employers not to pay an allowance increase that was recently passed by Fair Work Australia.

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Burke Ward Swimming Carnival

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th February, 2010

Burke Ward students were treated to perfect weather yesterday as they hit the pool for the school's annual swimming carnival.

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Couple answer call

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th February, 2010

Alma Swimming Club members Kym and Glenn Baker will be teaching Vietnam's children how to swim this year after heeding the call from overseas.

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BIC backs boards

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th February, 2010

The Barrier Industrial Council said reinstating the local hospital board was a good idea but questioned Tony Abbott's motives in vowing to do so.

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Hurt and angry

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th February, 2010

Businesses across the city were left to pick up the pieces after an attack by vandals over the weekend. Silverlea Early Childhood Services, which is soon to celebrate 50 years service to the community, received no consideration for its good work with an attack on Sunday night that left playground equipment, lights, a pergola and garden all damaged.

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Corella deaths mystery

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th February, 2010

North Broken Hill residents awoke to a troubling sight on Saturday morning as numerous sick and dying corellas fell from the sky. Residents in several north locations contacted the Rescue and Rehabilitation of Australian Native Animals (RRANA) group to report the strange event, and began rounding up the birds.

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Tenants' taps to trickle

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th February, 2010

At least eight tenants, including pensioners, could have their water supply restricted to a trickle because their landlord has refused to pay his bill. Country Water has sent notices to the tenants informing them that it intends to reduce supply to their land on or after March 22. It's understood all of the tenants who have received the notices rent their house or unit from the same owner. One of the tenants, an elderly pensioner, told the BDT that he knew of at least seven other people who had also received notices, but the number could be much higher. "A lot of us are pensioners. We're all definitely worried about it," he said.

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Local seminar for hearing impaired

Originally published: Monday, 15th February, 2010

A seminar will discuss new initiatives and services available for people who are deaf or hearing-impaired when it is held in Broken Hill in October. The Broken Hill and District Hearing Resource Centre seminar will be held from October 1 to 4. NSW Minister for Disability Services Paul Lynch said it would bring together health professionals, service providers and deaf and hearing-impaired people.

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Stranded couple rescued

Originally published: Monday, 15th February, 2010

Torrential rain in the district on the weekend led to a helicopter rescue north of Broken Hill and turned many of the city's streets into recreational waterways, much to the dismay of police.A young couple stranded by rising waters on the Silver City Highway spent Friday night and much of Saturday in their car and were rescued by an SES helicopter late on Saturday.

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Man's disappearance

Originally published: Monday, 15th February, 2010

The family of a missing Bendigo man has released new photographs of their son in the hope that it triggers the memory of someone who may know where he is. Daniel Rosewall was last seen in Bendigo when he arrived for work at the family business on Wednesday, January 27 - 16 days ago - and he disappeared north of Silverton soon after.

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Back in the black

Originally published: Friday, 12th February, 2010

CBH Resources is back in the black after posting an after tax profit of $18.9 million for the half year - and said the outlook continued to improve. The result, which compares with a $90 million loss for the previous year's first half, comes despite a 24 per cent drop in revenue to $61m.

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More strike action

Originally published: Friday, 12th February, 2010

Local TAFE teachers have vowed to continue industrial action after yesterday's 24-hour strike. They walked off the job to protest at attacks on their working conditions, according to local President of the TAFE Teachers Association, Fred Smith. TAFE teachers had been given a 20 per cent increase in workload in return for an average 1.5 per cent increase in salary, he said.

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Witnesses called for hit and run

Originally published: Thursday, 11th February, 2010

A P-plate driver in a white Ford hit and knocked down a woman at the Centro Westside plaza late last month and police are appealing for information from witnesses to the incident.

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Backwards step

Originally published: Thursday, 11th February, 2010

Broken Hill, the one-time union stronghold of Australia, is losing its industrial culture, according to former Barrier Industrial Council (BIC) president, Bill O'Neil. And Mr O'Neil can't believe it is a federal Labor government doing the damage, courtesy of its new industrial relations system.

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Mixed reaction to allowance

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th February, 2010

A union is claiming victory after its application for a 4.28 per cent district allowance for Broken Hill retail workers was granted. But last week's decision by Fair Work Australia has been condemned by Business Broken Hill, which said the "loading" will cost jobs and hurt local businesses.

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Feel the heat

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th February, 2010

Locals can "feel the heat" tomorrow night with a fiery art exhibition by Fiona Fell. "Outskirts of Flame" starts at 7pm and will be held at 109 Murton Street, which is the former St Peter and St Paul's school. Ms Fell is an artist-in-residence at the BH Art Exchange.

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Wards welcome new nurses

Originally published: Tuesday, 9th February, 2010

The hospital has welcomed a new intake of nurses. Six registered nurses began their careers with the Broken Hill Health Service yesterday. The nurses will over the next 12 months gain experience in a variety of areas including the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Operating Theatre and the Mental Health Department.

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Improvements for city's big race meet

Originally published: Tuesday, 9th February, 2010

Beer drinkers, punters and women are set to enjoy the St Patrick's races that little bit more this year, as the countdown to the 45th annual race meeting begins. The St Pat's Club - which has secured the Silverton Wind Farm as a major corporate sponsor - said yesterday that it had found "several key areas" in need of improvement or upgrade ahead of this year's races on March 20.

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City on Kernaghan tour

Originally published: Monday, 8th February, 2010

By Stefan Delatovic

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High schools need academic ambience

Originally published: Monday, 8th February, 2010

Whilst I remain a proud member of the NSW Teachers' Federation, I am on this occasion backing Julia Gillard on the issue of publishing data derived from Australia-wide testing of students in our schools. It is worth nothing that the Federation is not and never has been an affiliate of the Labor Party. That the Federation has taken a mother of a hiding on this issue is reflected in the 4.6 million computer hits recorded in the first 24 hours of the data being released.

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Support the Shave

Originally published: Saturday, 6th February, 2010

Nick Kuerschner wants locals to "loosen up their cheque books" and donate to the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave. In December last year Nick and Sherri Kuerschner lost their son, Will (9), to leukaemia and this year to help give back to the Leukaemia Foundation they have volunteered for the "World's Greatest Shave".

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Nice drop of rain

Originally published: Friday, 5th February, 2010

Broken Hill got a nice drop of rain yesterday. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, 24 millimetres were recorded here to 9am while White Cliffs and Wilcannia received 22mm and 12mm respectively.

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Search draws to a close

Originally published: Thursday, 4th February, 2010

With no trace being found of a man who went missing near Silverton six days ago, police were last night deciding whether to call off the search.

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Skilled nurses not turned away

Originally published: Thursday, 4th February, 2010

The Broken Hill hospital had not turned away qualified nurses, according to its manager.

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Gold mining begins

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd February, 2010

By Gina Wilson

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Angry Olga

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd February, 2010

A thick dust storm enveloped the city at around 3pm yesterday afternoon.

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Not enough nurses

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd February, 2010

The local hospital said yesterday that it was not at crisis point despite confirming that it doesn't have enough nurses or doctors.

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Man missing in bush

Originally published: Monday, 1st February, 2010

SYDNEY - The hunt for a 28-year-old Victorian man who vanished in outback NSW has failed to shed any light on his whereabouts despite a third day of intensive air and land searches.

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Disaster averted

Originally published: Monday, 1st February, 2010

Ultralight pilot in emergency landing

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