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June, 2010

Cold weather no problem

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th June, 2010

The recent cold weather would be enough to keep most travellers indoors, but it hasn't been a problem for the Bloch family from Melbourne.

Despite yesterday's maximum reaching just 13 degrees, Adrian and Kylie Bloch and their children were rugged up and visiting a number of the city's sites including the Miners' Memorial and the sculptures.
"It's been fantastic so far, even though it has been very cold," said Mrs Bloch.
"But it's not too different to what we get in Melbourne."
The family are visiting the city as part of a trip that will take them through Innamincka and the Flinders Ranges, and said they have found their stay enjoyable.
"We've only been in town since yesterday but we've had a chance to have a good look around and we'll be going out to the sculptures next," said Mrs Bloch.
"There's a lot of fabulous architecture - wonderful old buildings that have been preserved, the wide streets - the city has kept a lot of its past mining history.
"We came here once before and visited all the galleries. That was probably around ten years ago, and we hope to come back again.
"It really is a wonderful place to come and visit, it's very unique. And we've met a lot of great people, everyone has been really helpful and hospitable."
Locals and visitors alike can expect more cold weather in the coming week, with temperatures set to drop as low as five degrees tomorrow and rain forecast for Friday.

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Broken Hill released soon

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th June, 2010

A film shot in the city two years ago is set to be launched in September.

"Broken Hill" was shot in and around the city and interstate will open in 300 theatres around Australia in the first week of the month.
After extensive negotiations, the movie has been selected as the inaugural film for a major new national educational initiative in Australia aimed at schools, families and communities. The details of this will be announced next month.
"Broken Hill" follows the story of teenage composer Tommy, who lives on a sheep station with his father and dreams of getting into the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Producer Chris Wyatt said the film has similarities to "Billy Elliot" and has a "School of Rock" component to it.
A range of Australian talent is also seen in "Broken Hill". Tommy is played by actor Luke Arnold (McLeod's Daughters) and Rhys Wakefield has been cast as Tommy's best friend, Scott. Rhys is recognisable from his role in Home and Away.
Tommy's love interest, the role of American teenager Kat, was given to American star Alexa Vega who stars in the Spy Kids films.

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Rainwater a lifeline for washing day

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th June, 2010

Lifeline will use a government grant to install a large rainwater tank in the back yard of its Argent Street shop.

Its manager, Richard Lines, said they had found just the right spot because  there was a lot of roofing on the storage sheds for the run-off.
Mr Lines said that the rainwater would be used to wash donated clothes and for all the sinks.
"The toilets from the shop will also be plumbed," he said.
The money for the work will come from the NSW Government.
The Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Frank Sartor, yesterday announced $887,589 for 39 projects around the State.
"Each facility will receive funding to cover the costs of simple, effective upgrades such as lighting retrofits, installing rainwater tanks, replacing electric with solar hot water and installing dual-flush toilets with water efficient fixtures," Mr Sartor said.
"They include upgrades in preschools, early childhood centres, clubs, aged care facilities and neighbourhood centres all across NSW."
The projects are all in facilities used by not-for-profit groups who all have a very important role in their communities, Mr Sartor said.
"By demonstrating the simple and practical ways we can all save water and energy, these projects have a crucial multiplier effect to encourage further savings among the facility users."

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Tight contest predicted in KO Cup finals tonight

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th June, 2010

The KO Cup finals will be staged tonight at 6.30pm at the Soccer Grounds. With the World Cup fever building the locals will be out to grab the silverware tonight.

In the MEN'S A-GRADE final Alma defeated Celtic to advance whilst St Josephs defeated perennial favourites West last Wednesday to advance.
In their two meetings this year, Round 3 was a 1-1 draw whilst in round 6 St Josephs prevailed 2-0. These stats point to a very close match with the team that takes their chances most likely to be holding the Cup at 10pm tonight.
Last week St Josephs had several red hot chances to score a comfortable win but sprayed their shots wide, and a repeat performance will open the door for Alma who have three kick strikers in Dale Dowling, Wayne VanKemenade and Tristian Symonds ready to pounce.
Alma has a brilliant back four led by Daniel McInerney and Laurence Hebbard whilst Hayden Lyall is rapidly improving as a fearless keeper. Alma will be relying on its four juniors Ned Pollitt, Sam Lines, Codey Ralph and Thomas Barlow to stamp their class on this match.  
For the double blues they were back to their best against West with a powerful hard running game which they backed up on Sunday with a 7-1 win over Celtic.
The return of Dylan Trebilcock as sweeper has allowed Justin Ellice to move to left back and use his strong running game to good effect. Stars from last week, Jyh Stubing and Ashley Christos, have given the Blues some extra midfield strength whilst their trump card could well be veteran Jimmy Wilkins who has a great turn of speed to unsettle the Alma defence.
Looking for the X factor it could well come from Bryce Bessell who returned to his brilliant best last Sunday with numerous perfect crosses that resulted in several Joey goals.
Prediction: St Josephs to retain its 2009 Cup with a 2-1 win
In the MEN'S B GRADE final Alma and St Josephs clash again and this game also promises to be very close based on 2010 form.
In round 3 Alma won 4-3 and in round 4 St Josephs won 4-1. A closer look points to most of the goals being scored by players now only playing in the A grade game, so both clubs start even money for tonight's Cup decider.
St Josephs have the veterans in playing Coach Ray Christos and Tony Robins to set up the game plan whilst the McDonald boys, Adrian and Joseph, have many years of A grade experience also to bring to the table. Throw in a four goal performance from Joseph Bennett last weekend, the pace of Michael Spencer down the left and the brilliance of 15-year-old Rylie McInnes down the right and the Blues will be quietly confident.
The major worry for Alma will be Barry Balman who scored in the KO Cup qualifier. In goals Clint Pearce was very solid last week and will need to be on his game again to keep Alma out. The quiet achievers for St Josephs, Jake Picton, Julian Mann and Sam Muscat make up a very reliable defence that is anchored by Lukas Muscat, who at just 17 displays remarkable calmness as sweeper.
Alma will turn to veterans Tom Lyle, Jorge Oviedo, Mark Halliday and Stuart Brain to organise its younger players. Andrew Henry and Lyle scored in their 3-2 win over Celtic to qualify for the final.
On that night Alma started short on players but will be ready this week and have both Nathan Harvey and Harley Rawle available as goalies. William Hebbard, the A grade coach, will be a key player in defence for Alma and will be looking for strong support from Jarrad Hurley and Keradyn Turley to turn this game Alma's way.
Prediction: St Josephs 3-1.
The LADIES final promises to be a classic contest at 6.45pm between the Celtic Cougars and the West Panthers.
Celtic have had wins in both games 4-3 and 5-0 but West did get to half time at nil all before Elle Gepp scored five times in the 2nd half of that game.
Expect West Coach George Bugeja to have a plan hatched for Gepp, but he also needs one for Amee Hogarth who is in career best form for Celtic and Gemma Varcoe who can be lethal down the right.  Add the class of Millicent and Annabelle Walker and Celtic hold plenty of aces.
Celtic's defence is also first class with Jo Smith brilliant last weekend at right back and Narelle Crabb equally impressive at left back. Add the class and experience of Jacquie Passlow, Rachael Wheatley and Giuliana Passlow and with three keepers to choose from its hard to see Celtic not going back to back in the Ladies KO Cup.
West will make a huge contest of this game with Jasmine Mitchell back scoring goals every week and Linda Bugeja also a regular goal scorer. West's strength all season has been its defence where Stacey Carter-Ray and Logan Cooper have been outstanding along with Tania Roberts and Shae Neville in goals.
This will be a quick game and could get very physical given the experience of players on both teams so patrons need to get their seats reserved early for this epic.
Prediction: Celtic 2-1.
Canteen facilities will be available, entry is just $3, and a reminder that no alcohol will be allowed into the venue. Jumpers, rugs and beanies will be all the go and, yes, you can leave them noisy horn things home! 

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Art message

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th June, 2010

Maari Ma Health is holding an art competition to let people know about the danger of alcohol and drug abuse.

Artists have four weeks to get their entry in to the $1,000 Indigenous art competition which opened this month.
There are three prizes. First prize is a $550 gift voucher from Leading Edge Computers and Electronics. Second prize is a $300 Big W voucher and the third prize is a $150 voucher from Outback Artz and Crafts.
Lisa Kickett, an Aboriginal Mental Health trainee at Maari Ma, said the winners will have their work printed on drug and alcohol information booklets meant for Aboriginal communities.
The competition is open to anyone in Wilcannia, Menindee and Broken Hill and there is no age limit.
Ms Kickett said competition would let people know about drug and alcohol services and the help that is available.
"People can learn more about Maari Ma's services and where to get help," she said.
"The competition will hopefully draw people in and get the community involved."
Ms Kickett is encouraging local participation and is hoping to see lots of entries.
Entries must include full name and contact details on the back of artwork.

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Silverton explained

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th June, 2010

Silverton's village committee has already begun to put up the signs which use historic photos and information to explain the history of Silverton and its people.
Committee secretary Helen Murray said the signs would be supported by a new brochure which would make it easier for visitors to access all the history and information on the attractions the area has to offer.
"It has taken some months to complete the signs, with Heritage Advisor Ron Hellyer guiding the Silverton Village Committee on colours and text and coming up with the final design," she said.
The signs were funded by a $30,000 grant from the Commonwealth Government's Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).
Ms Murray said that while the signs showed the history of particular buildings and sites, they were just the first stage of a major project.
A series of story boards and a town map would soon be attached to a shade area at the rear of the Municipal Chambers so visitors can read the Silverton story and plan their tour of the area.
The committee has also appointed a Maintenance Coordinator as a result of the projects it has been able to complete through the RLCIP packages.
Victorian couple Alan and Linda Moloney were the first people to put Silverton's new interpretive signs to the test on Friday.
The Golden Beach couple arrived at Silverton just as Heritage Advisor Ron Hellyer and Ms Murray were installing the first of the signs.
The couple gave the signs the thumbs up and thought they would be a great idea for their home town.

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Kicking in for charity

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th June, 2010

Sixteen teams will battle it out for charity tonight in the WHK-BDT Charity Cup.

The fun-focussed soccer competition has been called as a way of celebrating the World Cup andhelping charities.
A range of workplaces have signed up, with teams hailing from schools, the RSPCA, banks, the Flying Doctors and all over the city.
Each team will play two games tonight at the soccer grounds, with the high scorers moving through to a final. Prize money will be awarded to a local charity of the winning team's choice.
WHK and the BDT have chipped in to start a $500 prize pot, with nomination fees from each team adding to that total.
Entry to tonight's tussle is free, but a donation bucket will be passed around, and those proceeds will also go to the winning charity.
WHK planned the event as a fun night with workmates to get into the World Cup spirit and raise money for a good cause.
Tonight's teams have been divided into two groups of eight. Group one's games kick off at 6pm and group two's at 6.40pm.
All games will start at the same time so players are asked to be prompt.
The emphasis is on a good time. Matches will be played on half fields and last 30 minutes. Unlimited substitutions are allowed with no offside rule or referees.
Hot food and drink will be available from the canteen.
For more information contact WHK on 8088 5011.
The draw for the first round of matches is below.

Group One - 6pm kick off.
The Referees v The Arsonists
Shinglebacks v Transformers
The Teachers v ANZ
Torpy's Ripcurl Ring Ins v The Base Unit.

Group two - 6.40pm kick-off
WHK United v BDTeam
Sampson's Misfits v UDRH Family
Morgie Milan FC v Palace Queenies
Central Strikers v BH TAFE

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Students face the future

Originally published: Monday, 28th June, 2010

High school students were learning about careers at West State Training's Careers Expo yesterday.

West State Training held the Expo for students in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Students from Broken Hill High School, Willyama High School and Wilcannia Central School attended the Expo at the Memorial Oval.
Co-ordinator, Helen Sims, said it offered a great opportunity for students to gain information from local and visiting industry representatives as well as further education providers.
A range of employers were there including mining companies, health services, universities and TAFE, education services, emergency services and employment agencies.
Students were encouraged to discuss jobs, traineeships, apprenticeships, cadetships, course requirements, enrolments and scholarships.
The Career Expo is an informal affair where students can talk with the representatives of their choice.
Helen Sims said that she received a great response from local and visiting people.
"Some of our exhibitors will be visiting from Adelaide and regional NSW with over 50 in total," she said.
"A lot of industry people recognise the need to promote their industry and plant the seeds so as to encourage new blood as many industries have an ageing work force."
About 600 students attended, Mrs Sims said, and apart for the weather the day went pretty well.
"The rain was a drama but the kids were well-behaved," she said.
"The kids were enthusiastic and got involved and asked questions."

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Art show is a lifeline for counselling services

Originally published: Monday, 28th June, 2010

Lifeline's 21st annual art exhibition opened last night with more than 40 artists showing their works to invited guests.

Fundraising officer Trevor Odgers said at last year's art show about a third of the works sold and that Lifeline was hoping to do at least as good this time.
The exhibition offers up and coming artists the chance to hang their work among those of the more established names.
"It's a major fundraiser for Lifeline services which is a 24-hour seven day a week counselling service," said Mr Odgers.
This year 119 works are being shown by 43 local artists including Sue Coffey, Diedre Edwards, Robert Groves and Colin Radford.
The show will run until Sunday, July 11 at the Albert Kersten Mining and Mineral Museum. Entry is free entry for locals.
Opening hours are from 10am to 5pm weekdays and 1pm-5pm on weekends.

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Wrapped in donation

Originally published: Monday, 28th June, 2010

A local group of ex-service men have donated linen to St Vincent de Paul's Winter Appeal.

The Australian Legion of Ex-Service Men and Women Broken Hill sub-branch donated $500 worth of bed sheets and pillow slips to St Vinnies local branch.
"We do this every year, we give them 'x' amount of dollars worth of goods, usually to the value of $500 a couple of times a year," Legion president Bill Graham said.
Regional president of Vinnies, Phil Sky, said he was thankful for the many donations that had been made.
"We wish to thank the Legion of ex-service men and women for their donation in excess of $500 of linen which will be of great use to complement our blanket appeal and to be used in helping out our clients," Mr Sky said.
He also thanked the public and other clubs and service clubs for their generous donations and told people to "keep them coming!"
Mr Sky said that Vinnies also needed pots and pans for their many clients.
"Anybody having a cupboard full of these items may like to dispose of them by donating good quality saucepans and fry pans to help out with our clients."
He said that they may be dropped off to the Vinnies shop in Argent Street.

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Hard work pays off

Originally published: Monday, 28th June, 2010

Hours of training and travel have paid off for basketballer Heath Harris after he was selected to compete at the Australian Junior Championships.

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Red Nose Day

Originally published: Friday, 25th June, 2010

Locals will be looking a little red around the nose today when they come out to do their bit in the fight against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Red Nose Day, which is charity "Sids for Kids" major fundraiser, has helped cut the rate of SIDS deaths by 85 per cent over the last 20-odd years.
Now nine children under the age of four die every day from SIDS, still-birth and fatal sleeping accidents, and Sids for Kids hopes to change that ratio.
Business's in the city are selling Red Nose Day items such as pins, noses and novelties.
Local organiser Debbie Higgs said that she has handed out 60 boxes of goods across town since the start of this month.
Ms Higgs also said that locals had been very supportive of the cause over the 23 years she has run it.
"Last year we raised almost $10,000. I'd like to equal that," she said.
Ms Higgs said she got involved with Sids for Kids when her nephew died from the syndrome.
She and other Red Nose Day volunteers will be setting up a stall outside ANZ in Argent Street today to help raise money for the cause.
The stall will open at 9:30am.

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Film studio weeks from completion

Originally published: Friday, 25th June, 2010

What's been mooted as the world's first desert film studio is just weeks away from completion.

Another important milestone was reached on the $2 million project this week when City Council moved to accept an independent report agreeing that it would be good for the city.
Bankstown City Services measured the redevelopment of the old Central Power Station into the Broken Hill Film Studio against provisions under State Planning regulations including heritage development and the management of lead contamination.
The assessment found that the development of the Eyre Street complex was in the public interest and would be a good move for the city.
"Council granted approval for the change of use from the Central Power Station to the Film Studio," said City Council's general manager Mr Zaknich.
"It's one of the key milestone for the film studio development."
While Ccouncil could grant the re-use of the site for the multi-million dollar development to itself, it opted to have the independent body assess it to remain open and accountable.
"Council can grant it to itself but (to keep the process open and unbiased) it was done by the independent body," Mr Zaknich said.
The site had been proposed as a film studio due to the size of the buildings on it and their good condition.
Power to the Perilya mine which had been coming from the old CPS has since been relocated, and the Bankstown report noted that only minor work, like cleaning, painting and concreting, had to be done to get the place up to scratch.
The transfer of the site's ownership from Perilya to City Council, at the cost of $1, would happen within weeks, allowing for the remainder of the work to begin, Mr Zaknich said.
"The Perilya mine supply is now operating outside the building (and) we are finishing the rest of the cable relocation," he said.
"Once the sale contract is finalised we can concrete the floor and repair the roof."
Mr Zaknich said the project was on time to be ready for the filming of the new Mad Max movie, Fury Road, due to begin in August.
"August was always our target and it still is."
The film's producers have said the new studio will add another element to the city's desert location.
City Council will invest $1 million in the project while the NSW Government will contribute a further $1 million.

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Outback Car Trek success

Originally published: Friday, 25th June, 2010

Despite some bumps along the road the Royal Flying Doctor Service's 21st anniversary Outback Car Trek has ended successfully.

More than 330 people in pre-1971 cars took in some of the most remote parts of eastern Australia, travelling 3,741 kilometres in this year's event.
It began in Hay on June 6 and wound its way through outback South Australia and Queensland, before ending on June 12 on Hamilton Island, the destination of the first car trek.
Since it began back in 1990, the trek has raised more than $15 million for the RFDS.
While this year's tally has not yet been finalised, an RFDS spokesman said the goal of raising more than $1 million had been reached.
The final total will not be known for a couple of weeks because donations were still trickling in.
Trek organiser Bill Patrick said this year's event was "excellent".
"There was a large turnout and the country has never looked so good," Mr Patrick said.
He said despite the niggling mechanical breakdowns, the ingenuity of drivers was fantastic.
Travelling through Broken Hill was a highlight for Mr Patrick, even with the cold weather.
"A good time was had by all," he said.
Funds raised from previous car treks had helped the RFDS deliver emergency aeromedical and primary health care to communities in rural, regional and remote Australia.

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Keith Stanford a serious contendor

Originally published: Friday, 25th June, 2010

He may only compete for laughs but local motocross rider Keith Stanford has had a seriously good result in the recent Finke Desert Race.

 Competing in his fourth "Finke", the 22-year-old, riding a 2008 Honda CRF450R, finished an impressive 24th in his class and 40th overall - by far his best ever result.
 More than 500 riders and drivers took part in this year's race, described as the toughest in the Southern Hemisphere.
 Over two days and following the Old Ghan Railway track, competitors raced 230km from Alice Springs to the small town of Finke and back again.
 Its reputation as a tough event is justified, according to Stanford, who said several riders suffered broken arms and legs during the pre-race prologue stage.
 Stanford, who reached speeds of 170km/h during the race which was held over the June long weekend, completed the first day in just over 2hrs and 43min.
 His return trip was even faster, taking just over 2hrs 39min to return to Alice Springs, for a total time of 5hrs 23min, or 1hr 20min behind overall winner, Toby Price from Singleton.
 He put his good performance down to a "well-prepared" new bike.
 The result is even more impressive given his rather casual approach to the sport. The diesel mechanic's last competition race before entering the Finke was back in September last year at Mildura.
 But Stanford, who achieved his goal of finishing in the top 50, is serious about not taking racing "too seriously".
 Among other reasons, he says that it ensures he never gets too disappointed with his results.
 So he hasn't set the bar too high next year when he will compete in his fifth Finke with his father, Mark, who acted as crew chief and refueller for his son this year.
 "We'll see how we go. I'm not going to make any promises just yet," said Stanford, who had some help making it to the race.
 "I'd like to thank all the sponsors who helped out this year."
 Another local who competed in the event, Scott Dalby, said his team overcame an early setback to finish 14th in the pro-buggy class.
 Dalby and partner James Madden of Razorback Racing were last out of 94 competitors to begin the race, after their buggy broke a CV.
 The team still managed to finish 14th in their class and 27th overall, in a time of 4hrs 13min, just outside their target time of less than four hours.
 "A flat rear tyre added another 10 minutes onto the return time," said Dalby.


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Tributes flow in

Originally published: Thursday, 24th June, 2010

Tributes are flowing in for well-known local grazier Rob Seekamp after he was tragically killed in a plane crash.
Mr Seekamp has been remembered as a quiet but tireless worker, a voice for graziers in the western region and a loving father and husband of five children.
The close-knit Pastoralists Association of West Darling (PAWD), AgFair and the local member, John Williams, have all expressed sadness and shock at the death of Mr Seekamp, a third generation grazier.
The body of Mr Seekamp, 57, was found in a lake on his property, Woolcunda, by South Australia Police divers yesterday afternoon, along with the partially-submerged wreckage of his aircraft, a Cessna 172.
Mr Seekamp was last seen at around 9am on Monday when he took off in the plane from an airstrip on his property, about 120 kilometres south of Broken Hill. When he failed to return later that day an Australian Maritime Safety Authority air search and ground search was started.
The nation's air transport search team, 47 aircraft, including aircraft with night vision capability, scores of State Emergency Service workers, trained spotters, people on motorbikes, police from NSW, SA and VIC, ambulance personnel from SA, NSW and VIC and locals took part in the two-day search which covered more than 1,000 square kilometres centered on Woolcunda.
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TIRELESS WORKER
Mr Seekamp was the immediate past president of the PAWD and the vice chairman of AgFair.
He was the immediate past president and life member of the Nanua Picnic Race Club and the chairman of the Wentworth Branch of the NSW Farmers Association.
He was an experienced pilot, flying for more than 40 years.
Current PAWD president Sue Andrews said Mr Seekamp was a tireless worker for the grazing community.
"He was very well respected in the district (and) I think he'll be very greatly missed," Mrs Andrews said.
"He was a hard worker for the Western Division and nothing was ever too much for him. He tried his hardest to do everything for everyone."
For three years Mr Seekamp held the PAWD reins, working on issues surrounding the Silverton Wind Farm, graziers rights in relation to mines and drought funding. He was also instrumental in affiliating the PAWD, a 100 year organisation, with Australia's peak national farming body.
"He achieved quite a lot," Mrs Andrews said.
"One of the biggest things he did I suppose was instigating the affiliation with
the National Farmers Federation.
"It's a big thing for the PAWD. It gives us top level support."
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COMMITTED TO THE WEST
The Member for Murray-Darling, John Williams, said Mr Seekamp was a committed parent and husband and his death was a tragedy and a great loss.
"The death of Rob Seekamp will leave a huge hole in the grazing community in Western NSW," Mr Williams said.
"Rob had been an active supporter for graziers in remote areas and spent a lot of time with the ICPA.
"He has been a voice for graziers in Western NSW.
"He's been a committed parent and committed to the education of his children.
"My sympathy goes out to his wife, Vicky, and his children who I know will be missing him greatly."
Mr Williams said Mr Seekamp was a wonderful person.
"He was a quiet achiever he was a great guy," Mr Williams said.
"He just took everything in is stride and never missed a beat.
"It's a massive loss - a man of his calibre and his nature  - the loss is even greater."
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QUIET ACHIEVER
The chairman of AgFair, Kevin Taylor, said Mr Seekamp had been on the committee for two decades and was a great supporter of AgFair.
"Rob will be sorely missed. He was a tireless worker. Rob was a guy that nothing was too much trouble for him," Mr Taylor said.
"He attended all the (AgFair) meetings and it was a fair way for him to come but he always made a point of it.
"It is an absolutely tragedy and it's pretty hard to come to terms with at the moment."
Mr Taylor said he was a quiet but great achiever.
"He didn't say very much but you could rely on him. He was very much a quiet achiever," he said.
"He was a guy that used to nothing was too much trouble. He always made sure he was right in there giving a hand.
"We just wish his family all the best and it's pretty obvious what they would be going through. Whatever we can do we will and we wish them all the very best."
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CHILDREN'S EDUCATION ADVOCATE
Ross Andrews, a fellow grazier and long time friend of Mr Seekamp, was invovled in the search since Monday and said it had been emotionally tough.
"I felt it was heartfelt duty to spend the time looking for Rob," Mr Andrews said.
"It was very tough. I had to step aside today as I was emotionally taxed."
Mr Andrews said Mr Seekamp had children's education at heart.
He was the co-ordinator of the Volunteers for Isolated Children's Education (VICE), past president of the Broken Hill branch of the Isolated Children's Parents' Association (ICPA), past president of the NSW State Council ICPA, life member of the NSW branch of the ICPA and past council member of the Federal Council of the ICPA.
Mr Andrews said Mr Seekamp was also the chairman of the Allison House management committee and the Allison House Association and was a progressive grazier.
"He worked tirelessly for Allison House, the bush children's hostel, being its current chairman at the time of his passing," Mr Andrews said.
"It was a passion for him to assist in educating the children of the Western Division that never had daily access to school.
"He was a wonderful man who had the Western Division at heart and worked tirelessly for all that lived in it.
"He wasn't afraid to tackle new ventures with his grazing enterprise. He saw merit in moving into dorper sheep production and was very successful. He also appreciated the value of harvesting the local goats.
"Fellow graziers have been telephoning me for updates on the search and rescue.
"They had been hoping for good news and staying positive and we were eventually devastated at the loss."
NSW Police divers are expected to arrive at the scene today to assist in the salvage and recovery operation, police said.
Four investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau will also arrive at the scene to try to determine to cause of the crash, police said.

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Training to combat airport terrorism

Originally published: Thursday, 24th June, 2010

The Police Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command were
in the city yesterday to conduct training exercises for local airport
security.
Twenty-four country airports will be tested in the 2009-10 Regional
Airport Training and Exercise (RATE) program, police said.
The NSW Police Force Counter Terriorism and Special Tactics Command co-ordinated the training which involves a specialist team visiting each of the airports to undertake a range of activities.
The training team comprises officers from the Counter Terrorism and
Special Tactics Command
Co-ordinated Response
Group which includes Fire
Brigade and Ambulance
Service officers and representatives
of the Office of
Transport Security,
Department of
Infrastructure, Transport,
Regional Development
and Local Government.
The Counter Terrorism
and Special Tactics
Command Terrorism
Intelligence Unit, and
Australian Federal Police
Aviation Intelligence
teams also attended.
Sergeant Peter Ray,
from the Counter
Terrorism and Special
Tactics Co-ordinated
Response Group, said that
despite the extremely low
threat an upgrade in awarness
was needed.
“Enhancing security is
constantly looked at,” said
Sergeant Ray.
He said the program
also addressed normal
domestic airport problems.

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St John's church parade

Originally published: Thursday, 24th June, 2010

The St John’s Ambulance team held their annual church parade on Sunday.
The parade is always held on the closest Sunday to the 24th of June, which is St John the Baptist Day.
“It is for all St John
members and goes right
through from cadets to first
aid services and the training
branch,” said secretary and
training member Merrilyn
Pedergnana.
Each year they choose a
church and are included in
the church’s service. This
year they picked St James’
Church on Wilson Street.
“The reason we chose
that church was because
one of our cadets Jusara
Capel was the Cadet of the
Year, and it is her church.”
Jusara also did a reading
at the service, along with
chairman Jim Daly who
gave a short talk on the
history of St John’s which
goes right back to the
Crusade.
Anyone wishing to
volunteer or undergo
one of St John’s first aid
courses may contact Ms
Pedergnana on 0435 104
575.

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Karl showing his support

Originally published: Thursday, 24th June, 2010

South resident Karl “Otto” Hahn, a selfconfessed sports fanatic,
was desperately hoping yesterday for the Socceroos to win.
The 67-year-old, who has lived in Broken Hill since 2008, decorated the front of his house for the game that was to be played against Serbia this morning.
“I thought I’d do something
for South Broken
Hill,” said Mr Hahn.
“How good is it that?
I’m 67 and I can still do
this. You have to have fire
in your belly.”
Mr Hahn, originally
from Austria, said he
thought that with the city
being such an Aussie
Rules town he could bring
some soccer excitement
into other people’s lives.

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Locals on show

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd June, 2010

Selected local artists
will have their
works exhibited at the
Broken Hill Regional
Art Gallery next year in
a move to develop the
local art scene.
The gallery has put aside
six exhibition periods next
year to help encourage artists.
Regional Art Gallery
manager Bruce Tindale
said the measure, in its
second year, would have
many benefits for the artists,
including having their
work hung and viewed in
the gallery and through the
application process.
“It’s quite a valuable
thing,” Mr Tindale said.
“We get roughly 2000
people through every exhibition
period. We also take
out ads in the media, getting
their name out there.
“We have a lot of visitors
from away so they’re
not just exposed to the
local market.
“It can help assist with
their economic position -
if the works are for sale
it’s a chance to retail their
works.
“There are excellent
benefits for the artist.”
To apply, artists must
submit a proposal to the
gallery which includes
copies of their works and
a background of their proposed
exhibition.
Mr Tindale said the
process would be similar
to that of larger galleries
in other centres.
“This process has been
developed to ensure equity
in encouraging regional
artists to experience the
professional environment
of a regional gallery,” he
said.
“The application process
is similar to some
commercial galleries and
will provide the applicants
with useful professional
experience in developing
an exhibition proposal.”
Mr Tindale said both
individuals and groups
would be considered in the
selection process. A panel,
including members of City
Council’s Art Advisory
Committee, would decide
on the winners.
The six artists, or
groups of artists, will have
their work hung for about
six weeks and would be
shown with two other exhibitions,
possibly including
high quality art on touring
exhibitions.
Proposals must be
received no later than
Friday, September 3, and
artists will be advised of
the outcome by September
30.
Contact the Broken Hill
Regional Art Gallery on
08 8080 3440 or artgallery@
brokenhill.nsw.gov.
au for a copy of the guidelines
or to discuss your
proposal.

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The dangers of drink

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd June, 2010

Year 10 and 11 students
have been shown the effects
of excessive drinking
during a two-day forum
held as part of National
Drug Action Week.
Local students as
well as students from
Wilcannia, Menindee
and Ivanhoe attended the
forum conducted by the
Community Drug Action
Team (CDAT) on Monday
and yesterday.
One activity involved
students wearing “beer
goggles,” and trying to
manoevure around cones
while holding a tray of
drinks.
The beer goggles show
the students what drinking
does to their motor skills
and balance.
“It simulates the
intoxication level in six
different levels,” said
the secretary of CDAT,
Geraldine Kaczmarek.
Guest speaker Chris
Raine is the creator of a
blog titled “Hello Sunday
Morning”.
The blog detailed how
Mr Raine stopped drinking
for 12 months and the good
things he got out of it.
“The forum is aimed at
educating and increasing
awareness of the dangers
of excessive drug and
alcohol use and harm
minimisation,” said
CDAT chairman Scott
Hammond.
“This year we will pay
particular attention to
encouraging young people
to look at the alternatives
in lifestyle.
“This will complement
Chris Raine’s Hello
Sunday Morning project,
what could we be doing
on our Sunday mornings
instead of lying in bed
or lounging around with
a hangover, what are the
alternatives on a Saturday
night and what role can
the community play in all
this.
“These are just some of
the challenging questions
that will be put to our
young participants.”
Close to 400 students
attended the forum.

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After-hours replacement

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd June, 2010

The Outback Family Practice will run an after-hours GP clinic in Broken Hill after receiving $100,000 in funding from the Federal Government. The clinic will begin operating on Monday and will help ease the workload from the impending closure of the after-hours clinic operating at the hospital. “The contract we signed with the Department of Health and Ageing is for $100,000 over two years to run an after-hours clinic for our practice,” said the co-owner and director of the practice, Dr Ros Menzies. “The money is to go towards the receptionist wages and ... toward the doctors’ salaries as an incentive,” Dr Menzies said yesterday. The funding allocation comes just one week before the hospital’s after-hours clinic is due to close. That clinic, which has run on the weekends for the past two years, will close next Wednesday due to a shortage of staff. The Riverina Division of General Practice’s chief executive officer, Nancy Piercy, said last month that local GPs had not been willing to staff the clinic. But Dr Menzies said her co-owner and director Dr Funmi Komolafe and the four other general practitioners at the Outback Family Practice would be more motivated to work the extra hours given it was for their own practice. “We’ve all been really, really working hard anyway and it was really difficult to contemplate (working at the afterhours clinic),” she said. “(But) we’ve made the commitment, it’s our own practice, we are used to the systems, we’ll have a nurse most of the time - it’s more functional. “You’re not picking yourself up and going into a new environment.” Dr Menzies said the work burden would be eased for doctors working late because they would begin their shifts in the afternoon. She said GPs from other practices in town would be welcome to work on the roster. The after-hours clinic will operate from Monday to Friday from 6pm to 9pm and will be for emergency GP-type complaints like children with sore throats or other non-life threatening emergencies. Duty Senator for Farrer, Mark Arbib, yesterday welcomed the funding by the Minister for Health Nicola Roxon. “The Government’s investment will make it easier for the community to find a doctor after hours,” Senator Arbib said. “Good primary care in local communities means people stay healthier, manage chronic disease and illness more effectively, and stay out of hospital. “The Government’s General Practice After Hours Program is helping to build and strengthen after-hours care by general practitioners across Australia.” Appointments can be made by calling the clinic on 80887044.

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Draw for Barrier at State carnival

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd June, 2010

The Barrier Boys Football side headed across to Nowra on the NSW south coast from the 8th to the 10th of June to play in the PSSA Football State carnival.

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Couple following the sun

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd June, 2010

A Brisbane couple who won an all-expenses paid road trip around Australia arrived in Broken Hill at the weekend.

Tony Johnson and Sue Hammond entered a competition called "Follow the Sun", in which three couples each win $35,000 in prizes.
The prize includes a 13-week all expenses paid road trip around Australia, as well as a complete make-over for the winners' caravan.
Each winner takes one of three routes, and Tony and Sue are the only ones to travel through Broken Hill.
The Winnebago that the couple have had for more than two years had a new fridge and inside shower installed as part of their prize.
"We use to have an outdoor shower, which from a design point of view is a stupid idea," Mr Johnson said.
The couple have been on the road for just under a week, stopping at Gundagai, Narrabri, and Dubbo along the way.
"We left on the 16th of this month, and we travel through to the 15th of September," Mr Johnson said.
The couple have been "motor-homing" for 32 years, and this is their first visit to town.
Every caravan park they visit, the couple hold a "Happy Hour" where people staying at the park can meet them and share a drink.
Mr Johnson said it was good because it meant they had some other people to talk to about motor homing and travelling.
During their stay, the couple visited the Flying Doctor's and the School of the Air, and managed to fit in time to look at Peter Anderson and Pro Hart's Art Galleries.
"We could easily spend a weekend here," Ms Hammond said.
Mr Johnson said that the town had a lot of surprises in it.
"I think it's a surprising town, we didn't expect it to look like this.
"The heritage is just superb."
The couple will leave town today and stop over in Adelaide before heading on through Victoria.

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Jason goes to the printer

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd June, 2010

Jason McCarthur has realised his life-long dream of writing a children's picture book.

He has put pen to paper and finally published a story about his best mate.
After moving to Broken Hill eight years ago, Jason came up with an idea for a story after he saved his greyhound Kane, from drowning.
Jason and Kane were on the River Murray and Kane ran into the water, but he didn't know how to swim.
the incident inspired Jason to put pen to paper and he came up with the story "Kane goes to the beach". The book follows Kane as he has an enjoyable day at the beach.
He held on to the story for five years until his mother found it and encouraged him to get it published.
Jason asked Robert Groves to illustrate the book. When Robert coined the first pictures of Kane the greyhound, Jason knew he had chosen the "right person for the job".
"Kane was a fun-loving greyhound and Bob brought that out in the book," said Jason.
After about 15 months of work on the illustration then another two years to raise enough money to self-publish the book, "Kane goes to the beach" is now finally hitting the shelves.
"Everyone who has seen it is happy with it," said Jason.
This book has also helped others, with Jason providing the book to charities such as Lifeline and the Liberty Church and using it to raise awareness about the Greyhound Adoption Program.
Jason said he didn't write the book to make money and he was happy to be giving back.
The book can be found at Browsers Bookstore and South Newsagency.
Unfortunately Kane passed away three months ago and never got to see the final copy.

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Sunny Boy Love upto the challenge

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd June, 2010

Short-priced favourite Sunny Boy Love took out Saturday's GRNSW Country Challenge at the Newmarket Raceway with a devastating burst of speed from the boxes.

The Kenneth Gill-trained and Scott Slater owned dog was a couple of lengths in front by the time they reached the first line the first time, and was never headed.
Mildura Hoon chased him hard and got to within about a length coming off the back but the favourite clicked up another gear and burst away to record a five-and-a-half length win from kennelmate Uno Blackjack, who made good ground over the concluding stages. Mildura Hoon finished third two-and-a-quarter lengths away.
The time was quite quick - 30.44 - after running a blistering 30.30 in the heat last week.
The other feature event of the day was the Sturt Club Maiden which went to the Fred Sweet-trained Fifth Gear who began a little slowly but railed up brilliantly in the straight to score by two-and-a-half lengths from Brett's Boy with Lego Man third. Full results on page 14.

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Students take to the stage

Originally published: Monday, 21st June, 2010

The annual Willyama High School concert is being held at the Entertainment Centre on June 29 and everyone is invited to attend.

The concert, which is one of four performed by the school each year, will see students from year seven through to 12 take to the stage.
It will feature a range of solo, group, instrumental and vocal performances.
Tickets cost $7.70 and are available from the school office.
All locals are encouraged to come and watch the students perform at their very best, according to music teacher Velko Gavranich.
Mr Gavranich hopes to see as many people attend as possible and hopefully Willyama can match last year's numbers, which saw about 700 people attending.



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Fundraiser far from trivial

Originally published: Monday, 21st June, 2010

A trivia night aimed at raising money for two Willyama High School students to attend a leaders conference in the US was a surprising success on Friday night.

Year 10 students Hayden Zammit and Cassie McEvoy and English teacher Jo Hirst organised the fundraiser aimed at raising money for the two to attend the Global Youth Leaders Conference in Washington DC and New York City next month.
The event was held in the Musicians Club hall which was provided free of charge for the night by the club.
Organisers said over 150 participants attended the night that proved to be very successful.
19 teams of five or more worked through ten rounds of questions based on geography, entertainment, and sport; which were read by local radio announcer Andrew Schmidt.
Teacher Joanne Hirst was overwhelmed with the support from the community.
“We’re absolutely delighted because so many people have given things and provided donations,” Ms Hirst said.
Hayden Zammit was also surprised at the turn out and thanked the community.
“We’ve had great support from all people who have come to the Trivia Night tonight, especially with our auction that we’ve held,” Hayden said.
Art works from various Broken Hill artists were auctioned off by Nic McNamara at the half way point of the night, and caused some competition between the crowd.
John Dynon, Wendy Martin, Ian Lewis and Howard Steer prints earned over $700 collectively.
Julie Hart, who donated a framed print from her art gallery was bought for $230, and a Pro Hart original etching donated by his wife Raylee was bought for $500.
“We’ve estimated to have raised well over $1000 which is definelty a fantastic effort and a great contribution to our trip,” Hayden said.
A “Heads or Tails” competition was held along with bonus games which had players naming certain famous faces and flags from around the world.
MC Andrew Schmidt said it’s one of the biggest turn outs he’s seen for a trivia night.
“I’ve been involved with probably 100 quiz nights and trivia nights over the years and in terms of response this is the biggest one I’ve ever seen.”
“It was a great cause, raised quite a bit of money but at the end of the day the main thing is they’ve all had a little bit of fun.”
Hayden said currently, he does not know how much money was collectively raised.

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Range of pets for sale at Vet Clinic

Originally published: Monday, 21st June, 2010

The Broken Hill Veterinary Clinic is urging people to think about adopting an animal.

The clinic has 14 animals available including kittens, pups, cats and dogs.
Karen Savage, a veterinary nurse assistant, said a lot of people might not know that the BH Vet Clinic has pets for sale.
The six to eight-week-old pups include a Staffordshire bull terrier-cross, a labrador-cross, a chihuahua-cross and a border collie-cross.
The male short-haired kittens are about the same age as the pups.
The pets at the BH Vet Clinic cost $60 which includes micro-chipping.
Ms Savage said they also get a lot of strays and if anyone was looking for a lost pet they should visit the clinic in Rakow Street.

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Truckie's miraculous escape

Originally published: Friday, 18th June, 2010

Police are investigating whether a suspension malfunction caused a semi-trailer loaded with potatoes to overturn in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The 33-year-old driver suffered only minor injuries when his single trailer truck rolled onto the passenger's side and skidded along the side of the Barrier Highway before slamming into a creek.
Police said the truck driver, from Berri in South Australia, suspected some part of the suspension on his Kenworth truck failed as he negotiated a left hand band about 30 kilometres from Broken Hill.
They said passing motorists contacted police and that emergency services also attended the scene.
The driver, who did not need medical attention after the accident, did not appear to be at fault, said police.

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Airways pilot on a sentimental journey

Originally published: Friday, 18th June, 2010

The co-pilot of the first Silver City Airways Lancastrian that arrived in Broken Hill in 1946 has returned to the city.

Roy Day, a former Royal Air Force pilot during World War II, turned 23 when he first arrived in Australia from England.
He is now 86 years old and has come back to reminisce.
"Just after the war I decided there was nothing for me in aviation so I decided to fall on my father's profession of a dentist. But when I found myself sitting amongst school kids who hadn't had a four-year break in their education, it was all a bit over my head," Mr Day said.
He said that he could see from the aviation magazines in England that they were "crying out for pilots," so he got his pilot's licence.
In the first week he was offered three different jobs, one of which was with Silver City Airlines.
"I went up for the interview on the Monday and they said 'can you fly on Friday?," Mr Day said.
He remembers that they drove him out to Heathrow Airport the day before when the airport "was a marquee and there was so much mud about."
The plane he was flying was a converted Lancaster Bomber that seated 13 people, and Mr Day said that they had removed the turrets and put metal in its place.
They left London and stopped over in Malta, Cairo and Khartoum.
The crew spent several weeks in Johannesburg and then flew out to pick up a team of six geologists enroute to Broken Hill.
Mr Day said he arrived here on November 30, 1946 and enjoyed a lavish dinner at a local hotel.
"We had dinner at the Royal Exchange, and all the top brass from the mine were there, and it was quite a formal occasion."
Mr Day said that the crew was taken on a tour of a mine and later flew back to Sydney.
He said this week that coming back to town gave him a "nostalgia kick," although he didn't remember a great deal from his first visit.
Roy Day is a resident of Cornwall in the UK and has three children and eight grandchildren.
He was looking forward to riding the Indian Pacific train when he leaves for Sydney today.

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Council seeks to renew ties with Chinese city

Originally published: Friday, 18th June, 2010

City Council representatives met with a delegation from Taixing City, China, this week in a bid to revitalise the Sister City relationship between the two.

Councillors met with the Taixing delegation, now visiting Australia and New Zealand, on Wednesday in Sydney.
The delegation included Mayor Gao Yazi and Vice Mayor Huang Hongqi of Taixing Municipal People's Government and representatives of the Taixing Municipal Government Administration and Jiangsu Taixing Economic Development Zone.
The Sister City relationship between Broken Hill and Taixing was formed in 1998.
It aimed to freely exchange people, ideas and cultures to enhance the friendship and mutual understanding and goodwill of the residents of the two cities.
Councillor Bob Algate said the lunch meeting had gone well.
"During the meeting the City of Broken Hill progressed its earlier invitation to the City of Taixing for consideration of revitalising all aspects of this friendly relationship and that all avenues of economic development, trade opportunities, friendship and cultural exchange be explored to the mutual advantage of both communities" said Clr Bob Algate.
"Council has taken the first important steps to do so."

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Slater's Boy one to beat

Originally published: Friday, 18th June, 2010

Coulta Colleen's 525m track record has stood the test of time - nine years to be exact - but will come under fire when a locally-owned pup headlines the local Greyhound Racing NSW Country Challenge final tomorrow.

The Scott Slater-owned Sunny Boy Love appears to have a mortgage on the $3,000 winner's purse after coming within just 0.02s of breaking Coulta Colleen's long-standing mark of 30.33s in his heat run last week.
Sunny Boy Love, drawn a little awkwardly in box five for the final, has already amassed more than $40,000 in prizemoney, having predominantly raced at Adelaide's Angle Park.
But he faces a situation similar to 2009 when he was a raging hot favourite for the Broken Hill final, but bungled the start.
One who will be keen to take advantage of any chink in Sunny Boy Love's armour will be hometown hero Sheza Glamour, prepared by the husband and wife training team of Donna and Terry Gaiter.
The local Country Challenge final is one of the few feature events in town to elude the successful duo, and Terry Gaiter is hoping that can be rectified.
"It'd be good to win," he said.
"My wife has won the trainer's premiership out here recently and we've won just about every feature race here apart from this one and the McLeods Traditional, which is a big race held here on Melbourne Cup day.
"She's (Sheza Glamour) pretty well bred and it's a great achievement to be the only Broken Hill dog in the final."
One thing working in Sheza Glamour's favour is the coveted box one. The Where's Pedro bitch, boasting an edge in track experience on her rivals having had all but one of her 17 starts here, has never been beaten in four attempts with the red rug, a record sure to come under scrutiny in the final.
"I don't think she can beat Sunny Boy Love, but she's had four starts off the red for four wins," Terry said.
"You take Sunny Boy Love out of the final and she's right in it and off the red she's got to be a chance.
"She's an inside dog and she drew on the wrong side of the track (in the heats). We paid $500 for a half share in her and got her up from Melbourne and she has already won two feature races here at Broken Hill."
Such is the diverse nature of the field for the final that greyhounds based in NSW, Victoria and South Australia make up the top eight slated for the final on Broken Hill's biggest day of greyhound racing.
The Country Challenge final will start at 2.35pm.

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Footy fans line up to meet local hero

Originally published: Thursday, 17th June, 2010

Adelaide Crows’ forward Taylor Walker was in the town square yesterday to meet fans and sign autographs.
Taylor is home to catch up with family and friends and support a few local businesses.
This week of football is a split round and Adelaide will be up against Melbourne on Sunday.
Taylor will also be catching up with his old football team North.
So is there any chance of him lining up with the Bulldogs on Saturday?
“No, I fly out on Friday, but I will get out to see them train,” he said.
Taylor acknowledged that while this season hasn’t been one of the Crows’ best, he hoped that they might turn it around soon.
“This hasn’t been the best season. Hopefully we can get a few more wins.”
Local businesses are also getting behind the AFL rising star.
“He’s giving something back to the local kids,” said local shop owner Lyn Carthew.
Taylor will be at the Toyota dealership today from 3pm to 5pm to meet fans and have a chat.

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Bid to lengthen mine’s life

Originally published: Thursday, 17th June, 2010

Drilling has begun at a known deposit near the White Dam gold mine in an attempt to extend its mine life.

Just days after the official opening of the gold mine, 80 kilometres west of Broken Hill, drill rigs moved in to test other deposits.
Polymetals' chief operating officer Tim Dobson said now the mine was making money it was time to look to the future.
"Now that we have cash flow we are able to aggressively test the near-mine other deposits that we're aware of," Mr Dobson said.
"(Last) week we start(ed) our first sampling campaign so we're going to do some ... trenching. Our drill rigs are coming from the White Dam pit and they'll move directly onto the exploration drilling at the end of that."
The five-week drilling program will target Vertigo, which Mr Dobson said was the deposit they knew most about.
"It's the most well defined of our near-mine targets so we're going for that first."
This would be followed by other deposits located within five kilometres of the White Dam pit, including White Dam North and Ambush.
Mr Dobson said while White Dam's mine life was two years, a 1.5 year mine life extension had already been flagged.
"Potentially (there is) a one-and-a-half-year extension and we have to prove that with drilling and that's what we're going to start to do right now."
Mr Dobson said he hoped that a good drilling result could mean no gap between the end of mining on the current pit and the beginning of mining on the new targets.
"That will allow us to turn them into the next deposit with the ambition of not having a gap in production so that our earth movers can go straight from one pit to the next pit," he said.
"That's no mean feat. We have approvals to get through with government and we also have to do the technical engineering around bringing those other pits into production.
"That will take a little bit of time to figure out and come up with what is a resource statement for that deposit, turn that into a pit design, a haul road, go to the government and get permission to mine it and make s