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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.

June, 2012

Iron mum

Originally published: Friday, 29th June, 2012

A local woman who covered a staggering 226km in a Cairns Iron Man event said part of the reason she undertook the challenge was to encourage her two daughters that anything was possible.

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Bench can rest easy as a big attraction

Originally published: Friday, 29th June, 2012

Tourists still love their larger-than-life monuments, and Broken Hill's Big Bench is one of their favourites.

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Parking wars

Originally published: Friday, 29th June, 2012

Argent Street traders are fuming over a City Council decision to put a time limit on an off-street parking lot.

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Join Red Nose Day and show your true colours

Originally published: Friday, 29th June, 2012

Today is Red Nose Day and everyone is being encouraged to help support the thousands of families who have experienced the loss of a baby or child.

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Councillor rejects car wash allegation

Originally published: Friday, 29th June, 2012

A councillor who was accused of using City Council funds to pay for a car wash said yesterday that she was set up.

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A star on the rise

Originally published: Thursday, 28th June, 2012

Broken Hill reinswoman, Cassie Robinson, has returned from the Harness Racing NSW Rising Stars Series in Sydney buoyed by some top results.

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24-hour trade trial granted

Originally published: Thursday, 28th June, 2012

Hungry Jacks will become the first fast-food outlet in the city to open its restaurant to 24-hour trade.

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Students sign up for courses at TAFE

Originally published: Thursday, 28th June, 2012

TAFE opened its doors to prospective students yesterday and those who missed the enrolment day will be pleased to know they can still
sign up for courses at the college.

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"Extravaganza of physics"

Originally published: Thursday, 28th June, 2012

The wonders of modern technology seem almost miraculous but they all owe much to the science of physics.

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Holden happy to be back

Originally published: Thursday, 28th June, 2012

Actor and singer Frankie J Holden is taking in the sights and sounds of Broken Hill and district for his travel show 'What's Up Downunder.'

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State selection

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th June, 2012

Local junior footballers, Lachlan Tiziani and Trent Barraclough, have been selected to play in the Under 15 NSW state team.

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Store owner's hungry for win

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th June, 2012

A fast food owner has said she will continue to fight until she is allowed to open her restaurant for 24-hour trading on weekends.

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MP condemned over comments

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th June, 2012

The NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) has condemned comments by local MP John Williams that gay marriage was "unnecessary".

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Website offers help to cancer sufferers

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th June, 2012

A Broken Hill man who bravely fought cancer for 10 years until he passed away last month will "live on" as an online advocate helping other country patients in their battle with the disease.

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Dick drops in with cash to splash

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th June, 2012

Entrepreneur Dick Smith has warned shoppers about buying the cheapest brands and not supporting Australian made products.

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River runs riot

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th June, 2012

River has taken out the annual River v City Rugby League match for a fourth consecutive time, thumping City 38-18 at Jubilee Oval in front of a bumper crowd on Sunday.

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Diocese split still a major possibility

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th June, 2012

A task force put together to assess the future of the Wilcannia-Forbes diocese visited Sacred Heart Parish Primary school yesterday.

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A park worth playing in

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th June, 2012

A brand new playground and an activities van with all the latest digital technology are about to be given to the children of Wilcannia.

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Gay marriage a non issue: MP

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th June, 2012

Local MP John Williams said that he had voted against gay marriage during a conference at the weekend because no one had lobbied him to vote for it.

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Bush taken for a ride

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th June, 2012

Broken Hill motorists are still paying close to $1.50 at the bowser despite petrol prices plunging to under $1.30 elsewhere.

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South's great escape

Originally published: Monday, 25th June, 2012

South have overcome a dogged Central in the final minutes of the game to steal a memorable six point victory at Memorial Oval on Saturday.

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DRAG slams funding cut

Originally published: Monday, 25th June, 2012

The Darling River Action Group's (DRAG) president has said reduced funding to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority was a backwards step.

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Museum plans Historic giveaway

Originally published: Monday, 25th June, 2012

Dozens of old typewriters and calculators are being given away by the Sulphide Street Railway Museum in a bid to refine its collection.

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Rail upgrade nears end

Originally published: Monday, 25th June, 2012

Work on the largest upgrade in a century to the Broken Hill to Parkes rail line is almost complete.

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Dance takes Danny places

Originally published: Monday, 25th June, 2012

A Broken Hill born dancer and his troupe of performers have made it into the semi-finals of top-rating TV show Australia's Got Talent.

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Milestone Matt

Originally published: Friday, 22nd June, 2012

West ruckman Matt Nelson will this weekend pull on the boots for his 100th game, notching up another milestone in a career that has so far spanned two club best and fairest awards and Broken Hill representative honours.

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Councillor moving interstate

Originally published: Friday, 22nd June, 2012

He's leaving Broken Hill, but Councillor Neville Gasmier insists he won't throw in the towel before his time at council is up.

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'Fasting Felix' the daredevil adventurer

Originally published: Friday, 22nd June, 2012

At five feet six inches tall and weighing 10 stone 8 pounds (68 Kilos) Felix Tanner was very well built and extremely powerful in his upper body.

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Thrillseeker numbers soar

Originally published: Friday, 22nd June, 2012

This weekend's Skydive Oz at the Broken Hill Aero Club has attracted the largest number of thrillseekers since it first came here 11 years ago.

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Young musicians heading to Sydney

Originally published: Friday, 22nd June, 2012

City Council is sponsoring eight of the city's best young musical performers to take part in the Bankstown Cultural Exchange next week.

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Historic site now littered

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th June, 2012

The historic Block 10 lookout is now littered with fast food rubbish.

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Broncos girls star in Mildura

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th June, 2012

Broken Hill's Broncos Under 12 Girls Basketball team took the Mildura Junior Basketball Carnival by storm, cruising through the competition undefeated and dominating in the Grand Final.

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Hayden to address youth leaders

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th June, 2012

A Year 12 student who has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal will be the keynote speaker when young leaders from across the West gather at a conference next week.

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Report calls for infrastructure funding revamp

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th June, 2012

Broken Hill could benefit from proposed measures aimed at helping councils fund and undertake infrastructure projects, according to City Council's general manager Frank Zaknich.

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Pine Creek Bridge re-opened

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th June, 2012

After three months of repairs, the Pine Creek Bridge on the Adelaide road has finally re-opened.

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Walker signs a new deal with the Crows

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th June, 2012

Adelaide key forward, Taylor Walker, has put pen to paper on a three-year contract, meaning he will remain a Crow until at least the end
of the 2015 season.

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A love that has lasted

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th June, 2012

Joan and Howard Knowles might live in Bathurst but they'll always call Broken Hill home.

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Silverlea gets welcome gift

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th June, 2012

The Silverlea Early Childhood Services has welcomed a much-need gift of $1000 from the Tydvil Hotel's social club.

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Fight for stockyards continues

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th June, 2012

Pastoralists have vowed to keep on fighting to have stockyards returned to Broken Hill after their latest bid for funding was rejected.

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Teenagers talk about important topics

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th June, 2012

Youth speaker Peter Slattery had his teenaged audience laughing, talking and thinking during yesterday's Drug and Alcohol Forum.

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Roos stake claim for the top spot

Originally published: Monday, 18th June, 2012

South have further narrowed the gap on ladder leaders North, following a 36 point victory over West at Alma Oval on Saturday.

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Century-old style features at event

Originally published: Monday, 18th June, 2012

Over 200 locals stepped out in style for the Broken Hill Quota Club's "Sip in Style" fashion parade on Saturday.

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Female doctors meet in Silver City for annual conference

Originally published: Monday, 18th June, 2012

A doctor visiting the town to speak at a conference for female GPs in the outback has described the group as a great support for women.

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Feeling hot, hot, hot!

Originally published: Monday, 18th June, 2012

A local man is growing chilli that is so fiery it is impossible to touch without gloves on.

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Lucky to be alive

Originally published: Monday, 18th June, 2012

The passenger of a truck which rolled over just outside Broken Hill yesterday believes he is lucky to be alive.

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Revival the aim

Originally published: Friday, 15th June, 2012

Smallbore Prone shooter, Paul Reed, is trying to keep the unique sport alive in Broken Hill.

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Local exhibition a first

Originally published: Friday, 15th June, 2012

Photographs that merge the city's past with its present feature among four exhibitions that open tonight at the Regional Gallery.

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Electricity up 'but so is the support'

Originally published: Friday, 15th June, 2012

While some households will be out of pocket due to the latest rise in electricity costs, government assistance packages may leave others better off than last year.

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Chance to help walkers

Originally published: Friday, 15th June, 2012

The 2012 Autism Walk from Broken Hill to Wellington is coming up and locals are holding fundraisers to help.

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Lights, camera action aplenty

Originally published: Friday, 15th June, 2012

Tres chic gave way to hot pants, flares and the hippielook at the Palace Hotel for the filming of the reality show 'I Will Survive' last night.

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Budget impact yet to surface

Originally published: Thursday, 14th June, 2012

School funding was boosted by three per cent in the new State budget but whether students in the Far West will be better off remains unknown.

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Flying GPs drop in

Originally published: Thursday, 14th June, 2012

This weekend the Royal Flying Doctor Service will be holding a conference for its women GPs who work in the outback.

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Gift of warmth

Originally published: Thursday, 14th June, 2012

By Kurtis Eichler

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No relief as electricity costs rise

Originally published: Thursday, 14th June, 2012

Low income earners, pensioners and City Council are expected to be among the hardest hit by a 19.7 per cent electricity price hike - the third double digit increase in as many years.

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Old Lizards too classy for SA at the Jube

Originally published: Thursday, 14th June, 2012

Shingleback coach Brett Morris wielded the axe, dropping 11 players from the recent loss in Clare and rushing in untried rookies Phil Neal,

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All set for record race meet

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th June, 2012

Greyhound followers in Broken Hill will this weekend be able to enjoy a record breaking day of racing, with 15 races to be held as part of the Greyhound Racing NSW Country Challenge.

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Danger Youth Council event might not run

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th June, 2012

The BH Youth Council's annual Family Fun Day might not go ahead this year unless it gets support from other organisations.

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Black can take on Labor

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th June, 2012

Peter Black has been given the go-ahead to run against Labor at September's Council elections, where he hopes to win back his 'Mayor of
Broken Hill' title.

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Make sure you're not a victim this winter

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th June, 2012

Broken Hill's firefighters are warning residents that fires can turn deadly in winter.

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Young Summer soaks up some winter rays

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th June, 2012

After a below average start to winter, locals can expect to enjoy more milder weather throughout the week.

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Solar power boost

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th June, 2012

Broken Hill is on the way to becoming a major renewable energy hub following the announcement it will co-host one of Australia’s largest solar projects.

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Merry’s medal

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th June, 2012

For almost 20 years Merrilyn Pedergnana has been at the forefront of many volunteer groups.

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Women kicking goals

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th June, 2012

Fledging female league expanded

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Lifeline could do with a little help

Originally published: Saturday, 9th June, 2012

Lifeline would like everyone to do a bit more to help in these uncertain financial times, according to a visiting boss for the support service.

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Short-handed Shinglebacks face SA

Originally published: Saturday, 9th June, 2012

The Shinglebacks tackle a South Australian representative team tomorrow at the Jube in Masters AFL, with the big clash set down for 12.30pm start.

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Ready to roll

Originally published: Saturday, 9th June, 2012

A 26-strong contingent of indoor bowlers from Broken Hill will today begin their tilt at Regional Championship glory in Adelaide.

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Hayden stakes his claim

Originally published: Saturday, 9th June, 2012

Hayden Ron Netherwood might have a whopping honour to his name just days after being born.

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Mine worker badly hurt in fall

Originally published: Saturday, 9th June, 2012

A mine worker was seriously injured after falling down the main shaft at Perilya’s Southern Operations yesterday morning.

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Long road to the top

Originally published: Friday, 8th June, 2012

Ian Callinan’s football story is out of place in the modern AFL landscape.

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Pies confirm premiership credentials

Originally published: Friday, 8th June, 2012

Central 12-14 (86) def, West 3-5 (23)

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Birthday party time at the Y

Originally published: Friday, 8th June, 2012

Broken Hill’s YMCA - the oldest in the State - inviited everyone to join in the fun as “the Y” celebrated almost 170 years of existence this week.

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No dough for Lode road

Originally published: Friday, 8th June, 2012

Cash-strapped City Council has knocked back a request from a State Government department to fund urgent repairs to the Miners’ Memorial access road and carpark.

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24-hour burgers are off the menu for now

Originally published: Thursday, 7th June, 2012

Late night fast food customers can be catered for on weekends without forcing them to use the drive-thru, according to Hungry Jack’s owner, Carrie Oakley.

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Boost for new media project

Originally published: Thursday, 7th June, 2012

Funding of $30,000 has been won to prepare young digital creative industry entrepreneurs for the future.

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Hockey competition back on track

Originally published: Thursday, 7th June, 2012

After a doubtful beginning to the season, the Broken Hill Hockey Association has announced the formation of a hockey league to be played in 2012. 

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Haul road hitch

Originally published: Thursday, 7th June, 2012

Doubt remains over State Government support for the proposed $8 million heavy vehicle bypass road, despite the project securing federal funding yesterday.

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Learn the tricks of the torso

Originally published: Thursday, 7th June, 2012

A sculpture workshop at the Regional Art Gallery this weekend will feature a life model and expert tutors.

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Hawke eyes more titles

Originally published: Thursday, 7th June, 2012

Broken Hill’s quoits team is ready to defend their 2011 Team and Singles titles at this weekend’s Australian Rope Quoits Championships in Melbourne.

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Crows a hit with kids

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th June, 2012

Adelaide Crows players, Taylor Walker, Ian Callinan and Bernie Vince were a hit with the locals after yesterday taking part in school visits, a football night and a coaching clinic.

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Jobs lost to Dubbo

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th June, 2012

A last ditch attempt to save Broken Hill’s Small Business and Regional Development Office from closure has failed.

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Silver City on the app

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th June, 2012

Two young men have come up with a brilliant idea for promoting Broken Hill and district to visitors and locals alike.

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Hot shots set for SA titles

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th June, 2012

Ten members of the Broken Hill Eight Ball Association will this spend their long weekend at Kangaroo Island in action at the South Australian State Eight Ball Championships.

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An audience with Ebert

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th June, 2012

Port Adelaide champion, Russell Ebert, has slammed the AFL substitute rule, called for players to be better equipped with life skills and opened up about his sacking from Port Adelaide, in a passionate and honest Miners Cup dinner function address.

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Europe turmoil hits home

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th June, 2012

 By Darrin Manuel

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Trev’s revved up about Venus

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th June, 2012

Astronomer Trevor Barry has his telescope at the ready for a momentous intergalactic occasion.

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Yabbies hold on in a thriller

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th June, 2012

Menindee Yabbies and Wilcannia Boomerangs both picked up wins at the weekend in the Outback Rugby League. 

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Kids keen on Crows

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th June, 2012

AFL players, Taylor Walker, Bernie Vince and Ian Callinan will today touch down in Broken Hill for a day with the community at school visits, sponsorship appearances, a coaching clinic and a dinner to support junior football.

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Northerners too quick out of the blocks

Originally published: Monday, 4th June, 2012

A strong second half showing from Broken Hill allowed them to salvage a respectable loss from Saturday’s Miner’s Cup clash at AAMI Stadium.

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Murray-Darling monster

Originally published: Monday, 4th June, 2012

Impending changes to State electorate boundaries are expected to see the biggest seat in NSW, Murray-Darling, grow by about 50,000 square kilometres.

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Intrepid youngsters keen to lead

Originally published: Monday, 4th June, 2012

Broken Hill High School student Ethan Thomas is preparing to walk the Kokoda Track after being selected through the Max Potential program.

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We're ready: Ruddock

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd June, 2012

Despite a build up hampered by injuries and unavailable players, Broken Hill’s coaches and players firmly believe that they can win today’s Miners Cup match against the Far North Football League at AAMI Stadium.

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Rivalry renewed

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd June, 2012

The Broken Hill combined side has made its way to AAMI Stadium for today’s big clash against Woomera Districts, for some a rare glimpse of an AFL arena and for others a happy hunting ground.

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On the right track

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd June, 2012

Council given OK to take out loan

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Get ready to rock

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd June, 2012

Music fans searching for a break from the mainstream are invited to experience a much heavier sound at the Night Train tonight.

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Feel like some horsing around?

Originally published: Friday, 1st June, 2012

The Broken Hill Pony Club is holding its annual Gymkhana on Sunday and everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the fun.

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We had no choice

Originally published: Friday, 1st June, 2012

John Williams MP says the Nationals would not support any sell off of the State’s electricity distributors.

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Ready for a Royal row

Originally published: Friday, 1st June, 2012

Ed Hibberd, a Queensland surf lifesaver who grew up in Broken Hill, has been selected as part of an Australian contingent of rowers to take part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in London on Sunday.

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