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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.

October, 2012

Paull's perfect day

Originally published: Wednesday, 31st October, 2012

Jarred Paull put on a batting master class on the weekend, scoring 164 not out, to take his season average to a remarkable 290.

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The Tele stays on the stack

Originally published: Wednesday, 31st October, 2012

Extra, extra - you can still read all about it!

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Railway Town fete worth the wait

Originally published: Wednesday, 31st October, 2012

There will be plenty on offer at Railway Town Public School's biennial fete tomorrow night.

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Solar farm project a step closer

Originally published: Wednesday, 31st October, 2012

Energy giant AGL's proposed Broken Hill solar farm has taken another step towards development, with the project now on public exhibition.

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Perilya blasts tax

Originally published: Wednesday, 31st October, 2012

Mining company Perilya has blamed the Federal Government's carbon tax for a more than 50 per cent increase in generation costs at its Broken Hill mine.

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Doctor to lead new State body

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th October, 2012

A Broken Hill doctor has been appointed Chairman of NSW Health Pathology, a newly-created governing body linking four pathology networks in NSW.

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Savings sought for big truck detour

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th October, 2012

City Council is trying to secure more funding and also "sharpen the pencil" to overcome a $1 million shortfall in its heavy vehicle bypass project.

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It's better to bee safe

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th October, 2012

Staff at the hospital had a bit of fun spreading the message of safety during Safe Work Australia Week.

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Opening a window on Silver City

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th October, 2012

Broken Hill is set to feature on Play School's "Through the Windows" segment for the first time in the show's 46-year history.

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Heath at the helm

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th October, 2012

Justin Heath has been reappointed as Central's A-grade football coach for next season in a stamp of approval for his debut season at the helm.

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Work lurk revealed in corruption report

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th October, 2012

A report detailing how an employee at City Council's Warnock Street works depot corruptly accepted gifts from a supplier was released yesterday.

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Dream day for young hoop

Originally published: Monday, 29th October, 2012

Ben Sheffield

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Filmmaker chases her hometown dream

Originally published: Monday, 29th October, 2012

The writer of a film about following your dreams is hoping to start filming next year with the local landscape as a backdrop.

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Cup day a cracker

Originally published: Monday, 29th October, 2012

The Silver City Racing Club is thrilled with the attendance at its cup meeting on Saturday.

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Regional grants resized to fit

Originally published: Monday, 29th October, 2012

The latest round of Regional Development Australia (RDA) funding has opened with a new category for minor projects in small towns.

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Turbulent turbines

Originally published: Monday, 29th October, 2012

It's probably the most contentious issue of the Silverton Wind Farm Project - the placement of the turbines.

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Morning tea a sell out

Originally published: Friday, 26th October, 2012

The Pink Ribbon Morning Tea held at the Barrier Daily Truth yesterday was an outstanding success that left organisers tickled pink.

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Eye on the prize

Originally published: Friday, 26th October, 2012

The fields for the Silver City Cup have been confirmed after acceptances closed yesterday morning and 40 horses are primed to take part in the six-race meeting tomorrow.

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Enjoy a cuppa and that Convent view

Originally published: Friday, 26th October, 2012

An afternoon tea is being tomorrow to raise money for the Novita charity.

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Cuts to hit local TAFE campus: union

Originally published: Friday, 26th October, 2012

The number of TAFE courses available in Broken Hill could soon be cut by half, according to the Teachers Federation.

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Mobiles for councillors

Originally published: Friday, 26th October, 2012

City Council will now buy councillors mobile phones and pay bills of up to $100 a month for their use.

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Picnic with (furry) friends

Originally published: Thursday, 25th October, 2012

Bush kids from across the Far West held Teddy Bear Picnics on the station properties where they live yesterday as part of Children's Week.

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Radio hits played "right and tight"

Originally published: Thursday, 25th October, 2012

After a big day at the Silver City races on Saturday, everyone can continue the celebrations at the Night Train with Adelaide band "sideFX".

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Students make grade

Originally published: Thursday, 25th October, 2012

Outback International Taekwondo students are kicking their way through the grades, after a grading session held recently.

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Kids dig day in the park

Originally published: Thursday, 25th October, 2012

A Children's Day was held in Sturt Park yesterday for National Children's Week.

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Results point to mine

Originally published: Thursday, 25th October, 2012

Carpentaria Exploration says drilling results have shown potential for a new tungsten mine near the city.

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Meet my mate, Archie

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th October, 2012

A family has bought a dog to train him to help their autistic son.

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Make them swim

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th October, 2012

Swimming classes must become mandatory in all Australian schools to prevent further cases of drowning, the Royal Life Saving Society says.

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Shelter seniors ready to move into new digs

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th October, 2012

The RSPCA has a range of animals, to suit all sorts of people, that are looking for a home.

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Cup race in doubt

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th October, 2012

Saturday's Silver City Cup could be reduced to a five-race program after just five horses were nominated for the 2200-metre 55 handicap.

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Forgotten film gives glimpse of city in its prime

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th October, 2012

Before Mad Max and Priscilla: Queen of the Desert there was Barrier Story.

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Major network upgrade underway

Originally published: Monday, 22nd October, 2012

Major network upgrade underway Essential Energy crews have begun work on a major upgrade to the electricity network in Galena Street.

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A hair ball and other oddities

Originally published: Monday, 22nd October, 2012

Fans of half-blood wizard Harry Potter will know what a bezoar stone is.

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Central win battle over gallant North

Originally published: Monday, 22nd October, 2012

In a highly entertaining game at the Jubilee Oval, Central have walked away with the points, with a polished three wicket win over a gallant North outfit.

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Super Clinic on its way

Originally published: Monday, 22nd October, 2012

Outback Family Practice says work on the $7 million GP Super Clinic will start in "a couple of weeks."

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Lead goal 'too high'

Originally published: Monday, 22nd October, 2012

There is "definitive" evidence the nation's blood lead level guideline of 10 micrograms per decilitre (μg/dL) is "out of date" and should be lowered.

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Outback forgotten by Labor, says MP

Originally published: Friday, 19th October, 2012

Local MP John Williams has accused the NSW Opposition of being "city-centric" after it failed to appoint a spokesman for Western NSW in its latest reshuffle.

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A fine selection of the weird and wonderful

Originally published: Friday, 19th October, 2012

The high heels that supermodel Naomi Campbell wore during her famous fall on the catwalk will feature in an exhibition that is about to open in the city.

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Women to renew rivalry with Sharks

Originally published: Friday, 19th October, 2012

The Broken Hill women's combined football team will renew their rivalry with the Eyre Peninsula Sharks this weekend.

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YMCA ready to take the plunge

Originally published: Friday, 19th October, 2012

City Council will begin talks with the YMCA about managing parts of the Regional Aquatic Centre.

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'Power sale a certainty'

Originally published: Friday, 19th October, 2012

State MP John Williams says that selling NSW electricity networks would happen despite unions declaring it a "licence to gouge consumers".

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Physio shines a light on Osteo

Originally published: Thursday, 18th October, 2012

Make your first break your last - that is the message for World Osteoporosis Day on Saturday.

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Uranium mining inevitable: MP

Originally published: Thursday, 18th October, 2012

There had been no local backlash against a State Government move to allow companies to explore for uranium and it was only a matter of time before it would be mined, according to State MP John Williams.

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Summer soccer sessions

Originally published: Thursday, 18th October, 2012

Under 12 soccer players who are looking to take their game to the next level are being invited to try out for the Broken Hill Soccer Association's academy program.

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A veggie patch just like home

Originally published: Thursday, 18th October, 2012

The Shorty O'Neil villagers held a barbecue yesterday to celebrate the official opening of their new vegetable garden.

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War veteran finds gym and a new lease on life

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th October, 2012

Five months ago Korean War veteran Keith Suridge ditched his walking stick and became a gym junkie.

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Uranium alert sounded

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th October, 2012

Broken Hill would be on the "frontline" of the detrimental impact of uranium mining if the State Government went through with plans to approve it, according to a visiting anti-nuclear body.

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Big stage beckons

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th October, 2012

A trio of young Rugby League players have taken the first steps towards a career in the NRL by winning selection in the Far West Academy squad.

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Injured puss all alone

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th October, 2012

An adult cat is waiting for its owners to claim it after it was found injured in a garage pit.

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Newspaper reckons it’s better never than late

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th October, 2012

The Daily Telegraph will disappear from the shelves of local newsagents next month.

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Work bans won't affect local ambos

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th October, 2012

Ambulance officers in Broken Hill will not take part in work bans planned for Saturday in protest against new rosters introduced in the rest of country NSW.

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Close call for hotel

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th October, 2012

A fire at the Southern Cross Hotel yesterday could have caused serious damage if it was not for the quick actions of the fire brigade.

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Taekwondo a hit

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th October, 2012

A good crowd filled the Railwaytown School hall at the weekend for an eyecatching display of martial arts action.

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Day of remembrance

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th October, 2012

An annual memorial day is being considered for the workers who lost their lives in Broken Hill's mines.

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Publicans warn of hangover from taxing the tipple

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th October, 2012

Outlawing cheap wine and slugging drinkers about $10 a bottle won't stop people from seeking out low-cost options, the Australian Hotel Association says.

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Dusty old outback rich in plant life and carbon

Originally published: Monday, 15th October, 2012

A team of scientists has spent a week in outback NSW measuring trees and sampling soil within the confines of hula hoops.

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"Unsung heroes" win recognition

Originally published: Monday, 15th October, 2012

A local carer and support group have been recognised for their good work.

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Operation Christmas in full flight

Originally published: Monday, 15th October, 2012

Morgan Street Public School students have banded together to provide disadvantaged children with a happier Christmas.

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Roos give Robins a run

Originally published: Monday, 15th October, 2012

In the second of the scheduled 20/20 double headers, West recorded win number two but not before South sent a scare through the West camp, and only fell at the final hurdle.

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Aviation check MP to examine options

Originally published: Monday, 15th October, 2012

State MP John Williams will investigate air services amid calls to remodel regional aviation and deregulate the Broken Hill to Sydney route.

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Spring sprung a leak

Originally published: Friday, 12th October, 2012

Pelting hail and sheets of rain blasted Broken Hill yesterday, dropping the city's temperature to under four degrees Celsius in what is supposed to be Spring.

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Author overwhelmed by response

Originally published: Friday, 12th October, 2012

The author of a new book detailing the history of deaths on Broken Hill's mines says he has been overwhelmed by the response.

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Last ditch pitch

Originally published: Friday, 12th October, 2012

Cheryl Meuret's ambition to play out an incredible 50th season of local softball have been thrown into doubt after just one team nominated for the season.

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Idea to ditch helmet laws has local critics

Originally published: Friday, 12th October, 2012

Ditching compulsory helmet laws would lead to a revival in cycling and fewer accidents, a lobbyist claims.

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"Cars trump schools"

Originally published: Friday, 12th October, 2012

Money for motorway taken from education: Union

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Raising money for children's ward

Originally published: Thursday, 11th October, 2012

A show being held at Theatre 44 this weekend by young performers will raise money for the children's ward at the hospital.

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Things looking up for club

Originally published: Thursday, 11th October, 2012

Many people think that Freemasonry is a society cloaked in secrecy with peculiar ways.

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Turley bounces back

Originally published: Thursday, 11th October, 2012

Racer manages strong rally finish despite setback

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Kerri wins battle of the blooms

Originally published: Thursday, 11th October, 2012

Kerri Harrington has reigned supreme in the war of the roses.

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Honouring lost miners

Originally published: Thursday, 11th October, 2012

When Stan Goodman began researching deaths on the Broken Hill mines he never expected that a decade later he'd be launching a 400-page book on his findings.

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Pudding production no easy task

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th October, 2012

Whipping up close to 1800 RFDS Christmas Puddings is no piece of cake.

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US Consulate brings culture to outback youth

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th October, 2012

An officer from the United States Consulate has wrapped up a fleeting trip to Broken Hill yesterday.

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Margaret moves on from Celtic

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th October, 2012

By Ben Sheffield

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Stress less

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th October, 2012

Lifeline will be holding fun activities in the Town Square today for Mental Health Day.

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State tax slug

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th October, 2012

City Council has yet to form a stance on an emergency services levy which would see households having to fork out hundreds of dollars a year.

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Program's success recognised

Originally published: Tuesday, 9th October, 2012

The remarkable success of a re-homing program for Broken Hill's stray dogs has earned national recognition.

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Medical interns could be back on the roster

Originally published: Tuesday, 9th October, 2012

After a lengthy absence, medical interns could be back working at the Broken Hill Hospital as early as next year, Chief Executive Stuart Riley says.

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People stream into Water Week exhibition

Originally published: Tuesday, 9th October, 2012

An art exhibition celebrating the wonder of water has been a success.

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Chinner hits top gear

Originally published: Tuesday, 9th October, 2012

Resident speedster Steve Chinner has won the Broken Hill Mountain Bike Club's annual Poker Race, in a time of 1:23:15, the third fastest time in the race's 14 year history.

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Workers vow to fight

Originally published: Tuesday, 9th October, 2012

Public sector workers have vowed to continue the fight against cuts by the O'Farrell government with further work stoppages.

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Councillor ceases contact with media outlets

Originally published: Monday, 8th October, 2012

A councillor who once vowed to always speak out on important issues has had to cease contact with the media amidst a State Government investigation.

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West off to a winning start

Originally published: Monday, 8th October, 2012

West has recorded their first win of the season with a three wicket victory over Central in their opening Twenty20 fixture of the summer.

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Bees cause concern

Originally published: Monday, 8th October, 2012

Bees cause concern

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Locals flock to Aquatic Centre

Originally published: Monday, 8th October, 2012

The new pool is expected to receive more than 90,000 visitors in the next 12 months, which would be the highest patronage in three years.

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Jobs could be lost

Originally published: Monday, 8th October, 2012

Jobs could be lost in the city under a plan by the NSW Government to amalgamate its agricultural advice and pest control services.

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New machine sets the path ahead

Originally published: Friday, 5th October, 2012

The Central Darling Shire Council was one of the first councils in NSW to try out an innovative new road repair machine that enabled them to fix damaged streets in Menindee in record time.

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Aussie movies on top

Originally published: Friday, 5th October, 2012

It seems cinemagoers can't get enough of their foxie ladies and bopping showgirls - locally and nationally.

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Nominations open for Poker Race

Originally published: Friday, 5th October, 2012

With one of the Broken Hill Mountain Bike Clubs feature events, the 2012 Poker ride, just two days away, the club is calling for final nominations.

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Gardeners make pool bloomin' magnificent

Originally published: Friday, 5th October, 2012

Council's Parks and Gardens team have added a vibrant splash of colour to the city's new aquatic centre with recent landscaping work.

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Public service strike

Originally published: Friday, 5th October, 2012

The city's public sector workers will join forces with unionists across the State on Monday at a stopwork meeting to protest against planned cuts by the NSW Government.

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Sunday sale gives Cockburn a boost

Originally published: Thursday, 4th October, 2012

A performance by country music singer Tania Kernaghan and themed party nights are part of a big plan to revive Cockburn.

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New CEO to give it a go

Originally published: Thursday, 4th October, 2012

After spending a decade with the NSW Department of Education and Communities, local Michael Williams has stepped into a very different role.

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Tournament a first

Originally published: Thursday, 4th October, 2012

History will be made this month weekend when the first ever International Taekwondo Federation accredited Taekwondo tournament is held in Broken Hill.

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Turbines too close for town’s comfort

Originally published: Thursday, 4th October, 2012

Silverton residents say they will fight to have the wind turbines moved further from the township to lower the chances of noise pollution.

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Kids flock to new playground

Originally published: Thursday, 4th October, 2012

An upgrade to play equipment at AJ Keast Park that makes it easier for children with a disability to enjoy themselves is proving very popular during the school holidays.

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Village work gets underway at last

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd October, 2012

After years of build up there's signs of movement on the Excelsior Oval.

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Petrol companies take bush for a ride: NRMA

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd October, 2012

Motorists are still being taken for a ride at the bowser, coughing up more than their city counterparts.

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Veterans Golf Championship comes to a close

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd October, 2012

BH golfers have won both the Men's and Women's Veterans Stableford Championships held in Broken Hill last week against strong competition from a large contingent of visitors.

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Life savings lost

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd October, 2012

Business owners and cashiers are being asked to keep an eye out for customers using tightly rolled $100 notes after an elderly couple were robbed of their life savings.

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Councillors join iPad generation

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd October, 2012

Every councillor and senior manager will soon receive a brand new iPad as part of a $40,000 technology upgrade at City Council.

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CCTV 'not a priority'

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd October, 2012

CCTV isn't the City Council's 'top priority' despite the case of murdered Melbourne woman Jill Meagher highlighting its effectiveness in cracking the case, a councillor says.

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Pooncarie sets the pace

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd October, 2012

Not only did the Broken Hill horse trainers leave Saturday's annual Pooncarie Cup races empty handed, but they are now likely to face the same tough opposition at the October 27 Silver City Cup meeting on their home track.

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Parents not heeding buckle-up message

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd October, 2012

There are ongoing concerns around child and toddler safety in cars, but according to locals, the rules for car restraints need to be clarified.

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Get some good food on your fork

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd October, 2012

Move over Good Food Week - Good Fork Week is turning up the heat in kitchens and challenging chefs to whip up healthier meals.

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One giant leap for space art

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd October, 2012

In order to recreate an alien planet, visiting artist Adam Norton needed a unique location with some of the strangest landscapes on earth.

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