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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.

November, 2012

Local businesses put first

Originally published: Friday, 30th November, 2012

City Council will put local businesses first with a new purchasing policy, but the mayor said it could cost Council in the long run.

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City farewells top trio

Originally published: Friday, 30th November, 2012

This Sunday will see the conclusion of local basketball for 2012, with Grand Final Day to be held at the R. K. Sanderson Stadium complex.

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Schofield still firing

Originally published: Friday, 30th November, 2012

They say there are three certainties in life.

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Men to take stand against violence

Originally published: Friday, 30th November, 2012

A handful of local men will champion the fight against domestic violence today at a ceremony in the town square.

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Barbecue to benefit charity for children

Originally published: Friday, 30th November, 2012

By Emily Roberts

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Asbestos confusion cleared up

Originally published: Thursday, 29th November, 2012

City Council held a successful information stall yesterday as part of Asbestos Week.

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Win for West Chix

Originally published: Thursday, 29th November, 2012

In hot and humid conditions, the West Chix defeated the Jesters by 12 goals to win the Broken Hill Netball Association A-grade Premiership on Tuesday night.

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Long-awaited festival to begin

Originally published: Thursday, 29th November, 2012

After months of organising, the long-awaited "Summer Vibes" festival kicks off at Patton Park tomorrow night.

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Calls for MP to"hit down doors"

Originally published: Thursday, 29th November, 2012

City Council will urge State MP John Williams to "hit down doors" to save the city's ratepayers from forking out almost $7m owed to Perilya.

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Councillor breaks silence

Originally published: Thursday, 29th November, 2012

Every effort has been made to gag councillors from speaking out about local issues, according to one disgruntled councillor.

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Festive season fire risk

Originally published: Wednesday, 28th November, 2012

With Christmas drawing near, more and more locals are putting up their festive lights.

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Deaths spark heat warning

Originally published: Wednesday, 28th November, 2012

Locals are warned to keep their pets cool and hydrated after the recent death of two dogs in Broken Hill.

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Lights competition switched on

Originally published: Wednesday, 28th November, 2012

Festive families will deck their halls with glowing lights when the ultimate battle for the city's best Christmas display kicks off today.

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Reunion touches hearts

Originally published: Wednesday, 28th November, 2012

A heartfelt letter from the widow of the late Bob Sanderson has proven a testament to the success of Broken Hill Basketball's recent Court One fortieth anniversary function.

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Algate promises to be more balanced

Originally published: Wednesday, 28th November, 2012

A councillor has been forced to exercise "discretion" and only cast City Council in a "favourable" light when talking to the media.

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Students get a taste of the working world

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th November, 2012

This week students will be out and about in the community learning skills that are essential in today's busy working world.

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Couple's creations on show

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th November, 2012

Rita Bruggy's Italian parents learned to make the most of what they had while living through the Great Depression.

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Players in top flight

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th November, 2012

Chris Vasey and Melissa Sinnott have walked away from the weekend's 48th Inland Darts Championships as winners, after both prevailed in tight Grand Finals.

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Aquifer questions remain

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th November, 2012

Federal MP Sussan Ley says she won't be supporting any measures that unfairly add to water charges for Broken Hill residents.

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Rate rise considered

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th November, 2012

City Council will for the first time ever consider raising rates for next year above the pegged increase of 3.4 per cent.

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Concerns about Basin Plan

Originally published: Monday, 26th November, 2012

Concerns have been raised about where the extra water will be coming from to meet the requirements of the final Murray Darling Basin Plan.

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Health minister visits city

Originally published: Monday, 26th November, 2012

The recent visit by the Federal Health Minister shows the government's commitment to health in Broken Hill, according to the city's Deputy Mayor and Labor Branch President.

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Dogs claim win in thriller

Originally published: Monday, 26th November, 2012

North have recorded a thrilling five run win over South at the Zinc Oval in a game which chopped and changed throughout the day before an eventual winner was found.

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Electoral changes aren't political: MP

Originally published: Monday, 26th November, 2012

State MP John Williams has dismissed allegations from Labor that new legislation in NSW that increases the acceptable voter differential between electorates was politically motivated.

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Aquifer back on agenda

Originally published: Monday, 26th November, 2012

The once shelved managed aquifer recharge project appears back on the agenda for Broken Hill, with the Federal Government saying work to estimate its cost is nearly complete.

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Butterflies deliver important message

Originally published: Friday, 23rd November, 2012

The need to provide support for young families was one of the key messages delivered to locals yesterday as part of Postnatal Depression Week.

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Eyes front for men's health

Originally published: Friday, 23rd November, 2012

To test or not to test - that is the big question for men worried about prostate cancer.

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BH draft fancy misses the cut

Originally published: Friday, 23rd November, 2012

Former West Robins' player and AFL hopeful, Mitch Clisby, missed out on being selected by an AFL club in last night's AFL Draft on the Gold Coast, despite speculation that he was on the radar of the Brisbane Lions.

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'Lakes face ruin'

Originally published: Friday, 23rd November, 2012

A plan to relax so-called "capacity constraints" at Menindee Lakes would ruin its wetlands and spoil the amenity of the area, a long-time observer has warned.

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Solar plant looks ready to roll: AGL

Originally published: Friday, 23rd November, 2012

Energy giant AGL says no "deal breakers" arose from its recent environmental assessment of the Broken Hill Solar Plant.

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Camp ground plan for popular park

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd November, 2012

By Emily Roberts

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Beverley's affection for dolls 30 years in the making

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd November, 2012

A woman who has been making and repairing porcelain dolls for almost 30 years will be selling her works at the Lifeline Fair this weekend.

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Big plans for pool

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd November, 2012

The YMCA has unveiled a range of programs and activities, including learn to swim, aqua fitness classes and 'dive in' movie nights that it will introduce when the Aquatic Centre comes under YMCA management on December 1.

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Cop drive hits town

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd November, 2012

The NSW Police Recruitment team was in the city yesterday to encourage more locals to join the force.

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School jobs slashed

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd November, 2012

The Broken Hill District Education Office appears set to lose around half of its staff but the NSW Education Minister doesn't know exactly which jobs are being cut.

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BMX is back on track

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st November, 2012

On Saturday the PCYC will reopen its BMX track for children.

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White Ribbon men show the sign of solidarity

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st November, 2012

Men who pledge to take a stand against domestic violence will be honoured at a public ceremony in the Town Square next week.

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In Wayne’s world the Town Square would be better

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st November, 2012

Traders in Argent Street hope new ideas for the Town Square will be pursued by City Council to rejuvenate one of the city's main venues.

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Top darts players headed for city

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st November, 2012

A selection of the country's best darts players will be in top flight in the city over the weekend at the 48th Inland Darts Championships.

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Rate hike fear

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st November, 2012

City Council may be forced to increase rates by 50 per cent in order to repay Perilya almost $7 million.

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Federal Minister on flying visit

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th November, 2012

The Federal Health Minister will visit the city on the weekend to officially open a $2 million addition to the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (BHUDRH).

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City to host Spanish Ambassador

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th November, 2012

City Council will learn more about renewable energy when Spain's former Ambassador-at- Large for Energy Affairs visits the city this week.

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Trainers hit with fines

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th November, 2012

A fiery afternoon at the race track has proven costly for three local greyhound trainers.

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More than a toy for this little boy

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th November, 2012

By Kurtis J Eichler

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Mine refund shock

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th November, 2012

City Council might have to hike rates to reimburse Perilya for millions of dollars after its land was dramatically overvalued unless the State Government intervenes.

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O’Farrell won’t budge

Originally published: Monday, 19th November, 2012

O'Farrell won't budge

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Public spirit trumps rising power costs

Originally published: Monday, 19th November, 2012

Locals have banded together to support the Silver City Cinema during difficult economic times.

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Tons of fun in a classic encounter

Originally published: Monday, 19th November, 2012

It was a humdinger of a match at the Alma Oval on Saturday - 422 runs scored, two batsmen getting centuries and the winner only decided in the dying overs.

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'Vinnies'shop celebrates milestone

Originally published: Monday, 19th November, 2012

The St Vincent De Paul shop in Argent Street will today celebrate its 50th anniversary.

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Major power upgrade to begin

Originally published: Monday, 19th November, 2012

Properties in the north of the city are about to receive a major power upgrade.

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Trip to get 'troubled' youths back on track

Originally published: Friday, 16th November, 2012

The police and PCYC are running a program to help youth change negative behaviour.

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Santa gifted shiny new reindeer

Originally published: Friday, 16th November, 2012

Santa's float in this year's Christmas pageant will be sporting some new reindeer, thanks to an artist and her family.

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Swim classes sunk

Originally published: Friday, 16th November, 2012

By Ben Sheffield

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Death prompts warning

Originally published: Friday, 16th November, 2012

Police and the SES are warning people of the importance of being prepared when travelling in remote areas after the death of a 33-year-old Ballarat man near Mutawintji National Park.

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Lost pair ‘lucky’

Originally published: Friday, 16th November, 2012

Two people who were found near Mutawintji National Park were lucky to be alive, police said yesterday.

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Turning risks into rewards

Originally published: Thursday, 15th November, 2012

Broken Hill Youth College students had the opportunity of working with a Los Angeles artist in digital media this week.

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Graduates to coaches

Originally published: Thursday, 15th November, 2012

Two graduates of the Talented Player Program are returning as coaches to help the next crop of young footballers work toward their goal of an AFL career.

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BH lung tests success

Originally published: Thursday, 15th November, 2012

The offer of a free lung test drew a good crowd to the Town Square yesterday for 'Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease' Day.

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Search tragedy

Originally published: Thursday, 15th November, 2012

A 33-year-old Victorian man who went missing with two other people in Mutawintji National Park on Tuesday, was found dead yesterday.

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Land Council goes cold on uranium

Originally published: Thursday, 15th November, 2012

The local Aboriginal Land Council (ALC) has turned its back on the possibility of staking a claim for uranium exploration in NSW.

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Schools to leave nothing to waste

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th November, 2012

City Council has received a grant of $9,000 to establish a recycling system in schools.

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Eye services area expanded

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th November, 2012

Eye clinic services have been expanded at the hospital.

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Menindee storm produces prized shot

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th November, 2012

Julie Fletcher says she's no storm chaser, but the professional photographer's ability to track and monitor a storm front hovering over the Menindee Lakes led her to capture the spell-binding image known as 'Graveyard.'

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Brent's push for AFL

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th November, 2012

West Football Club player, Brent Rose, is packing his bags for Perth after being selected for the second phase of Rio Tinto's Footy Means Business program.

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Dioceses support

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th November, 2012

Bishop apologises to abuse victims

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Lyn finds prince charming

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th November, 2012

Lyn Mayne's chance for a personal chat with the Prince of Wales may have been drowned out but it didn't put a dampener on her brush with royalty.

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'End the killing'

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th November, 2012

A leading Broken Hill vet believes that greyhound breeding controls need to be put in place, in the wake of recent criticisms about euthanasia rates within the greyhound racing industry.

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Finally, movement at Coles site

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th November, 2012

After a long wait, there is finally some activity at the city's proposed new shopping centre site.

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Join us in the gift of giving

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th November, 2012

As the festive season draws near, locals are being reminded to think of those for whom Christmas can be a financial struggle.

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'I was abused'

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th November, 2012

Man alleges assault in Cathedral

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Services ensure fallen honoured

Originally published: Monday, 12th November, 2012

A number of early Remembrance Services were held in the city last week.

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Cancer conference arms

Originally published: Monday, 12th November, 2012

Kerri with more tools Kerri Baker joined 600 breast cancer survivors in Sydney recently for a breast cancer national conference.

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West team to beat

Originally published: Monday, 12th November, 2012

In the only game of local cricket for the weekend, West have cemented themselves at the top of the ladder, and have the minor premiership in their sights, after a comfortable 46 run victory over Central.

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City pauses to remember

Originally published: Monday, 12th November, 2012

Broken Hill joined the rest of Australia in pausing to remember diggers killed in action at the Remembrance Day service yesterday.

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Roo trade reward

Originally published: Monday, 12th November, 2012

Re-opening the overseas kangaroo meat trade could prove prosperous for the Far West, the federal opposition says.

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Old favourites harder to find at supermarkets

Originally published: Friday, 9th November, 2012

A number of old food brands that have been around for generations seem to be getting harder to find.

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Adelaide team outruns local school sides

Originally published: Friday, 9th November, 2012

A cricket team from Adelaide High School was too good for the local school teams at a three-game cricket series held at the Alma Oval this week.

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Doctor celebrates a decade of helping local children

Originally published: Friday, 9th November, 2012

For 10 years a specialist paediatrician has been visiting the district to help children and their families.

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Choir to sing on the big stage

Originally published: Friday, 9th November, 2012

Ten members of the Broken Hill High School choir are heading off to Sydney for the Schools Spectacular.

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Tax to hit CBH hard

Originally published: Friday, 9th November, 2012

Perilya isn't the only Broken Hill miner to be hit hard by the carbon tax, with CBH Resources expecting a more than $7 million hit to its operating costs over the next three years.

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Play School visits Silverlea

Originally published: Thursday, 8th November, 2012

The children from Silverlea got a special treat yesterday when the film crew from Play School spent the day with them.

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Former fast bowler still having a ball

Originally published: Thursday, 8th November, 2012

For much of the 1980s, South Australian fast bowler Sam Parkinson was terrorising batsmen right around Australia.

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Electrical storm strikes city

Originally published: Thursday, 8th November, 2012

Adelaide copped it on Monday and yesterday morning it was Broken Hill's turn.

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Pool staff must reapply for their jobs

Originally published: Thursday, 8th November, 2012

City Council employees working at the Aquatic Centre will have to reapply for their jobs as part of the outsourcing of the centre's management to the YMCA of Sydney The YMCA is set to take control of the pool after Council voted in support of the move at its general meeting last month.

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Synthetic drug in city: police

Originally published: Thursday, 8th November, 2012

Police have confirmed the widespread existence of a synthetic drug in Broken Hill and warned people against using the "poison".

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Boost for Lifeline counselling services

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th November, 2012

With the rising cost of electricity, household items and everyday living there is a need for more financial counselling, according to Lifeline.

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Doctor’s national award nomination

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th November, 2012

A Broken Hill doctor could be in the running for an Australian of the Year Award.

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Children invited to send a letter to Santa Claus

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th November, 2012

Santa is making a list, checking it twice and working out who's naughty and nice, so to get in quick for the good gifts children are being invited to send the jolly, fat man in red a list of their wishes.

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City laps up Cup day

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th November, 2012

While most of Australia was watching Brett Prebble ride Green Moon to victory at Flemington, the Newmarket Raceway had its own boilover at yesterday's Melbourne Cup day feature event.

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SA set to recognise guardianship rights

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th November, 2012

Elderly Broken Hill residents will be among those set to benefit from expected new laws that will see enduring guardianships finally recognised in SA.

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New book focuses on film studio

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th November, 2012

A joint project between City Council and the University of Sydney has led to the release of a new book and the promise of further collaboration.

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Childcare centres burdened with change: Ley

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th November, 2012

By Emily Roberts

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Summer Vibes festival gets a boost

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th November, 2012

The inaugural summer festival event for the city has received a much needed donation.

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Former Lionel Johnston medallist North's new coach

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th November, 2012

Decorated former Bulldogs player, Mark Pitt, is returning to the club after being named as North's A grade coach for the 2013 season.

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Tribute show for Priscilla fans

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th November, 2012

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert fans are being treated to a tribute show this weekend, and its promising to have all the frills and spills of the movie.

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Racegoers are all smiles

Originally published: Monday, 5th November, 2012

Broken Hill's horse trainers may have walked away from the Silver City Races without a win, but there were a couple of local racegoers who were all smiles.

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Corey’s fight against cancer

Originally published: Monday, 5th November, 2012

Corey Hawes is determined not to let his pancreatic cancer diagnosis beat him.

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Event hits everyone for six

Originally published: Monday, 5th November, 2012

As one onlooker at Cawkers Well on the weekend put it; the Rotary Cricket Fellowship event was quintessentially Australian: mates, a few beers and all over a relaxed game of cricket in the bush.

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Talented students finish program

Originally published: Monday, 5th November, 2012

A group of talented primary and high school students have been working hard to develop their skills further.

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Police recruitment drive to hit the road

Originally published: Monday, 5th November, 2012

This month, the NSW Police Recruitment branch will hit the road to encourage remote residents to join the police force.

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Cheryl's star on the rise

Originally published: Friday, 2nd November, 2012

Cheryl Barry has been crowned the 2012 Zinc Bowling Club ladies singles champion after defeating Jenny Garner in yesterday's Grand Final.

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Broadband plan a disaster: MP

Originally published: Friday, 2nd November, 2012

State MP John Williams has labelled the National Broadband Network (NBN) the "biggest white elephant the Federal Government has seen".

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Hands off phone or cop a fine

Originally published: Friday, 2nd November, 2012

It is now illegal to use your hands to make mobile phone calls while driving.

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Germans love our wide brown land

Originally published: Friday, 2nd November, 2012

The cream of Germany's travel agents arrived in Broken Hill yesterday for a whirlwind two-day visit to see all that the outback has to offer.

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'Call off the cuts'

Originally published: Friday, 2nd November, 2012

Public and private schools want the State Government to reduce massive cuts to education funding after it was revealed that the State is $1 billion better off than it had estimated.

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Chemists move into mo mode

Originally published: Thursday, 1st November, 2012

Today will be the last time for a month that a number of pharmacists will display a clean top lip.

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Kiwis keyed up for a crack at Cawkers cricket weekend

Originally published: Thursday, 1st November, 2012

Two cricketers from New Zealand have joined the steady stream of Rotarians coming through Broken Hill on their way to Cawkers Well for this weekend's cricket matches.

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Busy bunch at birthday bash

Originally published: Thursday, 1st November, 2012

The city's second long-day care centre celebrated its first birthday yesterday.

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Wheel turns for artist Ben

Originally published: Thursday, 1st November, 2012

BH artist Ben Mawby said he wished he had taken art lessons when he was a kid and that he was therefore very much looking forward to teaching children at the PCYC.

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Teachers win new deal

Originally published: Thursday, 1st November, 2012

A staffing agreement has finally been reached between teachers and the NSW Government after almost a year of industrial action and failed negotiations.

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