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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.

December, 2012

Charity work has its rewards

Originally published: Monday, 31st December, 2012

Hayden Zammit has been rewarded for his dedication to charity with an invitation to Sydney’s famous New Year’s Eve festivities.

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Week of heat to test us

Originally published: Monday, 31st December, 2012

Broken Hill can expect a hot start to the New Year, according to the Weather Channel.

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2013: the year we search for meaning

Originally published: Monday, 31st December, 2012

With 2012 almost at an end, many people are wondering what 2013 will have in store.

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A nation prepares to party

Originally published: Monday, 31st December, 2012

SYDNEY - A glittering night planned by pop princess Kylie Minogue will lead New Year’s Eve celebrations throughout Australia.

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So many ways to ring in New Year

Originally published: Monday, 31st December, 2012

Locals keen to celebrate the end of 2012 have a wealth of places to choose from to ring in the New Year.

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Roo girls looking to recruit

Originally published: Saturday, 29th December, 2012

By Darrin Manuel

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Property damage on the rise

Originally published: Saturday, 29th December, 2012

However, the latest data from the State’s independent crime reporting body, the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, also shows that it was the only one of the major 17 offences to have increased here.

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Good deed for red dog

Originally published: Saturday, 29th December, 2012

A kelpie who was looking for a long lift home has found one, thanks to the kindness of one local gentleman.

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Boxing Day “bedlam” at one little shop

Originally published: Friday, 28th December, 2012

Cash registers were ringing during the Boxing Day sales elsewhere in Australia but in Broken Hill most shops enjoyed a rare day off. 

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All gone in a flash

Originally published: Friday, 28th December, 2012


By Emily Roberts

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The toast of the town

Originally published: Friday, 28th December, 2012

Raise your glasses to the Palace Hotel - it has now been ranked in the top 30 pubs in NSW.

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Kerry Halliday memorial results

Originally published: Thursday, 27th December, 2012

The Kerry Halliday Memorial harness racing meeting was special in every way - a brilliant mile rate, Kacey Hocking’s first winner as a trainer-driver, and a good clean-run race for the benefit of the appreciative crowd. The fitrst meeting of the season drew a very good crowd who had decided that, on such a lovely night, the trots was the place to be.

Results from the meeting on Sunday night:

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Council seeks savings

Originally published: Thursday, 27th December, 2012

Perilya won a bid that saw its land value revalued from $20.9m to $4.9m in October, resulting in more than $6.8m owed to the company by Council in excess rates.

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Santa brings families together

Originally published: Thursday, 27th December, 2012

Children enjoyed being surprised by Santa on Tuesday and grandparents had a great time too, spending the day with their grandchildren. Here in Broken Hill many families travelled great distances to be home for Christmas. Take cousins (pictured from left) James O’Neill (4), Ciara O’Neill (6), Patrick O’Neill (7), Georgie O’Neill (10) holding baby Jenson Reed (3 months) and Harry O’Neill (3), for example. James, Ciara and Harry all travelled from Sydney while Patrick and Georgie came down from Cairns and little Jenson from Launceston. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

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Dr Steve reflects on time well spent

Originally published: Monday, 24th December, 2012

Broken Hill doctor Steve Flecknoe-Brown regrets the need to step down as Chairman of the Far West Local Health District but he is looking forward to the freedom that would come with the move.

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Gift for hospital kids

Originally published: Monday, 24th December, 2012

Children staying in hospital now have some new computer games to enjoy and occupy them while they are recuperating.

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Samoan sojourn for student teacher Tim

Originally published: Monday, 24th December, 2012

A young university student has just come home from Samoa where he lived in a village and taught the locals a thing or two about Rugby Union.

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By Andrew Robertson

Originally published: Monday, 24th December, 2012

Aged care providers will be made to publish their accommodation prices and seek approval for charges over a certain level as part of new guidelines announced by the Commonwealth.

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A gift for everyone

Originally published: Monday, 24th December, 2012

Santa touches down in Broken Hill overnight and he will be bringing a cool change and some showers with him.

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Hard work brings welcome results

Originally published: Friday, 21st December, 2012

The news that years of hard work had paid off was a welcome early Christmas present for HSC student Meg Clarke.

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Stellar season for squash

Originally published: Friday, 21st December, 2012

Squash has had a standout year in the Silver City, with growing numbers taking to the city's squash courts each week.

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Christmas delivery

Originally published: Friday, 21st December, 2012

Thirty people enjoyed an early Christmas dinner yesterday, courtesy Meals on Wheels and its 15 year-long tradition.

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Be safe this Christmas

Originally published: Friday, 21st December, 2012

Anyone planning a festive season drink or two over the next couple of weeks are being reminded of the potential harm that a few too many can do to themselves and others.

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Council wins time

Originally published: Friday, 21st December, 2012

City Council will not be forced to pay nearly $6.8 million in excess rates to Perilya until the company takes further court proceedings.

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Winter wonderland tree was a real stand-out

Originally published: Thursday, 20th December, 2012

The winner of the BDT/Big W Christmas Tree Display Competition, Kellie Niarros, said she was trying to recreate a winter wonderland.

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Racers light up the track

Originally published: Thursday, 20th December, 2012

All Adam and Aidan Slattery will want for Christmas is a new trophy cabinet, after winning a monster haul of silverware this year.

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Damage to business blamed on firings

Originally published: Thursday, 20th December, 2012

Broken Earth may prove to be an even more appropriate name for the business that perhaps has the most to lose from underground firing at the Rasp Mine.

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Country change for fire chief

Originally published: Thursday, 20th December, 2012

The Broken Hill Fire Station has a new Station Officer who has made the move from the big smoke.

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Blast rocks city

Originally published: Thursday, 20th December, 2012

A large underground firing by CBH Resource's Rasp Mine shook up parts of the city on Tuesday night, shattering the relative quiet of the past few months.

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New recruits start work in the city

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th December, 2012

The Barrier Local Area Command has welcomed two new police officers to Broken Hill and one to Dareton.

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Pies' coaching coup

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th December, 2012

The Central Football Club is hoping the appointment of a new coaching coordinator will help spearhead a rise up the ladder in 2013.

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Generosity has paid off for 'Gabba'

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th December, 2012

Buying tickets for a good cause paid off for Garry 'Gabba' Philp.

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Anxious wait for HSC results

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th December, 2012

Year 12 students will receive their final scores from the Higher School Certificate today.

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Rate ruling looms

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th December, 2012

The result of an appeal over a Perilya land valuation which could cost City Council nearly $7 million will be known tomorrow.

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Familiar face to return

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th December, 2012

The Barrier Daily Truth has appointed a new editor.

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Sights set on scholarship

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th December, 2012

Twin sisters Georgia and Rhiannon Dally are hoping to create "an unforgettable experience" to help them win a university scholarship.

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Famous raid showcased

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th December, 2012

A Howard Steer painting of the infamous 1988 raid on the St Pat's games night has been unveiled as the picture to advertise the race meeting next year.

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Community's generosity impresses charities

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th December, 2012

Locals have once again got behind the BDT Christmas Appeal by giving lots of toys, food and money.

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Bid to delay repayment

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th December, 2012

City Council is hoping to avoid having to repay Perilya almost $7 million in rates until a NSW Government land valuation appeal goes ahead.

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Life and light captured in photo competition

Originally published: Monday, 17th December, 2012

A high school student from Broken Hill and two people from Wilcannia were among the winners of the annual Western Catchment Management Authority (CMA) Life and Light photographic competition.

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Hard work behind pageant rewarded

Originally published: Monday, 17th December, 2012

The hard work and artistic talents behind the floats entered in the Christmas Pageant were recognised at an awards ceremony recently.

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Don't have a fat festive season

Originally published: Monday, 17th December, 2012

For traditionalists, Christmas is all about hefty hams, piping-hot puddings topped with oodles of custard and eskies full of alcohol.

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Lakes the best kept secret

Originally published: Monday, 17th December, 2012

Tamara Treleavan has long regarded Menindee Lakes as one of the nation's best kept secrets - and now she wants everyone to know about it.

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School captain recognised for all-round commitment

Originally published: Monday, 17th December, 2012

Broken Hill High student Chelsea Maddern has been recognised for her leadership qualities and all-round commitment to the school community.

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The season of excesses

Originally published: Friday, 14th December, 2012

Sliced fingers, falls while erecting decorations, heart attacks and over-eating or over-drinking can all result in you winding up at the Emergency Department this Christmas.

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St Pat's purse grows

Originally published: Friday, 14th December, 2012

An increase of more than $23,000 in prize money and rebates means that the 2013 St Patrick's Race Day will carry the most prize money in the history of racing in Broken Hill.

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Change for the better

Originally published: Friday, 14th December, 2012

Newspaper production at the Barrier Daily Truth has been further modernised.

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Hope in a card

Originally published: Friday, 14th December, 2012

A group of Railwaytown Public School students have given a little extra for the festive season to people that have nothing.

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States hit by diesel shortage

Originally published: Friday, 14th December, 2012

Broken Hill has been caught up in the tail-end of a diesel shortage which has hit Victoria and South Australia.

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Festive season heralds trouble for asthmatics

Originally published: Thursday, 13th December, 2012

Some of us struggle with the heat in the lead up to Christmas, but for eightyear- old Nicholas Dart the season has the potential to be deadly.

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Same day service to stay

Originally published: Thursday, 13th December, 2012

News Limited has backed down on its plan to stop same-day delivery of Melbourne tabloid, the Herald Sun.

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Burkies win a thriller

Originally published: Thursday, 13th December, 2012

Burke Ward have been crowned the junior hardball champions for the season, after defeating Sacred Heart/Central in the weekend's Grand Final.

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Schools out for six of the best

Originally published: Thursday, 13th December, 2012

Six ladies who volunteer at the Broken Hill High School's canteen have clocked up more than 250 years of service between them.

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Jailed man freed

Originally published: Thursday, 13th December, 2012

A man who was jailed on Tuesday for what a Local Court magistrate described as a "sickening" assault on another man has been freed on bail.

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Concert to test students' mettle

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th December, 2012

Willyama High School music students have been busy rehearsing for tonight's end of year concert.

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Sports stars recognised

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th December, 2012

Four Willyama High School students have been recognised at their school's presentation evening for achievement in their various sporting pursuits.

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News heralds demise of same-day delivery

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th December, 2012

Battling newsagents are demanding answers after News Limited's shock decision to axe the same-day delivery of their Melbourne tabloid, the Herald Sun.

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Two vie for Youth Centre

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th December, 2012

Expressions of interests for the former Youth Centre have closed with two interested parties vying for the property.

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Block the bullies

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th December, 2012

Technology is making it even harder for victims of bullying to escape taunts, according to a local anti-bullying advocate.

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Y’s Men spread Christmas cheer

Originally published: Monday, 10th December, 2012

The Broken Hill Y's Men have ensured more disadvantaged families will have a merry Christmas thanks to a $5000 donation.

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Carols night success

Originally published: Monday, 10th December, 2012

Sturt Park came to life with all the sights and sounds of Christmas last night for the annual Carols by Candlelight celebration.

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Lifeline rapt by donation

Originally published: Monday, 10th December, 2012

Lifeline is hoping a generous donation by a local business will encourage other businesses to do the same.

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Wilcannia school could expand

Originally published: Monday, 10th December, 2012

The Catholic Church will consider expanding its primary school in Wilcannia as uncertainty continues to surround the future of the Wilcannia-Forbes diocese.

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Central Darling Shire Mayor rejects calls to resign

Originally published: Monday, 10th December, 2012

A Menindee tour operator has launched a scathing attack on Central Darling Shire Mayor Ray Longfellow, calling for his resignation.

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A welcome break but hot weather to return

Originally published: Friday, 7th December, 2012

With the city now well and truly in summer's grip, it leaves behind it the driest spring since 2006.

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Dux students aim high

Originally published: Friday, 7th December, 2012

Two year 12 students have been awarded joint overall Dux of Willyama High School.

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YMCA pool takeover a success

Originally published: Friday, 7th December, 2012

The YMCA says that its takeover of the Broken Hill Regional Aquatic centre management has been a success.

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Singing sensation stops off at city

Originally published: Friday, 7th December, 2012

He's performed on plenty of big stages but Irish crooner Brian McFadden is just as at home singing to a handfull of fans on a train station platform.

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Big plans for Wilcannia station

Originally published: Friday, 7th December, 2012

Billions in federal environmental funding could help turn two Aboriginal-owned station properties near Wilcannia into job-creating business enterprises.

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Special service for lost loved ones

Originally published: Thursday, 6th December, 2012

The prospect of facing Christmas without a loved one is something that many locals will face this year.

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Skin care initiative checks out

Originally published: Thursday, 6th December, 2012

The Know Your Own Skin initiative held in the city yesterday was booked out, according to organisers.

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Goats seek new blood

Originally published: Thursday, 6th December, 2012

With attention slowly turning to the 2013 season, the Alma Soccer Club has put out a call for players interested in joining the club.

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Man dumps waste, fined

Originally published: Thursday, 6th December, 2012

A Broken Hill man has been fined $5,550 for dumping over 3000 litres of septic waste in a dry lake bed at Menindee last month.

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Life cut short Leonard Crowe's family speaks out

Originally published: Thursday, 6th December, 2012

A mass of health issues ensured Leonard Crowe spent most of his short life in and out of hospitals.

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New members wanted for “society of secrets”

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th December, 2012

Local men interested in joining a "society of secrets" will have their chance this weekend.

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Hospital receives book donations

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th December, 2012

By Emily Roberts

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The more the merrier at Alma Carols

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th December, 2012

Alma Public School will be holding their own Carols by Candlelight tomorrow evening to get into the Christmas spirit.

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Flights in jeopardy

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th December, 2012

By Emily Roberts

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TAFE may lose manager position in overhaul

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th December, 2012

Broken Hill's TAFE campus could lose its manager position under reforms which a union has already said will see some courses dumped and others cost more next year.

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Issues solved with Ratepayers Association

Originally published: Monday, 3rd December, 2012

A local resident believes that with community angst over issues such as the film studio and proposed council rate increases, the time is right to re-establish a Ratepayers Association in Broken Hill.

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Rain wreaks havoc with local cricket

Originally published: Monday, 3rd December, 2012

Rain wreaks havoc with local cricket

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Plenty of toys donated at Toy Run

Originally published: Monday, 3rd December, 2012

Lifeline has thanked locals for their donations to the Ulysses Toy Run, making it another successful year.

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Men swear to stop violence

Originally published: Monday, 3rd December, 2012

An event in town square on Friday to stop violence against women has been deemed a success by organisers.

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Organisers deem pageant a success

Originally published: Monday, 3rd December, 2012

Organisers of the 2012 local Christmas Pageant are thrilled at how successful the event was over the weekend.

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