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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.

January, 2013

More reports of robberies from cars

Originally published: Thursday, 31st January, 2013

The spate of robberies from motor vehicles is showing no signs of letting up, with police saying yesterday they had received reports of six more cars being broken into on Monday and overnight Tuesday.

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Hundreds of fish die after river level change

Originally published: Thursday, 31st January, 2013

Owners of a property on the Darling River have witnessed the death of thousands of fish after the water level dropped sharply.

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New bus ready for social outings

Originally published: Thursday, 31st January, 2013

Far West HACC has rolled out a new bus for their new excursion calendar for those looking to get out of the house.

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Octogenarian used to tackling rough seas

Originally published: Thursday, 31st January, 2013

At 81 years old, most people would be spending their Sundays relaxing indoors, but not Inge Vitols.

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Valuations committee visits Perilya

Originally published: Thursday, 31st January, 2013

A State Government committee investigating land valuations has visited Perilya's local mine as the Valuer-General prepares to start court proceedings on Monday against the decision to make City Council repay the company almost $7 million in rates.

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TV legend feels at home in Broken Hill

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th January, 2013

His work in front of the camera is legendary, but few know of veteran newsman Ray Martin's skills behind it.

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Success of local film festival celebrated

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th January, 2013

A member from the Australian Screen Industry Network (ASIN) is in the city to celebrate the success of the first season of the Summer Vibes Film Festival.

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Green light for new drive-through

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th January, 2013

A new drivethrough and dine-in chicken store will open in the city by the end of the year, if all goes to plan for Jim Hocking.

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Winners all round

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th January, 2013

Saturday night's harness race meeting saw the winners of each of the five races go to five different trainers.

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Spate of thefts leaves North residents in shock

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th January, 2013

A spate of thefts from motor vehicles over a couple of nights has left a number of North residents very angry.

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Marg gets top honour

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th January, 2013

Broken Hill Citizen of the Year Margaret Corradini said that she could not have received the award without help from the committees for the organisations she has worked tirelessly for.

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Ethan has the X-factor

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th January, 2013

A young man who auditioned for a television reality show is anxiously waiting to hear if he has been accepted.

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Eyes on the prize

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th January, 2013

The North Football Club is putting serious effort into their pre-season training and hope to reap the rewards come premiership time.

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Big acts fail to draw big crowd

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th January, 2013

Poor attendance at the 'Day on the Fairway' has sounded the death knell for future concerts at the Broken Hill Golf and Country Club.

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College's cash contest

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th January, 2013

Changes to education funding in 2014 will challenge Robinson College, according to its former chairman, Bob Algate, who resigned from the position last week.

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Experience counts

Originally published: Friday, 25th January, 2013

City Council will pay $78,000 more for audit services during the next six years but Acting General Manager, Kate O'Neill, insists it's value for money.

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Little bird lost

Originally published: Friday, 25th January, 2013

If you see a yellow cockatiel with white stripes singing tunes and saying "Stewie", Merridy Wall would like to hear from you.

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Magpies aiming high

Originally published: Friday, 25th January, 2013

Football sides have launched into their preseason training and Central is full of enthusiasm for the year ahead.

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House fire under investigation

Originally published: Friday, 25th January, 2013

Firefighters are still not sure what caused a fire that tore through the bedroom of a Gaffney Lane house this week.

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Famed actor lauds festival

Originally published: Friday, 25th January, 2013

Australian television, film and stage actor Tony Bonner has arrived in the city for the grand finale of the inaugural Summer Vibes Film Festival this weekend.

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Top turnout to Toy Library

Originally published: Thursday, 24th January, 2013

The Resource and Toy Library's open day yesterday was a huge success.

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New man at Legion's helm

Originally published: Thursday, 24th January, 2013

Club Legion's new General Manager has almost a decade of managerial experience.

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Dax pockets world spot

Originally published: Thursday, 24th January, 2013

Countless hours spent playing on Broken Hill pool tables have paid off for Dax Wasley, who will represent Australia at the World Eightball Pool Championships in England later this year.

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Fuel suckers leave sour taste

Originally published: Thursday, 24th January, 2013

A young couple was left shocked and angry after a full tank of petrol was siphoned from their car overnight on Saturday.

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Tax plea knock-back

Originally published: Thursday, 24th January, 2013

The Federal Government has brushed aside calls to introduce a Flow Through Scheme (FTS), saying it already provides "generous" tax benefits for mineral exploration companies.

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Resident 'bashed, robbed'

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd January, 2013

Police are searching for three women who allegedly assaulted and robbed an elderly man in his Crystal Street home.

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A game that can bowl you over

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd January, 2013

The North Bowling Club is holding a learner's night tonight in a bid to attract new players to the sport.

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Push for plan to arrest crime rate

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd January, 2013

Labor councillors are pushing for City Council to develop a crime prevention plan by the end of June.

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Crash rider's highway rescue

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd January, 2013

Twenty-six-yearold Mathew Hemsley is sure he would have died after falling off his motorbike on Monday night, had it not been for a local woman.

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Charities lose out

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd January, 2013

Charities could be the biggest losers from the continuous break-ins at the Sunset Strip Community Hall.

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National Championship title for Tom Derham

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd January, 2013

In his final season of national under 19s cricket, Tom Derham and his South Australian teammates have won the national 19s cricket championship title for the first time 15 years.

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Rego hike another hard blow

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd January, 2013

The cost of the average green slip is expected to rise to almost $600.

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Lance a hard fellow to categorise

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd January, 2013

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has lost his Tour De France titles and his key to the city of Adelaide.

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Village homes up next month, says developer

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd January, 2013

The first of the Broken Hill Lifestyle Village houses will be on-site in February, according to its developer.

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Red alert for blue-green algae

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd January, 2013

A high level alert warning has been issued after blue-green algae was found in the Darling River, upstream of Wilcannia.

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Robins on Guard Duty

Originally published: Monday, 21st January, 2013

The West Football Club has joined one of their on-field rivals in helping to give a boost to another sport.

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Don’t leave dogs blue

Originally published: Monday, 21st January, 2013

As the school holidays come to an end, spare a thought for pet dogs that will miss playing with their owners and must readjust to an empty household.

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A welcome reprieve

Originally published: Monday, 21st January, 2013

Everyone enjoyed a break from the hot weather over the weekend, but it will be heating up again this week.

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Mel's going all out in memory of lost friends

Originally published: Monday, 21st January, 2013

Mel Lukoschek's colourful hair may make a fashion statement, but soon she will opt for an even bolder look.

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BH Swimming Club returns victorious

Originally published: Friday, 18th January, 2013

The Broken Hill Swimming Club has returned as a team of champions after four days of competition at the South Australian Country Swimming Championships in Gawler.

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Legal centre set back

Originally published: Friday, 18th January, 2013

Federal MP Sussan Ley will seek an urgent meeting with Attorney-General Nicola Roxon next month to discuss the plight of the Far West Community Legal Centre.

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House grant did its job: MP

Originally published: Friday, 18th January, 2013

Local MP John Williams has hit back at criticism of the NSW Government's scrapping of the first home buyers grant, suggesting that the incentive would not make much difference.

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Stockyards win

Originally published: Friday, 18th January, 2013

West Darling pastoralists have at last had some success in their push for stockyards to be returned to the city.

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Derailment cuts line

Originally published: Friday, 18th January, 2013

Passenger and freight services face disruption after a freight train derailed on the east-west rail line near Yunta yesterday afternoon.

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Rocking duo sing the hits

Originally published: Thursday, 17th January, 2013

The country rock band Blue Ridge plays at the Democratic Club this weekend.

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Budding painters out to express

Originally published: Thursday, 17th January, 2013

The children at the Regional Art Gallery's school holiday workshop yesterday certainly enjoyed the chance to get messy with paint.

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SA club could join pre-season hit-out

Originally published: Thursday, 17th January, 2013


The Central Football Club has been approached by the Seaton Ramblers who want to to play against the BH clubs.

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Healthy habits help is at hand

Originally published: Thursday, 17th January, 2013

Next week everyone will be invited to make some small lifestyle changes to achieve a healthier outlook.

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Buyback cap ‘wrong’

Originally published: Thursday, 17th January, 2013

NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, this week announced plans to limit the amount of water the Federal Government can buy as part of its Murray-Darling Basin plan.

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Road repairs to go ahead

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th January, 2013

By Erica Visser

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Out of reach

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th January, 2013

The $7000 grant was scrapped in last year’s State Budget and officially finished in October.

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Kids visit olden days

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th January, 2013

By Emily Roberts

Children attending a holiday workshop at The Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum yesterday saw some very odd things and learnt some very interesting facts.

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Hijole! Fun in Mexico

Originally published: Tuesday, 15th January, 2013

The PCYC school holiday program is in Mexico, its second stop on its “around the world tour”.

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Move parents off dole: Ley

Originally published: Monday, 14th January, 2013

Federal MP Sussan Ley has weighed into the Newstart allowance debate.

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Cupboard bare

Originally published: Monday, 14th January, 2013

Council may knock back funding requests

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Reward awaits good samaritan

Originally published: Monday, 14th January, 2013

When Marlene Sweet fell over at a shopping centre carpark at the weekend, a teenage boy helped her up and gathered her shopping.

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Give us a break

Originally published: Monday, 14th January, 2013

Mr Sheard spoke to the BDT last week from his office in Brisbane about the year ahead for the mining company and the mining sector.

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Reservoir still tops

Originally published: Monday, 14th January, 2013

According to an Essential Water spokesman, water consumption this summer has reached a high of 22.3 megalitres per day while the highest recorded summer consumption was 30.1 megalitres.

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Singer back to entertain the locals

Originally published: Saturday, 12th January, 2013

One of the new generation of Australian singer-songwriters, Francesca Sidoti’s performances garnered rave reviews when she toured the country to promote her album ‘Bright City Light Fool’.

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Public-funded rip-off

Originally published: Saturday, 12th January, 2013

Six months after the taxpayer-funded six unit village in Sulphide Street was officially opened, virtually every local business involved in its construction is still out of pocket.

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The forecast? A tight tussle

Originally published: Saturday, 12th January, 2013

The heat policy states that at 43 degrees or above all senior cricket games will be cancelled but today’s forecast is for 40 so Central will be playing North at the Jubilee Oval in a one-day fixture.

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Mayor rejects population forecast

Originally published: Friday, 11th January, 2013

Mayor Wincen Cuy has rejected a government “action plan” for the Far West which forecasts a 25 per cent drop in population, saying future projects could actually increase the population.

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A day at the museum for the kids

Originally published: Friday, 11th January, 2013

Do the kids need to get out of the house. Do they need a stimulating distraction? Then the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum has just the thing.

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$20m plant set to roll

Originally published: Friday, 11th January, 2013

One million tonnes of stockpiled raw ilmenite will begin to be fed through Cristal Mining Australia’s newly expanded plant on the Pinnacles Road from Monday.

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Bigger the better in Birrell’s backyard

Originally published: Friday, 11th January, 2013

If you ever need to fend off vampires or the common cold, just ask Les Birrell for a piece of garlic - he’s got plenty.

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Region’s fire situation improves

Originally published: Friday, 11th January, 2013

Aided by cooler conditions, Far West Rural Fire Service volunteers have all but beaten dozens of fires that have been burning across the region this week.

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Boost to dementia research welcomed

Originally published: Thursday, 10th January, 2013

A local support group has welcomed the announcement of a boost to Alzheimer’s research.

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Elvis’ gold connection to city

Originally published: Thursday, 10th January, 2013

Real Elvis Presley fans will know that he owned a gold Cadillac, but does anyone in Broken Hill remember that splendid vehicle coming to town?

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Cool change appreciated

Originally published: Thursday, 10th January, 2013

Everyone would have appreciated yesterday’s cool change after a run of 40 degree days.

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Mines doing all they can: EPA

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th January, 2013

 Work underway to reduce shock firings

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Elio works his magic for the crowd

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th January, 2013

 By Emily Roberts

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Big new plans for old pub

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th January, 2013

 One of the city’s historic pubs is set to be demolished and rebuilt as a modern motel.

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Big bangs too strong

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th January, 2013

Staff from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) will meet with CBH Resources today to discuss underground firing which continues to attract complaints from residents.

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A cultural feast for children

Originally published: Monday, 7th January, 2013

If you’ve ever wanted your children to experience cultures from around the world, the PCYC has the answer.

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Youngsters untangle tales

Originally published: Monday, 7th January, 2013

The City Library’s school holiday reading program is in full swing.

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Accused Christmas raffle thief granted bail

Originally published: Monday, 7th January, 2013

A young man accused of stealing items from a Christmas raffle at the Centro Westside supermarket and pulling a knife on a security guard has pleaded not guilty. 

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Bush set alight

Originally published: Monday, 7th January, 2013

Thunder storms on Sunday night set the bush alight from the SA border north of Broken Hill all the way to Cobar in the east.

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Driver hits van, leaves scene

Originally published: Sunday, 6th January, 2013

Police are on the lookout for the driver of a red vehicle after it allegedly hit a parked van and drove off on Saturday night.

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School test shows some students being left behind

Originally published: Sunday, 6th January, 2013

The recent NAPLAN National Report provided more evidence of the need for a new, fairer school funding system, according to the federal government.

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Beware of tiny bats

Originally published: Sunday, 6th January, 2013

A baby bat and its mother are being cared for by RRANA (Rescue and Rehabilitation of Australian Native Animals) after being found at a local pub.

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Get the ball rolling

Originally published: Sunday, 6th January, 2013

Locals vow to continue tradition

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Hot weather

Originally published: Sunday, 6th January, 2013

Locals are warned to keep cool after several days of above 40 degree temperatures.

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Debs in a spin

Originally published: Saturday, 5th January, 2013

 By Erica Visser

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Fire fighters earn praise

Originally published: Friday, 4th January, 2013

 By Gayle Ball

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Heat sparks RFS warning

Originally published: Friday, 4th January, 2013

 By Gayle Ball 

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Injured reptiles on the increase

Originally published: Friday, 4th January, 2013

Rescue and Rehabilitation of Australian Native Animals (RRANA) is caring for a large numbers of injured reptiles, and more bearded dragons than they had seen before.

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Dust settles on big year

Originally published: Friday, 4th January, 2013

The Barrier Sporting Car Club recently held its final event for 2012 with the running of the Rockwell Khanacross as a twilight meeting.
It attracted a good field of 11 entrants including two newcomers.

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Road block

Originally published: Friday, 4th January, 2013

The Council had successfully lobbied the State and Federal governments for contributions to the $8m road and was due to contribute a further $1m, while mining company Perilya was to contribute $2m.

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Budding actress wins horror role

Originally published: Friday, 4th January, 2013

By Gayle Ball

BH teenager Jayden Symonds has been cast as the lead in a horror movie set to be filmed in Broken Hill later this year.

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Help church celebrate 125 years of history

Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd January, 2013

The Wesley Uniting Church is busily preparing for its 125th anniversary later this year and it is seeking help from the public for a display.

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Award caps charitable year

Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd January, 2013

 By Gayle Ball 

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Perilya extends life of mines again

Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd January, 2013

 By Erica Visser

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Fires quickly doused

Originally published: Tuesday, 1st January, 2013

A fire in Argent Street which caused a large amount of smoke was easily put out on Monday.

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TAFE fees ‘to double’

Originally published: Tuesday, 1st January, 2013

Local TAFE students may face an uncertain start to the new year as course fees are dramatically raised and some courses culled.

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Model to debut internationally

Originally published: Tuesday, 1st January, 2013

Local teenager Hannah Thompson has been offered an international modelling contract.

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Feeding frenzy has ducks in a flap

Originally published: Tuesday, 1st January, 2013

Sisters Laura Marks-Deeble (8) and Ella Deeble (20 months) were feeding the ducks at the Zinc Lakes yesterday morning. Their father, Jason, said that the family outing was a nice start to the new year. “We’ve just come out here now before it gets too hot. The kids love feedings the ducks.” Yesterday the temperature was a warm 37 degrees.

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