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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.

February, 2013

Businesses help pull off massive project

Originally published: Thursday, 28th February, 2013

The city's basketball courts now boast a world-class surface thanks to the generosity of local businesses.

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City hosts nation's first Children's Commissioner

Originally published: Thursday, 28th February, 2013

Megan Mitchell was in the region this week to hear the ideas of young people, only days after it was announced that she had been appointed the first National Children's Commissioner.

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Shops keen to see life in the village

Originally published: Thursday, 28th February, 2013

Four display homes are set to go on show at the Broken Hill Lifestyle village next month, with the developer hoping the additions will arouse more interest in the over 50s precinct.

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PCYC mum launches playgroup

Originally published: Thursday, 28th February, 2013

The PCYC is starting a playgroup for children tomorrow.

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'Road to ruin': Black

Originally published: Thursday, 28th February, 2013

Councillor Peter Black has criticised City Council's fiscal management, saying a forecast budget deficit was "clearly an invitation" to the state government to put it back into administration.

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Rugby stars encourage kids to take a stand

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th February, 2013

School children across the country are being encouraged to stand up to bullies in a new DVD launched by the NRL.

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If you're happy at work, stick with it

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th February, 2013

Baby Boomers staying in their jobs past 65 could be the solution to skills shortage, the Federal Minister for Ageing says.

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Bush store battles back

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th February, 2013

Tibooburra's Corner Country Store is set to re-open next month after soaring power prices forced its owners to shut up shop.

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No flies on Cristal

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th February, 2013

A mining company that decided to do something for the city by collecting rubbish from the streets ended up with about of tonne of the stuff yesterday.

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‘No return’ on Turnkey’s debts

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th February, 2013

Creditors are unlikely to get any money from the liquidation of businessman John Groenendijk's failed Turnkey Distribution.

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She's all go at Paddies

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th February, 2013

Tickets are selling fast for the St Patrick's races - in fact, the pavilion tickets sold out three weeks ago.

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Youngsters strap on boots for trials

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th February, 2013

Future sports stars of Broken Hill will be competing in the next couple of weeks for selection into the Barrier Sports teams.

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Kayaker given a parting gift

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th February, 2013

Painters Wendy Martin and Howard Steer are getting behind adventurous kayaker Alan Hywood, who sets off on his 2500-kilometre along the Darling and Murray rivers this week.

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Cash-strapped City

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th February, 2013

Council will vote tomorrow night on whether to hold a bare-bones celebration for the 20th anniversary of the renowned Sculpture Symposium.

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Bash stats hard to verify: cops

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th February, 2013

Broken Hill police do not dispute a new survey that purports to show that violent assault in Australia is a bigger problem than official government figures reveal.

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Roos save best to very last

Originally published: Monday, 25th February, 2013

It was party time for the South Cricket Club on Saturday night after they finally registered their first win of the season in a thrilling one-wicket victory over North at the Alma Oval.

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PCYC back to its roots

Originally published: Monday, 25th February, 2013

After years without a committee, the PCYC is looking for enthusiastic, dedicated people to get one going.

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College to offer high school studies

Originally published: Monday, 25th February, 2013

Broken Hill children who have dropped out of mainstream schooling will have another option this year with the opening of a new learning centre.

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Chronic Kidney Disease - The silent creeper

Originally published: Monday, 25th February, 2013

By Heidi Drenkan,
Far West Local
Health Dietician

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Changes will come to Council: Mayor

Originally published: Monday, 25th February, 2013

City Council's resistance to change has meant that plans for an internal restructure are still going on after two years, according to Mayor Wincen Cuy.

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By-election imminent

Originally published: Friday, 22nd February, 2013

City Council will hold a by-election at an estimated cost of $70,000 after Councillor John Groenendijk resigned due to ill health.

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Childcare centres struggling

Originally published: Friday, 22nd February, 2013

Childcare centres are calling on the federal government to fund its own National Quality Framework and take the burden off struggling families.

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Dessert evening adopted for a sweet cause

Originally published: Friday, 22nd February, 2013

A dessert evening is being held on the balcony of the Old Convent tonight. Pastor John Curtis and his son Mark are organising the event following the success of a recent afternoon tea on the balcony.

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School wins technology boost

Originally published: Friday, 22nd February, 2013

Railaytown Public School has won a $16,000 technology package, thanks to a techsavvy parent.

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Positions to be scrapped

Originally published: Friday, 22nd February, 2013

Broken Hill staff affected by a restructure of Corrective Services NSW may be offered voluntary redundancy or other positions within the agency or public service.

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Crows to unleash the beast

Originally published: Thursday, 21st February, 2013

The highest profile local footballer in the AFL system is North Broken Hill's Taylor "Tex" Walker.

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AFL champ to visit rising stars

Originally published: Thursday, 21st February, 2013

Kids who can't wait for the start of the football season will be in for a treat next month when AFL champion Chris Johnson visits the city for registration day.

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Tucker chips in

Originally published: Thursday, 21st February, 2013

Steve Tucker didn't get lost on his mower yesterday morning - he was just being a good neighbour.

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Pet owners concerned about mental health

Originally published: Thursday, 21st February, 2013

Mental health for pets is a growing issue and people need to look out for them to ensure they aren't suffering, according to specialist veterinarian Dr Rod Straw.

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Snapshots on show

Originally published: Thursday, 21st February, 2013

An exhibition by photography and technology students opened last night in the TAFE Library.

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Young man sent to jail

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th February, 2013

A man who was charged with assaulting an 80-yearold woman after breaking into her Duff Street home was sentenced to 10 months' jail in the District Court yesterday.

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Library display focuses on famous Australian author

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th February, 2013

It was a rare pleasure to be able to stage a display about one of Australia's most famous authors, according to City Library staff.

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Sports dying on the playground

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th February, 2013

The softball season has ended early due to teams forfeiting, but the main cause of the problem was that schools have abandoned many sports, according to Vice-president of the BH Softball Association, Cheryl Meuret.

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Community urged to have their say

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th February, 2013

Police will conduct a survey in the city over the next few weeks to give residents and business owners a say on how well the town is being policed.

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Conference costs vote

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th February, 2013

City Council will vote to decide whether to spend $8000 to send two councillors to a conference in Queensland, while local services miss out on funding.

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Legal service fights allegations of wastage

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th February, 2013

The cash-strapped Far West Community Legal Centre (FWCLC) has rejected claims that it wasted thousands of dollars in reserve savings and ignored concerns that its workforce was "too top heavy".

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Snake sightings on the rise

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th February, 2013

Nowhere in Broken Hill is safe from snakes, according to local catcher Adam Stewart, who has received an increased number of snake reports lately.

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Helping people to deal with grief

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th February, 2013

The brain is the human body's most vital muscle, yet few people know the harm that prolonged grief can cause it.

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That touch of pink for a worthy cause

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th February, 2013

You don't have to be a cricketer or a sports fanatic to take part in Saturday's Pink Stumps Days which will raise funds for the McGrath Foundation's Breast Care Nurses.

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Off-road racer returns

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th February, 2013

Chris Wilson has returned home from the United Arab Emirates to prepare his off-road buggy for some big events this year.

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Kindergym swings into action

Originally published: Monday, 18th February, 2013

After struggling to find a coach, the Kindergym classes are ready to roll, says the head coach of the Gymnastic's Club, Zoe Tonkin.

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BIC celebrates 90th anniversary

Originally published: Monday, 18th February, 2013

The Barrier Industrial Council (BIC) is hoping to revive a sense of pride among union members as it celebrates 90 years of battling for worker's rights.

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Rescue group to find kelpies a home

Originally published: Monday, 18th February, 2013

Four kelpie pups will soon have homes, thanks to a Sydney rescue group which has already taken 15 dogs from Broken Hill.

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Y's Men award uni scholarship

Originally published: Monday, 18th February, 2013

By Kurtis J Eichler

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Kayaking for a cause

Originally published: Monday, 18th February, 2013

After two brain operations, Alan Hywood was seeking a bit of adventure.

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Swim records tumble

Originally published: Friday, 15th February, 2013

Long-standing records were smashed and Murray toppled Darling at Railway Town Primary School's swimming carnival yesterday.

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Car parks at a premium

Originally published: Friday, 15th February, 2013

Construction projects and road repairs are being blamed for a lack of parking space near the hospital.

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Two-up ring master needed

Originally published: Friday, 15th February, 2013

The Palace Hotel is looking for a ring keeper to run the twoup games that might soon be held there.

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Date set for hearing

Originally published: Friday, 15th February, 2013

A public hearing into land valuations will be held in the city next month following the Perilya case which may leave City Council almost $7 million out of pocket.

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FIFO "cancer of the bush"

Originally published: Friday, 15th February, 2013

A new government report has called fly-in, fly-out jobs the "cancer of the bush" and local community leaders tend to agree with that description.

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Services join forces to stop the violence

Originally published: Thursday, 14th February, 2013

Broken Hill residents are being asked to join a global campaign which demands a stop to violence against girls and women.

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Fitness fanatic tests her limits

Originally published: Thursday, 14th February, 2013

People who engage in CrossFit give a whole new meaning to the term "Fitness Fanatics" and Megan Brooks is no exception.

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Road disgust

Originally published: Thursday, 14th February, 2013

Local MP John Williams will lobby to improve the appalling state of the road to the top of the Line of Lode, following public concern about its safety.

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Uni support team visit

Originally published: Thursday, 14th February, 2013

A support team from Charles Sturt University will be in the city next week to provide help for students.

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Water in the clear

Originally published: Thursday, 14th February, 2013

Essential Water said the "vast majority" of households in Broken Hill now have clear water coming from their taps once again.

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Cook-off a fun-raiser

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th February, 2013

Yesterday Sacred Heart Parish Primary held a pancake cook-off for Shrove Tuesday.

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Police powers under review

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th February, 2013

Laws that give police more powers to stop alcohol-fuelled violence are being put under the microscope.

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Borrowed machinery allows Jube work to begin

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th February, 2013

With the help of the Broken Hill Golf Club, the AFL Broken Hill board has been able to start maintenance work on the Jubilee Oval.

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Unit to herald new era in health care

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th February, 2013

The head of the NSW Mental Health Commission met with local carers yesterday ahead of the opening of a 10-bed facility at the Broken Hill Hospital.

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Quota to ensure show will go on

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th February, 2013

Everyone who enjoys the everpopular St Pat's Fashion Parade will be happy to know that a new team has been found to run it this year.

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Little League needs parents to pitch in

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th February, 2013

The city could once again boast its own Little League baseball competition if enough parents and volunteers come onboard.

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Plug pulled on laptops

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th February, 2013

A Federal Government program which gives every high school student from Year nine and upwards a laptop is set to finish at the end of the year.

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Utility defends response to brown water

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th February, 2013

Essential Water said it would have notified the public immediately had there been any safety risk linked to the city's water supply.

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Left in the lurch

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th February, 2013

St Patrick's Race Club has lashed out at City Council for allegedly retracting a $10,000 funding promise which has left it owing money and cutting local jobs and advertising.

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Build-up begins for our biggest day

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th February, 2013

The countdown to Broken Hill's biggest day has begun, with the St Pat's Race Club office officially opened yesterday.

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Telephone counsellors wanted

Originally published: Monday, 11th February, 2013

 By Gayle Ball

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Heath stands tall as North fall short

Originally published: Monday, 11th February, 2013

Central have recorded a 33 run win over North at the Alma Oval in a low scoring encounter dominated by the bowlers.

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The experience of a lifetime

Originally published: Monday, 11th February, 2013

As well as learning vital life saving skills, young people who join the local St John Ambulance Cadet Division will also gain valuable life experience.

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Chance for kids to try martial arts

Originally published: Monday, 11th February, 2013

The PCYC is holding a free "come and try" day for Lee's Tae Kwon-Do classes that are about to recommence.

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'Water safe to drink'

Originally published: Monday, 11th February, 2013

Broken Hill residents have been assured that their tap water is safe to drink, despite many people complaining about its dirty appearance.

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More families need help with school expenses

Originally published: Thursday, 7th February, 2013

The number of parents struggling with the cost of sending their children back to school is rising, says Lifeline Broken Hill.

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Abandoned pups all snapped up

Originally published: Thursday, 7th February, 2013

There is some good news for the abandoned red heeler pups that were found on the Mildura Road on Sunday - they have all been found homes.

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Family laments demise of the old golden mile

Originally published: Thursday, 7th February, 2013

When Maxine and Peter Ruddock ran Cullen's Jewellery and Gifts, business was brisk and Argent Street was known as the "golden mile".

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Lifeline bursting at the seams

Originally published: Thursday, 7th February, 2013

A few gold coins are all you'll need if you're heading down to Lifeline's week-long clearance sale which starts today.

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Qantas cuts no loss to locals

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th February, 2013

Overseas-bound travellers from Broken Hill wouldn't be left up in the air by Qantas' decision not to fly international from Adelaide Airport, the city's only travel agent says.

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Feral cats ‘out of control’

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th February, 2013

There is a feral cat epidemic in the city and no one available to fix the problem, according to a veterinarian and the animal shelter.

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Roo believers

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th February, 2013

South's preseason campaign is only two weeks old, but new coach Peter Johns already knows exactly what he wants from his players.

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A welcome boost to the nursing ranks

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th February, 2013

Fourteen registered nurses will start their careers at the Broken Hill Hospital this year.

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When baby talk is no laughing matter

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th February, 2013

After 26 years of helping children with speaking difficulties in Europe and Africa, speech pathologist Olwen Morgen has decided to settle in Broken Hill.

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October finish the aim for Super Clinic

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th February, 2013

The Chief Executive Officer of Outback Family Practice says they are committed to an early-October opening of the $7 million GP Super Clinic.

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Game on for Palace

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th February, 2013

by Emily Roberts

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Big day looms for the little ones

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th February, 2013

School goes back tomorrow for most students but next week there will be many nervous parents saying goodbye to their children on their first day of school proper.

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Bus company takes critics on board

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th February, 2013

The city's main bus service will reconsider planned service cuts after negative public feedback.

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'FIFO the way to go'

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th February, 2013

The Minerals Council of Australia says 'fly-in, fly-out' workers are good for mining towns and that they have the evidence to prove it.

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Duck in and help YMCA

Originally published: Monday, 4th February, 2013

Everyone is invited to "dive in and help out" the YMCA with an annual fundraiser that is being held for the first time ever in the city.

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Big hat in the ring

Originally published: Monday, 4th February, 2013

Voters will know by March who Bob Katter has lined up to run against Farrer MP Sussan Ley at the federal election.

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Invite flights and see what happens: Councillor

Originally published: Monday, 4th February, 2013

A Councillor is hoping to put the issues surrounding the city's air services to rest with a motion to Council at its meeting this month.

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Abandoned puppies lucky to be alive

Originally published: Monday, 4th February, 2013

Four red heeler pups were found abandoned on the Mildura Road yesterday and brought to the pound by some good Samaritans.

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Rampant Robins roll Magpies

Originally published: Monday, 4th February, 2013

This much-anticipated game of the round at the Alma Oval between West and Central turned into a fizzer with West easily disposing of the Magpies by seven wickets.

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Zaknich resigns, Council to seek new GM

Originally published: Friday, 1st February, 2013

City Council's departing general manager, Frank Zaknich, says he's not trying to escape the organisation's future problems by resigning.

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Long road to State glory

Originally published: Friday, 1st February, 2013

For the city's aspiring junior footballers, the road to State team selection is longer than most.

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Exhibition offers insight into Fashion Week

Originally published: Friday, 1st February, 2013

A fashion exhibition that will take locals behind the scenes of Australian Fashion Week is in the city at the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum.

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Valuations inquiry launched

Originally published: Friday, 1st February, 2013

Mayor Wincen Cuy has admitted he has no confidence in the NSW Valuer-General, amidst an inquiry into failed land valuations across the State.

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Further developments surrounding outback death

Originally published: Friday, 1st February, 2013

There have been further developments surrounding the mystery death of a tourist near Mutawintji National Park late last year.

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