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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.

November, 2013

North look too good for struggling Roos

Originally published: Saturday, 30th November, 2013

A struggling South side has lost six of its regular A Grade players for its 45 over contest against North at the Alma Oval today.

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Top spot up for grabs

Originally published: Saturday, 30th November, 2013

Central get the opportunity to consolidate top spot on the BDCL premiership ladder with a win over West at the Jubilee Oval today.

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Top spot up for grabs

Originally published: Saturday, 30th November, 2013

Central get the opportunity to consolidate top spot on the BDCL premiership ladder with a win over West at the Jubilee Oval today.

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Fears for missing local man

Originally published: Saturday, 30th November, 2013

Police are worried about the safety of a 42-year-old local man who has been missing for a week.

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Duo to fight drug charges

Originally published: Saturday, 30th November, 2013

Two Sydney men who were allegedly caught with methamphetamines, heroin and nearly in $22,000 in cash will fight the charges against them, the Local Court was told yesterday.

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Learners invited to become safer drivers

Originally published: Saturday, 30th November, 2013

The PCYC is to hold another “Safer Drivers Course” in two weeks.

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Take the Highway to Health

Originally published: Saturday, 30th November, 2013

Maari Ma is running a family fun and fitness day in Sturt Park on Saturday to promote healthy lifestyles.

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Globe trotters

Originally published: Friday, 29th November, 2013

Four Broken Hill basketball players are heading to the USA for the trip of a lifetime.

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Prepare for an art overload

Originally published: Friday, 29th November, 2013

The Regional Art Gallery’s staff have been flat out preparing for one of the gallery’s busiest nights of the year.

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Heat’s on for all creatures great and small

Originally published: Friday, 29th November, 2013

There has been little relief from the heat in the past few days ... every man and his kangaroo has been feeling it.

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Solar project contractor revealed

Originally published: Friday, 29th November, 2013

An Australian company has been chosen to build AGL’s Broken Hill and Nyngan solar plants.

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MDBA:Lakes release to rise

Originally published: Friday, 29th November, 2013

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority is to release more water from the Menindee Lakes, starting on Monday.

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Fatality waiting to happen: woman

Originally published: Thursday, 28th November, 2013

A former local woman fears for the safety of her elderly mother when crossing Galena Street to the shopping centre but says that City Council won’t listen to her pleas.

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Four decades of dedication

Originally published: Thursday, 28th November, 2013

Laurence Camilleri has been honoured by the Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir, for his 43 years of service to St John Ambulance Australia in Broken Hill.

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Soiree just the ticket

Originally published: Thursday, 28th November, 2013

Local female Councillors have come together to host a fundraiser tomorrow night for a YWCA delegate attending the United Nations next year.

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English invasion

Originally published: Thursday, 28th November, 2013

The Broken Hill Speedway is primed to host its own version of an Ashes showdown at their first meeting of the season on Saturday night.

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Labour of love

Originally published: Thursday, 28th November, 2013

Academics in the insurance industry recently advised Australians to stop spending so lavishly on cars. They obviously aren’t familiar with the work of Kellan Stenhouse.

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Good seasons see roo numbers rise

Originally published: Thursday, 28th November, 2013

A recent fixed-wing survey of the Western Plains has reported a 16 per cent increase in the number of kangaroos.

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Ready to tackle the ‘Commando’

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th November, 2013

Four local women have been knuckling down and getting physical in preparation to take on the ‘Commando’ later this week.

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Rex mulls service cuts

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th November, 2013

Regional Express has not ruled out local service cuts after a drop in demand over the past months.

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Films predicted to boost BH economy

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th November, 2013

A host of local businesses are predicted to reap financial benefits next year following the October announcement that two Australian films will be shot in the Broken Hill region.

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Shining a light on men’s health

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th November, 2013

Visitors to Cristal Mining Australia’s Broken Hill premises could have been forgiven for thinking they had stepped back in time this month with Tom Selleck and Merv Hughes lookalikes populating the grounds.

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Business owners want level playing field

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th November, 2013

Internet purchases could cost more and take longer to arrive if the GST threshold on imported goods was lowered, but something had to be done to save Australian shops and manufacturing, according to a BH businessman.

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Martial arts mateship

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th November, 2013

Despite having a tumultuous past, the Far West and Outback taekwondo clubs came together under the same roof on Saturday afternoon.

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Check them out

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th November, 2013

Men taking part in Movember have been challenged to face the facts about testicular cancer at a health seminar tomorrow.

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Home renovators to become the next wave of asbestos victims

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th November, 2013

Reckless renovators are set to keep the asbestos-related death toll rising for decades - and a number of locals are likely to be included in the stats.

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Sign of the times: roadworks ahead

Originally published: Tuesday, 26th November, 2013

Broken Hill drivers are reminded that a very important person will be out and about over the coming months.

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Kick along for riding champ

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd November, 2013

The Broken Hill Pony Club is hosting a fundraiser today to help one of its instructors ride for Australia.

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Hot contest tipped at Alma

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd November, 2013

Deserving the billing as the best game of the season, undefeated Central take on West at the Alma Oval today in a 45 over contest that promises a mountain of runs and fluctuating fortunes throughout the entire length of the game.

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Soccer star set for island adventure

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd November, 2013

The pristine beaches of Fiji are a far cry from the dry and dusty fields of Broken Hill.

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School flies flag for Philippines

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd November, 2013

When Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines two weeks ago, local woman Jonnah Ortega’s family were among the 1.5 million people who lost their home.

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Work till you drop

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd November, 2013

Push to raise pension age to 70

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One big happy family again

Originally published: Friday, 22nd November, 2013

The war between magpies and humans is over for another year, and Beth Garland has the photos to prove it.

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Here’s the tip: grab a calendar

Originally published: Friday, 22nd November, 2013

Get organised and stay safe throughout the new year with a free calendar from the Broken Hill Community Safety Precinct Committee (BHCSPC).

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Heavy sand-laden truck rolls, spills diesel

Originally published: Friday, 22nd November, 2013

A driver was lucky to escape serious injury after his truck carrying a load of sand overturned at the intersection of Pinnacles and Kanandah roads about 9.15am yesterday.

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Devoted couple faithful to the very end

Originally published: Friday, 22nd November, 2013

After 67 years together, Iris Williams was so devoted to husband Tiger that she could not bear to live without him.

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Higher water charges prompt lead fears

Originally published: Friday, 22nd November, 2013

The public has expressed its concerns that a water price rise will also result in a rise in blood lead levels in children.

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Ceremony spoilt by sacrilegious theft

Originally published: Thursday, 21st November, 2013

There’s only half a dozen of these distinctive items in town but one may have fallen into the hands of a thief.

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Author inspires love of language

Originally published: Thursday, 21st November, 2013

Morgan Street Primary School was a hub of creativity yesterday when Australian children’s author Jane Carroll held a series of creative writing workshops for years 2 and 5.

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City to host top swimmers

Originally published: Thursday, 21st November, 2013

The Broken Hill Swimming Club will host its annual two day Swimming Carnival over this weekend at the Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre. 

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Family wants impounded dogs back home with them

Originally published: Thursday, 21st November, 2013

A family that believes their dogs were wrongly impounded are appealing to have them released.

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‘Uranium to rocket’

Originally published: Thursday, 21st November, 2013

South Australian company Marmota Energy has predicted a boom in the uranium market after taking on full rights for the Junction Dam project this week.

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Hospital’s treasure

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th November, 2013

Statistics at a recent conference have confirmed what Broken Hill people have long known - our hospital kiosk volunteers are amongst the finest in the State.

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Gala day for dog lovers

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th November, 2013

A local pet rescue group is hosting a fun day in the park this weekend with a guest appearance by a celebrity.

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Larry’s lights still shining bright

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th November, 2013

Duff Street resident Larry Angell’s electricity bill rose by hundreds of dollars last Christmas but he won’t let sky-rocketing costs turn him into a scrooge.

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Westies target latest technology

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th November, 2013

The West Broken Hill Rifle Club is now home to an electronic scoring system dubbed “the most advanced” in the world.

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WATER PRICE PLEA

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th November, 2013

Essential Energy should stagger its infrastructure overhaul to offset the impact of a price increase, Chamber of Commerce president Ann Rogers told a public hearing yesterday.

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Hospital boss to grin and wear it

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th November, 2013

The creativity of hospital staff will be put to the test this month as they aim to create a bold new look for general manager Nigel Carlton.

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Rego check begins

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th November, 2013

The animal registration door-knock starts this week but hundreds of locals have been rushing to sign up before it began.

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Tonkin to lead culture shift

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th November, 2013

The West Football Club has flagged a “culture shift” as their main goal heading into next season.

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Soldiers on the frontline in the war on “superbugs”

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th November, 2013

The Far West Local Health District has joined the fight against resilient bacteria as part of Antibiotic Awareness Week.

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Bully law fear

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th November, 2013

At what point does disciplinary action in the workplace become bullying?

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Magpies rout Roos for 15

Originally published: Monday, 18th November, 2013

When your highest scorer for the match is ‘extras’, you know your side is in a bit of trouble.

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Youngsters line up for new programs

Originally published: Monday, 18th November, 2013

There’s a buzz of excitement at the YMCA thanks to new programs for children and teens.

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Signal base takes shape

Originally published: Monday, 18th November, 2013

Work is underway on a satellite ground station outside the city that will deliver fast broadband to Menindee and other small remote communities.

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Help Kayla beat the guys

Originally published: Monday, 18th November, 2013

Teenage speed queen Kayla Tumes has turned to fundraising in a desperate attempt to finally compete in the national junior titles.

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New aid policy alarms lawyers

Originally published: Monday, 18th November, 2013

Now in NSW if you are charged with a criminal offence you can get a lawyer on legal aid - but only if you plead guilty.

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MP rejects claims about youth cash

Originally published: Monday, 18th November, 2013

Member for Farrer Sussan Ley has rejected a peak Aboriginal group’s claim it was forced to close four youth centres because government funding had been redirected.

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City backdrop for education film

Originally published: Saturday, 16th November, 2013

A DVD that tells parents all they need to know before their child goes to university has been filmed in Broken Hill.

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West bats hold the key in Alma clash

Originally published: Saturday, 16th November, 2013

Greater depth in batting and a genuine spinning option on a flat batting deck looks likely to prove to be key ingredients in a West win over North at the Alma Oval today.

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New role for Roos legend

Originally published: Saturday, 16th November, 2013

After learning his craft in Broken Hill, the coaching career of Anthony Murgatroyd continues to go from strength to strength.

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Right to die

Originally published: Saturday, 16th November, 2013

Terminally ill locals who are suffering intolerable pain and want to end their life may be able to get their wish if proposed legislation is passed in South Australia.

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Gay marriage decision “disappointing”

Originally published: Friday, 15th November, 2013

Marriage is still not an option for gay and lesbian couples in Broken Hill after a bill to allow same-sex marriage failed in the NSW Upper House yesterday.

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Take a walk in the moonlight

Originally published: Friday, 15th November, 2013

Fancy a walk by the lake on a moonlit night?

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Schofield serves up 24th victory

Originally published: Friday, 15th November, 2013

If you’re reading this article, you can be forgiven for feeling a sense of deja vu.

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Early start to a colourful summer

Originally published: Friday, 15th November, 2013

All the colours of the rainbow will be floating through the air for the Willyama High School’s Colour Run today.

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Businesses unlikely to be burnt again: MP

Originally published: Friday, 15th November, 2013

Local MP John Williams is as confident as he can be that a new teacher housing project in Menindee will not end up as another Eco Village.

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RSL sorts wreath confusion

Originally published: Thursday, 14th November, 2013

Remembrance Day services has prompted a message from the local RSL.

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Village reaches next step

Originally published: Thursday, 14th November, 2013

Planning is underway for the second stage of a lifestyle village currently under construction in the city’s west.

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Tom gains plaque nearly century after death

Originally published: Thursday, 14th November, 2013

A plaque has been placed by the Friends of Old Tintinallogy Committee in memory of Tom Young, who was found dead in a ‘bough bed’ near the site in November 1920.

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Please support a jolly good cause

Originally published: Thursday, 14th November, 2013

BDT Advertising Manager, Peter Keenan is hoping that this year’s Christmas Appeal is big enough to fill three rooms.

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Council’s going to the dogs

Originally published: Thursday, 14th November, 2013

Broken Hill shouldn’t need a registration drive for pets to be registered, according to a local vet.

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Changes planned for Aboriginal legislation

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th November, 2013

The State Government is looking to change Aboriginal cultural heritage legislation and yesterday it sought opinions in the BH district. 

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Old sticks outed

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th November, 2013

The Jubilee Oval is without goal posts this week after a Shinglebacks working bee removed the old steel posts.

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Big Screen back again

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th November, 2013

The annual Big Screen Film Festival is coming back to town with a variety of top new Australian movies. 

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Coles receives award before staff upsize

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th November, 2013

The local Coles has won recognition as SA’s Team of the Year and they are looking forward to bringing in more staff.

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One man’s trash is another’s treasure

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th November, 2013

Lifeline and Council are asking for the community’s help to ensure reusable treasures aren’t disposed of as trash.

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Locals gather to honour fallen

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th November, 2013

Local residents paused yesterday to take time to remember and commemorate those who fought and died in war.

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Arson attack sparks anger

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th November, 2013

Council and volunteers have been left stunned and saddened by an arson attack at The Living Desert over the weekend.

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Pensioner privacy safe

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th November, 2013

Pensioners have nothing to fear from a written request from City Council to allow it to verify their pension payments with Centrelink, according to Council’s General Manager.

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Perilya can’t afford pay rise

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th November, 2013

Perilya has opened discussions with individual employees about its proposal to have them forego a four per cent pay rise.

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Motorbike muster to hit city

Originally published: Monday, 11th November, 2013

Residents are being encouraged to get behind a group of paramedics riding to Broken Hill for men’s health.

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Co-ordinator pushing Wild Dog management

Originally published: Monday, 11th November, 2013

The national Wild Dog facilitator and co-ordinator have been in the city speaking with local boards.

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Robins trounce Roos

Originally published: Monday, 11th November, 2013

West and Central will go head-to-head in the 20/20 decider after the two cricket powerhouses chalked up wins in the final round of competition on Saturday

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Soldier back for local tour

Originally published: Monday, 11th November, 2013

As an RAAF man, Duncan Cook might have been expected to have flown with his special guests to his home town of Broken Hill.

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Old phones can help the earth

Originally published: Monday, 11th November, 2013

Telstra is calling on Aussies to help the environment by recycling old technology this National Recycling Week.

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Hinton-Neal set for SA Country

Originally published: Saturday, 9th November, 2013

Youngster Lydia Hinton-Neal has qualified for the South Australian Country competition following an exceptional performance at the Marion

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Kobe goes international

Originally published: Saturday, 9th November, 2013

Kobe was voted best player for NSW at the tournament and will now tour South Africa from January 13-27 as part of a squad of 25.

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Indigenous history goes to print

Originally published: Saturday, 9th November, 2013

After 25 years of loving compilation, the Western Heritage Group is set to launch a book that presents a unique view of the region’s history.

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Collection too costly

Originally published: Saturday, 9th November, 2013

City Council has established a Milton Lavers Collection committee but the deputy mayor says that acquiring the valuable mineral asset is “out of our league.”

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Zoe saves poorly puppy

Originally published: Saturday, 9th November, 2013

A woman has stumbled upon a sick dog abandoned at the depot, prompting vets to remind locals that the parvo virus is still out there.

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Vote for swimmers’ Legendairy moment

Originally published: Friday, 8th November, 2013

The Silver City Swim Club is urging everyone in Broken Hill to log-on to Facebook to help get the club over the line in an online competition.  

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United to return?

Originally published: Friday, 8th November, 2013

The Broken Hill Outback Rugby League could be expanding to seven teams next year, with an expression of interest recently received for 2014.

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Kids keen to make a splash

Originally published: Friday, 8th November, 2013

Pool attendance continues to grow, thanks in part to the popularity of regular swimming lessons. 

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Pedestrian peril

Originally published: Friday, 8th November, 2013

Retirement village and nursing home residents are being forced to “play chicken” with traffic because of a lack of pedestrian crossings, according to the son of a resident.

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Road poses no conflict: Browne

Originally published: Friday, 8th November, 2013

Deputy Mayor Marion Browne has dismissed public concern over City Council’s move to prioritise funding for a road that leads to a restaurant run by the Mayor.

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Mothers to get extra support

Originally published: Thursday, 7th November, 2013

A new position at the hospital will support breastfeeding mothers in Broken Hill.

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Staker signs for two

Originally published: Thursday, 7th November, 2013

West Broken Hill Robins’ export Brent Staker will be in the AFL system for at least another two years, as he has agreed to terms on a new contract that will see him remain at the Lions until the end of 2015. 

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Pageant day approaches

Originally published: Thursday, 7th November, 2013

Santa Claus is coming to town and everyone is being invited to give him a warm welcome by taking part in the 2013 Christmas Pageant.

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Relief for HSC students

Originally published: Thursday, 7th November, 2013

The city’s Higher School Certificate (HSC) students can breathe a collective sigh of relief now that the stress of exams is over.

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RFDS fund plea

Originally published: Thursday, 7th November, 2013

The RFDS says it is “very encouraged” by talks with the State Government that could finally end a $2 million annual shortfall in funding.

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Uneven load blamed for derailment

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th November, 2013

An uneven load caused a ballast train derailment which prevented the Indian Pacific from making a stopover in Broken Hill last year.

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City inspiration for murder story

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th November, 2013

Author Wilhelm Ruff drew a crowd at Browzers Bookshop on the weekend when he launched his novel “Murder in Broken Hill”.

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Summertime tennis is just the shot for kids

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th November, 2013

Tennis professionals like Australia’s Sam Stosur might be winding down their seasons but Broken Hill’s own budding stars are just getting started.

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Kiosk delivers the goods

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th November, 2013

More than $100,000 worth of equipment has been purchased for the Maternity Unit by the Kiosk Auxiliary.

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Night in with active twist

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th November, 2013

The instructors at the Temple of Fitness are holding a “Girls Night In” - with a pink twist.

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Tidy Town accolades for city

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th November, 2013

Broken Hill has won two awards at the Tidy Town Awards ceremony and come close to claiming the main prize.

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Shinglebacks salute Sandy

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th November, 2013

Garry Sandy was acknowledged as the Shingleback of the Year for 2013 at the Cabaret held last Saturday night. 

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Go local this Christmas

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th November, 2013

It’s that time again when the festive albums play and shoppers remark on how quickly the year has gone by.

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Mural finally gets finishing touches

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th November, 2013

Last year local man Edward Wighton started an Aboriginal wall mural at Robinson College but he never got to finish it.

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Perilya contemplating private road for trucks

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th November, 2013

Perilya says building a private haul road is not off the agenda, but in the meantime it is happy with its trucks using the city’s streets.

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Vandals target small business

Originally published: Monday, 4th November, 2013

The owners of a local business will reluctantly invest in security cameras after the shop was targeted by vandals at the weekend.

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Dog behaviour ‘shocking’, says former local

Originally published: Monday, 4th November, 2013

An ex-local back in the city for a funeral says he was shocked at the behaviour of dogs and dogs owners after a recent attack.

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Paull punishes West

Originally published: Monday, 4th November, 2013

Central skipper Jarred Paull took his impressive early season form to another level on the weekend, smashing 147 to help his side topple West by 182 runs.

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Hospital safety comes first

Originally published: Monday, 4th November, 2013

From a gruesome Halloween twist on safety, to a Melbourne Cup inspired gambling warning, Broken Hill Hospital wards set the bar high for a work health and safety day on Friday.

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All gone

Originally published: Monday, 4th November, 2013

Several major community projects appear destined for the scrapheap after the Federal Coalition Government confirmed that it will strip the city of $409,000 in funding.

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Rookies take centre stage

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd November, 2013

Central skipper Jarred Paull will be relying on his rookie brigade in the 45-over grand final rematch against West at Alma Oval today.

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Harness club shines

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd November, 2013

The glowing recommendation of a music star helped Broken Hill Harness Racing Club to claim top honours at the NSW Harness Industry awards in Sydney last weekend.

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Century after attack, victims get memorial

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd November, 2013

To preserve an historic moment in local and Australian history, a memorial will be erected to the victims of the infamous Silverton Picnic Train attack.

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NSW ‘will consider proposal’

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd November, 2013

The NSW Government will consider diverting $1 million funding from the canned heavy vehicle bypass to another project if City Council presents it with a detailed plan.

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Rehab unit edges closer

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd November, 2013

The Broken Hill Health Service sub-acute rehabilitation ward will finally open its doors later this month.

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Well travelled

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd November, 2013

Council spends $200,000 on travel

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