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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, 2013

A step away from a start

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st December, 2013

Ex-North Broken Hill star and Crows forward Taylor Walker is a chance of being selected for Adelaide’s round one clash in 2014 against Geelong at Simonds Stadium on March 20.

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Loved pet stranded far from home

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st December, 2013

A Queensland family holidaying in Broken Hill have left the city one family member short.

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Film in running for Oscar

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st December, 2013

A short film created in Broken Hill by an emergency doctor is in the running for an Oscar.

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Your guide to ringing in the New Year

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st December, 2013

If you would like to start your New Year in a party mood and dance the night away, there are plenty of venues that will give you what you are looking for.

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Labor defends position on SOV

Originally published: Tuesday, 31st December, 2013

The main reason that City Council voted to close Shorty O’Neil Village is that the city simply can no longer afford it, a Labor councillor said yesterday.

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Lifelong Northie honoured

Originally published: Monday, 30th December, 2013

Although he is no longer able to make it down to the field on game day, John Spain remains a Northie through and through.

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Jenni unravels canine myths

Originally published: Monday, 30th December, 2013

There is a myth that you can’t socialise your puppy until they are 16 weeks of age, but this could have detrimental effects, according to a local dog trainer.

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Career prospects looking up for young mums

Originally published: Monday, 30th December, 2013

Nine young mothers have taken a big step towards improving their career prospects after completing their Certificate III in Children’s Services.

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Bowling teams donate to hospital

Originally published: Monday, 30th December, 2013

The ladies of the Sturt Club got into the Christmas spirit by donating $400 worth of equipment to the hospital’s Community Nurses program.

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Locals reminded to relax over holiday season

Originally published: Monday, 30th December, 2013

Recent research has revealed one in five Australian adults have reported feeling moderate to severe stress.

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Fire ruins inside of home

Originally published: Monday, 30th December, 2013

It may not look like it from the outside, but a fire caused around $200,000 damage at this Clarke Street house yesterday.

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Nash to take on SA’s best

Originally published: Saturday, 28th December, 2013

Teenager Nash Mitchell will represent South Australia Country after a stellar showing at the recent BankSA Under 16 Country Cup.

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Don’t waste a precious drop

Originally published: Saturday, 28th December, 2013

Essential Water is reminding everyone to be careful with their water use during the hot weather.

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Vandals strike

Originally published: Saturday, 28th December, 2013

The Jubilee Oval was broken into and vandalised over the Christmas break.

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Driver ‘had loaded gun in vehicle’

Originally published: Saturday, 28th December, 2013

A Sydney man was allegedly caught with drugs and a loaded gun in his car on Christmas Day after police pulled him over for speeding.

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Fireworks leave a trail of woe

Originally published: Saturday, 28th December, 2013

Fireworks on Christmas Night caused problems for dog owners, with one family coming home to find their dog had broken his leg.

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Sanaya’s the greatest gift

Originally published: Saturday, 28th December, 2013

First-time parents Amit and Sandha Anand received a very special gift this Christmas.

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Councillor defends park tender decision

Originally published: Saturday, 28th December, 2013

A local councillor has revealed that the two unsuccessful tenders for the Broken Hill Caravan Park had not met the criteria, giving City Council no choice but to select Desadama Pty Ltd.

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Smart, loyal friends

Originally published: Friday, 27th December, 2013

The RSPCA has two adorable kelpie pups would love a new home for the new year.

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Uni set to expand outreach services

Originally published: Friday, 27th December, 2013

The Charles Sturt University Regional and Remote team will be expanding their services next year.

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Hillites leave it to last minute

Originally published: Friday, 27th December, 2013

Broken Hill retailers have reported mixed results in the lead-up to Christmas, although the late rush proved a common trend.

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Heat on Labor over Shorty

Originally published: Friday, 27th December, 2013

Labor councillors have come under fire for going back on a promise not to close Shorty O’Neil Village.

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Oldsen wins SA crown

Originally published: Friday, 27th December, 2013

The Silver City Swim Club is celebrating after exceptional performances at the highly-competitive 2013 South Australian State Open Long Course Swimming Championships in Adelaide.

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SA Redbacks unsung hero

Originally published: Friday, 27th December, 2013

Elite South Australian cricket is going through a renaissance, with the Redbacks leading the Sheffield Shield going into the Big Bash League break and the Strikers primed for a strong tilt at the title.

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Heritage response ‘not good enough’

Originally published: Friday, 27th December, 2013

A local councillor has said a letter from a Federal Minister about Broken Hill’s bid to become a heritage town was “the greatest bit of gobbledygook” he had ever seen.

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Disgust over defiled roo

Originally published: Friday, 27th December, 2013

A woman says she was disgusted at finding a kangaroo with its tail chopped off and a beer bottle in its mouth on the Nine Mile Road.

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Bulldogs celebrate

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th December, 2013

The North Football Club inducted six life members at the club’s annual Christmas gathering earlier this month. 

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Best drop in months

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th December, 2013

The rainfall on Monday morning was the most the city has received since June.

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TOP BID LOST

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th December, 2013

City Council rejected a tender for its Broken Hill Caravan Park that offered $150,000 more than the winning bidder.

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Erin’s a Xmas star

Originally published: Monday, 23rd December, 2013

Ever thought that getting creative at Christmas with the kids sounded like fun, but much too tricky and time-consuming?

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Tough times no match for community spirit

Originally published: Monday, 23rd December, 2013

The Broken Hill Y’s Men’s Club has concluded another successful year of fundraising with generous donations to the Salvation Army and Vinnie’s during their busiest time of the year.

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Shorty staff stunned: TEU

Originally published: Monday, 23rd December, 2013

A local union has urged the community to lobby City Council to reverse its decision to close one of the city’s few aged care facilities in two years.

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Hot Pies too good

Originally published: Monday, 23rd December, 2013

Central are the Barrier District Cricket League 20/20 champions after a comprehensive 60 run win over West in the A Grade final on Saturday.

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Aged care pay blow

Originally published: Monday, 23rd December, 2013

Broken Hill’s aged care workers have been dealt a blow with the scrapping of a $1.1 billion scheme to boost wages in the sector.

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Beware of dodgy deliverers

Originally published: Monday, 23rd December, 2013

With only days until Christmas, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning people to watch out for fake delivery scams in your computer’s inbox or post box.

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Ben hits top score

Originally published: Monday, 23rd December, 2013

Ben Mills has achieved the highest university admission rank in Broken Hill with a score of 91.95.

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Slippery customer evades police

Originally published: Saturday, 21st December, 2013

An unwanted bedroom guest made for a very awkward night’s sleep for Broken Hill resident Renee Powell.

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Scorching finale

Originally published: Saturday, 21st December, 2013

With an maximum of 42 degrees forecast today, the 20/20 cricket final is set to be a scorcher in more ways than one.

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Big bash showdown

Originally published: Saturday, 21st December, 2013

The curtain will be drawn on the pre-Christmas round of Barrier District Cricket League fixtures today with the A Grade Final of its 20/20 competition.

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Government grants a welcome gift

Originally published: Saturday, 21st December, 2013

Christmas gifts can be hit or miss but three community groups in Broken Hill are thrilled with theirs.

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Perilya’s push for pay freeze

Originally published: Saturday, 21st December, 2013

Perilya will push ahead with plans to ask employees to forego a four per cent pay increase due to them next month in a bid to save almost $2 million.

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Pensioners Association slams Shorty closure

Originally published: Saturday, 21st December, 2013

City Council has ruined Christmas for Shorty O’Neil Village residents, according to the President of the Broken Hill Pensioners Association.

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Shooting

Originally published: Friday, 20th December, 2013

Saturday, December 7 was the Broken Hill Gun Club’s Christmas shoot. The weather was fine and sunny - a perfect day for clay target shooting (any day shooting is a great day). We had 32 shooters competing, a great attendance for a Christmas shoot.   

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Raiders hit Menindee

Originally published: Friday, 20th December, 2013

Although the Canberra Raiders and Menindee Central School may be more than 800 kilometres apart, that has not stopped the club from extending a little Christmas cheer to the school.

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Tough penalties for dodgy drivers

Originally published: Friday, 20th December, 2013

Drivers caught committing traffic offences over the Christmas holidays will face double demerit points from today as police begin their Operation Safe Arrival.

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Super Clinic open for business

Originally published: Friday, 20th December, 2013

Residents are set to gain greater access to doctors and specialists with the opening of the city’s GP Super Clinic.

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Village closure could reignite aged care crisis

Originally published: Friday, 20th December, 2013

Elderly residents will be forced out of town if the city loses 40 aged care beds, a local provider said yesterday.

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Teacher exodus no concern

Originally published: Thursday, 19th December, 2013

One of the city’s schools has lost a surprising number of teachers this year, but its principal has put it down to a transfer system that’s doing its job.

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Tireless work rewarded

Originally published: Thursday, 19th December, 2013

Broken Hill’s Lisa O’Brien is the proud recipient of an Inspire Award of Excellence for her work with Baptist Community Services.

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Secondhand store a winner for Lifeline

Originally published: Thursday, 19th December, 2013

Three months after it opened, the second-hand store at the tip is proving a worthwhile investment for Lifeline.

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Beauty, terror and the outback

Originally published: Thursday, 19th December, 2013

A Canberra photographer has showcased Silverton in works that will feature at the Canberra Museum over the coming months.

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Shorty shutdown

Originally published: Thursday, 19th December, 2013

Elderly residents at Shorty O’Neil Village will be displaced in early 2016 after City Council last night decided to close the facility.

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Flash flood

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th December, 2013

When AFL Broken Hill Chairman Peter Nash went to turn on the water system at the Jubilee Oval, he found it had already received some extra watering.

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City set to swelter through heatwave

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th December, 2013

Broken Hill residents are being warned to brace for a hot spell, with the mercury predicted to nudge 40 degrees until at least Sunday.

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Unique opportunity

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th December, 2013

A young local girl, with Angelmen Syndrome, has the chance to attend an education program and her parents are asking for support to win a grant.

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Nervous wait ahead

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th December, 2013

Year 12 students will be nervously waiting to know the results of their HSC examinations today.

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Broadband blow for bush

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th December, 2013

The federal government’s revised NBN plan will leave the bush “languishing with dodgy internet speeds” as it focuses on urban centres, according to a NSW Senator. 

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A champion of education

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th December, 2013

High school teacher, Maureen Clark will be packing up her desk as she gets ready for retirement.

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Second ticket a winner for Dixie

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th December, 2013

When Dixie Cardwell pulled two tickets for the Lions Car Club Raffle, she knew that buying the second one would pay off.

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Kay rolls down natural talent

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th December, 2013

Having only picked up a bowl for the first time twelve months ago, Kay Burns is taking to the sport like a proverbial duck to water. 

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Hirdy’s Heroes stamp out Starz

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th December, 2013

A slick final quarter saw Hirdy’s Heroes claim the 2013 Broken Hill Basketball men’s A Grade title on Sunday night.

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Jail for scissors killer

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th December, 2013

Alcohol-fuelled violence landed Randall Bugmy in jail numerous times before but never had it led to someone dying.

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Broken Hill should be very proud

Originally published: Monday, 16th December, 2013

Two families whose extraordinary fundraising effort will help generations of blood cancer patients and their families have thanked the city for its support.

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Blogger spreads word about Broken Hill

Originally published: Monday, 16th December, 2013

This month marks the two-year anniversary of the www.ilovebrokenhill.com blog published by Melbourne resident Jane Deany.

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Oh, so close

Originally published: Monday, 16th December, 2013

Central enter the Christmas break of the 45 over competition nineteen points clear of their nearest rival on the ladder after yet another slick batting performance on the weekend.

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White Christmas at Carols

Originally published: Monday, 16th December, 2013

Kids received an unfamiliar treat at Carols By Candlight last night as they sang and danced under a blanket of snow.

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Camp shame

Originally published: Monday, 16th December, 2013

Messy campers near Menindee Lakes are leaving behind piles of rubbish and putting wildlife and the popular tourist spot at risk, a local man has said.

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Well done, BH

Originally published: Saturday, 14th December, 2013

The Broken Hill community has again answered the call of the needy in remarkable fashion, filling the BDT’s hallways with presents as part of the paper’s Christmas Appeal.

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Perilya pay cut in doubt

Originally published: Saturday, 14th December, 2013

Perilya is scrambling to find out if a recent court ruling will have any bearing on a proposal that would see some 300 employees forego their pay rise.

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Fight to keep the rugby on the box

Originally published: Saturday, 14th December, 2013

Outback Rugby League Chairman Dave Gallagher has described Southern Cross Austereo’s recent decision to move from NSW to SA programming as “devastating” for rugby league.

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Medal rule change

Originally published: Saturday, 14th December, 2013

If you want to win the Lionel Johnston Medal you can no longer afford to cop a suspension.

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New police chief enjoys the change

Originally published: Saturday, 14th December, 2013

The Barrier LAC has welcomed the appointment of a new Local Area Commander, Murray Reynolds.

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All smiles at Alma’s big day

Originally published: Saturday, 14th December, 2013

Alma Public School held its Annual Presentation Day this week.

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Ryan’s lessons from a legend

Originally published: Friday, 13th December, 2013

Budding Broken Hill guitarist Ryan Baker received the birthday present of a lifetime when his mother surprised him with a trip to Sydney for a three-day guitar camp headlined by legendary musician Tommy Emmanuel.

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Choir delights shoppers

Originally published: Friday, 13th December, 2013

Hearing Christmas carols while doing the shopping at this time of year is nothing unusual, but customers at Centro Westside were treated to a live rendition of some traditional favourites yesterday afternoon.

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Medal haul adds to swim club’s success

Originally published: Friday, 13th December, 2013

Four youngsters from the Silver City Swim Club have returned home from the Waikerie and Murray Bridge Open Swimming Carnivals with a swag of medals.

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Woman touched by stranger’s kindness

Originally published: Friday, 13th December, 2013

A woman was reminded of the spirit of Christmas this week when a stranger paid for her purchase at a shop.

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‘History of violence’

Originally published: Friday, 13th December, 2013

A man displayed characteristic behaviour when he armed himself with scissors before stabbing another man, a court has heard.

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Dental surgery a technology leader

Originally published: Thursday, 12th December, 2013

Motivation, collaboration, innovation and education.

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Variety show’s a Christmas treat

Originally published: Thursday, 12th December, 2013

A wealth of local talent will come together on Sunday for an exciting new show blending traditional carol favorites with a collection of modern Christmas music. 

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Romance of the dance

Originally published: Thursday, 12th December, 2013

Vilma Stubing attended social dances as a young woman where she would often note a striking gent dancing with his wife.

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Concert reveals old school ties

Originally published: Thursday, 12th December, 2013

The melody of children’s voices filled the halls of Aruma Lodge this week when residents were treated to a performance by students from Railway Town Public School.

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Dental surgery a technology leader

Originally published: Thursday, 12th December, 2013

Motivation, collaboration, innovation and education.

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Preschool workers dealt a bitter blow

Originally published: Thursday, 12th December, 2013

A childcare centre manager has labelled a Federal Government decision to cancel promised pay rises as a “terrible breach of trust.”

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Victim and his killer were “good mates”

Originally published: Thursday, 12th December, 2013

A man who is being sentenced for stabbing a friend in the face with a pair of scissors last year has told a court he did “bad things” when he drank alcohol.

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Rights day revives hope

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th December, 2013

A brave woman who escaped from a violent relationship opened up about her experience last night as part of Human Rights Day.

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Bronco girls let rip in Pirie

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th December, 2013

The Broncos Under 12 girls swept all before them at the annual Port Pirie Junior Basketball Carnival last weekend.

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Pick a pet for half price

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th December, 2013

If you’re looking for a cuddly addition to your family then the RSPCA is the place to be this weekend.

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Sweet sounds in the park

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th December, 2013

The city’s biggest family Christmas event is on again this weekend with Carols By Candlelight to be held in Sturt Park.

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TV switch flicks Sydney

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th December, 2013

It’s enough to make some residents reach for the remote.

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Hoons face full force of the law

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th December, 2013

More than 100 vehicles have been impounded and more than 500 sets of number plates seized in New South Wales since the inception of anti-hoon laws in July last year.

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Johnson in clear

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th December, 2013

Willyama High students got active at the Regional Aquatic Centre to help raise money for their school.

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Bicycle safety day heads Menindee’s way

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th December, 2013

Police will be working to keep Menindee kids safe on the roads at the upcoming Deadly Treadly event.

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Chess, anyone? The next move is yours

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th December, 2013

Broken Hill Chess Club president Clement Smith is encouraging anyone looking for a mental challenge to join him for a game in the city library on Sunday afternoons.

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Money for country water projects

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th December, 2013

Just a over a week remains for Broken Hill schools, sports clubs and community organisations to apply for a cash grants scheme designed to help save water and benefit the environment.

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Ex-Water Board boss backs supply idea

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th December, 2013

The former boss of the BH Water Board has backed a suggestion that City Council becomes the local water supply body.

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Artist finds treasure in the great outback

Originally published: Monday, 9th December, 2013

The Australian outback has been a reliable source of inspiration for countless artists and its ability to evoke passion has been proven once again by Melbourne-based public artist Michael O’Dwyer.

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Art makeover

Originally published: Monday, 9th December, 2013

Two of the first paintings in the city’s original art collection have left home for a reviving makeover.

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Southie culture kept captain on the job

Originally published: Monday, 9th December, 2013

AFTER close to 26 years of service, South Broken Hill Fire Station Captain Darryn Clifton is hanging up the fire helmet to spend some well deserved time with his family.

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Water on offer

Originally published: Monday, 9th December, 2013

Local MP John Williams has flagged the possibility of City Council eventually becoming the city’s water supplier.

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Remote kids missing out

Originally published: Monday, 9th December, 2013

Students in regional Australia are suffering from a tyranny of distance, according to a research report from the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

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Long ride home

Originally published: Saturday, 7th December, 2013

Professional road cyclist Lachlan Morton says the stretch of road between Cobar and Broken Hill is unlike anything he’d ever seen before.

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A real gem

Originally published: Saturday, 7th December, 2013

Silver City farewells Argent Street icon

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Students and Bikies unite for Toy Run

Originally published: Saturday, 7th December, 2013

Pencils and school books were swapped for leather jackets and loud motorbikes when the Ulysses Motorcycle Club arrived at the North Public

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Bold Burkies succumb to the clippers

Originally published: Saturday, 7th December, 2013

A couple of bold Burkies bore the buzz and their bare bonces brought big bickies to a worthy cause this week.

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Grinch steals Christmas

Originally published: Saturday, 7th December, 2013

The Christmas spirit does not mean much to some people.

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Council staff manage $260m assets

Originally published: Friday, 6th December, 2013

The first step in the development of plans to manage over $260 million worth of ageing council infrastructure is underway.

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Band brings Christmas cheer

Originally published: Friday, 6th December, 2013

The Barrier Industrial Unions Band’s Christmas Program begins tomorrow with a concert for the residents of Harold Williams Home.

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Singing sensation stops off in city

Originally published: Friday, 6th December, 2013

 Singing sensation Ricki-Lee Coulter brought some Christmas cheer to the city early yesterday morning when she arrived aboard the Indian Pacific.

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No place like home

Originally published: Friday, 6th December, 2013

Off road buggy racer Chris Wilson grew up on the dirt tracks of Broken Hill and is looking to return to where it all started.

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Ready for Toy Run

Originally published: Friday, 6th December, 2013

The Ulysses motorcycle club will hit the streets on Saturday for their annual Toy Run.

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Lions show festive spirit

Originally published: Thursday, 5th December, 2013

The Lions Club and Far West Auto have shown their Christmas spirit by donating 50 Christmas cakes to St Vincent de Paul’s festive hampers.

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Locals learn sign language

Originally published: Thursday, 5th December, 2013

A group of locals recently took a course to learn the basics of Australian Sign Language.

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West lose in last-over thriller

Originally published: Thursday, 5th December, 2013

 The West Cricket Club was narrowly defeated in their South Australian Country 20/20 quarter final against Loxton in Mildura last Sunday. 

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Naughty or Nice? Santa Arrives in Broken Hill

Originally published: Thursday, 5th December, 2013

Children still have a few weeks to finish their wish lists for Christmas but those who have already settled on what they would like may put their requests in early at Centro Westside Plaza.

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Storm wreaks havoc on metal business

Originally published: Thursday, 5th December, 2013

Businessman Glenn Siebert says he’s determined to keep trading despite losing a large portion of his roof in Tuesday night’s freak storm. 

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Swimmers excel

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th December, 2013

Seven junior swimmers from the Silver City Swim Club competed with great success at the Irymple and Red Cliffs Open swimming carnivals in Victoria on the weekend.

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Resurgent Robins

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th December, 2013

West have broken through for their first win of the Under 17 cricket season with a commanding display against Central.

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Mo money for good cause

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th December, 2013

After carefully cultivating their upper lip for the best part of a month, the “Broken Hill Boys” have raised $2,800 for men’s health.

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Storm hits North

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th December, 2013

Broken Hill bore the brunt of a freak storm last night with over 4000 households losing power temporarily.

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Shire on the lookout for new GM

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th December, 2013

More than a year after the last one resigned, the Central Darling Shire Council is finally starting its search for a new general manager.

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Pricey works planned for railway station

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd December, 2013

The 108-year-old Sulphide Street Railway Station is about to undergo nearly $117,000 worth of restoration work.

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Community to come together for AGM

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd December, 2013

Broken Hill community members are encouraged to attend the Patton Village Community and Business Association’s Annual General Meeting, tonight at the South Community Centre Library.

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From rocketships to tiaras

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd December, 2013

From attending NASA’s Space School to now being selected as Pageant Princess, Paige Grose has had a busy year.

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City in ruins

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd December, 2013

A former local who has returned to open a business believes Broken Hill has lost its spirit.

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Staff to have say on pay rise request

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd December, 2013

Perilya should know on Friday what its employees think of its request to forego their four per cent pay rise. 

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Boot camp for the brave

Originally published: Monday, 2nd December, 2013

He made his name as the tough-as-nails trainer on ‘The Biggest Loser’ and on the weekend Broken Hill got their very own taste of ‘The Commando’.

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Every bag is special

Originally published: Monday, 2nd December, 2013

Ladies looking for a unique accessory or Christmas gift are being invited to try something a little ‘spazzy’.

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Attention all pets: Don’t eat the bugs

Originally published: Monday, 2nd December, 2013

Pet owners are being reminded to keep an eye on curious animals who like to bite and eat bugs.

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Central tops West

Originally published: Monday, 2nd December, 2013

A lower order half century from wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Rhodes helped Central to a nail biting two wicket win over West in their top of the table battle on Saturday.

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It’s a lifesaver

Originally published: Monday, 2nd December, 2013

Members of the Broken Hill cycling community have attested to the safety benefits of helmets, despite a report that proposes to axe the protective headwear.

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Doubt cast over NBN plan

Originally published: Monday, 2nd December, 2013

The Coalition’s plan for the new national broadband network may be under fire, but it’s still the city’s best chance of getting improved internet anytime soon, according to Sussan Ley.

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