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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, 2014

AFL star supports youngsters

Originally published: Friday, 28th February, 2014

AFL star Taylor Walker has thrown his support behind a pair of local jet-setting basketballers.

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Cold and calculated

Originally published: Friday, 28th February, 2014

A callous act of robbery has shocked staff the Red Robin Deli on Gypsum Street.

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Drop of rain saves the day

Originally published: Friday, 28th February, 2014

A nice drop of rain has saved Tibooburra from running dry.

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Newspaper loses a dear friend

Originally published: Friday, 28th February, 2014

The Barrier Daily Truth has lost a dear friend and work colleague with the passing of former editor, David Pearce.

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Tourism more important than spin: Black

Originally published: Friday, 28th February, 2014

If City Council could budget $120,000 for a “spin doctor”, it should employ a fulltime tourism officer, according to one councillor.

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Share your passion for theatre

Originally published: Thursday, 27th February, 2014

For anyone interested in live drama or music, tonight’s Annual General Meeting of the Broken Hill Repertory Society is the ideal occasion to meet people who share your passion.

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Drought assistance package

Originally published: Thursday, 27th February, 2014

Drought-hit graziers in the Far West will be able to get help sooner as part of a new $320 million assistance package, the Federal Government said yesterday.

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Shooting for the stars

Originally published: Thursday, 27th February, 2014

The secrets of the universe are about to get a whole lot clearer for local girl Stephanie Warhurst. 

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Lucy makes a sea change

Originally published: Thursday, 27th February, 2014

Ask popular personal trainer and group instructor Lucy Netherwood about her approach to fitness and she’ll happily tell you it’s “go hard or go home”.

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Shorty’s rapid loss

Originally published: Thursday, 27th February, 2014

Staff at Shorty O’Neil Village may lose their jobs before the facility’s two years are up as residents rapidly move out, costing City Council hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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High demand for water and electricity

Originally published: Wednesday, 26th February, 2014

Broken Hill consumed one billion litres of treated water in the first 40 days of this year, enough to fill 400 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

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Tip top shape

Originally published: Wednesday, 26th February, 2014

The caretaker of the Memorial Oval says the ground is in “good shape” in the aftermath of the monster truck spectacular earlier this month.

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Guides catch cleaning bug

Originally published: Wednesday, 26th February, 2014

More than 20 Girl Guides will gather at Block 10 on Sunday morning to give a helping hand to the environment.

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Struggling graziers offered help

Originally published: Wednesday, 26th February, 2014

Around 280 bales of hay arrived in Broken Hill last night and it’s now on offer to graziers struggling with the drought.

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Jail confession solves 2012 case

Originally published: Wednesday, 26th February, 2014

Two men wanted by police over the violent mugging of an 81-year-old woman nearly two years ago have finally been brought to justice after one of them confessed.

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School of the Air sets up for success

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th February, 2014

Broken Hill School of the Air students are enjoying getting to know their class mates face to face this week with a range of activities planned before the distance format returns. 

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Your chance to join a real orchestra

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th February, 2014

Break open the wardrobes; check under the beds; dig through the stuff in the shed and find that old instrument you played in high school! The Broken Hill Civic Orchestra is looking for more players. 

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Volunteers thanked for hard work

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th February, 2014

The hospital’s most loyal fundraisers will, for the first time, donate a massive $160,000 to a single project.

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Musicians’ Club collapse

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th February, 2014

The Musicians’ Club has entered into voluntary administration after losing $2 million in less than two years. 

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Help thank city’s volunteers

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th February, 2014

Three hundred volunteers will be thanked for their generosity with a large-scale celebration in May.

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Basketball boot camp

Originally published: Monday, 24th February, 2014

Broken Hill’s brightest young basketball players got the chance to hone their skills at a boot camp at the weekend. 

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True colours

Originally published: Monday, 24th February, 2014

Upwards of 20 rainbow-coloured cars passed through the streets on Saturday afternoon to spread a message of acceptance and harmony. 

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Staff to cut waiting times

Originally published: Monday, 24th February, 2014

The addition of two new graduates to the Far West Local Health District’s dental service will mean a more accessible public dental system and reduced waiting times.

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Takeaway booze ban begins

Originally published: Monday, 24th February, 2014

Broken Hill Police have reminded residents to plan ahead as new legislation preventing late night trade of alcohol takes effect today. 

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TAFE safe

Originally published: Monday, 24th February, 2014

By Craig Brealey

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Motorcade with a message

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd February, 2014

A convoy of colourful cars will be travelling around the city today on a “rainbow” tour.

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Pink Pies join cancer fight

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd February, 2014

Central Cricket Club players are going pink from head to toe to raise money for the McGrath Foundation.

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Carnival atmosphere

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd February, 2014

Willyama High School combined novelty action with some more serious races at their annual swimming carnival yesterday.

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Council predicts budget benefits from tough decisions

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd February, 2014

City Council’s finances are forecasted to be “extremely unsatisfactory” at the end of the financial year, despite a recent raft of unpopular decisions aimed at reining in the budget.

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Ladies, start your engines

Originally published: Friday, 21st February, 2014

Don’t do a double take if you notice the cars driving a little more cautiously than usual at the speedway track tomorrow night. 

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More to music than making it big: Brook

Originally published: Friday, 21st February, 2014

A satisfying career in the music industry is possible without having to go on a talent show.

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Marcos’ bold outback adventure

Originally published: Friday, 21st February, 2014

Aspiring filmmaker Marcos Garcia describes coming to Broken Hill as a “big adventure”.

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Uncertain future for village residents

Originally published: Friday, 21st February, 2014

The city will have to wait a little longer for City Council’s exit strategy for Shorty O’Neil Village.

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Tourism taskforce ready to tackle industry ‘crisis’

Originally published: Friday, 21st February, 2014

Tourism stakeholders have come together to discuss an industry that was recently described as being “in crisis”.

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Joeys keen for 2014

Originally published: Thursday, 20th February, 2014

The preparations are already underway for St Joseph’s tilt at a fourth consecutive Broken Hill soccer premiership. 

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Sunset Strip seeks support

Originally published: Thursday, 20th February, 2014

Interstate politics are partly to blame for the state of the Menindee Lake system, according to the president of the Sunset Strip Progress Association Barry Stone.

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Excitement builds for Agfair 2014

Originally published: Thursday, 20th February, 2014

Organisers of the highly-anticipated Agfair are gearing up for the looming 13th biennial event that will feature a famous chef and other entertainment. 

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No bail after wild chase

Originally published: Thursday, 20th February, 2014

Two people who allegedly stole a front end loader and drove it wildly along the Mildura road on Tuesday did not apply for bail when they appeared in court yesterday.

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Shop owners disgusted by dirty deluge

Originally published: Thursday, 20th February, 2014

A smelly, unwelcomed visitor washed away the smiles the faces of the Gypsum Street traders yesterday.

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Setback for Ashleigh

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th February, 2014

For someone used to flying around the track in a gig behind a horse, life in a moonboot has understandably felt a little confined for Ashleigh Camilleri. 

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Unique project on display

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th February, 2014

The fruits of a nine-month Artist in Residence project at the Broken Hill Hospital were unveiled yesterday by local artist Ian Howarth.

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Shots fired in frantic day of theft

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th February, 2014

An investigation is underway after a man and a woman were arrested following a road pursuit during which shots were fired at a stolen front-end loader near Broken Hill yesterday morning.

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Four generations join fight against cancer

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th February, 2014

Four generations of one family will be joining in the World’s Greatest Shave next month.

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Water secure at last

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th February, 2014

The controversial draining of the Menindee Lakes has ended for now.

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Marching girls seek recruits

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th February, 2014

Dancing teacher, Joy Baldwin is looking to bring back a piece of Broken Hill history by starting up a marching team.

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Racing loses a true friend in “Rocky”

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th February, 2014

Horse racing in Broken Hill has lost a good and valued friend with the passing of Ray Baker last weekend. 

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Splendid artworks brighten hospital

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th February, 2014

Paintings of Broken Hill will soon adorn the walls of the hospital’s Oncology and Ambulatory Care Unit thanks to a generous donation from the Outback Publicans. 

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Tough times

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th February, 2014

The Prime Minister capped off his tour of drought-hit regions of NSW and Queensland yesterday with a visit to Mount Gipps Station, 40km east of the city.

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Shorty heartache

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th February, 2014

An organisation proposing to take over Shorty O’Neill Village is “playing with the residents’ heartstrings”, according to a family member.

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Wet weather warriors

Originally published: Monday, 17th February, 2014

Although all Barrier District Cricket League fixtures were called off on the weekend, the wet weather didn’t deter some of Broken Hill’s youngest players from getting out on the field.

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‘Tens of thousands’ to die in drought

Originally published: Monday, 17th February, 2014

An outback property owner who was severely lashed by a kangaroo after pulling it out of a bog last week says tens of thousands would die a “horrendous” death before the drought is over.

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Great water divide

Originally published: Monday, 17th February, 2014

A local businessman says he’s disgusted by the mass of water in the Murray River while Menindee Lakes continues to be drained, devastating the local economy.

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Rain and a rumble

Originally published: Monday, 17th February, 2014

Many Broken Hill streets were turned into cascading rivers following 14 millimetres of rain on Saturday, and then, that night, the earth moved.

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PM discusses drought assistance during visit to city

Originally published: Monday, 17th February, 2014

The announcement of a Federal drought assistance package is likely within the next week, however exactly what support will be offered remains unclear.  

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Final preview at Jubilee Oval?

Originally published: Saturday, 15th February, 2014

The clash between top two sides Central and West at the Jubilee Oval today shapes as potentially a preview of this season’s final as it will take a minor miracle for North to overcome West in the preliminary final in a fortnight’s time.

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Roos a chance to make it two

Originally published: Saturday, 15th February, 2014

South get their opportunity to make it back to back wins against North at the Alma today in what would be the Roos’ best result for some five seasons, if this was to happen.

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Fee locked in

Originally published: Saturday, 15th February, 2014

The ongoing debate over football player registration fees appears to have been resolved.

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Students hit the pool

Originally published: Saturday, 15th February, 2014

The prospect of rain didn’t deter Broken Hill High School students from jumping in the pool at the school’s annual swimming carnival yesterday.

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POWER PLAYS

Originally published: Saturday, 15th February, 2014

Musicians’ Club board facing backlash

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Off the beer, muscles

Originally published: Friday, 14th February, 2014

It’s customary for many to relax with a cold beverage in hand after sweating it out on a sports field.

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Apology anniversary a mark of respect

Originally published: Friday, 14th February, 2014

The anniversary of the historic 2008 apology from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was marked at a ceremony in the town square yesterday as part of the “Festival of Respect”.

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Uni students given head start

Originally published: Friday, 14th February, 2014

Two local students will feel a little less pressure when starting university, thanks to scholarships awarded by the Y’s Men’s Club with support from the Silver City Workingmen’s Club.

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Legion still serving

Originally published: Friday, 14th February, 2014

If you’re heading out for a well-earned beer or a quiet meal in the near future, there’s a few old soldiers who would deeply appreciate your company.

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Exploration company looks to Thackaringa Hills

Originally published: Friday, 14th February, 2014

A mineral exploration company that holds rich cobalt deposits in the Thackaringa hills is looking into using the resource to create a sulphuric acid production plant to supply eastern Australia.

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Country Cup cred

Originally published: Thursday, 13th February, 2014

The West Broken Hill trio of Max Everuss, Curtis Jelbert and leg-spinning all rounder Matthew Handberg and Central’s Jarred Paull helped the Murray Districts/Barrier side to a commendable fifth sport in the annual country cricket championships earlier this month.

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A piece of history

Originally published: Thursday, 13th February, 2014

A piece of history that captures the light bulb moment RFDS founder John Flynn developed the blueprint for the ground-breaking organisation has arrived in Broken Hill.

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Response to water crisis poor

Originally published: Thursday, 13th February, 2014

The NSW government is spruiking its decision to extend drought support to the Far West, but Labor and the Greens aren’t buying the hype.

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Helping hand for graziers’ plight

Originally published: Thursday, 13th February, 2014

Graziers are set to receive a helping hand after the NSW government’s Emergency Drought Package was extended to include Broken Hill and its surrounds.

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Fight to survive

Originally published: Thursday, 13th February, 2014

The Legion Club is fighting for survival after going into voluntary administration.

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Greyhound cap might cut euthanasia rates

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th February, 2014

Broken Hill greyhound trainer Clint Trengrove says placing a cap on the number of greyhounds a trainer can own could help reduce the number of dogs been euthanased in the state.

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Turley joins Monster Truck Rumble

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th February, 2014

Most people get a little nervous about the prospect of getting in the driver’s seat of a new car for the first time.

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New machine to benefit hospital

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th February, 2014

The Broken Hill Hospital’s physiotherapy department have welcomed a valuable new piece of technology, thanks to support from local fundraisers and the Breast Cancer Support Group.

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Brave Cohan’s hair-raising endeavour

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th February, 2014

A brave eight-year-old local will be shaving his hair for the World’s Greatest Shave.

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Plaza brings 200 jobs

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th February, 2014

More than  200 local jobs will be created when the Coles Broken Hill Plaza development opens in late April, a spokesperson for the supermarket chain has confirmed.

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Tourism award will boost the whole region

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th February, 2014

Tourism awards are nothing new to Tri State Safaris, but the tour operators are hoping their latest win serves as a reminder that Broken Hill remains a prime destination for travellers.

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First day of school

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th February, 2014

The first day of kindergarten can provide a mixture of excitement and trepidation for new students, but it was smooth sailing at Railwaytown yesterday.

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A Y’s man is a generous man

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th February, 2014

The heat of the afternoon sun will no longer prevent children enjoying the playground at the Broken Hill Child and Family Health Centre thanks to a generous donation from the local Y’s Men’s Club.

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Countdown is on

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th February, 2014

The countdown to the city’s biggest weekend of the year has officially started with the opening of the St Pats office for 2014 yesterday.

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John Williams set for change as electorate splits

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th February, 2014

For Member for Murray Darling John Williams, the only way is up.

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United are in

Originally published: Monday, 10th February, 2014

The Outback Rugby League will expand to seven sides this season after it was announced that United have been granted entry into the 2014 competition.

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Police target grog offences

Originally published: Monday, 10th February, 2014

Police were kept busy with a few alcohol-related incidents on the weekend, with one man copping $800 in fines after failing to leave a licensed premises.

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Drivers urged to take care

Originally published: Monday, 10th February, 2014

Broken Hill Police have issued a timely reminder to slow down and stay off mobile phones as school resumes for 2014.

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Calling new recruits

Originally published: Monday, 10th February, 2014

St John Ambulance Broken Hill Cadet Division is a fun way to volunteer and meet new people.

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Values drop

Originally published: Monday, 10th February, 2014

The total land value of the Broken Hill Local Government area has decreased by $24 million in three years, according to NSW Valuer-General Philip Western.

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Westies have the edge

Originally published: Saturday, 8th February, 2014

West has held the ascendancy over South in all their games this season and this appears unlikely to change in the BDCL 45-over game at the Jubilee Oval today.

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Pies machine rolls on

Originally published: Saturday, 8th February, 2014

With finals time looming on the not-too-distant horizon, Central continue to build towards what could be another premiership season and a season that could see them go through the minor round undefeated in both the short and longer format of the competition.

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Heat takes its toll

Originally published: Saturday, 8th February, 2014

Barrier District Cricket League President Peter Johnston says the league is planning to revisit its heat policy later this month.

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University enjoys a privileged view

Originally published: Saturday, 8th February, 2014

Charles Sturt University staff have participated in an annual four-day camp in Menindee which aims to produce a higher level of cultural awareness.

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‘No-one forced out’

Originally published: Saturday, 8th February, 2014

Council rejects union’s claims on Shorty

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Legend status bestowed on ‘unsung hero’ Angela

Originally published: Friday, 7th February, 2014

Silver City Swim Club’s Angela Oldsen has been named Swimming Australia’s Local Legend Volunteer of the Year for 2013. 

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Netball aims for a new high

Originally published: Friday, 7th February, 2014

The Broken Hill Netball Association is hoping to build on the success of last season for a bigger and better 2014.

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Real jazz and fine food for you and your sweetheart

Originally published: Friday, 7th February, 2014

The Adelaide Jazz Trio will be back to play for loving couples at the Royal Exchange Hotel this Valentine’s Day.

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Pictures of the past proving popular

Originally published: Friday, 7th February, 2014

Locals browsed though the photo collection in the archive room at the Broken Hill City Library yesterday.

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Villagers moving out

Originally published: Friday, 7th February, 2014


Nearly a quarter of Shorty O’Neil Village residents have moved out since City Council announced it would close the aged care facility in early 2016.

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Living on the dregs

Originally published: Thursday, 6th February, 2014

There is perhaps no better illustration of the Darling River’s decline than in the town of Wilcannia.

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Slow start to SA cricket carnival

Originally published: Thursday, 6th February, 2014

The Murray District/Barrier side has started its South Australian Country Cricket carnival campaign in shaky fashion, dropping their opening two games. 

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Algae poisons shrinking lakes

Originally published: Thursday, 6th February, 2014

The bad news continues for Menindee residents with blue-green algae confirmed in the lakes system.

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Algae poisons shrinking lakes

Originally published: Thursday, 6th February, 2014

The Miners’ Memorial at the Line of Lode has reopened, but there’s been a few changes.

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Southern Cross takes on Irymple aged care

Originally published: Thursday, 6th February, 2014

Southern Cross Care (SCC) has taken over a 40-bed aged care home in Irymple, near Mildura.

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Cut the chances of getting cancer

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th February, 2014

The multi-pronged approach of sensible lifestyle choices, regular checkups and high vaccination rates is the best way to manage increased rates of cancer, says Director of Cancer Services, Innovation and Palliative Care for the Far West Local Health District, Melissa Cumming.

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A sauna no longer, time for a spar

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th February, 2014

The PCYC is gearing up for Boxing for Fitness classes after its shed was insulated.

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Car park empty as Argent St fills

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th February, 2014

Angry Argent Street traders say no one is using an off-street parking lot since City Council slapped a time limit on it a fortnight ago.

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Our Peoples amongst nation’s best

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th February, 2014

CP Peoples Chemist is in the top 10 finalists for Australian Pharmacy of the Year.

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Shorty fightback

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th February, 2014


A group heading a rally to save Shorty O’Neil Village from closure has accused City Council of mismanagement, hiding figures and exaggerating costs.

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School independence a red herring: union

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th February, 2014

A federal government plan to help a quarter of schools become independent will broaden the gap between metropolitan areas and the Far West, according to the teachers union.

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New nurses ready to hit the wards

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th February, 2014

Local nursing and midwifery ranks have been significantly boosted with 21 recent graduates preparing to begin their careers in Broken Hill.

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Cool-hand Brian wants a full house

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th February, 2014

Local resident Brian Fenton has come up with a unique idea for those missing their usual sporting opportunities because of the terrible heat. 

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Life’s blood lost

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th February, 2014

The fortunes of Menindee are inextricably linked to its surrounding waterways, and the decision to drain the lakes has left the township shattered.

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Latest pet campaign an ‘uphill battle’

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th February, 2014

A NSW government announcement of a $900,000 council grant program to promote microchipping, registration and desexing would most likely fail, according to a local vet.

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Monster crowd

Originally published: Monday, 3rd February, 2014

A huge crowd packed the Memorial Oval on Saturday night to catch a glimpse of the monster truck spectacular. 

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The crazy case of the exploding table

Originally published: Monday, 3rd February, 2014

Imagine sitting in your lounge room relaxing after dinner, when your glass kitchen table suddenly explodes and large chunks fly past you and hit the wall.

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Active minds shine

Originally published: Monday, 3rd February, 2014

The number of dementia sufferers in the Murray Darling electorate is expected to rise by 300 over the next six years according to predictions from leading forecaster Deloitte Access Economics.

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Gone with the water

Originally published: Monday, 3rd February, 2014

The sad decline of the Menindee Lakes system was on display yesterday as the BDT took a tour of the lakes and township.

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War widows waiting for ‘exit strategy’

Originally published: Monday, 3rd February, 2014


By Erica Visser

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No relief in sight for weary graziers

Originally published: Saturday, 1st February, 2014

Pressure is building on graziers and landholders after another month of hot, dry weather.

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Monster Madness

Originally published: Saturday, 1st February, 2014

American monster truck driver Kreg Christensen is planning to unleash the freak at the Memorial Oval.

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Menindee Lakes drained

Originally published: Saturday, 1st February, 2014

Water from lakes going to South Australia and Victoria

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An Italian love story

Originally published: Saturday, 1st February, 2014

The secret to a long lasting, happy marriage is remarkably simple according to Jim and Anna Nardelli, who celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary this week.

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