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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.

May, 2014

Combination of errors cost man his leg

Originally published: Saturday, 31st May, 2014

A slew of safety and procedural breaches contributed to a mine worker falling down a shaft and severing his leg almost two years ago, a report has found.

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Bargain-hunt heaven

Originally published: Saturday, 31st May, 2014

Stepping back to a time of craftsmanship and quality has been a welcome change for Lifeline employee Angela Fitzpatrick.

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Outback audience delights orchestra

Originally published: Saturday, 31st May, 2014

Scores of classically-trained musicians arrived in Broken Hill for a series of educational sessions and a public concert yesterday.

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Johnson lines up for number 308

Originally published: Saturday, 31st May, 2014

Veteran Brett Johnson is about to become the most capped player in North Bulldogs Football Club history.

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Pies’ Anderson hits 150

Originally published: Saturday, 31st May, 2014

At just 24 years of age, Mick Anderson is set to pass a significant milestone.

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Happy Landing

Originally published: Friday, 30th May, 2014

City Council and Regional Express have ended hostilities and announced plans to enter into a new agreement that will deliver a direct flight to Sydney from next year.

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Parking meter revenue a fortune to outback

Originally published: Friday, 30th May, 2014

Local MP John Williams has come up with a radical solution to financially stricken councils in the far west: Sydney parking meter revenue.

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Enjoy the rain while it lasts

Originally published: Friday, 30th May, 2014

Far Western NSW is in danger of entering an extended dry spell with low rainfall associated with the El Nino weather pattern expected to take hold by mid winter.

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Silver City 1000 shelved

Originally published: Friday, 30th May, 2014

Chairman of the Silver City Events Committee, Kevin Hind, is hopeful that the Silver City 1000 can be resurrected next year following the cancellation of this year’s race.

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Staker remains hopeful

Originally published: Friday, 30th May, 2014

Brisbane Lions utility Brent Staker remains hopeful of returning to the field this season despite describing his current calf injury as his worst yet.

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Capture the beauty of the outback

Originally published: Friday, 30th May, 2014

Broken Hill artist Boris Hlavica is looking for a small group of photography enthusiasts to participate in a three day workshop.

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Premiere showcases local talent

Originally published: Thursday, 29th May, 2014

By Nick Gibbs

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Hope for projects

Originally published: Thursday, 29th May, 2014

By Emily Roberts

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Matt claims ANZAC medal

Originally published: Thursday, 29th May, 2014

By Ethan James

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Minister vows help for struggling miners

Originally published: Wednesday, 28th May, 2014

The Abbott Government will do everything in its power to restore the faith of overseas investors in the Australian mining industry, according to the Federal Resources and Energy Minister.

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Celtic lose dashing duo

Originally published: Wednesday, 28th May, 2014

Celtic soccer club bid farewell to two players in style with a 4-2 win over Alma at the weekend. 

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Drinkers turning off the tap

Originally published: Wednesday, 28th May, 2014

Beer drinkers are shunning traditional brands like VB, Carlton Draft and Crown Lager because of high-end competition and less demand for tap beer.

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Puffers run out of places

Originally published: Wednesday, 28th May, 2014

Smoking will soon be off the menu for outdoor diners in the city.

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Market low but spirits high

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th May, 2014

Numbers were down at the city’s fourth annual Resources Investment Symposium yesterday but that didn’t stop the industry’s fighting spirit from shining through.

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Using a spoon to launch a grenade

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th May, 2014

Influential climate change sceptic Ian Plimer last night launched his tenth book in the city.

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Minerals boss rallies the troops

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th May, 2014

The State’s mining industry could soon recover with announcements imminent about uranium exploration, according to the CEO of the NSW Minerals Council.

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Roos win battle royal

Originally published: Monday, 26th May, 2014

South are the new competition leaders after registering a 23-point win over the Bulldogs in Saturday’s blockbuster at Alma Oval. 

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Car park rethink

Originally published: Monday, 26th May, 2014

 

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George Connor: Giant of mining industry

Originally published: Saturday, 24th May, 2014

One of the giants of the Broken Hill mining industry, George Connor, is remembered as one of the best managers the mines ever had and the best boss a worker could want.

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Walk for Hamish

Originally published: Saturday, 24th May, 2014

Broken Hill residents are invited to join the Lawrence family at Nine Mile Station for an awareness walk, garage sale and sausage sizzle on the June long weekend.

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Top two lock horns

Originally published: Saturday, 24th May, 2014

It has taken six rounds of footy but we finally have a blockbuster and what a game it promises to be.

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A toast to you all

Originally published: Saturday, 24th May, 2014

The Barrier Daily Truth raised $500 for charity this week, just by sharing some coffee and some cake.

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Ex-local brings Rasp to life

Originally published: Friday, 23rd May, 2014

Ex-local and producer of the Broken Hill based 2004 film ‘The Big Red’, Greg Parker, has again found inspiration in the region.

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Cuts will ‘condemn Far West students’

Originally published: Friday, 23rd May, 2014

Broken Hill will be severely affected by the cuts to education in the Federal Budget, says the Barrier Teachers Association.

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Come knockin’

Originally published: Friday, 23rd May, 2014

Organisers of this Sunday’s Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal are hoping to get enough volunteers to door-knock every house in Broken Hill.

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Road repair ‘a risk’

Originally published: Friday, 23rd May, 2014

City Council has accepted a $675,000 grant to reconstruct the run down road to the top of the Line of Lode.

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Council sanctions agreement proposal

Originally published: Friday, 23rd May, 2014

City Council will finally submit a secret partnership agreement to be considered by Regional Express at a meeting next week.

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Mr Bassman sings the greats

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd May, 2014

On Sunday afternoon the Philharmonic Choir will present their first concert of the year at the Musician’s Club Auditorium and the last for bass singer Will Pearson. 

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Unit officially opened

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd May, 2014

Broken Hill’s $6.6 million sub-acute rehabilitation facility was officially declared open yesterday. 

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Miners Memorial closed to the public

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd May, 2014

 The city’s iconic Miners Memorial atop the Line of Lode will tonight be closed to the public indefinitely.

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Hospital ‘above average’

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd May, 2014

The latest Australian Hospital Statistics show a continuing decline in public hospital capacity, but the Broken Hill Hospital is seeing positive results.

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Lands review ‘opportunity’

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd May, 2014

Western Lands Lessees are being invited to comment to the Crown Lands Review White Paper which has been described as the most significant reform in a generation.  

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Less not always best

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st May, 2014

Two large meals are better than six small ones with the same calories for controlling weight and blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, according to recent research.

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Couple’s hotel covered in glory

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st May, 2014

Mick and Dana Farcich have had their hard work recognised when their recently updated, boutique hotel featured on the front of a prestigious magazine this week.

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Young guns in the ranks

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st May, 2014

Rugby League gala days have helped boost the junior ranks, according to Western NSW Game Development Officer Matt Kiddle. 

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Restoration recognised at awards

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st May, 2014

It may no longer have a supermarket but South Broken Hill boasts a couple of the best building restorations going around.

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Round table talks underway

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st May, 2014

A community round table headed by City Council has met for the first time.

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Virus alert

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th May, 2014

A “horrific” outbreak of parvo has prompted a warning for pet owners to take their sick animals to the vet.

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Last Cab shooting wraps up

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th May, 2014

Filming of ‘Last Cab to Darwin’ has finished in the city after a successful two weeks.

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Founder vows to resurrect school

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th May, 2014

The founder of a youth college that closed here last month has vowed to re-open the alternative school.

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Joeys dominate

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th May, 2014

Celtic claimed their first win over West in six seasons, while St Joseph’s stamped their authority on the competition in round three of the Community Credit Union Premier League. 

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Man who threatened to kill cop released on bail

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th May, 2014

A drunk man who broke into his father’s house, smashed windows and threatened police when they arrived to investigate has been released on bail.

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Yabbies take points

Originally published: Monday, 19th May, 2014

 They travelled north in their droves and Menindee Yabbies supporters were able to go home with smiles on their faces following their side’s 38-32 victory over Geebungs at the weekend.

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Christine savours last day of school

Originally published: Monday, 19th May, 2014

Broken Hill High School said goodbye to one of their longest severing staff members when Administration Officer Christine Spurr took her position behind the desk for the last time on Friday.

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Dispute over meeting, submission

Originally published: Monday, 19th May, 2014

It appears more certain local air services will be reduced after Regional Express said it had no intention of meeting with City Council’s general manager Therese Manns.

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Air cuts ‘catastrophic’

Originally published: Monday, 19th May, 2014

Any reduction to services Regional Express provides to Broken Hill would be “catastrophic”, a travel agent has warned.   

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Bus service uncertainty

Originally published: Monday, 19th May, 2014

The bus services from Wilcannia and Menindee to Broken Hill could very soon not be run by the Central Darling Shire Council.

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Saints brace for tough road trip

Originally published: Saturday, 17th May, 2014

Broken Hill Saints fullback Matt Kiddle says his side is bracing for a “rowdy crowd” when they travel to Wilcannia to take on the Boomerangs in round two of the Outback Rugby League today.

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Youngsters on show

Originally published: Saturday, 17th May, 2014

Last start losers North and Central are set to face off at League Headquarters today after both sides suffered embarrassing defeats last week.

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Beware of online banking scam

Originally published: Saturday, 17th May, 2014

A Broken Hill resident is warning locals to be on the lookout for scammers after receiving a suspicious email claiming to be from Westpac.

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Restored history unveiled

Originally published: Saturday, 17th May, 2014

Two pieces of local history have undergone restoration as the first of many artworks that will be repaired.

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Plane crash claims one

Originally published: Saturday, 17th May, 2014

A man who was killed when his ultralight crashed near Ivanhoe yesterday morning was believed to be a married father from Pooncarie.

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West’s wonder woman nominated for draft

Originally published: Friday, 16th May, 2014

When Rebecca Jones travelled to Adelaide earlier this year to try out for the SANFL All Stars team, taking part in the AFL draft was the furthest thing from her mind.

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Courthouse tours on today

Originally published: Friday, 16th May, 2014

Staff at the Broken Hill Courthouse will be offering everyone tours of the historic building today.

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MP backs indigenous initiative

Originally published: Friday, 16th May, 2014

Member for Murray-Darling, John Williams has backed legislation he believes will improve the delivery of programs aimed at supporting Aboriginal people throughout the state.

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West can overcome oval shift

Originally published: Friday, 16th May, 2014

West coach Dale Tonkin wants his side to focus on footy and not get distracted by commentary surrounding the shift of his team’s round five match against South from Jubilee to Alma Oval.

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Rex threat

Originally published: Friday, 16th May, 2014

Regional Express has threatened to axe all direct services to capital cities and reduce flight frequency in response to a proposed increase to the passenger head tax.

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Volunteers enjoy well-deserved lunch

Originally published: Thursday, 15th May, 2014

The Far West Local Health District took time out yesterday to recognise the contribution of all their volunteers.

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Academy soccer trials in Warren

Originally published: Thursday, 15th May, 2014

The Far West Academy of Sport is holding trials for positions in the 2014 FWAS Football program on Sunday, June 1 in Warren.

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Players go pink to honour a club great

Originally published: Thursday, 15th May, 2014

The Alma Soccer Club is turning pink this weekend in honour of life member Vivienne Erskine who died from cancer in December last year.

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Worst-off hardest hit

Originally published: Thursday, 15th May, 2014

‘Not for profit’ organisations are predicting a big increase in the number of people needing help following a federal budget that means “long-term pain for the most marginalised.”  

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Movie premiere to help Allison House

Originally published: Thursday, 15th May, 2014

Locals are invited to dress up in their period finery and attend the premiere of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” on Saturday night.

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TEX RETURNS

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th May, 2014

The long awaited return of Taylor Walker to the Adelaide Crows line up is imminent.

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Vulnerable to benefit from housing funding

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th May, 2014

Local low income earners are likely to be among the final tenants to benefit from Labor’s National Rental Affordability Scheme after the Commission of Audit report recommended scrapping the final round of funding.

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Magistrate’s tough stance

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th May, 2014

The courts would be reduced to “toothless tigers” if they allowed offenders to defy their orders, a Local Court magistrate said in jailing a man for six months yesterday.

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Employees come before Council finances: union

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th May, 2014

The union representing the majority of City Council’s employees is not expecting “large scale” redundancies as part of a restructure process now underway.

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Vinnies valuable volunteers recognised

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th May, 2014

The St Vincent de Paul Society is recognising its volunteers with a “get-together” today as a part of National Volunteer Week.

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Nurses celebrate this year’s achievements

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th May, 2014

Local nurses celebrated International Nurses Day yesterday with a luncheon and award ceremony.

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Silverton horse gallops home

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th May, 2014

Silverton racehorse Triumphant One notched up his second win in as many weeks in Port Augusta on Sunday.

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Goats turn it on

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th May, 2014

Alma’s A Grade soccer side turned on their best showing in years with a 5-1 victory over West on Sunday afternoon.

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Terry calls on Telstra to improve service

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th May, 2014

A local man has expressed his disappointment with the service he received when buying a new phone.

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Memorial not fit for play

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th May, 2014

Player welfare has prompted AFL Broken Hill to relocate this weekend’s football matches to give Memorial Oval time to recover from recent rodeo duties.

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Mother calls for public warnings after hot shot hell

Originally published: Monday, 12th May, 2014

A mother whose son’s life spiralled out of control after he smoked a “hot shot of ice” says authorities should warn the public when a bad batch of drugs hits the streets of Broken Hill.

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Celebration of science and art at Fowlers Gap

Originally published: Monday, 12th May, 2014

A newly-completed artists’ studio was officially opened and a book on kangaroos launched at Fowlers Gap research station on Friday.

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Robins’ fighting spirit

Originally published: Monday, 12th May, 2014

The Robins produced a remarkable second half comeback to overrun the Bulldogs and register an eight point victory in Saturday’s game at the Jubilee Oval.

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Super birds in the sky

Originally published: Monday, 12th May, 2014

The chances of spotting a Wedgie in action at the moment are very high.

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Old foes back

Originally published: Saturday, 10th May, 2014

United and Saints start ORL season

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Reliving the 1989 grand final

Originally published: Saturday, 10th May, 2014

“Saints won their first Tooheys Group 12 premiership since 1984 when they defeated United 18-14 at Rugby League Park last Sunday.

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Feds should follow NSW’s lead: teachers

Originally published: Saturday, 10th May, 2014

Local teachers have commended the State Government for maintaining its commitment to funding the full six years of the Gonski reforms.

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‘A different league’

Originally published: Saturday, 10th May, 2014

Coalition scandal nothing compared to Labor, says MP

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Ride ‘em high, brothers

Originally published: Friday, 9th May, 2014

High school students flocked around a popular action sports group yesterday to have everything from their shoes to mobile phones signed.

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Resurgent market chock-full of variety

Originally published: Friday, 9th May, 2014

It’s that time again ... the BH Community Market is on this weekend, just in time for Mother’s Day.

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Dogs in for fight

Originally published: Friday, 9th May, 2014

The viability of rural clubs is of high concern, according to an inquiry into the New South Wales greyhound racing industry. 

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Southsiders bitter at suburb’s neglect

Originally published: Friday, 9th May, 2014

There’s “nothing left” for people living in South Broken Hill, says Alan Tucker.

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Deli turns mini-mart for South

Originally published: Friday, 9th May, 2014

South residents are grieving the loss of their only supermarket, but a Patton Street deli has made moves to fill the hole left by the closure.

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Revived water plan divides opinion

Originally published: Friday, 9th May, 2014

Abundant and good quality groundwater close to Menindee may be used to help ‘drought-proof’ Broken Hill. 

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Afghans resurrect burial rights

Originally published: Thursday, 8th May, 2014

A hundred years ago, Afghan camel drivers are said to have reserved a piece of land at the Rakow Street cemetery for Mohammedan burials.

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Juniors flock to master class

Originally published: Thursday, 8th May, 2014

More than 150 juniors packed the soccer fields yesterday afternoon for a coaching clinic conducted by former Adelaide United player Christiano.

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Council changes ‘demand response’

Originally published: Thursday, 8th May, 2014

Now is no time for ratepayers to be apathetic, according to the Broken Hill Residents’ Association (BHRA).

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Keeping with tradition

Originally published: Thursday, 8th May, 2014

The nerves have kicked in for the 24 teenagers who will be in the spotlight at the debutante Civic Ball tomorrow night.

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Seniors’ telco struggling

Originally published: Thursday, 8th May, 2014

Steps have been taken toward a resolution for ONEseniors customers after phone and internet communication was disconnected last Friday but there is “no guarantee” all services will return to normal.

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Hard work pays off

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th May, 2014

Broken Hill basketball player Chelsea Masclet has continued her rise through the junior representative ranks.

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Teacher delights in change

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th May, 2014

The Robinson College’s Alesco Learning Centre has welcomed a new staff member who arrived in the city last week after a previous appointment in Salisbury, South Australia.  

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Babies get a bounce from words and music

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th May, 2014

A popular baby group has come along in leaps and bounds after a time change.

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Chill spares neither man nor beast

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th May, 2014

With the recent cold snap, the Broken Hill Pet Rescue group is asking for donations of thick quilts or doonas.

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‘Rents too high for poor citizens’

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th May, 2014

Attention has been drawn to Broken Hill’s expensive rental market with the latest report from one community organisation suggesting there are no properties available for people relying on certain welfare payments.

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‘Last Cab’ gets rolling downtown

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th May, 2014

Argent Street was buzzing with film crews yesterday and locals may have even caught a glimpse of actor Michael Caton.

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Youngsters step up a class

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th May, 2014

Young Barrier basketball players are preparing to put their best foot forward at NSW Primary School Sports Association competitions this month.

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Big day for midwives

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th May, 2014

Midwives from the Broken Hill Health Service have come together to raise money for vulnerable mothers while recognising those who have excelled in the field over the last 12 months.

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Seniors lose phone service

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th May, 2014

Many seniors throughout Broken Hill have been left without internet and phone services after a popular communications provider went into administration on Friday.

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Mooted rail link welcomed

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th May, 2014

A possible freight rail link between Mildura and Menindee has been welcomed by mining companies who say it will further “open up the region’s resources”.

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Dedicated firefighters recognised

Originally published: Monday, 5th May, 2014

Two NSW Rural Fire Service firefighters from the Far West were yesterday commended for their service and dedication. 

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We just want some space

Originally published: Monday, 5th May, 2014

One metre would make all the difference to the safety of cyclists, according to June Files.

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Securing one of the best

Originally published: Monday, 5th May, 2014

The Milton Lavers mineral collection is the finest and last Broken Hill mineral collection remaining in private hands.

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Soccer season starts

Originally published: Monday, 5th May, 2014

A hat-trick to Jamie Berg helped Celtic to a 3-1 win over Alma in the opening round of the Community Credit Union Premier League yesterday.

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Outback captures another artist

Originally published: Monday, 5th May, 2014

Sit down with Gunter Otto Kairies at his Chloride Street studio and he’s only too happy to tell you tales about his full and colourful life.

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When will we get the NBN?

Originally published: Monday, 5th May, 2014

Broken Hill residents are expected to know when the national broadband network will be available in the city before the end of the year, but should not anticipate the speeds promised under the previous government. 

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Joeys on mission

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd May, 2014

St. Joseph’s begin their quest for a fourth consecutive soccer premiership when they take on West in the opening round of the Community Credit Union Premier League tomorrow.

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Wet start to Agfair

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd May, 2014

Heavy rain didn’t deter a hardy crowd from checking out a range of demonstrations, produce and products at the opening day of Agfair yesterday.

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Get a view of the outback from above

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd May, 2014

Imagine being on an endless rollercoaster with no tracks and no boundaries.

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That’s the Way

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd May, 2014

State Government bankrolls Line of Lode road

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BHCC managing roles to go

Originally published: Friday, 2nd May, 2014

Five group managers at City Council were yesterday told that their jobs would no longer exist under a proposed new structure.

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‘Enough is enough’

Originally published: Friday, 2nd May, 2014

Domestic violence can affect anybody and it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure people feel safe in their own home. 

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Triumphant again

Originally published: Friday, 2nd May, 2014

He is a big, docile fellow that even a child can handle but come race day Triumphant One is a different beast altogether.

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Gearing up for Volunteer Week

Originally published: Friday, 2nd May, 2014

Preparations are gearing up for the 2014 Volunteer Week Awards with the Volunteers Working Group keen to receive RSVPs for the event.

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Water supply under review

Originally published: Friday, 2nd May, 2014

Essential Energy will scrap its Far West Region from Monday and review its water supply operation under cost-cutting measures announced yesterday.

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Charles Sturt staffers pay a visit

Originally published: Thursday, 1st May, 2014

University students studying via correspondence were treated to a face to face visit from Charles Stuart University representatives yesterday.

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Old friends join in noble cause

Originally published: Thursday, 1st May, 2014

Born and bred Broken Hill women Joan Menz (nee Biggins) and Maureen Coles (nee Fitzgerald) have found a noble way to mark their 70th birthdays. 

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Trades trouble looms

Originally published: Thursday, 1st May, 2014

A reluctance to commit the time and money towards training new apprentices may result in a shortage of tradespeople in the city, according to the manager of West State Training.

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Brett’s crack at the Rally title

Originally published: Thursday, 1st May, 2014

A second place showing at the SA Rally Championship has given Broken Hill driver Brett Baldwin the motivation to have a crack at a state title.

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Deb turns story into novel

Originally published: Thursday, 1st May, 2014

Failed-at-love Londoner moves to Australia where she meets the man of her dreams in the outback.

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