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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.

June, 2014

Library sure to surprise, delight

Originally published: Monday, 30th June, 2014

The city library will be jam-packed with activities over the school holidays.

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Graziers welcome rebate about-face

Originally published: Monday, 30th June, 2014

NSW graziers will have until the end of the financial year to take advantage of emergency water infrastructure funding following a decision reversal by the Rural Assistance Authority.  

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Roos win rough

Originally published: Monday, 30th June, 2014

In scenes reminiscent of round one, Central almost pulled off what would have been a memorable upset against South in slippery conditions at Memorial Oval on Saturday.

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‘Drink spike’ victim’s horror night on town

Originally published: Monday, 30th June, 2014

A local woman claims her drink may have been spiked by the date rape drug Rohypnol recently.

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Not over yet

Originally published: Monday, 30th June, 2014

Disaffected workers will meet again tomorrow as their dispute with City Council over the workforce restructure enters another week.

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Home-made pistol leads to arrests

Originally published: Saturday, 28th June, 2014

Police have charged two men after a makeshift handgun was found during a traffic stop in the South this week.

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Vinnies gets help to help others

Originally published: Saturday, 28th June, 2014

Many local families will do it tough over the winter, but St Vincent de Paul is here to help.

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Bush kids jump to it

Originally published: Saturday, 28th June, 2014

School of the Air children often don’t have many group activities, but last week they were jumping at the chance to team up.

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Morgan St says ‘Goodbye, Mr D’

Originally published: Saturday, 28th June, 2014

For outgoing Morgan Street Public Principal Chris Dougherty, the pleasure of arriving at work to the sound of a school bell has never lost its appeal.

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Vinnies gets help to help others

Originally published: Saturday, 28th June, 2014

Many local families will do it tough over the winter, but St Vincent de Paul is here to help.

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‘Scab’ move riles Labor

Originally published: Saturday, 28th June, 2014

Labor Councillors have condemned a decision to call in “scab labour” to collect rubbish bins during the Council workers’ strike.

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NAIDOC Week feature-packed

Originally published: Friday, 27th June, 2014

Broken Hill NAIDOC Week will be held next month as the event goes from strength to strength.

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Divisions deep, says union

Originally published: Friday, 27th June, 2014

Striking Council workers will meet this morning to decide their next move.

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Lifeline’s big night

Originally published: Friday, 27th June, 2014

Everyone will have the chance to look at art from around the region at Lifeline’s Annual Art Exhibition tonight.

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Strike hits home

Originally published: Friday, 27th June, 2014

City Council will pay contractors to collect garbage after 150 workers voted to strike indefinitely on Wednesday night.

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End swift for stabbed man

Originally published: Friday, 27th June, 2014

A man who was knifed in the chest during an argument in Wilcannia last year would have died within minutes, the Supreme Court heard yesterday.

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Council on strike

Originally published: Thursday, 26th June, 2014

Around 150 City Council employees are on strike today in protest against jobs being lost in Council’s restructure. 

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Museum invites schools to help make history

Originally published: Thursday, 26th June, 2014

School students are being asked to delve deeper into history as part of the commemoration of the city’s World War I soldiers.

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Washington calls our young leader

Originally published: Thursday, 26th June, 2014

Teenager Cooper Murray has never been on a plane before but that won’t stop him jetting off to Washington this weekend by himself. 

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Quin leads dirt pack

Originally published: Thursday, 26th June, 2014

The first instalment of the 2014 MJG Motocross Series is done and dusted, with Matthew Quin claiming honours in the top division last weekend. 

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Tears at memory of tragic day

Originally published: Thursday, 26th June, 2014

A woman wept in court yesterday as she recalled the fatal stabbing of her brother at the hands of her ex-partner in Wilcannia last year.

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Squeeze on water prices

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th June, 2014

Broken Hill residents will pay a smaller increase in the price of water after authorites took note of what the public told them at a meeting held in the city last year.

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Vying for cup glory

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th June, 2014

For the second year in a row, West go head-to-head with St Joseph’s in the Knockout Cup A Grade final. 

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TV beauty back to her roots

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th June, 2014

A former School of the Air student has returned to Broken Hill to show a new generation that growing up in the bush can provide the best foundation for success.

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Brain injury treatment explained by the experts

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th June, 2014

The Brain Injury Association of NSW is in Broken Hill meeting with local services and the public.

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Union plan on the table

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th June, 2014

Union officials representing City Council employees will fly into the city next week to meet with general manager Therese Manns about a workforce restructure impacting on members.

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Logan wins State selection

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th June, 2014

Youngster Logan Berryman has flown the flag for many Barrier representative teams in the past but is about to step up to the big time.

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Wilcannia teacher ALP’s man for Barwon

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th June, 2014

Wilcannia school teacher Craig Ashby has been selected by NSW Labor as its candidate for the local seat of Barwon in next year’s State election.

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Hillite takes on Northern Territory

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th June, 2014


Taking on the Finke Desert Race is not for the faint of heart. 

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Armed hold-up shock

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th June, 2014

A female deli attendant has been left shaken after she was threatened by two masked men armed with a tyre lever on Sunday night.

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Outback curse

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th June, 2014

A chronic shortage of health professionals and the stubborn attitude of men in regional Australia are to blame for the disparity between prostate cancer survival rates.

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No going back, say councillors

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th June, 2014

Councillors say their hands are tied after being urged to consider an alternative restructure plan by a union.

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Payouts on the way as Shorty winds up

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th June, 2014

 City Council will fork out $810,000 in redundancy payments to staff employed at Shorty O’Neil Village.

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Woman who stabbed attacker walks free

Originally published: Saturday, 21st June, 2014

A young woman who stabbed a man in the back has been spared jail after she was found to have done so to protect her sister from him.

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Our greatest moment

Originally published: Saturday, 21st June, 2014

PRIOR to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Australia’s prospects had been written off. Perhaps justifiably so.

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Roos in fine form

Originally published: Saturday, 21st June, 2014

As we hit the half way mark of the 2014 season, it is only fitting we have a top of the table clash that will not only give us a outright league leader but it could well shape the remaining season for both sides.

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False hope claim

Originally published: Saturday, 21st June, 2014

Council dismisses union’s plan to save workers’ jobs

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Striking shot captures mighty lake in decline

Originally published: Saturday, 21st June, 2014

Every Christmas, Leia Haskard returns to Broken Hill to see her family but during her last trip she captured something spectacular.

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Nurse turns combat medic

Originally published: Friday, 20th June, 2014

Local nurse and Army Reservist, Kristie Connell, recently spent nine gruelling days at a major Australian Army training program.

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Business must come to grips with issue

Originally published: Friday, 20th June, 2014

Employees take millions of “sickies” every year due to a lack of mental health support at work.

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Major strides taken in bid to find cure

Originally published: Friday, 20th June, 2014

The Lawrence family of Nine Mile Station held a walk of the recent long weekend for Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month.

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They’ll be back

Originally published: Friday, 20th June, 2014

Broken Hill is a realistic chance of hosting its third South Australian Country carnival sooner than anticipated, according to eight ball player Gerard Lehman. 

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Shorty O’Neil Village ‘not up to scratch’

Originally published: Friday, 20th June, 2014

The Federal Government has imposed sanctions on Shorty O’Neil Village after it was found to have not met the standards required for aged care.

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Giants of the game measure up

Originally published: Thursday, 19th June, 2014

The annual Paul Kelly Cup was a ‘Giant’ success at the Jubilee Oval yesterday. 

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Rock fan counting down to the show

Originally published: Thursday, 19th June, 2014

A local mineral collector has put out the call for specimens to add to his collection in the lead up to the city’s first mineral show in three years.

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Money pours in so Emily gets her DVD

Originally published: Thursday, 19th June, 2014

With the help of locals, youngster Emily Roberts will now have a new DVD player to keep her occupied while she is in hospital.

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Travelling man serenades seniors on his road show

Originally published: Thursday, 19th June, 2014

A versatile performer is keeping the locals “Young at Heart”.

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USU taking proposal to Labor councillors

Originally published: Thursday, 19th June, 2014

Labor councillors will be urged to back an alternative plan that a union claims will deliver the required savings to Council without the loss of a single job.

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Come join the Eisteddfod fun

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th June, 2014

Local performers have until Friday to get their nominations in for the 45th annual Broken Hill Eisteddfod.

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No money, no answers for EDC creditors

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th June, 2014

Backers of the defunct Enterprise Development Centre are no closer to an explanation after their debts were left unpaid following the organisation’s demise earlier this year.

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Savaged at home

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th June, 2014

When Danielle Smith came home from work on Thursday evening last week she was confronted with something so unexpected and horrible that she didn’t sleep for three nights.

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MP hails budget measures

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th June, 2014

The NSW Government will provide $1 million for disability services in Broken Hill.

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FAGs funding freeze ‘will hurt councils’

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th June, 2014

City Council has joined the opposition to the freezing of indexation on Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) by the federal government.

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2Dry back on air waves

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th June, 2014

Broken Hill’s community radio station is back on air after a stressful three months which included a federal government funding battle and falling victim to a lightning strike.

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Caldwell makes league debut

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th June, 2014

Broken Hill junior and football journeyman Heath Caldwell added his name to a rich list of Silver City football exports who have now played SANFL league football, debuting in the round 10 Sunday fixture at Prospect Oval against West Adelaide. 

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Illegal firearms in police sights

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th June, 2014

By Nick Gibbs

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Project put on hold

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th June, 2014

The proposed $550 million Silverton wind farm could remain up in the air for another two years.

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More mining jobs

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th June, 2014

 Cristal Mining has won NSW Government approval for a $200 million mine, south-east of the city, that is expected to employ hundreds of people.

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North fly high

Originally published: Monday, 16th June, 2014

The Bulldogs have recorded a 40-point win over the Magpies at the Memorial Oval on Saturday.

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Kate snaps up Bowler Award

Originally published: Monday, 16th June, 2014

Life has become less stressful for physiotherapy student Kate Vandenheuval after she was rewarded a $5000 scholarship.

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He’s Max and he’s still Mad

Originally published: Monday, 16th June, 2014

The man who put the stunt grunt into Mad Max II has returned to the city to relive the glory days of the iconic film, and ended up in hospital.

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Local government set for comeback

Originally published: Monday, 16th June, 2014

 Central Darling Shire Council will adopt its budget for the coming year on Friday, just two days before its suspended councillors are reinstated.

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Hero statue on hold

Originally published: Monday, 16th June, 2014

A campaign to create a life-sized statue of a Broken Hill war hero is in limbo.

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Dogs look good

Originally published: Saturday, 14th June, 2014

Central host the Bulldogs at Memorial Oval today in what is a must-win game for the Magpies.

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Local charity cup on again

Originally published: Saturday, 14th June, 2014

World Cup football fever has descended on Broken Hill, with nominations for the Crowe Horwath-BDT Charity Cup now open.

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PM history after one term

Originally published: Saturday, 14th June, 2014

Several of the Federal Budget’s more controversial measures will not pass through the Senate and Tony Abbott is likely to be a one term prime minster, according to Labor Senator Doug Cameron.

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Union officials in city

Originally published: Saturday, 14th June, 2014

Union officials will travel to Broken Hill next week for talks with City Council employees about the proposed workforce restructure.

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Fundraiser for animals in need

Originally published: Saturday, 14th June, 2014

Broken Hill Pet Rescue, with the help of the Silver City Cinema, will be having a movie fundraiser today.

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Funding sealed: A step closer for highway

Originally published: Saturday, 14th June, 2014

The Silver City Highway to Tibooburra is a step closer to being completely sealed, courtesy of a $50 million road improvement program announced yesterday.

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Club show true colours

Originally published: Saturday, 14th June, 2014

There will be a distinct colour change at both AFL grounds today, with all four clubs getting behind Pink Day.

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Initiative has a positive impact

Originally published: Friday, 13th June, 2014

The ‘Tackling Violence’ initiative has had a positive impact in the Far West, according to the program coordinators. 

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Essential Energy’s major project

Originally published: Friday, 13th June, 2014

Essential Energy crews are working on a major project to put underground about 400 metres of overhead powerlines in Argent Lane.

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Quilters’ Cuppa Day

Originally published: Friday, 13th June, 2014

With winter undeniably here and the weekend’s temperature predicted to just nudge the mid teens, the annual Silver City Quilters’ “Cuppa Day” is sure to be popular.

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Broken Hill part of government study

Originally published: Friday, 13th June, 2014

 Broken Hill has been chosen as the subject of a state government study into how communities can combat the life cycle of mining.

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Council’s workforce overhaul: report

Originally published: Friday, 13th June, 2014

City Council’s workforce restructure is set to deliver a leaner organisation filled with multi-skilled staff.

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Warriors on a high from downing Boomerangs

Originally published: Thursday, 12th June, 2014

Five days might have passed but members of the Parntu Warriors Rugby League club are still on cloud nine.

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Another blow for sporting exchange

Originally published: Thursday, 12th June, 2014

Plans to take a third sport to Bankstown for this year’s Sporting Exchange have been dashed after the BH Soccer Association pulled out.

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Honour for Captain Clyde

Originally published: Thursday, 12th June, 2014

Former CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s South East Section, Clyde Thomson, has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.  

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Tips for cyber safety

Originally published: Thursday, 12th June, 2014

Familiarising yourself with your computer is the best way to cut the risk of falling victim to online viruses and scams, according to a local IT expert.

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Drug info session

Originally published: Thursday, 12th June, 2014

Residents will be able to learn more about the impact the drug methamphetamine is having locally at an information night being held next week.

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Local skaters feature in roller derby event

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th June, 2014

Members of the Broken Hill Roller Derby League got the chance to rub shoulders with some of the Australia’s elite skaters at The Great Southern Slam at the weekend. 

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Mine invests in city

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th June, 2014

Perilya is continuing to invest in its Broken Hill operation with the purchase of machinery totalling around $2 million.

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Council cuts are vital

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th June, 2014

 City Council could no longer put off the painful cuts being made to its workforce, according to deputy mayor Marion Browne.

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Accident could have been worse: police

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th June, 2014

Multiple lives were potentially saved after a driver successfully avoided a head on collision, according to Detective Inspector Mick Stoltenberg. 

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Power prices discounted under electricity sell-off

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th June, 2014

Power prices will be discounted and billions will be pumped into roads, schools and hospitals under the NSW government’s controversial plan to sell electricity networks.

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Far North flog local side

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th June, 2014

Broken Hill failed to handle a fit and firing Far North side, going down by 69 points in the annual Miners Cup at Adelaide Oval.

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Wonders of watercolour

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th June, 2014

The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and local artist Deidre Edwards are holding a watercolour workshop this weekend.

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Top honour for one of our finest

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th June, 2014

A casual get-together 40 years ago sparked a long and selfless career of serving the community for Fran McKinnon, who was yesterday awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

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‘Powerful forces’ surround city bid

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th June, 2014

Broken Hill could soon make history as the first city in Australia to be listed as a national heritage site, but there are some powerful forces against it, says a member of the former tourism advisory committee.

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Wages, super to rise

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th June, 2014

A number of industrial relations changes will require local businesses to rethink their operations, according to the Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce.

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BH ready for Miners Cup

Originally published: Saturday, 7th June, 2014

Broken Hill is in Adelaide today for the seventh instalment of the Miners Cup, with the record standing at three wins apiece.

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Stick time

Originally published: Saturday, 7th June, 2014

Silver City hockey players are being urged to pick up their sticks.

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Legion for sale

Originally published: Saturday, 7th June, 2014

After closing its doors for the final time three months ago, the Club Legion site is due to hit the commercial market in a matter of weeks.

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Black cats suffer prejudice

Originally published: Saturday, 7th June, 2014

An animal shelter has recently found out that black cats suffer ‘bad luck’ prejudice, but the local RSPCA said it’s a bad time for cats.

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Child abuse panel

Originally published: Saturday, 7th June, 2014

Aboriginal people in Broken Hill and district will have heard about a Royal Commission into child abuse but now the commission wants to hear from them.

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Wilcannia ready for field day fun

Originally published: Friday, 6th June, 2014

A fun field day, which started last year in Wilcannia, is being held again this weekend.

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Top pots unite

Originally published: Friday, 6th June, 2014

The Silver City’s finest eight ball export has returned to spearhead his hometown at the South Australian Country Carnival.

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Postman back on his bike

Originally published: Friday, 6th June, 2014

Motorists are being urged to take extra caution after a local postman was seriously injured as a result of a “freak accident”.

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Walk for awareness

Originally published: Friday, 6th June, 2014

When Belinda and Aaron Day found out their son Jamie was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis 1, they felt alone.

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One week left to apply for electricity rebate

Originally published: Friday, 6th June, 2014

Households struggling with energy bills have one week left to apply for a rebate.

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Taunoa’s time in parliament

Originally published: Thursday, 5th June, 2014

Taunoa Bugmy has just spent a week in parliament in Canberra - the National Indigenous Youth Parliament, that is. 

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Cricket umpire’s award a first for city

Originally published: Thursday, 5th June, 2014

It’s the raised finger that has sent many Broken Hill batsmen back to the pavilion. 

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Gift of a lifetime

Originally published: Thursday, 5th June, 2014

The lives of a local couple have changed for the better thanks to the charity of a host of Broken Hill community groups.

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Tandou blames weather for disappointing year

Originally published: Thursday, 5th June, 2014

Tandou Limited is blaming the weather for an expected reduction in its cotton yield this year.

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Almost 20 jobs to go under proposed restructure

Originally published: Thursday, 5th June, 2014

Almost 20 Council positions will go under a proposed restructure which was about “aligning Council’s workforce with the community’s needs and priorities”.

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Kemp revs on

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th June, 2014

Broken Hill’s ace Speedway Sidecar rider Rob Kemp will continue his long involvement as a rider when he competes in the Wintersun Classic Speedway to be held at Olympic Park, Mildura over the Queen’s Birthday weekend.

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Hilda hits milestone

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th June, 2014

Hilda Wallschutzky celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday with family and friends from St Anne’s Nursing Home.

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Donation helps PCYC replace stolen sails

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th June, 2014

With the help of the local 8-ball Association, the PCYC has been able to put up new shade sails, after the last ones were stolen.

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Lifeline calls on emerging artists

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th June, 2014

As BH Lifeline continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, another milestone is being ticked off for one of its most successful annual fundraisers.

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Council to front IRC over restructure

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th June, 2014

City Council will today front the NSW Industrial Relations Commission over claims its jobs restructure breaches the award.

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Bus route suspended

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014

The bus service to Mildura has been temporarily suspended because of a lack of passengers.

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Game on for local business

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014

For people wondering if the city has lost it’s last movie rental store - don’t fear.

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Joeys all the way - Englishman tips unbeaten season

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014

Departing forward Barry Schofield believes St Joseph’s has the ability to go through the A Grade soccer season undefeated.

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Joeys all the way - Englishman tips unbeaten season

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014

Departing forward Barry Schofield believes St Joseph’s has the ability to go through the A Grade soccer season undefeated.

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Life membership honour

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014

Silver City Swimming Club’s Neville Shore has been presented with the club’s inaugural life membership.

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Council staff fear for jobs

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014

Some Council employees are weighing up their futures as feared job cuts have come to fruition as part of a large-scale restructure.

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New service to help residents get around

Originally published: Monday, 2nd June, 2014

A new after-hours transport service designed to help disadvantaged residents access the city’s major facilities outside of regular transport hours will begin in Broken Hill today.

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Health service expands

Originally published: Monday, 2nd June, 2014

Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation is about to embark on a new and exciting chapter in its 18-year history with the development of a new Primary Health Care facility in Argent St.

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Delivering greater independence

Originally published: Monday, 2nd June, 2014

People living with a disability will have better understanding of the services available to them thanks to a new government initiative, according to the Minister for Ageing and Disability Services John Ajaka.

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Dogs’ victorious in Johnson milestone

Originally published: Monday, 2nd June, 2014

North claimed the premiership points on Saturday with a hard fought win against the Robins.

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Saints and Geebungs thriller

Originally published: Monday, 2nd June, 2014

It may not have attracted the fanfare of the State of Origin opener but Saints and Geebungs produced an equally thrilling finish in round five of the Outback Rugby League.

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