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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.

April, 2015

Lightning Cup champions

Originally published: Thursday, 30th April, 2015

Last Sunday the Broken Hill Soccer Association held its pre-season Lightning Cup with fancy footwork, skilful skill moves and finessed finishes all making an appearance.

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Man’s best friend OK by us

Originally published: Thursday, 30th April, 2015

A new study has revealed that people with guide dogs are still being refused entry to cafes and restaurants, but Adrian Eckert says such discrimination is hardly a problem in Broken Hill.

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Show to get nomads wandering our way

Originally published: Thursday, 30th April, 2015

The Far West is to feature on a caravan and camping television program after Inland NSW struck a deal with Australian Geographic.

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Historian saves motoring history

Originally published: Thursday, 30th April, 2015

The evolution of motoring is a topic that fascinates historians and car enthusiasts alike, and thanks to Paul Armstrong the Silver City’s auto history will be preserved for future generations.

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Four laps for a worthy cause

Originally published: Thursday, 30th April, 2015

Whether you walk, run, cheer or volunteer, the Mother’s Day Classic is a great way to fundraise for breast cancer research and celebrate local mums.

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Eyes to the skies for Guinness World Record

Originally published: Wednesday, 29th April, 2015

Observatories across Australia are planning to break a World Record and Outback Astronomy is encouraging locals to join in.

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Roundabout blackout

Originally published: Wednesday, 29th April, 2015

Residents in Williams and Bromide streets and beyond suffered a blackout after a wayward truck driver crashed into a power pole on Monday night.

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Working the circle of life

Originally published: Wednesday, 29th April, 2015

The first of the workshops being hosted by Lifeline Connect has been hailed a success.

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Magistrate lashes out at hotel brawlers

Originally published: Wednesday, 29th April, 2015

A woman who bashed a love rival in a pub has been told it was exactly the type of behaviour the public was “sick and tired” of hearing about. 

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Water cuts hit ovals

Originally published: Wednesday, 29th April, 2015

There are fears sports grounds across the city could deteriorate after City Council announced plans to reduce water use and favour some venues over others. 

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BHHS schools Cobar

Originally published: Tuesday, 28th April, 2015

A rag tag group of lads from Broken Hill High School ventured out to Cobar on Thursday as part of the Western Schools Sports Association Open Boys Soccer competition.

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Handmade quality

Originally published: Tuesday, 28th April, 2015

The YWCA is raffling a handmade quilt for its Mother’s Day fundraiser and to help two of their younger members.

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Homes lighten the blues

Originally published: Tuesday, 28th April, 2015

More than 1.4 million people 65 years old and over experience loneliness but Broken Hill’s aged care facilities work hard to ensure that doesn’t happen.

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‘Council lacks tower power’

Originally published: Tuesday, 28th April, 2015

North residents might be up in arms over Telstra’s plans to build a 10-storey phone tower but it isn’t City Council’s place to stop it.

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Big Anzac Day in Wilcannia

Originally published: Tuesday, 28th April, 2015

The sacrifice of the Anzacs was not forgotten by the residents of Wilcannia who turned out en-masse to pay their respects over the weekend.

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Magpies overcome Robins in tight finish

Originally published: Monday, 27th April, 2015

After a tough opening to the 2015 season Central have recorded their first win with a stirring 6 point victory over West.

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City comes together in Anzac spirit

Originally published: Monday, 27th April, 2015

As record crowds attended Anzac Day services around Australia to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landing, Broken Hill was no different.

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Light Horse ride again

Originally published: Saturday, 25th April, 2015

A new addition to the traditional Anzac Day ceremonies will be a horse and rider dressed in the Light Horse regiment uniform.

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Bangers and cash

Originally published: Saturday, 25th April, 2015

The local Lions Club’s “Biggest Barbecue” in the Town Square yesterday was a real sizzler for the club.

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Old rivals face off

Originally published: Saturday, 25th April, 2015

Can you think of a better way to celebrate the proud history of the Anzacs than have our own arch enemies go head to head on this special day?

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Central to take on West

Originally published: Saturday, 25th April, 2015

In the first game of the ANZAC Day double-header at the Jubilee Oval today Central take on West.

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Push for injured workers group

Originally published: Thursday, 23rd April, 2015

Lifeline is looking to start a Workers Compensation Support Group in the city.

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Toxic bloom taking over

Originally published: Thursday, 23rd April, 2015

Much of the water left in the Menindee Lakes is contaminated with blue-green algae.

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Fitting tribute honours ANZACS

Originally published: Thursday, 23rd April, 2015

Broken Hill will have a special little Flanders Fields all of its own during the weekend’s ANZAC ceremonies thanks to the hard work of Michelle Kemp and volunteers.

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Cook up a big’un

Originally published: Wednesday, 22nd April, 2015

The Broken Hill Lions Club’s annual barbecue fundraiser is going to be a big one.

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An exercise in disaster looms

Originally published: Wednesday, 22nd April, 2015

The city’s airport will be transformed into a scene of death and destruction tomorrow, but locals needn’t be concerned. It’s all planned.

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Water’s on my mind: minister

Originally published: Wednesday, 22nd April, 2015

The new State Water minister has promised that the region would not be worse off under a representative who is based in the Southern Highlands, 1200 kilometres from Broken Hill.

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Champion advice

Originally published: Wednesday, 22nd April, 2015

The Silver City Swim Club had the honour of hosting a visit by dual Olympian, World and Commonwealth Games champion swimmer Sally Hunter on the weekend. 

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Young crim handed more prison time

Originally published: Wednesday, 22nd April, 2015

A young man who has hardly spent a year out of jail since he was 13 is back behind bars after pleading guilty to ransacking a house and stealing 15 bottles of rum, among other items.

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Anzac story continues on

Originally published: Saturday, 18th April, 2015

The Anzac story appears safe in the psyche of at least another generation of Australians if young Mason Crabb and his classmates are any indication. 

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Ralph’s milestone

Originally published: Saturday, 18th April, 2015

This afternoon at 12.45pm, Central Football Club’s Kieren Ralph will join an esteemed group of milestone players to have played 250 games in AFL Broken Hill.

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Solar plants gets full focus

Originally published: Saturday, 18th April, 2015

With the finishing touches being added to the Nyngan solar plant, First Solar can now turn its full attention to its Broken Hill project.

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Family fun day

Originally published: Saturday, 18th April, 2015

A change in venue due to the wet weather didn’t put a dampener on the Warra Warra Legal Service’s Family Fun Day yesterday.

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Reverend Fred Nile vote crucial to plans

Originally published: Saturday, 18th April, 2015

The fate of the proposed pipeline from Broken Hill to the Murray River could be in the hands of Reverend Fred Nile.

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Tribute service

Originally published: Saturday, 18th April, 2015

The West Football Club and greater public will tomorrow pay tribute to the brave men of Railwaytown who lost their lives in the first World War.

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One-sided game

Originally published: Saturday, 18th April, 2015

Today at the Alma will see reigning premiers South take on the stagnating West in what may be a one-sided game.

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Interstate glory

Originally published: Thursday, 16th April, 2015

Local harness racing driver Matt Schembri recorded his first interstate win last Saturday night in Port Pirie.

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Off to a flying start

Originally published: Thursday, 16th April, 2015

The Havilah Resources’ Portia project in South Australia near Broken Hill is off to a flying start with the company targeting its first gold pour in just over 12 months.

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New direction for Chamber

Originally published: Thursday, 16th April, 2015

When the Chamber of Commerce employed 30-year-old Tatjana Zelenkova as executive officer, it hoped she would bring a fresh and vibrant direction to the 124-year-old organisation.

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Hard work pays off

Originally published: Tuesday, 14th April, 2015

Singing in a choir as children in Yugoslavia, eventually led to a marriage of 60 years for Tony and Maria Gavranich.

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Tough night for trainers in Mildura

Originally published: Tuesday, 14th April, 2015

Rob Wayman and Anthony Camilleri were back out in Mildura on the weekend for another night of harness racing. 

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Pellew and Moore staff reunion

Originally published: Tuesday, 14th April, 2015

The store which “ran right through from the front to the laneway” opened in 1887 and merged with Dryens in 1992.

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North too strong

Originally published: Monday, 13th April, 2015

North kicked off their season in impressive fashion with a 108 point victory over a trying West at the Jube on Saturday.

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Medical marvel

Originally published: Monday, 13th April, 2015

The region’s largest Aboriginal health care provider says its clients will now have a primary health care facility “equal if not better” to anything found in a capital city.

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Mad Max returns

Originally published: Monday, 13th April, 2015

Fans worldwide are counting down the days until the release of the fourth movie in the blockbuster Mad Max franchise, including the man who put the stunt grunt in the sequel, and helped lift it into the world stage.

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Bring on the footy

Originally published: Saturday, 11th April, 2015

Aussie Rules, it hurts and humbles.

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Harsh start beckons for Robins

Originally published: Saturday, 11th April, 2015

Today’s second match of the A-grade double-header will see West take on North.

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Vaccinations affect everyone: Mum

Originally published: Saturday, 11th April, 2015

Mothers and mothers-to-be are more conscious about the need to have family members and friends vaccinated to protect newborns.

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A new type of tourist trail

Originally published: Saturday, 11th April, 2015

Broken Hill might soon be the next stop on the steam train bike riding trail after a committee was formed this week to put the plans in motion.

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Silver City link

Originally published: Saturday, 11th April, 2015

The ill-fated search for the fabled “Lasseter’s Reef” had a connection to Broken Hill, an author has discovered.

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Pies, Roos to kick off 2015 season

Originally published: Saturday, 11th April, 2015

South and Central will kick off the 2015 season today at League Headquarters in a round one double header.

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Help our women change the world

Originally published: Friday, 10th April, 2015

One is going in the name of science and the other to further women’s causes the world over.

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Taunoa takes front cover

Originally published: Friday, 10th April, 2015

Broken Hill’s Taunoa Bugmy appears on the cover of this year’s Broken Hill Yellow Pages and White Pages. 

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Emotions run high over Flying Padre withdrawal

Originally published: Friday, 10th April, 2015

The news of the imminent withdrawal of the Flying Padre has been with sorrow, anger and pleas to have the decision reversed.

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Show your true colours

Originally published: Friday, 10th April, 2015

The PCYC is holding a “colour run” next weekend to encourage community participation and have a bit of fun.

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City farewells a tireless servant

Originally published: Friday, 10th April, 2015

The city of Broken Hill has lost a passionate supporter of the local community, a man who breathed life into the Living Desert.

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Get off the beaten track with Mountain Bike Club

Originally published: Thursday, 9th April, 2015

The Broken Hill Mountain Bike Club will hold its first event of 2015 on Sunday when it hosts the annual “Come and Try” day starting from the Broken Hill Golf Course.

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Get serious about hospitality: Sliwka

Originally published: Thursday, 9th April, 2015

A local business owner says all businesses need to “have a go” and cater to tourists that visit the city.

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First preferences high in electorate

Originally published: Thursday, 9th April, 2015

The distribution of vote preferences for the State election has shown that the elected Member, Kevin Humphries, was elected by count three and that there were an unusually large number of first preferences.

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Celebrations for Radium Hill reunion

Originally published: Thursday, 9th April, 2015

Kevin Kakoske has a passion to preserve the ghost town of Radium Hill’s history and, together with a large like-minded committee, returned there over Easter.

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Far West to lose Flying Padre

Originally published: Thursday, 9th April, 2015

The Flying Padre will no longer take to the outback skies from Broken Hill.

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Menindee reunion pulls good crowd

Originally published: Wednesday, 8th April, 2015

Water was not an issue at Menindee on Saturday night, with the Albemarle Hotel hosting the long-anticipated Menindee Central School (MCS) reunion.

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Water shortage hits fishing competition

Originally published: Wednesday, 8th April, 2015

A fishing competition that helps inject cash into the Menindee township has been postponed because of safety fears.

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Pensioner’s ‘dream’ Lotto windfall

Originally published: Wednesday, 8th April, 2015

A local pensioner received an early Easter present after winning more than $525,000 on a Lotto ticket.

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Water supply may last longer than expected

Originally published: Wednesday, 8th April, 2015

Rainfall at the start of the year and the reinstatement of restrictions on irrigators in northern NSW could extend Broken Hill’s water supply by a year, according to the Department of Primary Industries.

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Easter trade a mixed bag

Originally published: Wednesday, 8th April, 2015

There has been a mixed result from Easter trading, with some local businesses full to bursting and others saying they couldn’t justify opening.

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Trail treasure

Originally published: Tuesday, 7th April, 2015

Could the region’s forgotten rail lines unlock tourism and recreation opportunities for the city? Rail Trails for NSW Coordinator John Moore certainly thinks so.

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Argent bike revives river trip

Originally published: Tuesday, 7th April, 2015

A group of vintage bicycle enthusiasts pedalled out of the Silver City yesterday afternoon on their way up the Darling River to Bourke.

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Dogs vanish in Silver City

Originally published: Tuesday, 7th April, 2015

A spate of disappearing dogs in the city has owners heartbroken and worried about the fate of their beloved pets.

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No Land Tax and no pay either

Originally published: Friday, 3rd April, 2015

The mysterious No Land Tax Party which ran a candidate for Broken Hill’s seat in the State election and offered people hundreds of dollars each to hand out “how to vote” cards has not paid anyone.

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Site a boost for the bush

Originally published: Friday, 3rd April, 2015

A former Wilcannia woman is developing an online space she hopes will help rejuvenate local communities and stop the leak of online sales.

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Autism board’s big plans

Originally published: Friday, 3rd April, 2015

April is Autism Awareness Month and the Autism network has elected its board and has big plans this month.

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Basketball’s in her blood

Originally published: Friday, 3rd April, 2015

Jenny Powell has played local basketball for 50 years and has had a wonderful career throughout.

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Club attracts top coach

Originally published: Thursday, 2nd April, 2015

The Broken Hill Aquatic Swimming Club held a Coaching Camp over the weekend at the Regional Aquatic centre and was able to attract a top coach from the Norwood Swimming Club in Adelaide.

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It’s Bettatobelucky

Originally published: Thursday, 2nd April, 2015

Don Pimm’s Bettatobelucky took out the 2015 Pat Walsh Memorial Robinvale Pacing Cup last Sunday with the bay gelding winning in style.

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Region to lose iconic pastoral service

Originally published: Thursday, 2nd April, 2015

It is almost a year since Broken Hill’s Uniting Church pastor left and he is yet to be replaced. Now it seems that the church can do without its famous Flying Padre as well.

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Were you fooled?

Originally published: Thursday, 2nd April, 2015

It seems more than a few fell for our April Fools prank on the front page of the BDT yesterday.

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TAFE ‘on the ropes’

Originally published: Thursday, 2nd April, 2015

A Greens MP has voiced fears for the future of TAFE in NSW after it was moved out of the Education portfolio yesterday.

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Exhibition to showcase our emerging artists

Originally published: Wednesday, 1st April, 2015

For the next 10 days the Town Hall Facade will be adorned by Aboriginal works of art from emu eggs to boomerangs.

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Firies respond to the call

Originally published: Wednesday, 1st April, 2015

The local firies will be working hard to replace smoke alarms for the Legacy widows and are reminding residents to also check their smoke alarms.

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City loses headframe - but gains sculpture

Originally published: Wednesday, 1st April, 2015

The debate over whether to save the South Mine headframe has been settled by one of nature’s humblest creatures - the common termite.

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Workers shun hospitality industry

Originally published: Wednesday, 1st April, 2015

They say good help is hard to find, but for some Broken Hill businesses the search seems to be particularly challenging.

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