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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.

November, 2015

Bulldogs lack penetration

Originally published: Saturday, 28th November, 2015

Central’s undefeated run this season looks likely to continue after today’s game against North at the Alma Oval.

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Christos gears up for the Toy Run

Originally published: Saturday, 28th November, 2015

The South Newsagency is one of the locations in town collecting for this year’s Ulysses Toy Run.

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Journey reaches half-way mark

Originally published: Saturday, 28th November, 2015

Passing the half-way point of any journey often brings a sense of accomplishment, and that was the case at Portia gold mine on Thursday as work stopped and celebrations began.

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West to call the shots

Originally published: Saturday, 28th November, 2015

West, fresh from a resounding win over North last weekend, will look to consolidate their second place behind Central on the BDCL ladder today when they take on South at the Jubilee Oval.

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Parking changes

Originally published: Saturday, 28th November, 2015

The days of pulling up outside the Post Office mail could be over following a proposal to get rid of 15-minute parking.

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Walking out the door

Originally published: Friday, 27th November, 2015

Argent Street’s Peter Nash has opened up a “Pop Up” shop at the former Browser’s Book Shop to offload 1,200 pairs of shoes - by the end of the day.

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Ferocious fire rips through Olary

Originally published: Friday, 27th November, 2015

A sailor who liked to spend his time on land well away from the sea lost his home when a fire swept through Olary on Wednesday.

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Truck crash

Originally published: Friday, 27th November, 2015

Police blocked off the Silver City Highway for at least three hours last night after an accident involving a B-Double truck and a woman pedestrian, 60 kilometres south of Broken Hill on the road to Wentworth.

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Training in a bus

Originally published: Thursday, 26th November, 2015

A rural mobile simulation bus will spend the week in the city to offer training to the Health District.

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The Radium Hill Story

Originally published: Thursday, 26th November, 2015

The Radium Hill Ore field near Olary in South Australia was discovered around 1906 by Arthur Smith who sent his ore traces to be assayed by a young geologist called Douglas Mawson, later to become the famous Arctic Explorer.

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That’s my cup of tea

Originally published: Thursday, 26th November, 2015

The Potter’s Society Christmas Craft Fair will be on this weekend for the perfect Christmas gift.

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Shooters dodge grab for rates

Originally published: Thursday, 26th November, 2015

Local gun clubs caught in the crossfire of Council’s plans to boost rates revenue have been saved from impending closure. 

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Princess of the Pageant

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th November, 2015

Ever since she was little, Kate Doyle has wanted to be the city’s Pageant Princess.

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Bring joy to others

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th November, 2015

The BDT is once again seeking to help those who cannot experience a Christmas of joy and laughter. 

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Drunk driver sent to jail

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th November, 2015

A magistrate has called time on a man who had been given plenty of chances to stay out of jail.

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TAFE jobs get the axe

Originally published: Wednesday, 25th November, 2015

Three jobs, including two head teacher positions, are to be axed from Broken Hill’s TAFE following changes to funding that a union says may yet bring more pain.

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Shorty plan on table

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th November, 2015

The man behind a proposal to resurrect Shorty O’Neil Village says Broken Hill’s mayor should either support him or step down.

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Alba gets an offer she can’t refuse

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th November, 2015

Italian exchange student Alba Panepinto was all set for an exciting five month stay in Sydney when news came through late that her intended host family was no longer available.

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Betts bound for final

Originally published: Tuesday, 24th November, 2015

This weekend Broken Hill’s most successful cricket export, Samantha Betts, will return to Sydney for a second shot at the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) Grand Final, after her team won both last weekend’s games in round three of the 2015-2016 campaign.  

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Magpies supreme

Originally published: Monday, 23rd November, 2015

Central’s season continues to roll on in great fashion with a strong win over South on Saturday.

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Zac patches into BDT

Originally published: Monday, 23rd November, 2015

Zac Durbidge is one of the many students in Year 10 at Broken Hill High School who are participating in work experience over the next four weeks.

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I NEED A JOB

Originally published: Monday, 23rd November, 2015

Twenty-year-old Ben Tucker left Menindee when the jobs dried up along with the water, and moved to Broken Hill.

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A place to call home

Originally published: Monday, 23rd November, 2015

It’s a quiet Friday afternoon at the Menindee Lake Caravan Park and Rob Fiegert has settled in with a beer to watch the Trans-Tasman test.

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Lifeline provides smartphone link

Originally published: Monday, 23rd November, 2015

A new smartphone app featuring the most extensive national directory of health and community services had been launched by Lifeline Australia. 

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New hope for arts funding

Originally published: Saturday, 21st November, 2015

When a portrait of Sir Les Patterson, former ‘Minister for the Yartz”, graced the walls of the Regional Art Gallery in the Archibald Prize show this year there were fears that the city would never see the likes of him again, at least in picture form.

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An island treat for St Anne’s

Originally published: Saturday, 21st November, 2015

Menindee Central School students treated St Anne’s Nursing Home residents to some special dance moves yesterday.

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Big finish for karts

Originally published: Saturday, 21st November, 2015

As the dramatic heat of the past week dies down and a cooler weekend kicks off, this afternoon sees the last meeting of the Go-Karts for 2015 and they’re set to finish with a bang.

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Water games

Originally published: Saturday, 21st November, 2015

The announcement of three shortlisted options to combat the city’s water crisis has come as no surprise to members of a local consultation committee.

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Entertaining battle at Jubilee

Originally published: Saturday, 21st November, 2015

West and North lock horns in what shapes as an entertaining cricket contest at the Jubilee Oval today. 

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Toddler time back again

Originally published: Friday, 20th November, 2015

The City Library has restarted its new toddler time program and is inviting families to come in for some fun.

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Pool the place to be

Originally published: Friday, 20th November, 2015

It was so hot on Wednesday, more than 800 people decided to cool off at the local pool.

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West look toward future

Originally published: Friday, 20th November, 2015

After a number of years in the wilderness the Board of the West Football Club has set in place a number of procedures to return the club to the top of the competition.

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Call for river inquiry

Originally published: Thursday, 19th November, 2015

Two NSW Labor Shadow Ministers have come good with their promise to pursue the State Government over the mismanagement of the Darling River and the Menindee Lakes.

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Fete promises to be a cool event

Originally published: Thursday, 19th November, 2015

Alma Public School is having a fete this evening to raise funds for a new multi-purpose sports centre.

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Sheriff’s bounty a just reward

Originally published: Thursday, 19th November, 2015

As the Sheriff of Broken Hill, Sergeant Patrick Reid is farther from Sydney than any other holder of that office in NSW, but then that is not very far at all for someone who has travelled the world. 

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Dreaming of Japan

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th November, 2015

Four young girls have a dream to travel to Japan and experience the culture, lifestyle and everything Japan has to offer. 

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Chelsea takes on America

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th November, 2015

Local basketballer Chelsea Masclet will head off to the United States to gain experience and some new tricks.

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Pageant in doubt

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th November, 2015

Organisers of the Christmas Pageant are worried it might be cancelled due to a lack of interest.

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Resettlement idea prompts angry backlash

Originally published: Wednesday, 18th November, 2015

City Council is set to consider the viability of resettling Syrian refugees locally while opposition to the idea has mounted online in the form of vitriolic and personal attacks. 

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Locals chip in for little Lara

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th November, 2015

A successful fundraiser for a local girl has seen more than $2,000 raised with a donation of $250 from a local business.

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Our lads impress

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th November, 2015

Some of SA’s finest softballers showcased their skills on Saturday night, playing two exhibition games at The Jube.

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Old dump site not on shortlist

Originally published: Tuesday, 17th November, 2015

The Federal Government has overlooked a prime location for a nuclear waste dump just over 100km from Broken Hill, according to a former worker of the old mine site. 

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No transparency

Originally published: Monday, 16th November, 2015

The decision to drain the Menindee Lakes in 2013 left locals angry and confused, and the state’s Shadow Environment Minister says she can understand why.

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Telling it like it is

Originally published: Saturday, 14th November, 2015

It’s difficult to truly understand a region’s concerns without getting on the ground and talking to the people who are struggling to survive.

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Study costs relieved by payment change

Originally published: Saturday, 14th November, 2015

Changes to youth allowances payments will offer the chance for more Broken Hill students to attend university.

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Traineeships draw a healthy response

Originally published: Saturday, 14th November, 2015

A very successful health trainee program has had 10 more students enrol from across the district.

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Key role for spinners in match of the day

Originally published: Saturday, 14th November, 2015

Spin looks likely to play a key role in determining the outcome of the game between Central and West at the Jubilee Oval today.

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South driving towards win

Originally published: Saturday, 14th November, 2015

The improvement in South’s batting this season should ensure that the game at the Alma Oval between the Roos and North is a very entertaining and closely fought affair.

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Onwards and upwards

Originally published: Friday, 13th November, 2015

The loss of the city’s green waste contract hasn’t stifled the progress of Australian Vermiculture, which has won national acclaim for environmental work in South Australia.

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Soccer wounds reopened

Originally published: Friday, 13th November, 2015

Although mediation has led to all four local soccer club reuniting, there remains a financial problem that is causing ill-feeling.

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Extras skills for learners

Originally published: Friday, 13th November, 2015

The last “Safer Driver Course” for the year is being offered and organisers say it is a great way for learners to get some skills under their belt.

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Take the little train to help a young lady

Originally published: Friday, 13th November, 2015

When cancer strikes it has the ability to tear a family apart, but one local group is stepping up to ensure that fate doesn’t befall the George family.

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Forget bores and de-silt reservoirs

Originally published: Thursday, 12th November, 2015

There aren’t too many benefits of having a near-empty dam when you’re in desperate need of water.

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Silver City honours memory of the fallen

Originally published: Thursday, 12th November, 2015

A smaller than normal crowd came together yesterday to pause and reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made by tens of thousands of Australian soldiers in war.

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DRUG BUST

Originally published: Thursday, 12th November, 2015

At least three people have been arrested after local and State police swept the city as part of a drugs operation yesterday.

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Roos’ night at the puppies

Originally published: Thursday, 12th November, 2015

The South Football Club may have claimed the silverware this season, but they will be looking to win some cold hard cash at the greyhounds on Saturday night.

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Stars show what it's all about

Originally published: Thursday, 12th November, 2015

Broken Hill will see some of SA's finest softballers in town this weekend.

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Brothers in arms

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th November, 2015

Milparinka’s Leslie James Baker was nursing his shattered body in a military hospital in England when he got news of his brother’s death.

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Mad for Max on Mundi Mundi

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th November, 2015

The roar of classic muscle cars broke the outback silence of Silverton yesterday when the Aussie Muscle Car Run came to town.

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Sam’s maiden century

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th November, 2015

Teenager with the potential to become the Silver City’s greatest cricketing export, Sam Betts, ticked off another milestone in the round two SACA women’s A-grade (now called first grade nationally) clash with the Southern Stingrays.

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Not all hacks are horses, St Pat’s new boss finds

Originally published: Wednesday, 11th November, 2015

During her first months as St Patrick’s Race Club secretary/manager, Penny Smith never expected to have to deal with email hackers.

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Aged owed proper care

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th November, 2015

An aged care worker hopes the state government will heed a parliamentary report that recommends nursing homes have a registered nurse on duty at all times.

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A new look for an old friend

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th November, 2015

A local woman has shaved her head to help fundraise and support a friend fight Leukaemia.

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An A-Grade honour for Denis

Originally published: Tuesday, 10th November, 2015

A long-time servant to Broken Hill cricket has been honoured with a medal in his name.

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Magpies mangle North

Originally published: Monday, 9th November, 2015

Central had no problem dispatching an undermanned North on the weekend to the tune of 158 runs.

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Fun night out in the pink

Originally published: Monday, 9th November, 2015

Pink October is over and the local Breast Cancer Support group has held a dinner to wind it up.

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Keep it local, says Chamber

Originally published: Monday, 9th November, 2015

The Chamber of Commerce is urging residents to shop locally in the lead-up to Christmas, saying that for every $100 spent in the Silver City, $58 returns to the local economy.

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Niall stands firm

Originally published: Monday, 9th November, 2015

The state government has again ruled out using bore water as a permanent supply for Broken Hill.

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‘Abuse no excuse’

Originally published: Saturday, 7th November, 2015

A man jailed for bashing two men unconscious in the Town Square was probably provoked by a racial slur but that did not excuse what he did, a judge told the District Court yesterday.

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Mystery car in fiery explosion

Originally published: Saturday, 7th November, 2015

A gas tank ruptured and caused a massive explosion after a car caught fire on the Tibooburra Road, about 10 kilometres from Broken Hill.

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‘Red tape’ hindrance for landholders

Originally published: Saturday, 7th November, 2015

AGL Energy’s solar plant and proposed wind farm are typical cases of the “barrier” landholders looking to develop their land faced under present western leasehold arrangements, Barwon MP Kevin Humphries says. 

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Coast life beckons

Originally published: Saturday, 7th November, 2015

After living in the city for more than 70 years, Marlene and Bruce Satterthwaite are moving to the coast.

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Magpies to adapt

Originally published: Saturday, 7th November, 2015

Central remains undefeated after two rounds of 20/20 cricket this season but will need to make the transition to the longer version of 40 over cricket today against North.

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West to edge out South

Originally published: Saturday, 7th November, 2015

South promised much for the new season after going through the BDCL Super 8s competition undefeated, however, their form in the two 20/20 games played so far this season has left a little to be desired. 

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Digger honours old comrades

Originally published: Friday, 6th November, 2015

John Forner was a lad working in a bakery in Beryl Street when war broke out and he was called up for service. A few years later he was fighting in Borneo. 

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Wild wind sends Joy spinning

Originally published: Thursday, 5th November, 2015

A big “red and black whirly-wind” knocked over popular dance instructor Joy Baldwin at her home yesterday, and then ripped off her verandah.

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Carnival treat for juniors

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th November, 2015

Has your child completed a Learn to Swim program and you are wondering ‘where to next?’ Do they enjoy school swimming carnivals and want to compete at the next level?

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Virtual school for gifted kids

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th November, 2015

The local State Member took time yesterday to visit gifted high school students.

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Cup day spirit

Originally published: Wednesday, 4th November, 2015

Flemington Racecourse may be more than 800km from Broken Hill, but that didn’t stop Melbourne Cup spirit from reaching the city yesterday.

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Playtime kids smiling again

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd November, 2015

The students of Playtime Preschool have a new place to play, thanks to local generosity.

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Extra run for Wilcannia’s art

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd November, 2015

The Wilcannia Artists Exhibition at the Town Hall Facade has been extended to the end of the month.

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‘Basin inquiry con’

Originally published: Tuesday, 3rd November, 2015

The Senate Inquiry into the Murray-Darling Basin that visited the city last month was a con job, says Barney Stevens, a former Broken Hill geologist and leading member of the now disbanded Darling River Action Group. And the State Government and irrigators don’t want to know about Menindee Lakes or Broken Hill’s water supply.

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Central too good for West

Originally published: Monday, 2nd November, 2015

Central made it back to back 20/20 wins on Saturday with a hard fought win over West at Alma.

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South on ice

Originally published: Monday, 2nd November, 2015

An all-round top job from North on Saturday saw them back from last week’s defeat in blistering form.

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Hybrid peas strike again

Originally published: Monday, 2nd November, 2015

Paul Millsteed thought he had seen the last of his hybrid Sturt’s Desert peas until this striking white variety appeared in his yard recently.

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Your say on the rates debate

Originally published: Monday, 2nd November, 2015

Plenty of people believe they could spend the city’s rates better than Council, and now they will finally get their chance.

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Domestic violence leaves long lasting scars: judge

Originally published: Monday, 2nd November, 2015

The psychological damage caused by domestic violence often lasted longer than any physical injury, a judge has told the District Court last week.

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