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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.

January, 2016

Collector in town for a nose around

Originally published: Saturday, 30th January, 2016


If you have any old or antique goods you are looking to offload, you might be able to sell them for a pretty penny.

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Council applauded over BHP cash coup

Originally published: Saturday, 30th January, 2016

Accolades have rolled in for City Council since the successful securing of a significant donation by BHP Billiton was announced on Thursday.

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Kinchega puts out call to artists

Originally published: Saturday, 30th January, 2016

Local Aboriginal artists of all ages are urged to create something special to celebrate the involvement of Aboriginal people in the management of Kinchega National Park.

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Central too good

Originally published: Saturday, 30th January, 2016

Cock ‘O Hoop South, who find themselves in unfamiliar territory by sitting in third place on the cricket league premiership ladder, seems likely to ‘return to earth’ today when they meet Central at the Alma Oval. 

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Main St beauty spots

Originally published: Saturday, 30th January, 2016

BHP cash helps put little parks in Argent Street

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Salvos’ work shed a better place to be

Originally published: Friday, 29th January, 2016

The importance of community support was highlighted yesterday with the official opening of a refurbished work shed at the Salvation Army’s Algate House.

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New hope for soccer

Originally published: Friday, 29th January, 2016

It likely all four Broken Hill soccer clubs will be back playing together this year following discussions about the sport’s future.

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$5.7m heritage gift to city

Originally published: Friday, 29th January, 2016

BHP Billiton might have left 76 years ago, but The Big Australian yesterday showed it hadn’t forgotten its roots. 

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Rising cricket star

Originally published: Thursday, 28th January, 2016

Former local and rising cricket young gun Makinley Blows’ 2016 is off to a fantastic start.

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Shortcut to gold brings rewards ever closer

Originally published: Thursday, 28th January, 2016

Havilah Resources appears set to strike gold three months ahead of schedule after revising its approach to the Portia mine.

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Families stuck in public housing queue

Originally published: Thursday, 28th January, 2016

 The city’s public housing is under strain with more than 100 local families stuck on the waiting list.

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Robins get their man

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th January, 2016

The West Football Club has pulled off a pre-season coup by landing Western Australian Peter Larkins as head coach.

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Water pipe pops

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th January, 2016

Almost half a megalitre of untreated water was lost when a pipe burst between Menindee and Broken Hill on Friday.

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The real Outback ER

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th January, 2016

High honours won’t help when you are stuck outback on the wrong side of a muddy creek but, says Jennifer Treloar, it is nice to know you are appreciated.

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Central never in danger

Originally published: Monday, 25th January, 2016

It was all too easy for Central on Saturday when they cruised to an comprehensive win over West at The Jube.

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Roos back in the race

Originally published: Monday, 25th January, 2016

South have made a big move towards playing finals cricket this season by defeating North in a tight game on Saturday.

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Heritage ‘fizzer’

Originally published: Monday, 25th January, 2016

A couple of lacklustre banners, a belated midday ceremony, and the nation’s first heritage city is ready to celebrate.

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Cable guys on the job

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd January, 2016

Telstra was yesterday hoping to fix a fault which had left some internet and landline customers without service for three weeks.

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Battle for Semi Final berth

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd January, 2016

While the clash between Central and West at the Jubilee undoubtedly takes the billing as the match of the round, the game between North and South at the Alma Oval is expected to be equally as competitive with both sides still fighting for the second berth in the Semi Final.

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MENTAL EDGE

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd January, 2016

Central and West meet in today’s Barrier District Cricket League game of the round at the Jubilee Oval. 

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Police hunt escapees

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd January, 2016

Police are searching for two inmates who escaped from a minimum security prison in Gongolgon, 70km south of Brewarrina, on Thursday night.

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Safe keeping

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd January, 2016

The Historical Society has received funding to help it assess the significance of its collection.

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‘SECOND CLASS’

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd January, 2016

A trio of concerned locals says Broken Hill’s elderly are being treated as “second class citizens” while the notion of the city as a great place to retire loses its lustre.

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Rain lifts spirits

Originally published: Friday, 22nd January, 2016

Tibooburra did the best out of the rain, with almost 20 millimetres recorded in the township.

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Team Smith aims to bowl over Vics

Originally published: Friday, 22nd January, 2016

The Zinc Bowling Club’s Kate Smith has once again been selected to represent South Australia in the fine art of lawn bowls.

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Water authority dismisses rumours

Originally published: Friday, 22nd January, 2016

The water authority has moved to clear rampant rumours concerning the local supply.

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Larrikins dish up some Aussie humour

Originally published: Thursday, 21st January, 2016

The humour of Australia will come to life with songs, stories and yarns on Sunday.

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Broken Hill squad hungry for success

Originally published: Thursday, 21st January, 2016

Broken Hill Softball is gearing up to send its team down to this year’s Softball SA Senior State Championships in Adelaide.

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Solar centre

Originally published: Thursday, 21st January, 2016

AGL plans to build a “renewable education centre” overlooking the local solar plant.

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WA mentor mulls move to the Robins

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th January, 2016

A few weeks ago West had given up on its search for a new coach, but now the club may have unearthed an unexpected gem.

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Help after hours

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th January, 2016

A spike in calls on gambling issues over the holiday period has prompted Lifeline to offer another service.

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Still on track

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th January, 2016

June Carter met her long-time husband and best friend after one of his mates approached her at a dance school almost 70 years ago.

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Staff ‘at risk’

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th January, 2016

The Health Services Union has used a visit to the city to call for greater protection for patients and staff in the Far West’s hospitals.

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Rejuvenated ‘Pies set sights on flag

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th January, 2016

A 2016 premiership is in the eyes of many at the Central Football Club with their pre-season starting back up last week.

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Residents ‘deserve lakes probe’

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th January, 2016

State Labor is pushing for a parliamentary inquiry to get long-awaited answers into the mishandling of the Menindee Lakes system.

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Outback town leads the way

Originally published: Monday, 18th January, 2016

Tibooburra has always been a big part of the Australian outback, and now it has the signs to match.

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Rule of the drones

Originally published: Monday, 18th January, 2016

There’s no reason why humans and drones cannot live together in harmony, says Greg Pope, a man who knows a thing or two about flying machines.

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Wall of art

Originally published: Monday, 18th January, 2016

The artist behind an outstanding new mural hopes more paint hits the barren walls of the Silver City, and provides the momentum for a festival of wall art.

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Parkes MP ready to step up

Originally published: Saturday, 16th January, 2016

The election may still be months away but Parkes MP Mark Coulton isn’t wasting any time getting his head around the local issues.

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Algae keeps fishers away

Originally published: Saturday, 16th January, 2016

High levels of blue-green algae has scared off potential fishers at Menindee, according to one local.

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Man lands monster catch

Originally published: Saturday, 16th January, 2016

Despite the blue green algae gloom that has settled on Menindee Lakes, one young man has had a stroke of luck.

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Magpie depth put to test

Originally published: Saturday, 16th January, 2016

Local cricket resumes today after the Christmas break and much interest will surround the ability of top-placed Central and second-placed West to cover the loss of several key players for the second half of the season.

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West under pressure

Originally published: Saturday, 16th January, 2016

The ability to find worthy replacements for Christian Minnett and Andrew Henry places the West batting line up under the microscope in their contest against South at the Alma Oval today.

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Cash for cans under threat

Originally published: Friday, 15th January, 2016

The city’s bottle yard has joined the chorus of discontent over a new State government plan which would see most people receive no money for their recycled containers.

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Abandoned car a mystery

Originally published: Friday, 15th January, 2016

Police were left with a mystery in the early hours of yesterday morning after a car was crashed into a telepole and abandoned.

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Mural makeover for 13-metre wall

Originally published: Friday, 15th January, 2016

A New York based graffiti and mural artist is in Broken Hill to paint a 13-metre mural.

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Archie named number one

Originally published: Thursday, 14th January, 2016

While Charlotte and Oliver are popular baby names in NSW, locally Archie and Brooklyn topped the list last year.

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Get your blues on

Originally published: Thursday, 14th January, 2016

Locals are being invited to “Get Your Blues On” in February at the Racecourse.

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Prize rabbits skinned alive

Originally published: Thursday, 14th January, 2016

A local woman has been left devastated after her pet rabbits were flayed alive while she was hospitalised in Adelaide.

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City’s Australia Day ambassador named

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th January, 2016

Broken Hill’s Australia Day Ambassador is dual Olympian, Alexandra Croak.

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Lachlan lands fine finish

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th January, 2016

Young cricketer Lachlan Kaye has overcome a slow start to produce a fine finish to his SA Country Carnival campaign.

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Real estate agent blames drug for falling tenancy standards

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th January, 2016

A local real estate agent says the drug ‘ice’ is behind a marked decline in the general behaviour of tenants in recent years.

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Laws ‘skewed against’ landlords

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th January, 2016

Another exasperated landlord has called for tougher penalties for tenants who damage properties or fail to pay rent. 

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Ute torched

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th January, 2016

A Creedon Street resident’s new year has gotten off to a frustrating start after his car was stolen and torched over the weekend.

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Call to reverse PBS cut

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th January, 2016

Outback Pharmacies has backed a call for the Turnbull government to restore Panadol Osteo to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

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Three from five

Originally published: Monday, 11th January, 2016

Reigning driver-of-the-year Cassie Robinson pulled off a rare treble at the Rocky Baker Memorial Paceway on Saturday night, after a protest was upheld in the last race.

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Mural gets the chop

Originally published: Monday, 11th January, 2016

Almost ten years ago Jim and John Hinton unveiled a mural that would have the city in a flap, and see them run afoul of Council.

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Broken landlord calls for more protection

Originally published: Monday, 11th January, 2016

A struggling landlord says an “underclass” of tenants has stripped him of his savings and is calling on greater equity under the law.

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Pensioner Association ready to fight Council for hall

Originally published: Saturday, 9th January, 2016

The city’s pensioners say they are ready to fight any attempt by Council to take away their only meeting place.

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Mustang rolls into Broken Hill

Originally published: Saturday, 9th January, 2016

The new Ford Mustang may be sold out for 12 months, but at least one lucky local has got his hands on one of the highly sought-after muscle cars.

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West loses key players

Originally published: Saturday, 9th January, 2016

When the cricket season resumes in a week’s time, West will be missing two vital players in their line-up.

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“Aviatrix” touches down

Originally published: Saturday, 9th January, 2016

English Pilot Tracey Curtis-Taylor’s biplane has taken her from the green fields of Hampshire to the dusty outback of the Silver City, and everywhere in between.

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Top baby names

Originally published: Saturday, 9th January, 2016

Oliver has been crowned most popular baby boy’s name in NSW for the second year in a row, while Charlotte is the number one name for newborn girls for the second time in three years.

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Older drivers an unfair target

Originally published: Friday, 8th January, 2016

The Broken Hill Pensioners Association has labelled a call to limit older drivers as “absolutely ridiculous”. 

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Local land value remains steady

Originally published: Friday, 8th January, 2016

Broken Hill land values across residential, commercial, industrial and rural zones remained static last financial year, according to latest figures.

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Rock is in high demand

Originally published: Friday, 8th January, 2016

Mawsons blasted a section of its quarry just off Holten Drive earlier this week to keep up with increasing demand for its rock.

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Company collapse unfair

Originally published: Thursday, 7th January, 2016

A selfless donation has been rendered worthless by the demise of Dick Smith Electronics.

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Wayman off to a flyer

Originally published: Thursday, 7th January, 2016

For trainer Rob Wayman the Broken Hill Harness Racing season couldn’t have started any better.

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Game of drones

Originally published: Thursday, 7th January, 2016

The search is on for a missing remote-controlled drone after it was piloted by a four-year-old boy.

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Perilya looks North

Originally published: Thursday, 7th January, 2016

As it braces for another bad year ahead, battling base metals miner Perilya says re-opening the North Mine remains “critical” to its future in Broken Hill.

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Ley slams reports on pap smear cost

Originally published: Thursday, 7th January, 2016

Sussan Ley has put claims surrounding cuts to bulk-billing for pathology down to a smear campaign.

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Let it flow

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th January, 2016

Water should be allowed to reach Menindee Lakes: growers

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Cracking cricket

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th January, 2016

As we enter the new year full of promise and wonder, we’ve already seen a fair share of great moments in the Barrier District Cricket League.

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Reverse osmosis plant producing high quality water

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th January, 2016

It’s been mired in controversy but there’s one thing residents can’t complain about when it comes to the city’s new reverse osmosis plant - the quality of the water.

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Cost-cutting caused water delay: grazier

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th January, 2016

Essential Water has defended its management of the Menindee-Broken Hill pipeline after a grazier claimed the line was out of action for days after a pipe burst.

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Call for class action

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th January, 2016

A local lawyer has resolved to help residents calling for class action over the state government’s controversial draining of the Menindee Lakes two years ago.

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Ode to Jimmy

Originally published: Monday, 4th January, 2016

When two men bashed a South publican for a fistful of dollars last year, they robbed the Silver City of an absolute gem.

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Paceway success

Originally published: Monday, 4th January, 2016

It was on for young and old at Memorial Oval on Saturday as the trots returned for another season.

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Struggle for vets

Originally published: Monday, 4th January, 2016

There were fears that the RSPCA will be without a vet until February, however it seems not all hope is lost.

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Fitness ‘avalanche’

Originally published: Monday, 4th January, 2016

As the New Year begins, the YMCA expects to see lots of locals take on a fit and healthy resolution.

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Stable’s new star

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd January, 2016

A local trots trainer received an early Christmas present last week with a new foal joining her stable.

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Water worries grow on Sunset Strip

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd January, 2016

There are fears strippers are being treated like second class citizens as the region’s water crisis continues to unfold.

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Menindee line bursts

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd January, 2016

Graziers southeast of the city were cut off from their water supply after a pipe burst on the Menindee-Broken Hill pipeline in the early hours of Thursday. 

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Scrappy start to New Year

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd January, 2016

The New Year started off with a bang in Broken Hill, but not the sort of bang that brings cheer to local authorities.

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Connecting online

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd January, 2016

Twelve local businesses have signed up to a program that teaches them how to exploit the digital world.

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