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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.

March, 2016

Exciting find at Fowlers Gap

Originally published: Thursday, 31st March, 2016

A big-eared mouse thought to be extinct has been found at the Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station, north of the city.

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Flows diverted from course

Originally published: Thursday, 31st March, 2016

A “blatant failure of state policy” allowed cotton growers to pump from three small flows destined for the Darling River, using the lowest form of water licence available, a Lower Darling irrigator claims.

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Central in doubt

Originally published: Thursday, 31st March, 2016

Preparations are underway for this weekend’s Community Credit Union Lightning Cup but there are doubts as to whether one club will be able to field a side.

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‘We can rebuild him’

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th March, 2016

 A juvenile magpie came into the care of our local wildlife group RRANA, suspected of being the victim of a powerpole electrical flare.

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Locals face more neglect

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th March, 2016

A plan to make Broken Hill’s train station permanently unmanned will disadvantage the city’s most vulnerable citizens, according to a union.

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Grisly case baffles

Originally published: Wednesday, 30th March, 2016

The region’s water crisis has once again thrust the Menindee Lakes into the national spotlight, but as many locals would recall, the lakes held Australia’s attention for a far more grisly reason almost 50 years ago.

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Golf club’s drive to attract more tourists

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th March, 2016

There are great plans for a major redevelopment of the Broken Hill Golf Course, including an RV park and upgrades to both floors of the clubrooms.

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Cosmic Easter gift

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th March, 2016


Cosmic Glare had a dream run to win the Vines Furniture One Easter Gift at the Newmarket Raceway on Saturday night, her second win from two starts this season.

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Dream still alive

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th March, 2016

The would-be creator of a purpose-built light mine vehicle says he still hopes to one day bring his revolutionary prototype into production.

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Neighbours object to child care plan

Originally published: Tuesday, 29th March, 2016

The development of a long day child care centre in Tramway Terrace, Railwaytown, was “inappropriate” for the location, according to a City Council report.

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Bad smash won’t stop speedway veteran

Originally published: Friday, 25th March, 2016

A Broken Hill Speedway star involved in a terrifying crash on Saturday night says his protective clothing “saved his neck”.

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A decade on and Pro’s still with us

Originally published: Friday, 25th March, 2016

On Easter Monday it will be 10 years since the city lost its most renowned artist, but the legacy of the man known simply as “Pro” continues to grow through both his family and his art.

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Take a bus trip down memory lane

Originally published: Friday, 25th March, 2016

Patton Street Village will be hosting a display of buses from yesteryear tomorrow when the Flxible Clipper Club puts on a Show and Shine.

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Our SANFL stars

Originally published: Friday, 25th March, 2016

Four Silver City talents will play senior SANFL league football in round one this year, across a weekend of football that started last night, Easter Thursday and will be completed on Monday.

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St Joe’s kids still buzzing

Originally published: Friday, 25th March, 2016

Just over a week ago, a group of St Joes Soccer Club juniors had an experience that they are sure not to forget.

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YMCA revamp deserves help, says local MP

Originally published: Thursday, 24th March, 2016

Local State MP Kevin Humphries is hoping to help the YMCA with a proposed redevelopment of its building.

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Everyone urged to back lakes probe

Originally published: Thursday, 24th March, 2016

Kevin Humphries recently advised locals to “move on” from the controversial draining of the Menindee Lakes, but the MP is unlikely to get his wish after an inquiry into the lakes got the go-ahead yesterday.

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Nicholls on target for national honour

Originally published: Thursday, 24th March, 2016

A local world champion will receive a huge honour following a hugely successful shooting career.

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Racing couple goes east

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd March, 2016

The city will say goodbye to a popular harness racing driver and trainer this week.

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Water woes give city a bad rap

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd March, 2016

The city’s passion for the Darling River and Menindee Lakes could be inadvertently harming the city’s reputation as a holiday destination, according to some councillors.

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140 Jobs Gone

Originally published: Wednesday, 23rd March, 2016

Up to 140 mine jobs will be axed immediately as Perilya moves to reduce production and reliance on its Southern Operation. 

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Kids the winners in Agfair grant

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd March, 2016

After losing some corporate sponsorship, Agfair has won help from the Member for Barwon.

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Ex-Willyama student wins Bowler Award

Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd March, 2016

A former Broken Hill student who is studying Medical Radiation Science at university is the recipient of the 2016 David Bowler Memorial Award $5,000 scholarship.

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Fashions in fine form

Originally published: Monday, 21st March, 2016

Once again, a high calibre of fashionistas has won over the judges at the Fashions of the Field on the weekend.

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First-timers take the gold

Originally published: Monday, 21st March, 2016

Saturday’s St Pat’s race meeting saw a trainer and jockey make their debut in Broken Hill and walk away with main prize.

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Highway crash

Originally published: Monday, 21st March, 2016

Cobar trainer Allan Prisk said he is “soldiering on” following a crash on his way home on Saturday night, which has left one of his horses fighting for its life.

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GP crisis on radar

Originally published: Monday, 21st March, 2016

The federal government has declared it is putting significant effort into combatting dwindling GP numbers in the outback.

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Justice for Jim

Originally published: Saturday, 19th March, 2016

A 31-year-old man who bashed and robbed the elderly owner of the All Nations Hotel last year had assaulted someone else in Sydney just weeks before.

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After 40 years, Punters Pal returns to the Hill

Originally published: Saturday, 19th March, 2016

Former jockey John Letts has a busy few days in the city, making lots of appearances as well as heading out to the races today.

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King of the kids

Originally published: Saturday, 19th March, 2016

Central Public School had a special visitor yesterday afternoon.

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Time for a river trip

Originally published: Saturday, 19th March, 2016

Families contemplating a trip away over the Easter break are encouraged to consider our struggling neighbour on the river as a holiday destination.

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Riders vie to be king of the Hill

Originally published: Saturday, 19th March, 2016

Get your backsides trackside at the Broken Hill Speedway tonight to see who will be crowned King of the Hill.

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Pizza’s on the menu as Demo reno on track

Originally published: Friday, 18th March, 2016

Work on the Democratic Club’s new function room and cafe is proceeding apace.

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Gesture counters cuts

Originally published: Friday, 18th March, 2016

Preschools often struggle to raise funds, but one local school has received a very generous helping hand.

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Hopes riding on Triumphant

Originally published: Friday, 18th March, 2016

One local trainer is optimistic about his chances of getting a win at St Pat’s tomorrow.

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Woman behind drug gang jailed

Originally published: Friday, 18th March, 2016

A woman who ran a drug ring in Broken Hill was going to Mildura three times a week to buy methamphetamine, the District Court heard yesterday.

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Takeover Target trainer loves country racing

Originally published: Thursday, 17th March, 2016

Horse racing has taken Joe Janiak all over the world, but there’s something about St Pat’s races that always lures the famous Queanbeyan trainer back to the Silver City.

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Hey, good looking

Originally published: Thursday, 17th March, 2016

You might say Broken Hill has been warm enough, but Theatre 44 has a new look, and they want to share it with you at a special “Theatre Warming” this weekend.

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Miners reach gold ahead of schedule

Originally published: Thursday, 17th March, 2016

After months of clearing away the top soil at the Portia gold mine, mining crews are finally digging into the good stuff.

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From far and wide

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th March, 2016

Trainers from far and wide have signalled their interest in this year’s St Pat’s race meeting with a healthy 74 nominations received.

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Happiness tips for better life

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th March, 2016

International Day of Happiness was celebrated at the hospital yesterday.

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Shayne’s tip for punters

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th March, 2016

Former Pasminco Country Cup winner Shayne Olsen has a big tip for this year’s races ... buy your tickets before you head out to the racecourse on Saturday.

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Small-time dealer swears off drugs

Originally published: Wednesday, 16th March, 2016

A small-time drug dealer had paid a heavy price for involvement in the “scourge” of methamphetamine, a judge told the District Court yesterday.

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Our Joelene excels

Originally published: Tuesday, 15th March, 2016

A young Broken Hillite was named Lions Regional Youth of the Year on Saturday.

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Wordsmiths wanted

Originally published: Tuesday, 15th March, 2016

Poets, writers and anyone who likes playing with words are invited to participate in development of one of the exhibits in the Desert Equinox Solar Art Prize.

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Perilya's $3M land tax hit

Originally published: Tuesday, 15th March, 2016

As it prepares to cut jobs and production at Broken Hill, struggling miner Perilya is also looking to the state government for some financial relief.

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Dash success

Originally published: Monday, 14th March, 2016

The 2016 Living Desert Dash Fun Run was held Sunday morning with a great turnout converging on the Living Desert Sanctuary. From young to old, well over 100 participants walked or ran the 3km, 5km or 10km distances. The weather remained cool with a breeze all morning and lightning in the distance providing a well needed distraction for some runners fighting the pain. Meghann Coffey and Brett Starkey were the overall winners of the 10km run with both of them never looking in doubt. 85-year-old Inge Vitols was the event’s oldest Dasher while William Smith came in as the youngest at four months.

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Nevada loses her lovely locks

Originally published: Monday, 14th March, 2016

A 16-year-old high school student took a big leap of faith by shaving her hair off for the World’s Greatest Shave.

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Inaugural talent quest rocks the Silver City

Originally published: Monday, 14th March, 2016

The Broken Hill’s Got Talent Night took off in sensational fashion on Friday night, wooing a full house at the Civic Centre.

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Firies ready for challenge

Originally published: Saturday, 12th March, 2016

Three members of the Broken Hill South Fire Station have formed a team for the first time in years to compete in the Fire-fighter Regional Championships in Forbes today.

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Big year for bright teen

Originally published: Saturday, 12th March, 2016

Toni Maher has had a busy few months after winning the ABC Heywire competition and participating in the Young Endeavour.

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Heat wave

Originally published: Saturday, 12th March, 2016

Menindee has suffered nine consecutive days of over 40 degrees temperatures - the second longest run of 40 plus degree days.

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Salvos help you save

Originally published: Saturday, 12th March, 2016

A new service is now available to help people to become financially stable.

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Local industry hurt by mine downturn

Originally published: Saturday, 12th March, 2016

One of Perilya’s major contractors says it may have to consider cutting the size of its operation at Broken Hill if its workload reduces much more.

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Tight finals expected at Softball

Originally published: Friday, 11th March, 2016

The 2015/16 Softball season will reach its conclusion tonight.

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New tools for men’s shed

Originally published: Friday, 11th March, 2016

The local men’s shed has received a grant to help upgrade their tool collection thanks to the Lifeline.

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Fresh flow may be lethal to fish

Originally published: Friday, 11th March, 2016

The state fisheries authority is calling on the public to report fish kills as a small flow makes its way down the depleted Darling River.

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Welcome exposure

Originally published: Thursday, 10th March, 2016

The visit from the Today Show on Monday has got a lot of people talking, especially since it mentioned local businesses including the Silverton Hotel, the Royal Exchange, the Palace Hotel, Hello World Broken Hill and even the BDT.

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Top talent abounds

Originally published: Thursday, 10th March, 2016

The Broken Hill Talent night organisers have closed their books on acts as the overwhelming response has forced the program to be extended.

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Joeys rally behind club

Originally published: Thursday, 10th March, 2016

The future of St Joes looked uncertain following disinterest at its recent AGM, however the soccer club has since had a change of fortune.

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Prepare for big power outage

Originally published: Thursday, 10th March, 2016

Towns and stations in the Broken Hill district will be without electricity for five hours on Wednesday next week while maintenance and testing of the electricity network takes place.

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Mine jobs to go

Originally published: Thursday, 10th March, 2016

Battling miner Perilya is poised to reduce its 400-strong local workforce and cut production in response to low metal prices and an under performing southern operation.

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Bush adventures about to begin

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th March, 2016

The Barrier Rangers bushwalking club is set to hit the trail again with the first of its adventures for the year starting this weekend.

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A story of survival

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th March, 2016

To mark International Women’s Day yesterday, local women and men were treated to many inspiring stories, including one by author Gwen Wilson.

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New look for Josh

Originally published: Wednesday, 9th March, 2016

One local youngster is preparing to have a new hairstyle this month - none at all!

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Rusty Roos gain some touch

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th March, 2016

With the Lightning Cup drawing near, footy fans were given a fix of the sport on Saturday with South playing a trial game.

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Another car torched

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th March, 2016

On Saturday morning, Kellie Novello awoke to a phone call from local police saying her car had been stolen and set alight.

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Fans flock to Today team

Originally published: Tuesday, 8th March, 2016

The only thing friendlier than the crew from the Today Show at Silverton yesterday morning was the flies - they provided a thick, traditional welcome for the broadcasters from the big smoke.

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Big unions may help fix hall

Originally published: Saturday, 5th March, 2016

The rain this week pushed the problem of the Trades Hall’s leaking roof to the forefront of BIC President Danny O’Connor’s mind.

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Get set for ripper final

Originally published: Saturday, 5th March, 2016

The cream has risen to the top with the best two sides in local cricket this season finding their way into the final.

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Silverton on show

Originally published: Saturday, 5th March, 2016

The stark beauty and vast desert landscapes of the outback will be beamed into households across Australia on Monday when Channel Nine’s Today Show kicks off its ‘We Love Australia’ week from Silverton.

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‘Look to the benefits’

Originally published: Saturday, 5th March, 2016

Broken Hill’s mayor says locals need to end their “obsession” with easy parking and learn to embrace change.

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Tex puts ‘em straight on water

Originally published: Saturday, 5th March, 2016

Adelaide Crows captain Taylor Walker has thrown his support behind the city’s water plight, and hopes to gain national prominence for the issue.

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Fish shop tribute to Captain Crow

Originally published: Friday, 4th March, 2016

Adelaide Crows’ football player Taylor Walker may be living out of the city, but soon his face will appear on the side of a wall.

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Far West young guns join Greater Western

Originally published: Friday, 4th March, 2016

Four of Broken Hill’s best and brightest football talents have been selected for the Greater Western Sydney Giants’ Academy teams.

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Magpie-Lifeline Quiz Night

Originally published: Friday, 4th March, 2016

Lifeline Broken Hill and the Central Football club will again team up for a Quiz Night fundraiser. 

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Setting young minds to work on science

Originally published: Thursday, 3rd March, 2016

The team from Questacon was back in the city this week to show Willyama High School students a thing or two about science.

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Young uphold tradition of Civic Ball debut

Originally published: Thursday, 3rd March, 2016

Twelve debutantes and their squires will take to the big stage tomorrow night for the annual Civic Ball.

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Swing for a good cause

Originally published: Thursday, 3rd March, 2016

Locals are invited to tee off for a good cause at the South Golf Club this weekend for the Will Kuerschner Leukaemia Foundation Open Day.

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Breast test a lifesaver

Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd March, 2016

BreastScreen NSW is at the hospital until March 11 to offer free mammograms to women aged between 50 and 74 years.

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‘Pocket Rocket’ hits top speed

Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd March, 2016

Eleven-year-old Kalyce Pressler from the Silver City Swim Club continues to live up to her nickname of ‘Pocket Rocket’.

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A riot of variety

Originally published: Wednesday, 2nd March, 2016

The city’s older residents were treated to a day of song, dance, and comedy yesterday at Council’s Seniors Variety Concert.

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