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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, 2017

Water safety ‘paramount’

Originally published: Thursday, 30th November, 2017

We’re a long way from the deep blue water of Sydney Harbour, but our local boaties are just as important when it comes to safety, says the chief of the state’s maritime service.

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Rock up to screening

Originally published: Thursday, 30th November, 2017

The Palace Hotel will play host for a fundraiser this Friday night at 6.30pm with an interactive screening of the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show for World AIDS Day.

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Rock up to screening

Originally published: Thursday, 30th November, 2017

The Palace Hotel will play host for a fundraiser this Friday night at 6.30pm with an interactive screening of the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show for World AIDS Day.

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VIC staff training

Originally published: Wednesday, 29th November, 2017

The city’s Visitor Information Centre staff were trained in the latest customer service techniques yesterday.

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Union’s float will spread the message

Originally published: Wednesday, 29th November, 2017

Local members of the Australian Services Union (ASU), the union for community and disability workers, are preparing a float for the Broken Hill Christmas Pageant. 

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Handmade in the Hill

Originally published: Wednesday, 29th November, 2017

Broken Hill Floral Art Club secretary Barb Gray shows off some wonderful arrangements just in time for Christmas.

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Webster’s win: $78m water buyback referred to ICAC

Originally published: Wednesday, 29th November, 2017

This month a West Darling grazier told senators conducting an inquiry into the Murray-Darling Basin that the Commonwealth paid “extreme money for air” when it gave Tandou’s owner $78 million for its water rights.

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Hearing bus pulls in

Originally published: Tuesday, 28th November, 2017

The Australian Hearing bus is stopping in the city once again to offer free hearing checks this week.

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Driver’s fire fright

Originally published: Tuesday, 28th November, 2017

The fire brigade was called out the Silver City Highway on the weekend after a young driver, who had noticed that his car was starting to fail, pulled up and saw that the engine was on fire.

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Lighting up Christmas

Originally published: Tuesday, 28th November, 2017

City Council is adding a festive glow to the city with bright new Christmas lighting in the Town Square and in the Sturt and Patton parks.

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Jason a finalist

Originally published: Tuesday, 28th November, 2017

A local filmmaker will have two of his short films featured in the Perfect Light Film Festival this weekend.

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SA inquiry not enough: grazier

Originally published: Tuesday, 28th November, 2017

The construction of the Murray River to Broken Hill pipeline must stop until there is a full, Commonwealth investigation into upstream cotton growers, according to a local property owner.

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North hold off West

Originally published: Monday, 27th November, 2017

North 6 for 175 (T. Hack 97, L. Larkins 25*; R. Pavlich 2-28, N. Waterhouse 2-42) defeated West 143 (M. Everuss 35, L. Ling 26, C. Pearce 25; S. Dalby 3-18, T. Davey 3-27) by 32 runs

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Outback Spirit

Originally published: Monday, 27th November, 2017

A dream for Peter and Patsy Price is now a reality with the successful running of their business, the Silverton Hotel.

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Layne shines in Silver City

Originally published: Monday, 27th November, 2017

Guest speaker at the Business Awards on Saturday night, Layne Beachley brought some spark to the event.

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Who will pay?

Originally published: Saturday, 25th November, 2017

WaterNSW has sought a guarantee from the government that the $500 million cost of the pipeline from Murray River be recovered from water rates in Broken Hill, the Labor Opposition has told parliament.

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Kincumber tribute

Originally published: Saturday, 25th November, 2017

If Kincumber House can’t be saved, the historical society is hoping a tribute of sorts can be made.

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Christos on job again

Originally published: Saturday, 25th November, 2017

The South Newsagency is once again participating in collecting toys for the Ulysses Toy Run.

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An intriguing contest looms

Originally published: Saturday, 25th November, 2017

Fresh from a breakthrough win last week, North take on West who were clinical in their victory over South.

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South in with a sniff

Originally published: Saturday, 25th November, 2017

A South team still searching for their first win of the season will take on Central who suffered their first loss last week today at the Alma Oval. 

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Angel’s our princess

Originally published: Saturday, 25th November, 2017

This year’s Pageant Princess wants to bring some joy and sparkle into children’s lives.

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Outback icons inspire art

Originally published: Friday, 24th November, 2017

A group exhibition featuring the Mungo National Park will be opened at the Regional Art Gallery tonight.

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Dear Santa, you’re great

Originally published: Friday, 24th November, 2017

Santa has been busy checking his list and he is checking it twice for letters from Broken Hill children.

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Wind towers on the way

Originally published: Friday, 24th November, 2017

Last night saw the Silverton Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee meet in Silverton to discuss the project as well as related concerns.

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Bridge pair finds form

Originally published: Thursday, 23rd November, 2017

A local Bridge Pair have come second in the SA Championship after taking out the local title.

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Portia goes up gear

Originally published: Wednesday, 22nd November, 2017

Consolidated Mining and Civil, along with Havilah Resources, have announced they’ll begin prefeasibility studies on the North Portia copper-gold deposit.

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Life lived to the sound of music

Originally published: Wednesday, 22nd November, 2017

For Diane Cotterill there aren’t enough hours in the day. The civil celebrant, singing teacher, carer, and musical director says she’d love to squeeze more hours into the day so she could add more music to the mix.

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Pipeline project laid out

Originally published: Wednesday, 22nd November, 2017

The flow-on effect from the pipeline project was a big talking point at last night’s information session.

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Westies hit the track

Originally published: Tuesday, 21st November, 2017

Despite it being only November, the West Football Club kicked off their preseason training last week when they were put through their paces by coaches of the visiting North Adelaide Football Club.

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Health Centre on track

Originally published: Tuesday, 21st November, 2017

The development of the new Community Health Centre is tracking well, according to the health service’s general manager.

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Artist grateful of support

Originally published: Tuesday, 21st November, 2017

An artist who came to the region to put together an installation piece said he enjoyed his time here.

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Students vie for title

Originally published: Monday, 20th November, 2017

Broken Hill High students Kelsie Mitchell, Hamish Inglis and Neve Robins will be participating in the Lions Youth of the Year this week.

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Nurses cover schools

Originally published: Monday, 20th November, 2017

Primary Health Care Registered nurses will enter local primary and high schools as part of a program developed between a number of local services.

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Major art prizes of Water and Air

Originally published: Monday, 20th November, 2017

Four Broken Hill artists, each using a different medium, took out the major prizes in the Broken Hill Art Exchange ‘Water and Air’ Desert Air Equinox Prelude yesterday.

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Our fab four

Originally published: Monday, 20th November, 2017

The fundraising’s done and dusted; now for the hard work.

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Wedding bells if ‘yes’ vote is respected

Originally published: Saturday, 18th November, 2017

Same-sex couples have spent the last few days celebrating, and one local couple is now now calling for politicians to “do the right thing” and change the marriage laws.

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Vale, Gary the goat

Originally published: Saturday, 18th November, 2017

A loveable larrikin goat with an eye for Council’s roses has passed away, much to the distress of all who knew him.

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Jobs in pipeline

Originally published: Saturday, 18th November, 2017

Locals are lining up to work on the new Murray River to Broken Hill pipeline which could bring hundreds of new jobs and a multi-million dollar boost to the economy. 

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Tribute to RFDS icon

Originally published: Saturday, 18th November, 2017

The Governor of New South Wales named a RFDS SE aircraft yesterday in honour of a great supporter and advocate of the Flying Doctor for almost 60 years.

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Farewell Gav

Originally published: Saturday, 18th November, 2017

Broken Hill and the local football community lost an influential figure as Gavin Blows sadly passed away last weekend.

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Two-car prang

Originally published: Friday, 17th November, 2017

A white campervan and silver sedan collided at the intersection of Silver and Blende streets about 1pm yesterday.

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Good to go

Originally published: Friday, 17th November, 2017

One of the cyclists hitting the road this weekend to raise cash for sick kids has called on the community to give the crew one last push to the starting line.

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Pageant needs a hand

Originally published: Friday, 17th November, 2017

The South Rotary Christmas Pageant needs 30 floats to go ahead, currently it only has applications for half of that.

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Sheridan ready to rock

Originally published: Thursday, 16th November, 2017

Melbourne-based performer Taylor Sheridan can’t wait to come back to Broken Hill.

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Wedding a blessed gift

Originally published: Thursday, 16th November, 2017

A former Broken Hill woman who moved to Sydney several years ago had a very special wedding on the weekend after the community pulled together around her and her ailing partner.

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Help spread the Christmas cheer

Originally published: Thursday, 16th November, 2017

The Christmas tree has been put up and decorated at the BDT, and now it’s just waiting for gifts to go beneath it.

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Water staff ‘hobbled’

Originally published: Thursday, 16th November, 2017

A special report by the NSW Ombudsman reveals that water compliance and enforcement has been “rotten to the core” for almost a decade, according to the NSW Greens. 

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Top honour to Sandra Miller

Originally published: Thursday, 16th November, 2017

City Council last night announced Sandra Miller as the newest inductee into the Nydia Edes Hall of Fame. 

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Keen minds recognised with Victor Chang award

Originally published: Wednesday, 15th November, 2017

Two Broken Hill students have received high recognition for their passion for science.

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The ride of his life

Originally published: Wednesday, 15th November, 2017

After watching fellow police officer Wayne Demery hit the road for sicks kids, Mick Stoltenberg decided it was time to strap on a helmet as well.

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Football, racing feel loss of a real sport

Originally published: Wednesday, 15th November, 2017

The North Football Club is mourning the loss of former premiership player and committee member, Jarvis Pettitt, who passed away on November 9.

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Gold mine takeover

Originally published: Wednesday, 15th November, 2017

Havilah Resources is to give full control of the Portia gold mine to partner Consolidated Mining and Civil (CMC), which says it could prolong the life of the operation.

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Junction opens back up

Originally published: Tuesday, 14th November, 2017

The Junction deli has been revamped and a stream of hungry punters are already streaming through the door.

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Corner Country cop’s the tops

Originally published: Tuesday, 14th November, 2017

Tibooburra locals have long known he’s a top cop and now Glenn Lackenby has the award to prove it.

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Wind catchers: Special report from the BH Probus Club

Originally published: Monday, 13th November, 2017

Last month, a group of seventeen members and guests, arrived at 9.30am at the Beryl Street car park to be welcomed by Silver City Tours coach driver Ray Johnston.

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One year on

Originally published: Saturday, 11th November, 2017

It struck on Remembrance Day but most residents will never forget last year’s destructive storm for a whole other reason.

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Bill loved the Hill

Originally published: Saturday, 11th November, 2017

William John “Bill” McLeod did so much for his home town of Broken Hill but in a practical and straightforward manner that never invited acclaim.

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Roofers settle in

Originally published: Saturday, 11th November, 2017

One of the first roofing contractors to hit the Silver City after last year’s ice storm was Capricorn Roofing.

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Hat-trick Nick

Originally published: Friday, 10th November, 2017

Rain curtailed much of last weekend’s cricket action although West came out with a strong win over Central in the B Grade thanks to the extraordinary bowling of a young Robin.

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Passion for job rewarded

Originally published: Friday, 10th November, 2017

A Broken Hill woman has scored an award for her work with the Flying Doctor.

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Festive pet photos

Originally published: Friday, 10th November, 2017

The very successful pet photos with Santa will be running again this weekend as a fundraiser for animals in need.

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Builders want pay day

Originally published: Friday, 10th November, 2017

The next step in a looming legal battle over the Civic Centre revamp debacle has been taken.

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Top tourism award

Originally published: Thursday, 9th November, 2017

A former Broken Hill woman is climbing mountains in the Canadian tourism industry.

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Stars head to the UK

Originally published: Thursday, 9th November, 2017

Jayden Sutton, Jacob Johnstone and Connor Washbrook will soon head overseas as part of the Wanders AFL trip to the UK.

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Taste of the big time

Originally published: Thursday, 9th November, 2017

Local darts player Ray O’Donnell is about to get a taste of the big time when he competes in Brisbane early next year.

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Hidden treasure

Originally published: Thursday, 9th November, 2017

A local woman who’s spent the past few decades working to get more recognition for the Far West has had her efforts rewarded.

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Dusty’s the greatest

Originally published: Wednesday, 8th November, 2017

As far as ticking the various boxes for “Dusty” Martin’s credentials as a class footballer is concerned Ron “Cookie” O’Dwyer gives the Richmond on-baller a 100 per cent.

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Skills on show

Originally published: Wednesday, 8th November, 2017

An expert Chinese calligrapher has been demonstrating her skills in the Silver City after travelling half way around the world to visit family.

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Essential retreats from ‘Taj Mahal’

Originally published: Wednesday, 8th November, 2017

Most of the staff are now gone and now the one-time regional headquarters of Essential Energy is set to be offloaded. 

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Bumpy night for champs

Originally published: Tuesday, 7th November, 2017

Broken Hill sidecar champs Rick Howse and Adam Commons came within a whisker of taking out the Mildura Motorcycle Club’s 70th anniversary event at Olympic Park Speedway on Sunday night.

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Outback track set for parkrun

Originally published: Tuesday, 7th November, 2017

Runners from as far away as Sydney are expected to participate in the Silver City’s first parkrun this Saturday, a fitness craze that is gaining traction around the world.

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Plenty of action

Originally published: Tuesday, 7th November, 2017

There’s plenty of places to see and be seen this Melbourne Cup Day in Broken Hill.

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Left to wither

Originally published: Monday, 6th November, 2017

The taking of water, legally or otherwise, from the upper Darling River and its tributaries had cost Menindee nearly 600 jobs and if the Murray pipeline goes ahead, that will be the end of the town, a senate inquiry has been told.

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Film world opens up to BH movie-maker

Originally published: Monday, 6th November, 2017

A career in the film industry has just become easier for a Silver City screen producer following his selection for the Screenworks 2018 Regional Producer Elevator Program.

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Town Hall site’s the top pick for a new library

Originally published: Monday, 6th November, 2017

Council is on the right track after conducting in-depth public consultation sessions about a new library, according to a local Councillor.

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Fire draws help and hindrance

Originally published: Monday, 6th November, 2017

Mercury Street residents touched by a spectacular blaze on Friday night were yesterday thankful of support from family, friends and neighbours - but a stream of sticky beaks and social media cowboys were not welcome.

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‘Big end’ gets heard

Originally published: Saturday, 4th November, 2017

“The big end of town” had charge of the river system and nobody else was welcome at the government’s table, the Australian Floodplain Association has told a senate inquiry.

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Club digs deep

Originally published: Saturday, 4th November, 2017

The Central Football Club is holding a fundraiser today for a past player and his family, who have recently suffered a tragedy.

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Up in smoke

Originally published: Saturday, 4th November, 2017

Fire completely destroyed a Mercury Street home last night but fast-acting firefighters managed to save two neighbouring houses from the same fate.

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Inquiry told Darling’s future at stake

Originally published: Friday, 3rd November, 2017

The very existence of the Darling River was at stake in the battle for water between cotton farms in the northern basin and everyone on the river below, this week’s senate inquiry was told.

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Prelude well received

Originally published: Friday, 3rd November, 2017

The Broken Hill Art Exchange received a wonderful response to this year’s Water & Air Prelude event. 

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Breakthrough win

Originally published: Friday, 3rd November, 2017

A Broken Hill teenager fought his way undefeated through a major Brazilian Jui Jitsu tournament in Melbourne last weekend.

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Art done outdoors

Originally published: Friday, 3rd November, 2017

An installation artist working in the region has received a lot of interest for his most recent body of work.

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Long way from home

Originally published: Thursday, 2nd November, 2017

Angler Matt Finch holds up a Golden Perch that knows how to swim. Matt pulled this freshwater beauty out of the river ten days ago near Menindee, using a bit of shrimp as bait, only to find she had been tagged.

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City loses a good one

Originally published: Thursday, 2nd November, 2017

BROKEN HILL lost one of its great characters last month. Allan Duffy died peacefully in his Broken Hill home on October 15.

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Scheme ‘is fair’

Originally published: Thursday, 2nd November, 2017

Channing’s Bottle Yard will be the official Broken Hill depot for the NSW Container Deposit Scheme that is due to start in December.

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FREE FOR ALL: Inquiry hears Basin Plan a ‘failure’

Originally published: Thursday, 2nd November, 2017

The northern Murray-Darling Basin is a lawless land where cotton farms take as much water as they can, confident in knowing that they have the backing of the highest levels of government, a senate inquiry sitting in Broken Hill heard yesterday.

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Desert camping

Originally published: Wednesday, 1st November, 2017

After years of planning, Broken Hill’s newest campsite will be on display to the public this weekend at the Living Desert.

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Centre of attention

Originally published: Wednesday, 1st November, 2017

The 100th headspace centre in Australia was officially opened yesterday with the focus on youth health and mental health.

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Volume ‘myth’

Originally published: Wednesday, 1st November, 2017

Pumping from the Menindee Lakes is supposed to cease when the volume falls to 480 gigalitres but the true volume of water left for Broken Hill’s supply has always been much less.

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