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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.

December, 2017

Green light

Originally published: Saturday, 30th December, 2017

Broken Hill’s mining future has been secured for at least the next decade and beyond after Perilya was given the green light to recommence production at the North Mine.

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Dog dumped at closed pound found by chance

Originally published: Saturday, 30th December, 2017

A dog was found abandoned and in dire need of care at the mini pound at the rubbish tip on Thursday afternoon.

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Too hot to trot

Originally published: Saturday, 30th December, 2017

Broken Hill’s harness racing season has been stalled at the gates with tonight’s meeting called off. 

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Stalin and the ‘slaughter’ of the horses of Georgia

Originally published: Friday, 29th December, 2017

AS a sometime visitor to Broken Hill, I love to visit the sculptures at the peak of Sundown Hill within Broken Hill’s Living Desert reserve, writes Mike Williss

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Hack leads the way

Originally published: Friday, 29th December, 2017

We’re halfway through the Broken Hill cricket season and with the competition on a break over the Christmas period, I’m going to take a closer look at the stats for the Demo Club A Grade competition.

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Police issue fireworks warning ahead of NYE

Originally published: Friday, 29th December, 2017

Local police are warning New Year revellers they face hefty fines if caught letting off illegal fireworks.

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Landowners reject ‘red tape cuts’ for fossickers

Originally published: Thursday, 28th December, 2017

A bid by the NSW and ACT Prospectors and Fossicker Association to have the Unincorported Area declared a fossicking district has been rejected by the Western Lands Division and West Darling pastoralists. 

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Spare a thought for thirsty birds

Originally published: Thursday, 28th December, 2017

While you’re resting under the air-cooler watching the cricket this week, spare a thought for the birds - they’re doing it tough outside and could use a drink.

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Cristal takeover bid hanging

Originally published: Thursday, 28th December, 2017

A bid by a global titanium dioxide giant to swallow up mineral sands miner Cristal remains in doubt with Europe’s competition watchdog launching a full investigation.

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Betoota boys cite Silver City

Originally published: Thursday, 28th December, 2017

Broken Hill has rated a mention in satirical news website The Betoota Advocate’s  new publication ‘Betoota’s Australia’.

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King reigns in trots finale

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th December, 2017

The first Broken Hill harness race began at just after 8pm with the setting sun providing a beautiful backdrop as Jason McGinty’s Hionjolt cruised to a comfortable win ahead of Amy’s Diamond and Serene Change.

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Digi IDs given thumbs up

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th December, 2017

It isn’t due to be rolled out across the state until next year but a local publican already likes the idea of a digital proof of age.

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YMCA’s grand plans

Originally published: Wednesday, 27th December, 2017

At least 15 new jobs are expected to be created at the revamped YMCA centre which will boast a 350-square-metre gym, cafe and allied health wing.

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Doctors in the sky

Originally published: Monday, 25th December, 2017

Christmas is a time for celebration, relaxing and catching up with friends and family, but for the emergency services like the Flying Doctor it’s business as usual. 

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Lights winner

Originally published: Sunday, 24th December, 2017

Phil and Lyn McManus are on the winners’ list in this year’s Christmas Lights Competition.

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Paul follows through

Originally published: Saturday, 23rd December, 2017

South footballer Madden Paul has donated the money he raised last year to two worthy causes.

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Police out in force over weekend

Originally published: Friday, 22nd December, 2017

Police are making themselves known this holiday period by setting up a random breath test station outside Memorial Oval yesterday as a part of Operation Safe Arrival.

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Choir gets ready for Christmas

Originally published: Friday, 22nd December, 2017

A beautiful mass full of songs and carols to get you in the mood for Christmas.

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Red tape halts work

Originally published: Friday, 22nd December, 2017

A local landscaper says red tape and fees are preventing him from cleaning up the city’s weed-laden footpaths.

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Every little bit helps

Originally published: Friday, 22nd December, 2017

In this season of giving, Coles has donated more than $3000 to help local cancer patients.

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NSW ‘drastically understated’ irrigators’ share of Darling

Originally published: Friday, 22nd December, 2017

A former senior officer with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority has accused the NSW Government of drastically understating the volume of water taken by upstream cotton farmers.

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Red tape halts work

Originally published: Friday, 22nd December, 2017

A local landscaper says red tape and fees are preventing him from cleaning up the city’s weed-laden footpaths.

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Wanderers return

Originally published: Thursday, 21st December, 2017

Local footballers Connor Washbrook, Jayden Sutton and Jacob Johnstone have returned from touring Ireland, England and France as part of the Wanderers AFL trip.

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Engineering top course

Originally published: Thursday, 21st December, 2017

For the third successive year, TAFE NSW Broken Hill’s most popular course for 2017 has remained the Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical Trade), Regional General Manager Kate Baxter announced yesterday.

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Renew Far West blooms

Originally published: Thursday, 21st December, 2017

The Renew Far West project is creating many opportunities for locals, according to one business owner who has been able to branch out.

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Fire cause unknown

Originally published: Thursday, 21st December, 2017

It’s not known what caused the fire that ripped through scrub near the RSPCA on Tuesday.

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Project on track

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th December, 2017

Work is continuing and on schedule for the new Community Health Centre being built in Crystal Street including preparing the site to receive the modular buildings in the New Year.

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A healthy deficit

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th December, 2017

Seventeen consecutive quarters of unblemished audits was proof the Far West Local Health District was heading in the right direction, according to its chairman.

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Fire fight

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th December, 2017

A large scrub fire ignited directly across from the RSPCA near South Road about 3.30pm yesterday afternoon.

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Business changes hands

Originally published: Wednesday, 20th December, 2017

The Symonds Steel business that has supplied hundreds of loyal customers has officially been sold to locals Steve Kakoschke and Phill Williams.

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Silver City lads have a crack

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th December, 2017

Three Broken Hill lads padded up for a representative side at the 2017 Country Cup tournament in the Barossa Valley last week.

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A helping hand

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th December, 2017

Isabella De Franceschi had an exceptional start to her university studies this year thanks to a scholarship from the Y’s Men’s and Workingmen’s clubs.

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Well done, Bernie

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th December, 2017

The Broken Hill Lions Club has celebrated the 50 years’ service of local member Bernie Mallon, by rewarding him with their most prestigious award.

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CWA success

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th December, 2017

A bid to reform the Broken Hill branch of the Country Woman’s Association has been an overwhelming success.

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Dirty dozen

Originally published: Tuesday, 19th December, 2017

Over a dozen alleged rule breaches, including water theft, have been reported to the MDBA in the past two years, according to a public register.

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Central by five

Originally published: Monday, 18th December, 2017

The battle for top spot took place at the Alma on Saturday with Central taking the points as they defeated North by five wickets.

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Program combats crime, inspires

Originally published: Monday, 18th December, 2017

A program that uses the transformative power of music to reduce crime and recidivism is being rolled out in Broken Hill next year.

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Author’s latest has a hometown flavour

Originally published: Monday, 18th December, 2017

Since releasing her book based in Broken Hill, former local Leesa Bow has been very busy writing more books and publishing hard copies.

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Enforcing water law: But fears still held for lakes

Originally published: Saturday, 16th December, 2017

Former MDBA chairman and state government minister Craig Knowles will lead a newly-created regulator charged with overseeing compliance and enforcement of water laws in NSW.

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Local gift cards just the ticket

Originally published: Saturday, 16th December, 2017

Broken Hill residents can now buy Far West Gift Cards that can be spent in a number of local stores, just in time for Christmas.

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Playground hit by vandals

Originally published: Saturday, 16th December, 2017

The playground in Sturt Park has been vandalised again, with two sections of retaining wall torn down and flowers and plants stuffed into the barbecue.

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Family tradition

Originally published: Saturday, 16th December, 2017

Local artist Clinton Kemp opened up his new indigenous art gallery Amanya Mitha last Thursday.

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Ready to Rumble in 2018

Originally published: Friday, 15th December, 2017

Des Rumble has been returned as Chairman of the Outback Rugby League for a second term.

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Council split on YMCA

Originally published: Thursday, 14th December, 2017

City Council has knocked back another recommendation to provide funding for a project development at its meeting last night.

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Driver badly injured in crash

Originally published: Thursday, 14th December, 2017

A 59-year-old woman was seriously injured when her car and a truck collided in Williams Street yesterday afternoon.

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Stellar performance

Originally published: Wednesday, 13th December, 2017

People whose life has been touched by cancer have been given a helping hand by the city’s youngest of performers and Broken Hill High teacher Charyne Bradley.

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Just roll on it

Originally published: Tuesday, 12th December, 2017

A golden opportunity exists for the Silver City to lure a major tourist attraction that would inject millions of dollars a year into the local economy.

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Big clash over Memorial Oval

Originally published: Monday, 11th December, 2017

A deep rift between City Council and the Memorial Oval Community Committee has been revealed in “highly emotive” meeting minutes published on council’s website at the weekend.

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Taken to court

Originally published: Saturday, 9th December, 2017

A Moree cotton farmer was summonsed to face court yesterday at the start of a bid to have him return billions of litres of water that he allegedly stole from the Barwon-Darling rivers.

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Drought prevention

Originally published: Saturday, 9th December, 2017

Broken Hill and Menindee would receive a continuous flow of water even if there was a repeat of the worst drought on record, according to WaterNSW.

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Donations an honour

Originally published: Saturday, 9th December, 2017

A well-known pharmacist in the Silver City was the first person to be acknowledged on a new honour board at the Broken Hill Hospital.

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Focus on energy

Originally published: Friday, 8th December, 2017

The impact that spiralling energy costs were having on mining companies is one of the first issues an alliance between Broken Hill and two other mining centres will focus on.

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Two-car wreckage

Originally published: Friday, 8th December, 2017

No-one was seriously injured in a spectacular two-car collision which closed the Barrier Highway near Wilcannia for about two hours yesterday.

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2 Car Smash

Originally published: Thursday, 7th December, 2017

2 Cars and 1 caravan involved

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Convoy blows in

Originally published: Thursday, 7th December, 2017

A convoy hauling a 65 metre turbine blade from Port Adelaide rolled into Broken Hill yesterday afternoon.

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Zero tolerance gets results

Originally published: Wednesday, 6th December, 2017

A zero tolerance to anti-social behaviour was largely behind a more than 60 per cent drop in assaults in local pubs and clubs, the Australian Hoteliers Association (AHA) says.

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Memorial for local veteran

Originally published: Tuesday, 5th December, 2017

A campaign to erect a life-size statue of a Great War hero in Argent Street is gaining momentum.

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Neve’s Youth of the Year double

Originally published: Monday, 4th December, 2017

Broken Hill High School student Neve Robins has won both Lions Youth of the Year and the Public Speaking Award.

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Council policy concern after dog attack

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd December, 2017

A local woman is concerned about Council’s companion animal policy after her dogs were mauled by two strays.

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Attack dog owner fined

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd December, 2017

The owner of a dog that attacked a woman and her pet pup has been fined more than $1300 in the Local Court.

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Light ‘em up, Larry

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd December, 2017

It’s almost time for Broken Hill to add a little sparkle to the city’s streets and homes.

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YMCA marks five years

Originally published: Saturday, 2nd December, 2017

The YMCA is celebrating their fifth successful year of running the Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre.

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Tradition continues

Originally published: Friday, 1st December, 2017

The Lions Club and Far West Auto have joined forces again this year to provide some Christmas cheer.

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Time’s up on sugar hit

Originally published: Friday, 1st December, 2017

Sugary drinks with no nutritional value are being removed from Far West Local Health District facilities to make way for healthier options.

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‘Hot Aussie Christmas’

Originally published: Friday, 1st December, 2017

Christmas in Australia is not jingle bells and snow - it is in the middle of the hot Aussie summer. In fact, it is a “Hot Aussie Christmas”.

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Job ahead to re-build trust

Originally published: Friday, 1st December, 2017

The NSW Government has been warned that if it does not act quickly to fix the problems on the Barwon-Darling rivers and prosecute the law-breakers it will lose not only the trust of the public, but that of honest irrigators.  

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Pipeline court action on hold

Originally published: Friday, 1st December, 2017

A motion to stop the pipeline until water pricing can be guaranteed has been deferred until after meetings with the NSW Water Minister and IPART.

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