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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, 2018

PM holds court in Silly Goat

Originally published: Friday, 30th March, 2018

While Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull splashed some cash for the Royal Flying Doctor Service yesterday, he was dryly received by water activists such as the Darling River Action Group.

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St Anne’s residents the real winners

Originally published: Thursday, 29th March, 2018

St Anne’s Nursing Home has been holding an Easter raffle for the last 25 years.

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Sharing the dignity

Originally published: Thursday, 29th March, 2018

It’s time to share the dignity with those in need.

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World title shot

Originally published: Thursday, 29th March, 2018

Former local lad Cooper Wellington will get to show his soccer skills on the world stage later this year when he competes in the world futsal championships.

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Help Lee kick off

Originally published: Wednesday, 28th March, 2018

Broken Hill’s taekwondo extraordinaire Lee Hermansson will be heading to Argentina in July for the International Taekwondo Championships as a special needs competitor.

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Kev saves the greens

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th March, 2018

The North Bowls Club will receive almost $300,000 to save their green.

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West is the best

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th March, 2018

New data shows that Western NSW is leading Australia in the number of immunised 5-year-olds. 

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Easter rally event

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th March, 2018

This Easter weekend Broken Hill will play host to vintage cars from NSW, Victoria and South Australia for the biennial Easter Bushman’s Rally.

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Pub gives scouts a boost

Originally published: Monday, 26th March, 2018

The Silverton Hotel has donated $500 to the Sea Scouts to help them attend their Jamboree next year.

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Perfect spot for Murph

Originally published: Monday, 26th March, 2018

Ashley Murphy’s memorial seat that was out the front of the Big W store will be given back to his family.

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Know thy neighbour

Originally published: Monday, 26th March, 2018

Police have a message for everyone: Get to know your neighbours.

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Not happy, Glad

Originally published: Saturday, 24th March, 2018

The response from NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to a petition signed by more than 13,000 to put a halt to the Wentworth pipeline said so little that it amounted to an insult, according to the petition’s organisers.

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Double treat

Originally published: Saturday, 24th March, 2018

A member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra has travelled across the state and will be playing a show in the city tonight.

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Brian goes solo

Originally published: Saturday, 24th March, 2018

A local artist will be holding his first solo exhibit at the Willyama Visual Arts Centre today.

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Bash cruises to Silver City

Originally published: Saturday, 24th March, 2018

Variety’s 2018 “Sulphur to Silver 4WD Adventure” rolled into Broken Hill for the last stop of their week-long trek. 

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The Civic Centre: Our cultural hub

Originally published: Friday, 23rd March, 2018

The story continues...

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Project tracking well

Originally published: Friday, 23rd March, 2018

Attendees of the latest community meeting for the Silverton Windfarm Project were told last night that the project is well underway.

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Mayor nominates as candidate

Originally published: Friday, 23rd March, 2018

Mayor Darriea Turley has nominated to stand as Labor’s candidate for the seat of Barwon at the next State election.

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Solar tariff cut

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd March, 2018

Households and businesses with solar panels are about to lose more of the meagre reward they get for feeding electricity into the power grid.

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House to come down

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd March, 2018

A burnt out house on Mercury Street that has sat derelict for months now has a demolition date.

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Next stop, Hollywood

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd March, 2018

Broken Hill and Silverton have featured in a new video by the State Government aimed at promoting NSW locations to the international film industry. 

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Recognising hard work

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st March, 2018

To celebrate World Social Work Day, some of the city’s social workers got together this week to discuss and promote their roles.

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Full program for seniors

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st March, 2018

Preparations for the upcoming NSW Seniors’ Festival Annual Concert are progressing well, with a full program planned again for this year’s event.  

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Artist furthering craft

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st March, 2018

Local artist Blake Griffiths has won a Young Regional Artist Scholarship to further his studies. 

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Railwaytown SRC induction

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th March, 2018

School Captains

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Police arrive on time

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th March, 2018

Broken Hill’s police response times hold up well compared to the rest of the state.

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‘Treat your water’

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th March, 2018

Safe drinking water was a right that everyone should enjoy but in parts of outback Australia the quality of the water was third-world standard, a visiting professor told a public meeting last night.

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Small surgery, big reward

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th March, 2018

For the first time, four Broken Hill residents have had a specific eye surgery at the Broken Hill Hospital rather than having to travel to Adelaide or further.

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Kazoom goes boom

Originally published: Monday, 19th March, 2018

South Australian trainer Ron Campbell took out the 2018 Outback Cup with horse Kazoom on Saturday’s St Pats race meeting. 

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Healthy lunch made easy

Originally published: Monday, 19th March, 2018

Cancer Council NSW has launched an interactive Healthy Lunch Box website for Far West families

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Cabinet of old treasures

Originally published: Monday, 19th March, 2018

The local fire station has welcomed a donation from the Lions Club to help them set up their cabinet of historical items.

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Hot attraction

Originally published: Monday, 19th March, 2018

Near 40 degree weather couldn’t stop visitors and locals alike from rolling up to the St Pat’s Races over the weekend.

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Rivers inquiry dodges Far West

Originally published: Saturday, 17th March, 2018

The Productivity Commission inquiry into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is not coming to take any submissions in Broken Hill, Menindee or Wilcannia.

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Trainer leads the charge with 12 runners for St Pat’s glory

Originally published: Saturday, 17th March, 2018

Strathalbyn trainer Kym Healy is going full tilt at the St Pat’s races today with 12 horses set to run including three starters in the Outback Cup.

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Psychology student wins Bowler Scholarship

Originally published: Saturday, 17th March, 2018

Jarrah Seager has been awarded the $5000 David Bowler Scholarship by the Broken Hill Health Service and City Council .

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No need to cop abuse from cyber menaces

Originally published: Saturday, 17th March, 2018

Broken Hill Police are urging internet users, especially parents, to remain vigilant when it comes to internet safety. 

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Rising Sun rises again

Originally published: Friday, 16th March, 2018

One of the city’s oldest pubs, the Rising Sun, will reopen tonight just in time for St Pat’s.

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Pope’s man in Silver City

Originally published: Friday, 16th March, 2018

For the first time in Broken Hill’s history the Pope’s Ambassador to Australia has come to the city, and for a special purpose.

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Big W shock closure

Originally published: Friday, 16th March, 2018

After 32 years of trading in Broken Hill, Big W will soon shut up shop, putting about 80 people out of work.

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Demand for childhood educators ‘booming’

Originally published: Thursday, 15th March, 2018

The early childhood education industry is thriving, says a local teacher, and now is the time to embark on a career that will keep you in work.

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Stars out tonight

Originally published: Thursday, 15th March, 2018

Last weekend saw the Barrier District Cricket League’s grand finals but the season isn’t quite done with yet.

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Big picture blue

Originally published: Thursday, 15th March, 2018

City Council has ordered the removal of a Crystal Lane mural it has described as “graffiti” and this has prompted some councillors to call an extraordinary meeting to deal with the matter.

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Racetrack saviours

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th March, 2018

Two local businesses have combined to improve the dry surface of the racetrack for Saturday’s St Pat’s races.

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Lowdown on the NBN

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th March, 2018

The NBN Sky Muster Ute team turned up at the Town Square yesterday morning to answer the public’s questions about the NBN rollout due this year. 

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West regen ‘trashed’ by household waste

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th March, 2018

Dumped rubbish behind houses near the local tip has had one resident frustrated at the lack of help.

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Hopping mad: Roo doco ‘propaganda’

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th March, 2018

A new documentary that claims kangaroos are being driven to extinction has drawn the ire of ‘roo shooters and politicians alike.

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Handy kit means so much in emergency

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th March, 2018

The Broken Hill branch of the Quota Club has donated 20 emergency packs to domestic violence program Staying Home Leaving Violence.

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Axe the tax, period

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th March, 2018

We live in a world where feminine hygiene products are classed as ‘non-essential items’, in other words a luxury product.  

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Last V8 roars off into history

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th March, 2018

Mat and Melissa Hodges have bought the last new Holden V8 in the Silver City.

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Healthy noms for St Pat’s

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th March, 2018

The nominations for this year’s St Patrick’s races are set to hit 100.

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Gough’s work stands the test of time

Originally published: Monday, 12th March, 2018

The much-anticipated talk on Gough Whitlam on Saturday evening was well attended by locals and visitors alike.

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Old mosque inspires sculptor’s work

Originally published: Monday, 12th March, 2018

Sydney artist Shireen Taweel, whose copper artwork ‘Musallah’, is now on display at the Adelaide Festival, said she drew her inspiration from the Broken Hill Mosque. 

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Gough’s work stands the test of time

Originally published: Monday, 12th March, 2018

The much-anticipated talk on Gough Whitlam on Saturday evening was well attended by locals and visitors alike.

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Blair must go: Labor

Originally published: Saturday, 10th March, 2018

The NSW Labor Party says the Water Minister must resign after it was revealed that he told Parliament cotton farmers had been prosecuted for water theft when, in fact, none had.

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City’s Jewish history inspires

Originally published: Saturday, 10th March, 2018

When Rabbi Shneur Reti-Waks heard about Broken Hill’s Jewish history he said he felt inspired to visit the city, and it’s a feeling that is now shared throughout Australia’s Jewish community.

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Ready to roll out

Originally published: Saturday, 10th March, 2018

The NBN Sky Muster Ute is making its way around the state and planning to hold a community consultation in Broken Hill.

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Test of the best

Originally published: Saturday, 10th March, 2018

It all comes down to today when the Broken Hill A Grade cricket season is decided at the Alma Oval where Central takes on North for the premiership. 

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All-stars ready to launch

Originally published: Friday, 9th March, 2018

After last year’s success, the All Star T20 game is back and is set to be bigger and better in 2018.

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Meet the wonderful artists

Originally published: Friday, 9th March, 2018

The Lodge Outback Hotel is now home to a new art exhibition featuring six talented artists.

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Councillors give hero statue nod

Originally published: Friday, 9th March, 2018

At an extraordinary meeting of council held last night, councillors unanimously voted to allow the development of the proposed Roy Inwood VC statue outside the RSL.

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Wacky or Lindy? You decide

Originally published: Thursday, 8th March, 2018

Some sites at St Pats are close to being sold out with just over a week until race day.

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Get on board

Originally published: Thursday, 8th March, 2018

Female firefighters and paramedics in the Broken Hill say International Women’s Day highlights their work and the increasing number of women looking to join their ranks.

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We can do it

Originally published: Thursday, 8th March, 2018

The number of women in the workforce is steadily increasing in NSW, but Mayor Darriea Turley said this needs to be backed up by policy and changes in the workplace if it’s to last.

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Stories of the Lanes

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th March, 2018

The Little Literature in the Lane workshops at the Grand Guesthouse on Saturday saw around a dozen people participate.

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Golden arches celebrate 20 years

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th March, 2018

Twenty years ago today, on March 7, 1998, McDonalds was officially opened in Broken Hill.

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Emerging Force

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th March, 2018

Female police officers in Broken Hill are celebrating their achievements as International Women’s Day approaches tomorrow.

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Payback pays off

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th March, 2018

While Bob Groves has always had a knack for art, his talent was noticed by the wider community when he responded to workplace hazing with ‘insightful’ cartoons of his co-workers.

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Elderly man suffers head injuries

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th March, 2018

Broken Hill police yesterday appealed for information after an elderly man was found with serious head injuries in Sturt Park.

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Rex’s big book launch by the Murray

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th March, 2018

BDT columnist Rex Ellis is launching another of his outback books this month.

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Youngsters make BH better

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th March, 2018

For the second year in a row, a group of local children have done their part in making our town a better place by participating in Clean Up Australia Day.

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Emus talent hunt

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th March, 2018

Broken Hill’s Outback Emus are putting out their annual call for any junior sportsmen or women who wish to apply for financial assistance to help in their sporting endeavors. 

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MP promoted

Originally published: Monday, 5th March, 2018

Parkes MP Mark Coulton has got a promotion following a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, and is now Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

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MP drops funds on Outback

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd March, 2018

MP Kevin Humphries has used his time in Broken Hill to make some more funding announcements for the unincorporated area.

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WAS president, still great

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd March, 2018

Local artist Bob Groves is stepping down as president of the Willyama Art Society after more than 23 years in the role.

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Youth of Year Quest

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd March, 2018

Local Neve Robins will be busy preparing for the Lions Youth of the Year as well as juggling Year 12 and her other commitments.

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North favourites

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd March, 2018

It’s finals time in local cricket as West clash with North in the Demo Club A Grade semi-final today at the Alma Oval.

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Southern Cross hits 50

Originally published: Friday, 2nd March, 2018

Southern Cross Television is celebrating 50 years of broadcast television in South Australia. 

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Cleaners celebrate victory

Originally published: Friday, 2nd March, 2018

Cleaners are celebrating a win after their government contracts went out for tender, jeopardising their jobs and entitlements.

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Broken Hill High School SRC Induction

Originally published: Friday, 2nd March, 2018

Yesterday Broken Hill High School held their 2018 Student Representative Council, House Captains and Year Captains Induction Ceremony. 

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Bill leaves lasting legacy

Originally published: Friday, 2nd March, 2018

William ‘Bill’ Riley was a passionate man, who liked a joke, and would do anything for the community and those around him.

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Lights, but no wind

Originally published: Thursday, 1st March, 2018

If you’re driving at night and you see lights in the hills near Silverton don’t be alarmed, it’s probably not UFOs.

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Willyama Leadership Induction Ceremony

Originally published: Thursday, 1st March, 2018

Willyama High School yesterday held their Student Leadership Induction Ceremony, announcing the captains, Student Representative Council and house captains for 2018.

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Artist told to hit the bricks

Originally published: Thursday, 1st March, 2018

A local artist has reportedly been told to cover up his work after not applying for a development application through Council.

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