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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.

August, 2018

Mighty meeting of motorbike mates

Originally published: Friday, 31st August, 2018

Around 120 motorbike riders will be rolling into Silverton when “Friends on Bikes” meet up for a National Gathering. 

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No flows for lakes

Originally published: Friday, 31st August, 2018

Water will be sent to wetlands in the northern Murray-Darling Basin but none has been allocated to help the Darling River and Menindee Lakes during the drought.

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Bob made mine safety fun

Originally published: Friday, 31st August, 2018

The Lodge Outback Motel is now  displaying a collection of cartoon pieces by well-known artist Robert Groves.

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Tight race for finals spot

Originally published: Friday, 31st August, 2018

After a competition-wide bye last weekend, local soccer resumes on Sunday as the march towards finals heats up.

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Aussie championship a boost for bikers

Originally published: Friday, 31st August, 2018

The final preparations are being made for this weekend’s national off-road motorbike championship to be held just outside of Broken Hill.

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Roo Reserves, Magpie Women bound for GF

Originally published: Thursday, 30th August, 2018

The South reserves and Central women booked their grand final spots with comfortable wins in last Saturday’s preliminary finals.

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Mount Gipps re-opens

Originally published: Thursday, 30th August, 2018

The final touches have been made in the $5 million redevelopment of The Mount Gipps Hotel which is set to open tomorrow night. 

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Community concerns passed over

Originally published: Thursday, 30th August, 2018

The majority of Councillor Kennedy’s motions from last night’s Council meeting were lost.

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Fun charity night a cash hit

Originally published: Wednesday, 29th August, 2018

Generosity was in the air when McDonald’s raised about $10,000 for Ronald McDonald House. 

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Long night ahead

Originally published: Wednesday, 29th August, 2018

Councillor Tom Kennedy has put forward no less than 18 notices of motion for discussion at tonight’s monthly council meeting.

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Paving the way into space

Originally published: Wednesday, 29th August, 2018

Parkes MP Mark Coulton has cut away red tape to allow business and others better access to contributing to the growing space industry. 

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War vet sets sail for Invictus Games

Originally published: Tuesday, 28th August, 2018

Decorated local war veteran, Marcus Wilson, is set to take part in the upcoming 2018 Invictus Games.

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Pedestrian fix on Council’s agenda

Originally published: Tuesday, 28th August, 2018

City Council is asking for public input into how pedestrian routes and facilities can be improved, especially for citizens with disabilities.

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Girls keep the doctor flying

Originally published: Tuesday, 28th August, 2018

The hard work has paid off for the RDFS after the Women’s Auxiliary raised an incredible $90,000 for the Flying Doctor this year. 

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Tribute to a saintly lady

Originally published: Tuesday, 28th August, 2018

Pam Lord has been recognised for her untiring contribution to the RFDS Women’s Auxiliary for over more than 50 years.

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Record breaker

Originally published: Tuesday, 28th August, 2018

North’s Jayden Kelly has taken out the Lionel Johnston Medal as League best and fairest for an incredible sixth time following a thrilling count last night.

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Classic art, 21st Century access

Originally published: Monday, 27th August, 2018

Broken Hill could play an important and long-term role in the digitisation of New South Wales’ art and resource collections, says Museums and Galleries of NSW (MGNSW) CEO Michael Rolfe.

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A happy city except in the virtual world

Originally published: Monday, 27th August, 2018

A City Council survey has found that Broken Hillites are generally happier than people in other places, but at the same time many were keen to complain online.

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Bulldogs cruise into Grand Final

Originally published: Monday, 27th August, 2018

North showed their class on Saturday as they belted Central by 60 points in the League preliminary final and progressed to next Saturday’s grand final.

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Lionel Johnston Medal preview

Originally published: Monday, 27th August, 2018

Grand finals are less than a week away but tonight it’s all about the individual as AFL Broken Hill’s best descend on the Civic Centre for the annual Lionel Johnston Medal night.

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Catholic diocese offers farmers school fees help

Originally published: Monday, 27th August, 2018

The bishop of the Wilcannia Forbes Diocese is looking to help farmers and their families who are suffering from the worst drought in recorded history. 

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Basin billions ‘squandered’

Originally published: Saturday, 25th August, 2018

The original intention of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan was to restore water to the ailing rivers but its biggest beneficiaries were now the irrigators, the SA Royal Commission has heard.

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Upgrade on the horizon

Originally published: Saturday, 25th August, 2018

City Council is looking to receive $21 million for upgrades to the local airport after lodging an expression of interest to the state government’s Growing Local Economies fund.

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Battle for the big one

Originally published: Saturday, 25th August, 2018

We had a dress-rehearsal last Saturday but today it’s do-or-die for the Magpies and Bulldogs in AFL Broken Hill’s League preliminary final at the Jubilee Oval.

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Enduro Championship bound for the Hill

Originally published: Saturday, 25th August, 2018

In a first for Broken Hill, the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) will stage an event here next month.

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Graziers warn of Darling disaster

Originally published: Friday, 24th August, 2018

If Burke and Wills were alive today they would have found their inland sea in the gigantic cotton farm dams at the headwaters of the Darling River, the SA Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling basin has been told.

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Down the drain

Originally published: Friday, 24th August, 2018

About 10 years’ supply of water was lost from the Menindee Lakes when they were drained in 2013, the SA Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin has been told.

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Dancing shoes on

Originally published: Friday, 24th August, 2018

It will be a special evening for eight debutantes and their squires tonight with the staging of the annual Civic Ball. 

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Art goes digital

Originally published: Friday, 24th August, 2018

A large collection of Broken Hill’s art and cultural works are about to be digitised to better preserve them and make them more accessible to the public.

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Robins upset Roos

Originally published: Friday, 24th August, 2018

A great second half allowed West to run away with the upset win on Wednesday night and claim the Under 18s premiership in a classic final.

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Easy win for North reserves

Originally published: Friday, 24th August, 2018

North and South enjoyed comfortable wins in the reserve’s and women’s games last week as the regular season came to an end.

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Stargazing on the go

Originally published: Thursday, 23rd August, 2018

Locals were able to view the wonders of space at the racecourse on Tuesday night with the help of a mobile observatory.

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Dream attraction

Originally published: Thursday, 23rd August, 2018

The NSW government says $30 million will be put into redeveloping the Line of Lode, but will it take away from existing attractions?

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Teachers staying close

Originally published: Thursday, 23rd August, 2018

Local educators have welcomed the news from the NSW Department of Education that forced teacher transfers have been suspended in towns affected by drought.

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Musos’ back on song

Originally published: Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018

The Civic Centre’s long rebuilding had helped, along with other reasons, to make the Musicians’ Club “successful again”, according to General Manager Michael Boland.

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Roos and Robins in finals clash

Originally published: Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018

Broken Hill’s under 18 AFL season comes to a thrilling conclusion tonight when West take on South in the Grand Final.

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False hope over magistrate housing

Originally published: Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018

The NSW Government appeared to have little interest in restoring a resident magistrate to Broken Hill, according to the Shadow Attorney General, Paul Lynch.

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Unite and fight for the Barka

Originally published: Tuesday, 21st August, 2018

The old game of “divide and rule” is being played to push through the destructive plans for the Menindee Lakes and the Darling River, says one of the leaders of the Barkindji people.

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South skipper caps off a super season

Originally published: Tuesday, 21st August, 2018

Marc Purcell has won his first BDT Media Award, sponsored by Sampsons Shoes, after a superb 2018 for the South Roos who went unbeaten through the regular season.

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Roo culling easier

Originally published: Tuesday, 21st August, 2018

The NSW Government has loosened regulations to make it easier to cull kangaroos during the drought. 

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Flu could still strike

Originally published: Tuesday, 21st August, 2018

With flu season well underway it has come as a timely reminder to stay healthy; despite no local presentations of the illness.

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Our heroes

Originally published: Monday, 20th August, 2018

Five former and current Broken Hill residents have just been honoured with Australian Bravery Awards. 

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Camel ride comeback

Originally published: Monday, 20th August, 2018

Camels are making a comeback as locals Petah Divine and Duncan Pickering aim to return the rides to Silverton.

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Draws keep West on top

Originally published: Monday, 20th August, 2018

Alma and Celtic fought out a tough one-all draw while it was a goal-fest between St Joes and West in round 13 of the Broken Hill soccer season.

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Veterans remember

Originally published: Monday, 20th August, 2018

A small but stirring tribute to those who fought in the Vietnam War was held at the war memorial in Argent Street on Saturday afternoon.

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HARD TO IGNORE

Originally published: Saturday, 18th August, 2018

A local grazier says he is confident that the Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin will eventually call “the bad guys” to account.

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Preliminary preview

Originally published: Saturday, 18th August, 2018

In the final round of local AFL today, North travel to the Memorial Oval to face Central in an early preview of next weekend’s preliminary final.

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Panthers battle Joeys

Originally published: Saturday, 18th August, 2018

West will look to consolidate top spot on the A Grade ladder tomorrow when they take on St Joes in round 13 of the Broken Hill soccer season.

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Artist debuts at the Grand

Originally published: Saturday, 18th August, 2018

Artist-in-residence Ryan Hoffmann will be debuting his exhibition Orchid at the West Darling Art Exchange this weekend.

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Great day for cakes

Originally published: Saturday, 18th August, 2018

The Broken Hill Cake Decorators will hold an Open Day on Saturday at the Zinc Bowling Club.

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Outback struggle

Originally published: Friday, 17th August, 2018

Starving kangaroos are looting rubbish tips for scraps and eating almost anything left out, including cardboard, as the drought tightens its grip on the Far West.

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Hermannson takes on world

Originally published: Friday, 17th August, 2018

Broken Hill Tae-Kwondo master Lee Hermansson is on a high after returning from the world championships with a silver medal around his neck.

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Warm welcome for truckies

Originally published: Friday, 17th August, 2018

A convoy of around 20 hay bale trucks travelling from Northam, WA, left Broken Hill early yesterday morning as they looked to complete a 3459km trip to Condobolin to provide crucial drought assistance to farmers. The Rapid Relief Team received a warm welcome from locals who were ecstatic over their efforts to help out during the current state-wide drought.

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Water meet protest

Originally published: Friday, 17th August, 2018


By Craig Brealey

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Lakes plan legal doubt

Originally published: Friday, 17th August, 2018

The legality of the works proposed for the Menindee Lakes and the Darling River was questioned at the South Australian Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin yesterday.

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Sheedy entertains ol’ Maggies

Originally published: Thursday, 16th August, 2018

The Central Football Club hosted their past players’ function last Sunday with an AFL legend entertaining the large crowd.

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Small radio station of the year

Originally published: Thursday, 16th August, 2018

Community radio station 2DryFM 107.7 has taken out a gong for the Small Station of the Year in SA.

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IMPERAL FORCES

Originally published: Thursday, 16th August, 2018

The recent discussion about reopening Imperial Lakes to the public has prompted a debate between the local State MP and the mayor about what was being done to benefit the city.

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Dusty Spring

Originally published: Wednesday, 15th August, 2018

As the city starts to enter spring it is sure to be even dustier as the usually strong September winds arrive.

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Rockin’ and Rolling

Originally published: Wednesday, 15th August, 2018

A colourful convoy of more than 90 Variety Bash cars visited the North Public School yesterday, bringing with them donations of playground equipment including a tilted sky runner and cubby house. 

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‘Wise’ choice

Originally published: Wednesday, 15th August, 2018

Broken Hill has been listed as a wise investment location, among other regional towns, according to a new report.

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Dialysis Unit upgrade

Originally published: Tuesday, 14th August, 2018

The Dialysis Unit at Broken Hill Hospital has received an upgrade of technically advanced haemodialysis machines.

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Labor supports Imperial Lakes

Originally published: Tuesday, 14th August, 2018

Labor candidate for the upcoming State election, Darriea Turley, has thrown her support behind the push to reopen the Imperial Lakes.

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Cumming on injury list

Originally published: Tuesday, 14th August, 2018

Ex-local Isaac Cumming has become the latest victim of the GWS injury crisis after hurting his shoulder in the NEAFL on Saturday.

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BOOMERS BRILLIANT

Originally published: Monday, 13th August, 2018

A four-try to one second half has led the Wilcannia Boomerangs to a memorable Outback Rugby League grand final win over Menindee Yabbies on Sunday at the Jubilee Oval.

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Nats welcome ‘Lakes’ talk

Originally published: Monday, 13th August, 2018

Further discussion on reopening the Imperial Lakes has been welcomed by the National Party’s local state and federal members of parliament.

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DA for new pound

Originally published: Monday, 13th August, 2018

Broken Hill City Council has submitted a development application to build a $250,000 animal pound near the Royal Flying Doctors Service at the local airport.

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Lockers for homeless youth

Originally published: Saturday, 11th August, 2018

Headspace Broken Hill have storage lockers available to people 12 to 25 years old who are homeless or at risk of it. 

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Consultation claims false, says mayor

Originally published: Saturday, 11th August, 2018

Broken Hill’s mayor says that the Department of Primary Industries has not met City Council recently to discuss the NSW Government’s plans to restructure the Menindee Lakes.

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100 without a home

Originally published: Saturday, 11th August, 2018

Every night in Broken Hill just over 100 people are without a home, according to a local charity.

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Pies rise for past players

Originally published: Saturday, 11th August, 2018

On their past players’ weekend, Central face the unenviable task of heading to the Alma Oval today to take on the unbeaten South on their home deck.

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Claudia number 1

Originally published: Friday, 10th August, 2018

The first patient of Broken Hill’s new dental health facilty, seven-year-old Claudia Shoobridge, with Andrew Somerville (Oral Health Therapist) and Courtney Squire (Dental Assistant).

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Missing people

Originally published: Friday, 10th August, 2018

Police are reminding locals to keep their eyes peeled for missing residents as it’s Missing Person’s Week.

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Williams Street works

Originally published: Friday, 10th August, 2018

Road works at the intersection of Chloride and Williams streets won’t be finished until at least October.

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Cheapest in Australia?

Originally published: Friday, 10th August, 2018

The cheapest house in Australia could be in Broken Hill.

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FIRM FAVOURITE

Originally published: Friday, 10th August, 2018

Line of Lode development

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Deb gear up for Civic Ball

Originally published: Thursday, 9th August, 2018

Sixteen-year-old Madison White is very excited to be part of the first event to be held in the new Civic Centre.

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Master of darts

Originally published: Thursday, 9th August, 2018

Ray O’Donnell will get another chance to compete against the world’s best when he takes part in the Melbourne Darts Masters this weekend.

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Dancer bound for Scotland

Originally published: Thursday, 9th August, 2018

Ex-local Kendall Gray will soon be jetting off to Scotland to begin her journey to her dream of becoming a professional dancer. 

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Bush kids unite

Originally published: Wednesday, 8th August, 2018

Broken Hill turned on the good weather for the School of the Air’s athletics carnival yesterday.

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Silver City first to test tech

Originally published: Wednesday, 8th August, 2018

Broken Hill is set to be the first city to test out Webster Care’s electronic prescribing technology.

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Brooks medal

Originally published: Wednesday, 8th August, 2018

AFL Broken Hill has unveiled the newly-designed Stan Brooks Medal designed by Brooks’ grandson Jayden.

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Inquiry calls for rehab

Originally published: Tuesday, 7th August, 2018

The Upper House inquiry into the provision of drug rehabilitation services in country NSW tabled its report yesterday and called on the government to build more rehab services in the bush.

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Drought funds flow

Originally published: Tuesday, 7th August, 2018

The Federal Government has announced a $190 million boost to drought relief for pastoralists in the Parkes Electorate.

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West close gap

Originally published: Tuesday, 7th August, 2018

Jordan Cox blew Celtic away with four goals in West’s 5-2 win over them on Sunday in round 11 of the Broken Hill soccer season.

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Boomers charge

Originally published: Monday, 6th August, 2018

The Wilcannia Boomerangs have charged their way into yet another Outback Rugby League decider after thrashing the Broken Hill Saints 50 to 12 on Saturday at the Lamb Oval.

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Pies show class

Originally published: Monday, 6th August, 2018

The Central Magpies flew to their third win this year over the West Robins by 74 points in round 13 action at the Jubilee oval. 

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Bridge smash

Originally published: Monday, 6th August, 2018

A damage bill of more than half a million dollars is expected after a semi-trailer loaded with an excavator smashed into the Kanandah Road railway bridge on Saturday afternoon.

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Plan ‘good in theory’

Originally published: Monday, 6th August, 2018

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan was sound in theory but if irrigators kept being given the money meant to restore the rivers the system would eventually fail everyone, the SA Royal Commission heard this week.

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Aboriginal leader says the Coorong is dying

Originally published: Saturday, 4th August, 2018

An Aboriginal leader from the Coorong said his people had been ignored by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority which had yet to even show them the details of a major engineering project at the mouth of the Murray River.

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Sydney artist wins prestigious prize

Originally published: Saturday, 4th August, 2018

Sydney artist Amanda Izzard last night won the $15,000 Pro Hart Outback Art Prize with her zinc plate etching, Squall over Kata Tjuta. 

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Councillors tour Mildura tip

Originally published: Saturday, 4th August, 2018

City councillors visited Mildura’s waste depot this week to learn more about recycling and management of landfill.

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South unstoppable

Originally published: Saturday, 4th August, 2018

Today at the Alma Oval, the Bulldogs face the unenviable task of taking on an unbeaten South team at home on their old timer’s weekend. 

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Pies play Robins

Originally published: Saturday, 4th August, 2018

Mathematically West are still a chance for finals but realistically they are now playing for pride when they host Central at the Jubilee Oval today.

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Roo goal machine

Originally published: Friday, 3rd August, 2018

South enjoyed a tune-up on their way to finals with a huge 143-point win over Central in round 14 of the Under 18s on Wednesday night.

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Prelim preview

Originally published: Friday, 3rd August, 2018

The finals of the AFL Broken Hill Under 18s competition are set and if Wednesday night’s clash between West and North is anything to go by then their preliminary final will be an absolute classic.

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Southern basin snubbed

Originally published: Friday, 3rd August, 2018

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has paid to map the history of Aboriginal settlement in the northern basin but has no plans to do the same in the southern basin.

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Two hurt in crash

Originally published: Friday, 3rd August, 2018

Two people were taken to hospital yesterday afternoon after a collision between a sedan and a four-wheel drive in Iodide Street.

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Four-wheel drive destroyed

Originally published: Friday, 3rd August, 2018

A four-wheel drive exploded in flames in Long Lane, Broken Hill, near the Memorial Oval on Wednesday night.

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Sporting chiefs on the future of sport

Originally published: Thursday, 2nd August, 2018

The past couple of years as seen a steep decline in participant numbers in different sporting codes across Broken Hill.

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Meeting hears local issues

Originally published: Thursday, 2nd August, 2018

A run down from Tuesday night’s public meeting hosted by Councillor Tom Kennedy which saw 55 people attend.

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Award-winning one-woman show

Originally published: Thursday, 2nd August, 2018

Outback Astronomy are shining bright after receiving second prize in the 2018 Country and Outback Regional Tourism Awards last Saturday.

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Gary signs off from RFDS

Originally published: Thursday, 2nd August, 2018

Nowadays if you need the Flying Doctor your call will be shot through via satellite but Gary Oldman misses the days when the bushies got on the two-way radio and chatted away like galahs.

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Back-up arrives

Originally published: Wednesday, 1st August, 2018

The Broken Hill Slimmers Club have managed to pull the heartstrings of generous locals to raise funds for a defibrillator. 

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End of drought cost river

Originally published: Wednesday, 1st August, 2018

If the drought in 2007 had lasted a bit longer the Murray-Darling river system could have been fixed, the SA Royal Commission has been told.

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Sports award

Originally published: Wednesday, 1st August, 2018

The best sports players and teams in Broken Hill will be recognised later this year at the city’s first ever Sportsperson of the Year awards.

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