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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.

September, 2018

Cotton farms help themselves to flood water

Originally published: Saturday, 29th September, 2018

Large cotton farms can bulldoze floodplains on Crown land and divert water straight into their dams without fear of prosecution, a Queensland irrigator has told the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission.

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Best in the State

Originally published: Saturday, 29th September, 2018

For the second year in a row, a midwife from the Broken Hill Hospital has been judged the best in NSW.

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Police tribute

Originally published: Saturday, 29th September, 2018

Local police and community members recognised the late Reg Pinkington who served in the city until his retirement.

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Jube in the money

Originally published: Saturday, 29th September, 2018

State member Kevin Humphries was on hand yesterday to present AFL Broken Hill with $2.568 million for the redevelopment of the Jubilee Oval.

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Water supply until March

Originally published: Saturday, 29th September, 2018

The Menindee Lakes will not run dry by December and will continue to supply Broken Hill until March, according to Water NSW.

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Off-road victory

Originally published: Friday, 28th September, 2018

A local rally driver and his family have just beaten 14 other teams to win an off-road championship in their v8 Nissan patrol.

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Councillors back $1.5m hub plan

Originally published: Friday, 28th September, 2018

The decision to award a $1.5m tender to develop plans for a library and community hub has been generally well-received amongst local Councillors.

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Call for urgent river action

Originally published: Friday, 28th September, 2018

Help promised by the NSW Government to station owners on the dwindling Darling River has not been given and a catastrophe is looming, a local grazier said yesterday.

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Packsaddle reinvigorated

Originally published: Friday, 28th September, 2018

Packsaddle Roadhouse has received a facelift thanks to the hard-working crew - and a few friends - of the popular outback hangout.

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Cemetery work welcome

Originally published: Friday, 28th September, 2018

Curtis Family Funerals has welcomed a cemetery expansion plan which will create about 150 new plots, among other changes. 

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Dream job in the outback

Originally published: Thursday, 27th September, 2018

Two new doctors for the Broken Hill RFDS have travelled all the way from England to work their dream job. 

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Double demerits for ‘footy weekend’

Originally published: Wednesday, 26th September, 2018

Police will be out and about this long weekend for Operation Slow Down. 

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Students in lead study

Originally published: Wednesday, 26th September, 2018

Students from Macquarie University are this week testing the levels of lead exposure both indoors and outdoors at local residents’ properties.

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Northies spread goodwill

Originally published: Wednesday, 26th September, 2018

North Public School yesterday held an Adopt a Block event, which involved all classes trekking out to deliver goody bags to houses. 

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Our PCYC is tops

Originally published: Wednesday, 26th September, 2018

The local PCYC has managed to win three PCYC Out OF School Hours Care (OOSH) awards at the organisation’s state conference.

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Art from a war diary

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th September, 2018

An exhibition commemorating Broken Hill residents who fought in the Western Front of WWI will begin this Friday at the Regional Art Gallery.

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Mitch wins first flag

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th September, 2018

At his third attempt after grand final losses in a Broken Hill Football League Under 18 season decider, where he broke his wrist and an A Grade level when the Robins lost to North in 2007, Mitch Clisby has finally enjoyed the euphoria of football premiership success. 

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Astrophysicist to descend on Hill

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th September, 2018

Broken Hill will be hosting leading astrophysicist Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith during her When Galaxies Collide tour.

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Station hand killed in crash

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th September, 2018

The death of a young station hand near Tibooburra was due to the negligence of the property’s owners in failing to ensure he wore a motorbike helmet, a NSW District Court judge has ruled.

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‘Steady decline’ in BH tourism

Originally published: Tuesday, 25th September, 2018

Broken Hill recorded a drop in the number of tourists at the Visitor Information Centre last financial year, which one councillor has attributed to an “unfocused” marketing plan.

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60-year union

Originally published: Monday, 24th September, 2018

Pat and Colin Harvey will celebrate sixty years since they became husband and wife this Thursday.

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West in thriller

Originally published: Monday, 24th September, 2018

Celtic and West battled in out on the field in the A Grade Grand Final on Saturday with West eventually breaking the deadlock in extra time, winning 2-1.

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Artist ‘coming out’

Originally published: Monday, 24th September, 2018

An American-born artist who has called Broken Hill home for more than 40 years is about to present a major new exhibition at the Regional Art Gallery.

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Joey women dominate

Originally published: Monday, 24th September, 2018

St Joes ran away with the title as they defeated West 3-0 in the Women’s Soccer Grand Final.

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Positive results buoy explorer

Originally published: Monday, 24th September, 2018

Copper and cobalt prospects within the Broken Hill region have received a boost following positive rock chip samples across seven local mining tenements.

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BH sparrows adapt to lead pollution

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd September, 2018

The humble sparrow is so common that most of us barely look at them twice.

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Lights, man, guitar

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd September, 2018

‘Gun-for-hire’ musician Steve Andersen will be playing an acoustic show full of classic tunes at the Palace tonight.

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Sky’s the limit

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd September, 2018

Outback Astronomy is following the lead of the universe and expanding to include a cafe and an observatory.

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BH soccer finale

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd September, 2018

Local soccer culminates today with a number of blockbuster grand finals including West Panthers versus Celtic United for the A Grade title.

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Metro papers rise in price

Originally published: Saturday, 22nd September, 2018

Metropolitan newspapers such as the Sydney Morning Herald and the Herald Sun have increased in price significantly and Westside Newsagency owners Tony and Donna Lines share why. 

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Magpies turned Croweaters

Originally published: Friday, 21st September, 2018

They might be another year older but that won’t stop former Magpies Brett Morris and Jimmy Hinton having a run in the AFL Masters carnival later this month for South Australia.

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Menindee knockout a success

Originally published: Friday, 21st September, 2018

It was dusty and windy but the action on field was hard-hitting as always in the third edition of the Menindee rugby league knockout held on Saturday.

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NSW govt cops blast in SA Royal Commission

Originally published: Friday, 21st September, 2018

The NSW Government “couldn’t manage water in a dunny,” the South Australian Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin has been told.

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Crackdown on phone usage

Originally published: Friday, 21st September, 2018

New South Wales drivers now face harsher penalties for using their mobile phone illegally.

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Southern Cross Care moves to allay fears

Originally published: Friday, 21st September, 2018

Local aged care provider Southern Cross Care say locals have nothing to worry about when it comes to their facilities and staff.

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Final damage bill unknown

Originally published: Thursday, 20th September, 2018

Initial predictions of a half-a-million-dollar damage bill after an excavator slammed into the Kanandah Road railway bridge may have been over-estimated, but the final cost is still not known.

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$800,000 bank job

Originally published: Thursday, 20th September, 2018

Mossop Construction and Interiors have put forward an $800,000 development application to fit out the Commonwealth Bank at the Plaza.

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We love Adelaide

Originally published: Thursday, 20th September, 2018

Broken Hill North Public School’s Adelaide Schultz helped raise $400 for drought affected farmers.

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TAFE raises funds

Originally published: Thursday, 20th September, 2018

Broken Hill TAFE staff raised $860 selling delicious cakes and other treats for their Drought Relief Morning Tea yesterday.

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Thanks for your wonderful support

Originally published: Thursday, 20th September, 2018

After 13 years as BIC President I have decided on a “sea change” and will, therefore, be leaving Broken Hill. With that decision, I will also be resigning as BIC President in October.

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Clisby in SANFL GF

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th September, 2018

West Broken Hill’s running defender with the North Adelaide Roosters, Mitch Clisby, will be one of the key senior North Adelaide players as they enter the 2018 SANFL grand final this Sunday afternoon.

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Century of life

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th September, 2018

Former local Mavis Payne will celebrate her 100th birthday next week.

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Greens eye Parkes seat

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th September, 2018

Local resident Natasha Bearman has been chosen as the Greens candidate for the Federal seat of Parkes at the next election. 

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Winds a havoc for Show

Originally published: Wednesday, 19th September, 2018

September winds proved a nuisance for the Silver City Show on the weekend, with smaller crowds across the Saturday afternoon and ticket sales down on previous years.

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Thieves target tourist mine

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th September, 2018

The Daydream Mine was broken into on Saturday night with burglars sneaking off with more than $8,000 of property.

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YMCA on track

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th September, 2018

The new YMCA Wellness Centre is coming along in leaps and bounds with completion on track for Christmas.

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Alex is the best

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th September, 2018

A clinical pharmacist at Broken Hill Health Service has been honoured by being selected as the 2018 Society of Hospital Pharmacists NSW Branch Early Career Pharmacist.

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Home care delay

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th September, 2018

Aged care company Hammond Care says older people in Broken Hill have become frustrated at the long delays in starting their Home Care Packages, despite being eligible.

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Juniors go the distance

Originally published: Tuesday, 18th September, 2018

The Broken Hill under 12s soccer teams have just finished their seasons and coaching staff have said they couldn’t be more proud of the kids’ efforts.

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Goodwood Station: Just add water

Originally published: Monday, 17th September, 2018

Goodwood Station isn’t letting the drought get the better of them as they dig away to restore their local wetlands.

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Our high achievers in the semi-finals

Originally published: Monday, 17th September, 2018

Southern Cross Care and Anika Molesworth have been announced as semi-finalists in the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards. 

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Hep C war not over

Originally published: Monday, 17th September, 2018

The number of deaths in Australia related to liver failure caused by hepatitis C has dropped by 20 per cent since 2016.

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Robins welcome new coaches

Originally published: Monday, 17th September, 2018

In a shock to the local AFL community, former North premiership coach and player David Ruddock has been appointed as West Football Club’s senior co-coach alongside his former assistant Chris Jones.

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Celtic wins spot in GF

Originally published: Monday, 17th September, 2018

A hard-fought A Grade preliminary final saw Celtic come out on top while West progressed to the women’s decider in Broken Hill soccer yesterday.

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Ticket to Griffith

Originally published: Saturday, 15th September, 2018

Local flights to Mildura will continue for now after Regional Express announced this week that it had terminated its flights between Mildura and Sydney.

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Kincumber comes down

Originally published: Saturday, 15th September, 2018

Demolition is underway and the hospital is saying goodbye to the old Kincumber House. 

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Sun rises again on popular bush track

Originally published: Saturday, 15th September, 2018

The Sundown Nature Trail is being revived and earthmovers are re-grading the road to it as a part of a wonderful community effort. 

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Elimination time

Originally published: Saturday, 15th September, 2018

With the regular soccer season done, tomorrow’s games are do or die for teams in search of premiership glory.

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Laurie’s big donation

Originally published: Saturday, 15th September, 2018

Local mineral artist Laurie Pace has made a big donation to a BDT fundraiser with the supply of an artwork and $100 to kick start it.

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Get set for Pink time

Originally published: Friday, 14th September, 2018

The ever-popular Pink October is once again set to hit the town and organisers are asking everyone to “paint the town pink”.

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World War I BDT archive discovered

Originally published: Friday, 14th September, 2018

A Barrier Daily Truth archive book from the first years of World War One has been found by a local woman doing a spot of spring cleaning.

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Nominate now for Broken Hill Sports Awards

Originally published: Friday, 14th September, 2018

Time is quickly running out for nominations in the first ever Sportsperson of the Year awards to be held later this year.

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North Football Club best and fairest awards night

Originally published: Friday, 14th September, 2018

Jayden Kelly has capped off another fantastic individual season by taking out North’s best and fairest award.

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‘Ice’ scourge demands extra police help

Originally published: Friday, 14th September, 2018

Local police are calling for an increase in targeted officers to deal with one of the worst ice epidemics in NSW.

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City’s best gardens open for your delight

Originally published: Friday, 14th September, 2018

The winners of the Silver City Garden Club 2018 Garden Competition were announced this week and Judy Farquharson did bloomin’ well.

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Cash splash for parks, teachers

Originally published: Thursday, 13th September, 2018

Seven community and local sporting facilities will receive state funding for upgrades and extensions and new housing options will be available for teachers in Broken Hill.

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Tribunal lifts rates cap

Originally published: Thursday, 13th September, 2018

Councils will be able to increase the revenue they can collect from rates by a maximum of 2.7 per cent in 2019-20.

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Windfarm generates gift

Originally published: Thursday, 13th September, 2018

The company building the Silverton windfarm, Catcon, has raised $18,000 for Lifeline Broken Hill’s suicide prevention program. 

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Wentworth Council rejects lakes plan

Originally published: Thursday, 13th September, 2018

Wentworth Shire Council says it wants at least 800 gigalitres of water kept in the Menindee Lakes.

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Young stars to hit stage for farmers

Originally published: Thursday, 13th September, 2018

Marilyn Harris and the Expression Glee Ensemble are to present a ‘Concert for Drought Relief’ at Theatre 44.

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Playground less fun

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th September, 2018

The state of the Sturt Park playground had made it unsafe, according to the treasurer of Broken Hill Community Inc.

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Bulldogs bounty

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th September, 2018

The North Football Club will undertake major upgrades thanks to a $100,000 grant.

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Musos’ gift helps women and children

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th September, 2018

A donation of $20,000 has been made towards tackling domestic violence in the city.

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Public schools ‘robbed’ of funds

Originally published: Wednesday, 12th September, 2018

Public schools will get a fraction of the money they were meant to receive from the Federal Government in a move described by teachers as not only unfair but illegal.

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Christine’s special show for the kids

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th September, 2018

After headlining the Saturday night stretch of the Broken Heel Festival, Christine Anu held a gave a special performance for Aboriginal girls yesterday morning at the Regional Art Gallery. 

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Heel tops, lakes not

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th September, 2018

The NSW Opposition will be looking at what policies they can put in place to protect the Menindee Lakes system, after a visit from the Shadow Environment Minister.

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Intrepid team touches down

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th September, 2018

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) has welcomed the first of its new Beechcraft Kingair 350 after a 12-day journey from the other side of the world.

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Top turf man in town

Originally published: Tuesday, 11th September, 2018

City Council’s parks and gardens crew are set to learn from the best with a visit from a renowned curator.

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Disappearance a tragedy

Originally published: Monday, 10th September, 2018

The fate of an Aboriginal woman who absconded from the hospital’s mental health ward and was last seen walking into the bush with an armful of weeds and flowers showed the need for more cultural-specific care, a coroner said at the end of a four-day inquest.

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Far West honour for HACC driver

Originally published: Monday, 10th September, 2018

David Blows’ long service as a bus driver for Home and Community Care has resulted in him being named Senior and Overall Volunteer of the Year for the Far West.

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Celtic player in cup win

Originally published: Monday, 10th September, 2018

Local soccer young gun Hamish Inglis has added another piece of silverware to his collection after helping the Riverina Rhinos to the Under 18 NPL Capital title over the weekend.

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Let the finals begin

Originally published: Monday, 10th September, 2018

Broken Hill soccer’s regular season is done and dusted following round 15 yesterday with St Joes taking winning form into the finals.

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North Mine anniversary a time to reminisce

Originally published: Monday, 10th September, 2018

The North Mine annual reunion is on next month, with some urging their past workmates to be sure to get a ticket for the special 25th anniversary of the mine’s closure.

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Darlings for our Darling

Originally published: Saturday, 8th September, 2018

Two exuberant drag queens filled the outback air with song on the banks of the Darling River and Menindee lakes yesterday to highlight the imminent threat to the Murray-Darling river system.

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Decades of dedication driven by love of sport

Originally published: Saturday, 8th September, 2018

Having spent well over 20 years as one of local cricket’s main men, Denis Watts is stepping down as Barrier District Cricket League secretary.

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Jubilee bid lodged

Originally published: Saturday, 8th September, 2018

Foundation Broken Hill in conjunction with the local AFL Group have lodged their final application for government funding to upgrade the Jubilee Oval. 

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Special gathering

Originally published: Saturday, 8th September, 2018

The first Broken Hill and Far West NSW Indigenous Woodcarvers Gathering is on display at the Old Town Hall Gallery.

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Terrific year for the Roos

Originally published: Saturday, 8th September, 2018

An undefeated season and a fourth flag in five years was the highlight in another terrific year from the club from over the hill.

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Strong season with disappointing end

Originally published: Saturday, 8th September, 2018

Grand finals in League, reserves and under 15s but no premierships will leave the Bulldogs disappointed in what could have been in 2018.

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Mighty Magpies together again

Originally published: Friday, 7th September, 2018

The last weekend of September will see past greats of the Central Football Club converge on Broken Hill to celebrate the reunion of the 1979-1985 teams.

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Spruiking the Hill

Originally published: Friday, 7th September, 2018

Visitor Information Centre staff will take to the streets to chat with Broken Heel revellers and spruik all the city has to offer this weekend. 

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Tax man sips deep at pubs’ expense

Originally published: Friday, 7th September, 2018

People are drinking less than they have in more than 50 years, but that is not much of a surprise to one local publican who said it was now cheaper to buy drugs than drink. 

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West juniors a shining light

Originally published: Friday, 7th September, 2018

While it was a brutal season for the West seniors, their juniors were fantastic in winning the under 13s, 15s and 18s.

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Premiership glory for Central

Originally published: Friday, 7th September, 2018

Central’s women’s team provided the highlight for the club in 2018, appearing in their sixth grand final and winning their fifth premiership in seven seasons.

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Virtual collision emergency

Originally published: Friday, 7th September, 2018

Biosecurity officers at the Western Local Land Service are among many to have benefited from an emergency training exercise in the city last week involving hundreds of virtual sheep.

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‘Desperation’ drove hospital escape

Originally published: Thursday, 6th September, 2018

A mental health patient who absconded from the hospital did so because she was desperate for a cigarette, a nurse told a coroner’s inquest yesterday.

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Lifetime service to local sport

Originally published: Thursday, 6th September, 2018

Longtime cricket volunteer Denis Watts was honoured at last night’s Broken Hill Volunteer Awards held at the Civic Centre.

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Hands-on experience

Originally published: Thursday, 6th September, 2018

High school students lent a hand to build a bus shelter on the corner of Duff and Comstock streets yesterday. 

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Soccer finals set

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th September, 2018

The soccer finals are now decided and West have booked their spot in the A Grade grand final following a big win over Celtic on Sunday.

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Missing woman had ‘slim chance’ of survival

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th September, 2018

A woman who was suffering a psychotic episode when she disappeared into the bush on the city’s outskirts two years ago would not have survived long, the Coroners Court was told yesterday.

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More needed for local economy

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th September, 2018

People spending more money have helped the national economy to grow, according to economists, but local businessman Peter Nash says that there is still a lot to be done here. 

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Fun family day

Originally published: Wednesday, 5th September, 2018

On Thursday from 3pm to 5pm at Sturt Park, Mission Australia along with other Broken Hill services will put on a community event to celebrate National Child Protection Week.

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Officers trapped

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th September, 2018

Two police officers were cut from their vehicle after it rolled twice in a  spectacular collision with a car at the corner of Chloride and Wolfram streets yesterday morning. 

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Magpies back on top

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th September, 2018

The Magpies have returned to the top of AFL Broken Hill’s women’s competition with a 13-point upset win over the South Roos in Saturday’s grand final.

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‘Cat’ best of the best

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th September, 2018

South’s superstar forward Cody Schorn added to his illustrious resume by winning the Stan Brooks Medal for his best on ground in Saturday’s League grand final.

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Repairs for ‘old girl’

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th September, 2018

The Broken Hill Historical Society has received a $43,100 grant to repair the Silverton Gaol Museum and install wheelchair ramps.

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Double flags for Robins

Originally published: Tuesday, 4th September, 2018

West made a clean sweep of the junior grades with wins in the Under 13s and 15s on Saturday at the Jubilee Oval.

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Perfect year

Originally published: Monday, 3rd September, 2018

The South Roos completed a perfect season after coming away with the win over North on Saturday in an absorbing contest befitting of a grand final.

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Eight-straight for South

Originally published: Monday, 3rd September, 2018

Four goals to Harley Cannard and a best on ground effort from Mick Vlatko led the Roos to their eighth consecutive reserves premiership on Saturday.

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Countdown is on

Originally published: Monday, 3rd September, 2018

Two companies have been awarded the tender for the Patton Park upgrade, which a local businessman has called a stepping stone to growing South Broken Hill.

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Introspective art

Originally published: Monday, 3rd September, 2018

A 3D art exhibition on the topic of masculinity, identity and the perception of beauty opens tonight at the Broken Hill Art Exchange.

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In for the long haul

Originally published: Saturday, 1st September, 2018

The first of three new aircraft for the RFDS is on its way from the USA along with a Broken Hill engineer, Nick Mann. 

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Owner’s plea after pet lost to killer dogs

Originally published: Saturday, 1st September, 2018

A local resident is distraught after her dog was killed by strays during the week.

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Drought help from our friends in Bankstown

Originally published: Saturday, 1st September, 2018

The Canterbury Bankstown City Council is giving $10,000 to Broken Hill and Cobar to help with the drought. 

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Illegal dams ‘legal’

Originally published: Saturday, 1st September, 2018

A cotton farm built dams and channels that took more than 50,000 million litres of water from the Barwon-Darling river without government approval but was not prosecuted. 

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Cracker of a game

Originally published: Saturday, 1st September, 2018

The Roos are on the cusp of something very special - an undefeated season - and will go into today’s League grand final as overwhelming favourites against the Bulldogs.

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