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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.

October, 2018

Kelly pleads guilty

Originally published: Wednesday, 31st October, 2018

A former funeral director pleaded guilty to more than 30 fraud charges in the Broken Hill District Court yesterday, relating to funeral plans made by customers over eight years.

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Cinema celebrates

Originally published: Wednesday, 31st October, 2018

A special event marking the opening of a new chairlift at Silver City Cinema took place yesterday with a free movie session, food and drink as well as speeches helping celebrate people with disability or mobility restrictions now being able to access the top floor more easily.

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Stick your plans

Originally published: Wednesday, 31st October, 2018

No-one wanted a bar of the plans for the Menindee Lakes, a delegation of water bureaucrats admitted yesterday.

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Harness racing award to Adams

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th October, 2018

Harness racing driver Anthony Adams has been awarded the NSW Leading Hobbyist Driver at the 2018 Arthur J. Gallagher Harness Racing NSW Awards Night.

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Magic spell

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th October, 2018

An amazing spell of bowling by North champ Codie Howard routed West for just 75 and led North to a commanding 41-run victory on Sunday.

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Wayne Williams Prize

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th October, 2018

An art competition for schoolkids has just begun at the Broken Hill Art Exchange.

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Southies on a roll

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th October, 2018

South made it two wins from two matches as they defeated Central on Sunday by 27 runs in round two of the Demo Club A Grade season.

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Precious plants stolen

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th October, 2018

Local garden club member Ethel Ritter got hit by plant thieves last week, the second time in the last few months.

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Rental changes on way

Originally published: Tuesday, 30th October, 2018

Reviews of tenancy laws have overlooked some of the larger issues plaguing renters, according to a union, but a local agent believes tenants are already protected.

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Another Moment

Originally published: Monday, 29th October, 2018

Wentworth trainer Cindy Brander and her horse Honor The Moment have again shown their love for Broken Hill by winning the Silver City Cup for the second time at the races on Saturday.

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Punters enjoy another Cup

Originally published: Monday, 29th October, 2018

Crowds of locals and visitors made their way to the Broken Hill Racecourse for the annual Silver City Cup on Saturday.

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Police syringe scare

Originally published: Monday, 29th October, 2018

Police allege a woman pulled a syringe from her bra and threatened them with it while they tried to arrest her on Saturday afternoon.

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Lift opening tomorrow

Originally published: Monday, 29th October, 2018

A chair lift to help people with a disability gain access to the full wonder of the Silver City Cinema will be officially opened during a special event on Tuesday.

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A garden party with a great Legacy

Originally published: Monday, 29th October, 2018

Broken Hill’s Legacy Widows and Carers visited Government House in Adelaide this month for the organisation’s 90th Anniversary Garden Party. 

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Vandals won’t stop ‘Thrilla’

Originally published: Saturday, 27th October, 2018

The PCYC was hit by vandals again on Thursday night, putting the club under pressure as it prepares for a massive night of boxing tonight.

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Drillcore library project under way

Originally published: Saturday, 27th October, 2018

The value of the EC Andrews Drillcore Facility has been highlighted with a $900,000 upgrade to the facility currently underway and expected to be complete by mid-December.

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Newly appointed Central Football Club senior coach Jarred Paull (left) and new reserves coach Trent Schaefer.  PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

Originally published: Saturday, 27th October, 2018

Central premiership star and 200-plus game player Jarred Paull has been selected as the club’s new senior coach for the 2019 AFL Broken Hill season.

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Greater access to vaccines

Originally published: Saturday, 27th October, 2018

Local pharmacists will soon be able to administer more types of vaccinations to the public thanks to the State Government acting on a NSW Health recommendation.

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Heavy hitters in for Dogs

Originally published: Saturday, 27th October, 2018

North started their premiership defence in fine fashion last weekend and will look to consolidate top spot when they take on a West team looking for their first win of the season.

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Southies take on Maggies

Originally published: Saturday, 27th October, 2018

South will be gunning for two wins in a row when they take on Central tomorrow in round two of the Demo A Grade cricket season.

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#25in25 up and running

Originally published: Friday, 26th October, 2018

Foundation Broken Hill at its recent AGM agreed to establish the group #25in25 as a formal subcommittee of the Foundation.

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Hobson’s track

Originally published: Friday, 26th October, 2018

Swan Hill-based trainer Nathan Hobson will return to Broken Hill for Saturday’s Silver City Cup race meeting, bringing a swag of horses with him.

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Sport stars hoping to make big Impact

Originally published: Friday, 26th October, 2018

Five former NRL, MMA and Rugby Union sports stars will be arriving in the city this weekend to run several training and fitness sessions for locals.

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Two hurt in home invasion

Originally published: Friday, 26th October, 2018

Police are hunting for two men who forced their way into a Hebbard Street home armed with a baton and a knife about 10pm on Wednesday night.

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Overturned trailer spills sticky mess

Originally published: Friday, 26th October, 2018

A 1000 litre-tank of molasses burst when a trailer overturned about noon yesterday, spraying a nearby worker and pouring the sweet, sticky substance into the street.

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Artist to share inner thoughts

Originally published: Thursday, 25th October, 2018

Local artist Clark Barrett will be giving an artist’s talk about his current exhibition at the Regional Art Gallery, ‘Unwinding Road’, on Saturday.

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Gold medal win

Originally published: Thursday, 25th October, 2018

Broken Hill’s Sarah Sliwka took out the powerlifting gold medal at the Invictus Games yesterday.

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School shut down

Originally published: Thursday, 25th October, 2018

A long running dispute between Eagle Arts and Vocational College and the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) came to an end on Tuesday when NESA issued a statement announcing the closure of the alternative high school.

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Bush fund stoush

Originally published: Thursday, 25th October, 2018

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party candidate Roy Butler took a swipe at The Nationals yesterday, saying they have the “keys to the Treasury” but had gutted regional Australia.

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City rallies behind Amali

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th October, 2018

Thirteen-year-old local girl Amali Elston was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer earlier this year.

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Rockfest tix for bushies

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th October, 2018

Broken Hill Motor Company, Mildura Entertainment and Elders Broken Hill have teamed up to provide an allocated area and free tickets for 100 farmers and their families for this year’s Rockfest Broken Hill. 

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MP dismisses bill worry

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th October, 2018

Any proposal to raise water bills was nothing more than a recommendation, local State MP Kevin Humphries said yesterday.

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Barber set to return

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th October, 2018

After 20 years in hiatus, local Barber Hayden Colley has decided to reopen his Men’s Barbershop Count Saxes Mode.

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New legal centre chief

Originally published: Wednesday, 24th October, 2018

Stacy Treloar will fill the role of CEO of the Far West Community Legal Centre.

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School fete tomorrow

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

North Broken Hill Public School’s biannual fete this Wednesday at the school.

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Barb Hands with ‘Pie’ the Magpie.

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

BARBARA Hands and her husband came to Broken Hill in 1969 from Melbourne lured by friends promising jobs could be found.

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Water price rise ‘not acceptable’

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

The NSW Government has pledged to remove the cost of the Wentworth-Broken Hill pipeline from people’s water bills but they might still rise by $127 every year for the next four years, says the city’s mayor.

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Top names in Broken Hill sport

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

Nominations are in for the first ever Sportsperson of the Year awards night to be held next month at the Broken Hill Entertainment Centre.

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Push to promote Sir John Monash

Originally published: Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

A new push is underway to posthumously promote World War One military commander General Sir John Monash to the Army’s highest rank of field marshal.

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Roos hop to early win

Originally published: Monday, 22nd October, 2018

South made the perfect start to the 2018/19 A Grade cricket season on Saturday by comfortably defeating West by 42 runs at the Jubilee Oval.

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Rally champ has Crown

Originally published: Monday, 22nd October, 2018

There’s lot of things you can do to help raise money to support cancer patients - trivia nights, meat draws, bake cakes, or simply put your hand in your pocket and part with a few shekels.

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Bergman turns it on

Originally published: Monday, 22nd October, 2018

A keeping and batting masterclass by veteran Bill Bergman led his new side North to a dominant eight-wicket win over Central in their opening round clash.

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Quick-fire lenders under scrutiny

Originally published: Monday, 22nd October, 2018

Local financial counsellors have welcomed a Senate push to give ASIC further powers in dealing with pay-day lenders and other ‘buy now, pay later’ schemes.

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Love of the land

Originally published: Saturday, 20th October, 2018

Students from the Landcare Youth Network have grown a new love for agriculture after attending the National Landcare Conference. 

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Thommo steps away

Originally published: Saturday, 20th October, 2018

Coaching ace Craig Thomas has stepped down from his senior role with the South Football Club following another highly successful stint with the club.

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Grand final rematch

Originally published: Saturday, 20th October, 2018

The Demo Club A Grade cricket season gets underway today with a T20 double header at the Jubilee Oval starting with a blockbuster grand final rematch between Central and North.

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West takes on South

Originally published: Saturday, 20th October, 2018

South and West will be looking to get off to a perfect start for their 2018/19 campaigns when they clash in today’s second T20 game at the Jubilee Oval.

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Firearm tourism too hard

Originally published: Saturday, 20th October, 2018

Inviting shooters onto your station for extra income in the drought might work if you could get a clear shot through the bureaucracy, a couple of West Darling graziers said yesterday.

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NBN ticking boxes

Originally published: Friday, 19th October, 2018

The NBN met with local businesses this week to discuss their connection options even though the rollout has been postponed until mid 2019. 

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T20 opener

Originally published: Friday, 19th October, 2018

The 2018/19 Broken Hill cricket season gets underway tomorrow with a T20 double header and today we take a look at each of the four A Grade clubs and how they’re shaping up.

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SA boys found

Originally published: Friday, 19th October, 2018

Broken Hill Police stopped a South Australian couple in Broken Hill yesterday after authorities feared for the welfare of their two young children.

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Heated lakes debate

Originally published: Friday, 19th October, 2018

A Labor MP has been booted out of NSW Parliament during a heated debate about the Menindee Lakes.

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Coach Codie

Originally published: Thursday, 18th October, 2018

In a bold move, the North Football Club have appointed club captain Codie Howard as senior coach for the 2019 season.

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One in five want out

Originally published: Thursday, 18th October, 2018

One in five Sunset Strip residents are trying to sell up, according to the progress association’s president.

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Clinical team takes to the sky

Originally published: Thursday, 18th October, 2018

Uniting took to the skies last week with The Flying Padre sending out its first ever clinical team to Ivanhoe.

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Hospital wait times rise

Originally published: Thursday, 18th October, 2018

Waiting times for emergency and urgent treatment at the Broken Hill hospital have risen, and the State Opposition wants to know why.

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Thrilla in the Hilla

Originally published: Thursday, 18th October, 2018

Next weekend local police officer Dean Shiner will be going up against International Boxing Champion Solomon Haumono in a fierce but friendly match that’ll help promote a local police and PCYC program.

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Hospital above average

Originally published: Thursday, 18th October, 2018

Patients might be waiting longer in the Broken Hill Hospital’s Emergency Department but its performance was still better than the state average, the Bureau of Health Information data showed. 

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Slammin’ Sammy

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th October, 2018

When you first looked at the scores you thought the game must have been a two-day or a “longer form” fixture.

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21 million units in under a year

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th October, 2018

A report looking into the New South Wales Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) is set to be delivered in December and with only several months left to lodge a submission Channing’s Bottle Yard has been singing its praises. 

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History of the Lodge

Originally published: Wednesday, 17th October, 2018

An exhibition exploring the characters and stories of the Lodge Outback Motel is currently on display within the building.

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Little books, BIG impact

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th October, 2018

The Broken Hill Lions Club are encouraging locals to record their key health information in small medical books as part of an initiative that will help make it easier for medical professionals to quickly identify an individual’s medical history and specific requirements. 

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Bottled-water demand spikes

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th October, 2018

A local bottled-water distributor says there’s been an upturn in their business thanks to locals moving away from Broken Hill’s tap water.

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Funding for arts

Originally published: Tuesday, 16th October, 2018

Plans are being drawn up at West Darling Arts after they received $150,000 through the latest round of Indigenous Languages and Arts Program funding.

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Back on track

Originally published: Monday, 15th October, 2018

While the 2019 AFL season is months away and football is the last thing on most people’s minds, some of the best young talent in Broken Hill are already back in training.

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Ian’s on a mission

Originally published: Monday, 15th October, 2018

Ian Hutchinson, a long-time resident of Broken Hill and member of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, will soon be leaving for Papua New Guinea. 

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Far West skills focus

Originally published: Monday, 15th October, 2018

Robinson College has been allocated government funding to upskill workers across the Far West.

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Festival plans well under way

Originally published: Monday, 15th October, 2018

The Perfect Light Film Festival is full steam ahead after announcing two new celebrity guests, a tribute to former judge Quentin Kenihan, and the screening of an Oscar-nominated film.

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We will fight for the Lakes

Originally published: Saturday, 13th October, 2018

Now that the pipeline construction is being finalised, the NSW Government has guaranteed they will fight for the Menindee Lakes.

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Threats don’t deter Minister

Originally published: Saturday, 13th October, 2018

When you’re the State Water Minister in times of drought, it can often be a sticky situation travelling to regional areas on the brink of water disaster.

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National champ

Originally published: Saturday, 13th October, 2018

Local Ben Grossi has continued his rise up the shooting ranks by taking out the Single Action Shot National Championships for a fourth time.

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Pipeline tab: We’ll pay it

Originally published: Saturday, 13th October, 2018

Broken Hill has now been “drought-proofed” as the final piece of the pipeline was laid yesterday at the Mica Street Water Treatment Plant.

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Lakes report not meant for public

Originally published: Friday, 12th October, 2018

The assessment of the “business case” for the Menindee Lakes was not released to the public last year because it was part of an internal review, according to the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

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Drought chief drops in

Originally published: Friday, 12th October, 2018

An uneven picture of the drought has been painted to the Coordinator General for Drought, Major General Stephen Day, as he makes his way around the state gathering information.

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Handberg’s good call

Originally published: Friday, 12th October, 2018

The 2018/19 cricket season will see a change in scenery for one of Broken Hill’s best players with Matthew Handberg set to take up umpiring.

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Project exceeding expectations

Originally published: Friday, 12th October, 2018

The YMCA’s new Wellness Centre has received a top-up of $371,302 from the Federal Government as Parkes MP Mark Coulton arrived to view the outstanding progress made on the $5 million build.

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Community market’s French connection

Originally published: Friday, 12th October, 2018

Alain Louvel is a regular stallholder at the Community Markets in Beryl St.  

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Menindee plan not finalised

Originally published: Thursday, 11th October, 2018

The proposal to reconfigure the Menindee Lakes was not the final plan and the public would be well consulted before that was set, according to the NSW Minister for Regional Water, Niall Blair.

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Superclinic upsizes gym

Originally published: Thursday, 11th October, 2018

A new gym at the GP Superclinic is almost complete with health professionals saying it’ll help cater to individuals with high-risk health issues as well as the general public.

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New track record

Originally published: Thursday, 11th October, 2018

Local greyhound trainer Jack Trengove etched his name into the record books last weekend with one of his runners breaking a long-standing track record.

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Mildura run

Originally published: Thursday, 11th October, 2018

The family-owned bus company best known for its tours of the city is extending its reach and taking a trip back in time.

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Huge interest in outback station

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th October, 2018

A real estate agent selling a property near Wilcannia has been run off his feet with the interest shown.

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Menindee ‘model’ OK

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th October, 2018

The controversial plans for the Menindee Lakes had been “independently modelled” by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and backed by the States, according to the Federal Government. 

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Last stop Broken Hill

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th October, 2018

Richard Raven is completely dedicated to his work and helping those around him and there is not much that can keep him down. 

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Seniors specials

Originally published: Wednesday, 10th October, 2018

Seniors can enjoy a larger variety of discounts after the number of businesses participating in the Seniors Card scheme in NSW has tripled since 2015.

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Little helpers on the job

Originally published: Tuesday, 9th October, 2018

It’s all boiling down for the RFDS Women’s Auxiliary and their volunteers, but these wonderful women don’t break a sweat as they look to make 2,000 Christmas puddings.

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Menindee project on shaky ground

Originally published: Tuesday, 9th October, 2018

A federal government document leaked to the BDT shows that the argument for the reconfiguration of the Menindee Lakes fails on every count.

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Perilya breaks new ground with BH3

Originally published: Monday, 8th October, 2018

A first-of-its-kind underground mining machine has just been delivered to Broken Hill’s South Perilya Mine courtesy of Canadian company MacLean Engineering. 

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We remember

Originally published: Monday, 8th October, 2018

Christine Adams led a stirring commemoration of the men, women and children impacted by mining-related deaths in Broken Hill during yesterday’s Miners’ Memorial service on top of the Line of Lode.

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Uranium mine to reopen

Originally published: Monday, 8th October, 2018

The wheels are in motion at Honeymoon Mine after mining company Boss Resources sold off its African gold interests to focus on the uranium project.

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Don’t let it ruin you

Originally published: Monday, 8th October, 2018

This week marks Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, where people are being encouraged to look at their own gambling practices and talk to family and friends about theirs.

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Menindee spray for Vella

Originally published: Monday, 8th October, 2018

Another mural is popping up as Anthony Vella prepares to spray a Menindee Lakes panorama across his business.

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Murray water here by April

Originally published: Saturday, 6th October, 2018

The taps for the Wentworth to Broken Hill pipeline are expected to be turned on by April.

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Lakisha in finals

Originally published: Saturday, 6th October, 2018

Lakisha Sloane has been selected in the top eight finalists in the second annual Community Education Student of the Year Award. 

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Mates exploring great outdoors

Originally published: Saturday, 6th October, 2018

Three mates from Broken Hill are highlighting the value of exploring the great outdoors thanks to an online show they’ve been running for almost two years.

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Willyama Art celebrates our heritage

Originally published: Saturday, 6th October, 2018

The Willyama Art Society opened a heritage-themed show last night. 

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Bush women on the move

Originally published: Saturday, 6th October, 2018

The CWA of NSW is proving it’s not just about “tea and scones” with growth in numbers and the reopening of branches, including the Broken Hill chapter. 

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Clean up begins after terrific storm lashes city

Originally published: Friday, 5th October, 2018

A lightning fast downpour on Wednesday night dropped 30 millimetres of rain on the city in about 30 minutes, keeping emergency crews busy, especially in South Broken Hill.

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We’re for men

Originally published: Friday, 5th October, 2018

Psychs on Bikes rolled into town yesterday afternoon to perform mental and physical health checks on men in the city.

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Glenis weaves her way to the Hill

Originally published: Friday, 5th October, 2018

West Darling Arts is threading together a new exhibition at the Town Hall Facade as Glenis Beaumont showcases her artistry.

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Resurrection of the North

Originally published: Friday, 5th October, 2018

The reopening of the North Mine next month will be a tremendous development for the city and Perilya deserved every credit, according to a Broken Hill-born former school principal.

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The future is female

Originally published: Thursday, 4th October, 2018

An all-female-artist exhibition exploring the past and future in speculative and interpretative ways has just begun at the Regional Art Gallery. 

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Wear a hat, lift a lid

Originally published: Thursday, 4th October, 2018

South Rotary will be having a ‘Hat Day’ event at Thyme restaurant on October 10 in recognition of the day that helps to ‘Lift the Lid on Mental Illness.’

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Manage creativity and all that jazz

Originally published: Thursday, 4th October, 2018

Two free workshops about creative business management, tips and marketing strategy will be run at the Civic Centre tomorrow.

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All the right moves

Originally published: Thursday, 4th October, 2018

Grace Dowton, a local 20-year-old with cerebral palsy, a mild intellectual disability, and epilepsy, has been able to move out of home to live independently with the help of the National Disability Insurance Agency.

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$78m water deal ‘anti-democratic’

Originally published: Thursday, 4th October, 2018

The $78 million that taxpayers gave to one of the nation’s biggest cotton corporations showed the anti-democratic nature of the deals between big business and government, according to a new investigation of the controversial sale.

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Forgotten but not gone

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018

A workshop bridging local health and medical professionals with polio survivors was run on Friday afternoon to help provide better information and insight into the disease.

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Awkward precedent

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018

The extraordinary payment of $78 million by the Commonwealth to a cotton corporation at Menindee may come back to haunt those plotting the destruction of the lakes and the Darling River.

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World title tilt

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018

A roof plumber in Broken Hill has started his training for an international wakeboarding competition he’ll be taking part in next year.

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CINEMA’S BIG PLANS

Originally published: Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018

The Silver City Cinema has released plans for a two-stage redevelopment of its entertainment complex in Oxide Street.

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Water rights denial

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018

The denial of water rights to the traditional owners of the Darling River and Menindee Lakes was a breach of Commonwealth and State law, the Murray-Darling Royal Commission has heard.

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Manns steps up

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018

The previous Broken Hill City Council General Manager has landed a plum job as chief of a major Sydney city council.

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Council posts $3m underspend as projects flounder

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018

City Council failed to complete more than $3 million worth of projects last financial year and has apportioned a large share of the blame on “previous senior management”.

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Wild dog baiting starts

Originally published: Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018

Western Local Land Services begin their wild dog baiting program this week.

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