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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.

November, 2018

Perfect weekend

Originally published: Friday, 30th November, 2018

Tonight is the launch of the three-day event of the Redenbach Lee Lawyers Perfect Light Film Festival.

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6 pinged, 1 jailed

Originally published: Friday, 30th November, 2018

One of six people arrested during a three-day special police operation in the city this week has been sentenced to jail.

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Menindee proposal: Let’s do it

Originally published: Friday, 30th November, 2018

Menindee and Sunset Strip have given their full support to a proposal that could save the lakes system and bring jobs and wealth back to the district.

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Committed to change

Originally published: Friday, 30th November, 2018

A morning tea celebrating Maari Ma Health’s re-accreditation as a White Ribbon Workplace took place yesterday.

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Return of the bat

Originally published: Friday, 30th November, 2018

Following a number of seasons where bowling has dominated in Broken Hill cricket, the batsmen are making a comeback early in 2018/19.

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Campaign to stop violence

Originally published: Thursday, 29th November, 2018

Broken Hill has received an advanced look at a new suite of resources aimed at helping role models to positively influence younger generations, and ultimately reduce violence against women and their children.

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New explorer likes look of BH area

Originally published: Thursday, 29th November, 2018

An exploration company relatively new to the Broken Hill area has received positive assay results at one of their tenements.

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Fish born to die

Originally published: Thursday, 29th November, 2018

The death of the fish in Imperial Lake was “unfortunate” but could not be helped, according to the Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

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Warriors out to play

Originally published: Thursday, 29th November, 2018

Two highly competitive B Grade matchups were played over the weekend with West and the Warriors scoring important wins.

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Payroll tax relief

Originally published: Wednesday, 28th November, 2018

Local businesses will benefit from several changes to payroll tax next financial year following last week’s announcement by the state government to streamline the payment process.

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Resurrection of Imperial Lake

Originally published: Wednesday, 28th November, 2018

The results of a 25in25 Committee survey asking whether people want Imperial Lake reopened have been released and, unsurprisingly, a clear majority has voted in favour.

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Big on prevention

Originally published: Wednesday, 28th November, 2018

The GP Superclinic held a sausage sizzle yesterday to raise money for the Movember Foundation and men’s health issues.

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Toys on the road again

Originally published: Wednesday, 28th November, 2018

Almost 30 years later, and the ULYSSES Broken Hill Toy Run is as strong as ever. This Saturday, December 1, the annual toy run will take place as riders from the Broken Hill ULYSSES Club follow a designated route to collect toys.

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Guilty plea

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th November, 2018

A cotton farmer in northern NSW who was charged with stealing water has pleaded guilty.

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Hard work pays off for teens

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th November, 2018

Two teenagers from Broken Hill rewarded for their tenacity in the 2018 Novita Achievement Awards

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Demand for mine apprenticeships

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th November, 2018

A couple of local firms have reported difficulty attracting apprentices, but mining company CBH said that had not been its experience.

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Off to a good start

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th November, 2018

The Tresillian service has officially opened in the city’s new Community Health Centre. 

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Too early for virus solution

Originally published: Tuesday, 27th November, 2018

As politicians tangle lines over the Carp Virus, researchers still need another year to finalise the overall draft plan. 

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Youngsters hangin’ for new skate park

Originally published: Monday, 26th November, 2018

Plans for a new skate park have gone over the handlebars as funding wasn’t secured through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

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Dogs maul Roos

Originally published: Monday, 26th November, 2018

It was billed as a top-of-the table blockbuster but it was North who stamped their authority on the Demo Club A Grade season with a 127-run win as South’s once familiar batting woes returned.

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Paull lets loose

Originally published: Monday, 26th November, 2018

Central were able to post their first win of the season over a gallant West on Saturday thanks to a superb century from Magpies champ Jarred Paull.

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Trevor Barry’s a star

Originally published: Monday, 26th November, 2018

Broken Hill’s Trevor Barry beamed into the loungerooms of more than 700,000 Australians last night when 60 Minutes aired a story on the amateur astronomer.

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Classic shot of BDT

Originally published: Saturday, 24th November, 2018

The BDT’s 110th edition held a surprise for Colin and Maureen Napier who saw their younger selves on the front page. 

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Jube blockbuster

Originally published: Saturday, 24th November, 2018

In a blockbuster Demo Club A Grade clash today, ladder leaders North do battle with second-placed South at the Jubilee Oval.

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Maggies still on duck

Originally published: Saturday, 24th November, 2018

Central will look to avoid a 0-6 start to the season when they take on West today at the Zinc Oval.

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Youth of the Year

Originally published: Saturday, 24th November, 2018

Broken Hill High School student Kelsie Mitchell has won the Lions Club’s Youth of the Year competition.

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St Pat’s trip put on credit card

Originally published: Saturday, 24th November, 2018

Broken Hill City Council has moved to reassure ratepayers that its use of credit cards is above board and assessed properly.

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Elder says her people deserve recognition

Originally published: Friday, 23rd November, 2018

Ngiyeempaa Elder Aunty Beryl Carmichael has said the history of her people and their place within the region has not being properly listened to and addressed.

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Northern doors to close

Originally published: Friday, 23rd November, 2018

Beers and tears will be flowing in the North tonight - the Northern Hotel is closing after 128 years of continuous trading.

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Driver’s lucky escape

Originally published: Friday, 23rd November, 2018

A “mini-twister” winded down Blende Street in Broken Hill just before 2pm yesterday and knocked over a tree into the path of an oncoming car.

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We love the RFDS

Originally published: Friday, 23rd November, 2018

A German Fan Club has flown all the way to Broken Hill to donate $2000 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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Little Canberra in BH

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd November, 2018

Lego was the tool of choice for the National Capital Authority who yesterday pieced together information about Canberra for local students.

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Top cop from BH

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd November, 2018

Former local, Bianca Williams has been honoured with the title of this year’s NSW Rotary Community Police Officer of the Year. 

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United for women

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd November, 2018

Numerous local services are coming together tomorrow to host a community event for White Ribbon Day, to end violence against women. 

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Hazy day in the Hill

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd November, 2018

Dust storms rolling across the Far West could reach Sydney and Canberra.

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Carjack charges

Originally published: Thursday, 22nd November, 2018

A young man who allegedly assaulted two drivers in an attempt to steal their cars was ordered to undergo a mental health assessment when he faced court yesterday.

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Y’s Men rally for Christmas

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st November, 2018

It’s that time of year when Santa starts making his list and finding out what all the children would like for Christmas. 

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NSW launches investigation into GM’s spending

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st November, 2018

The NSW Government has announced sweeping new measures to ensure local councils are properly managing credit card expenditure.

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Outback property gets top dollar

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st November, 2018

A record-breaking price for a property sold during drought in the Northern Wilcannia and Southern Ivanhoe district has just been delivered by Elders Real Estate.

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We love babies

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st November, 2018

For the fifth time, the Broken Hill Health Service has been successful in gaining accreditation as a baby-friendly hospital for breastfeeding mothers.

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Three battle out for Youth of Year

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st November, 2018

Three local high schoolers will be asked to showcase their academic, written, communicative and oratory skills tomorrow as they take part in the annual Lions Club Youth of the Year competition.

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Christmas puds in demand

Originally published: Wednesday, 21st November, 2018

Christmas puddings are rolling out the door this year as the RFDS Women’s Auxiliary has sold 1,266 since October 12.

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Wild teen party turns on police

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th November, 2018

A body-worn camera is still missing after it was ripped off an officer’s shirt while police responded to an out-of-control party on Saturday night.

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Plane falls from sky

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th November, 2018

Two people were rushed to hospital after a light aircraft crashed south-west of Menindee near Tandou Road yesterday morning.

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Specialists reach out to diabetes sufferers

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th November, 2018

Health specialists from the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney were in the city to help Maari Ma Health in providing positive outcomes for Aboriginal people with diabetes across the region.

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110 years: Six days a week

Originally published: Tuesday, 20th November, 2018

The first edition of the Barrier Daily Truth rolled off the press into a city embroiled in conflict. 

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Dogs dominate

Originally published: Monday, 19th November, 2018

North completed their fifth straight win for 2018/19 and remained unbeaten since round 10 last season with a 30-run win over West on Saturday.

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Solar power station revival

Originally published: Monday, 19th November, 2018

Maintenance work at the White Cliffs Solar Power Station is currently underway with plans to turn the ‘first commercial solar power station in the world’ into a more attractive tourist destination.

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Year of love

Originally published: Monday, 19th November, 2018

In December last year, the Australian Government finally realised that love is love and since then there have been many registered same-sex marriages across New South Wales, Broken Hill included.

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Snakes out in the Hill

Originally published: Monday, 19th November, 2018

Snakes are in season as the warm weather and recent rains have proved perfect conditions for the slithery locals.

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Roos roll on

Originally published: Monday, 19th November, 2018

A five-wicket haul from Tyson Boland led South to their fourth win of the Demo Club A Grade season and consigned Central to their fifth-straight defeat on Saturday.

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Engagement campaign welcome

Originally published: Saturday, 17th November, 2018

A push from the group 25in25 to consult the community about the entry signage project has been welcomed.

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My sign design

Originally published: Saturday, 17th November, 2018

Broken Hill is hard to paint with a single brush, giving good reasons as to why it’s taken three years for City Council to come up with a city welcome sign.

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Hapless Maggies face Roo machine

Originally published: Saturday, 17th November, 2018

Win-less after four games, Central will be desperate to get on the board when they tackle a resurgent South team in round five of Demo Club A Grade cricket action today.

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Imperial lake of death

Originally published: Saturday, 17th November, 2018

Hundreds of fish have perished in Imperial Lake, cutting loose plans to start up a junior fishing program by local fishers.

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Trip of a lifetime

Originally published: Saturday, 17th November, 2018

Best friends, teammates and now travel buddies, local girls Zianna Chesterfield and Ashlee McConnell are preparing to jet off to Barbados and the United States, to play netball with Wanderers Australia.

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Interest dwindles in the trades

Originally published: Friday, 16th November, 2018

Trades work apprentices are in hot demand at the moment with one such business, Top Gear Engineering, looking for an apprentice boilermaker and apprentice machinist.

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Brilliant career on show

Originally published: Friday, 16th November, 2018

An exhibition of some of Mervyn Bishop’s photos, the first Aboriginal press photographer in Australia, will be starting tonight at the Regional Art Gallery. 

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Mint condition

Originally published: Friday, 16th November, 2018

A volunteer at a Mildura charity has come across some pillowcases from a former big department store in Broken Hill.

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South picks new coaches

Originally published: Friday, 16th November, 2018

Long-time assistant Drew Mashford will be the head honcho after being named the South Football Club’s senior coach for 2019.

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Are you ready for some Rockin'

Originally published: Friday, 16th November, 2018

The Rockfest is ready and raring to go as 700 tickets have been sold with more sales expected in the final days.

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Fresh water in reservoirs

Originally published: Thursday, 15th November, 2018

Good water intakes at several reservoirs during Tuesday night’s and yesterday morning’s wild weather will mean, come December, water restrictions will only be at Level 1 instead of Level 3.

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Welcome sign push

Originally published: Thursday, 15th November, 2018

Any new signage developed to welcome tourists into Broken Hill should complement existing pieces that Silverton and Tibooburra offer, according to a local group.

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Join the political party

Originally published: Thursday, 15th November, 2018

Locals sure know how to be politically vocal, but the majority aren’t being heard in local branches judging by membership numbers.

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Art on Doors

Originally published: Thursday, 15th November, 2018

Four local artists have been awarded scholarships to go towards an Art on Doors project that is being undertaken at the Grand Guesthouse.

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All Aussie number 6

Originally published: Thursday, 15th November, 2018

Broken Hill football great Brett Morris has added yet another accolade to his glittering career with a sixth All Australian selection from the recent AFL masters carnival.

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Southies’ play park under way

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th November, 2018

The manufacturing of Patton Park’s new play equipment is underway.

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Betts joins elite group

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th November, 2018

Broken Hill cricket export Samantha Betts joined an elite club, despite the SA Scorpions’ large loss to the Queensland Fire on Sunday.

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Top science awards

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th November, 2018

Five year eleven students in the Broken Hill region were awarded a prestigious Victor Chang School Science award for excellence in the field of science. 

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Futsal on way

Originally published: Wednesday, 14th November, 2018

Futsal will once again be running in the Hill with the Broken Hill Soccer Association currently setting up an indoor court out at Memorial Oval’s Indoor Cricket Arena in the hopes of kick starting a season by winter 2019.

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Pub up for grabs

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th November, 2018

The Silverton Hotel is on the market after owners Peter and Patsy Price announced the pub sale yesterday.

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Dinner and awards

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th November, 2018

Lifeline Broken Hill operations will be having their annual Volunteers Dinner and Awards Night on November 30 as they look to celebrate those who’ve given up their time and made a big impact at either the Retail Shop, Tip Shop or Lifeline Connect near the Lifeline Centre.

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High drama in final

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th November, 2018

The final of the Silver City Bowling Association Pennant was played at the Zinc between the Minor Premier Zinc and North Blue on Saturday.

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$30m Wilcannia weir

Originally published: Tuesday, 13th November, 2018

The State and Federal Governments made a $30 million announcement for a weir in Wilcannia, but “without water a weir is worthless”, according to the Greens.

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Pat Leonard’s life of service

Originally published: Monday, 12th November, 2018

Over 70 years volunteering is an amazing feat, but to stay with one organisation shows true dedication to the community and those in need.

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Roads under repair

Originally published: Monday, 12th November, 2018

Road repairs will begin this week to fix roads impacted by the Broken Hill to Wentworth pipeline.

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Cracking ton

Originally published: Monday, 12th November, 2018

Not since the great Raymond Johns was dominating bowling attacks has South had an A Grade centurion, but that changed on Saturday as Sheldon Hall crashed an unbeaten 104 to lead the Roos to victory over West at the Zinc Oval.

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Hero statue unveiled

Originally published: Monday, 12th November, 2018

A statue of Roy Inwood, the only Hillite to have received a Victoria Cross during World War One, was publicly unveiled by the RSL after yesterday’s Remembrance Day Service.

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100 years since end of Great War

Originally published: Monday, 12th November, 2018

A poignant Remembrance Day service marking the 100th anniversary of Armistice was delivered yesterday as locals came out on a hot and sunny day to pay their respects to those lost.

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Police catch bolter

Originally published: Saturday, 10th November, 2018

A prisoner who escaped from the Local Court has been captured after a week at large.

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Grandfather’s war

Originally published: Saturday, 10th November, 2018

Artist Peter Osborn said reading his grandfather’s wartime diaries had opened up a whole new side of the man that he held close to his heart.

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Top Dogs face Maggies

Originally published: Saturday, 10th November, 2018

The undefeated Bulldogs take on the winless Magpies today in round four of the Demo Club A Grade cricket competition at the Jubilee Oval.

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Wild storm brings gifts

Originally published: Saturday, 10th November, 2018

A literal ‘shit storm’ hit White Cliffs this week when strong winds blew kangaroo poo throughout the town.

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South takes on West

Originally published: Saturday, 10th November, 2018

West picked up their first win last weekend while South were handed their first loss and today the two sides will battle it out at the Zinc Oval in round four of the Demo Club A Grade competition.

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A Grade tennis doubles champs

Originally published: Saturday, 10th November, 2018

Thursday night saw Broken Hill’s best tennis players step onto the court for the 2018 A Grade doubles championships with the heavy favourites Patrick Reincke and Ross Casey taking out the title.

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Milestone appeal

Originally published: Friday, 9th November, 2018

The BDT’s Christmas Appeal has reached 30 years and continued to be popular  with donations coming in before the tree had been set up.

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Wilcannia’s Owen Whyman stands for election

Originally published: Friday, 9th November, 2018

The shocking state of the Darling River was what drove Owen Whyman from Wilcannia to stand as an independent for next year’s NSW election.

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New Magpie in nest

Originally published: Friday, 9th November, 2018

The Central Football Club elected a new president at their recent annual general meeting with Jonah Smith set to take on the role for 2019.

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Rule changes approved

Originally published: Friday, 9th November, 2018

Eight of a possible nine rule changes and adjustments have been approved by AFL NSW/ACT and will be implemented across all of their managed and affiliated competitions - including AFL Broken Hill - in 2019.

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Tarissa’s hard work recognised

Originally published: Friday, 9th November, 2018

Maari Ma’s Tarissa Staker has come home from Sydney as 2018 NSW Youth Worker of the Year. 

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Law of the land

Originally published: Thursday, 8th November, 2018

The law was a key part of the campaign to save the Darling River from “industrial scale” irrigation, according to a man who has spent years documenting the devastation.

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Medication management easier

Originally published: Thursday, 8th November, 2018

An online system that makes it much easier for doctors and other hospital staff to manage patients’ medications will soon roll out at Broken Hill Hospital.

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Abandoned car collected

Originally published: Thursday, 8th November, 2018

A freight train hit an abandoned car on Tuesday evening.

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Wild, wild weather

Originally published: Thursday, 8th November, 2018

Violent weather swept across the Far West on Tuesday afternoon and night with dust storms, lightning strikes and flooding rain closing several roads. 

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Labor vows to kill Menindee Project

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th November, 2018

The Menindee Lakes Project was a “dog” and a Labor government would stop it, the NSW Shadow Water Minister said yesterday.

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Royal search begins

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th November, 2018

The Quota Club has begun their royal quest to find a 2018 Pageant Princess. 

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Mural up for grabs

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th November, 2018

The contentious mural in Crystal Lane will have to be painted over by January 29, but people are being invited buy a piece of the finished work before it goes.

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Children at risk

Originally published: Wednesday, 7th November, 2018

The number of children considered at Risk of Significant Harm (ROSH) by NSW Family and Community Services has not been publicly available on a district-by-district basis for nearly a year.

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Gym closure a “win” for ‘Y’

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th November, 2018

The bar has been lifted after the YMCA accepted a merger with ESTR Personal Training Studios. 

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Attack leaves store deflated

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th November, 2018

The Bridgestone tyre business was hit by a vandal in the early hours of on Sunday.

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Literary bent to library mocktails

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th November, 2018

The Broken Hill Library will be hosting a fun and informative afternoon of activities tomorrow centred on the effects of alcohol and the damage it can cause. 

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One stop for all

Originally published: Tuesday, 6th November, 2018

The Broken Hill Health Service now has one reception desk for all outpatients seeking services.

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Tennis championships

Originally published: Monday, 5th November, 2018

Tonight will see Broken Hill’s best tennis players square off for the 2018 Men’s singles championships in what should be the most competitive edition in a number of years.

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One home saved, another burns

Originally published: Monday, 5th November, 2018

A train blocked South firefighters en route to a raging fire in Crystal Street on Saturday, forcing the Central station officer at the scene to divert all his crew into saving one house over another.

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Parkrun celebrates milestone

Originally published: Monday, 5th November, 2018

Broken Hill park runners have clocked up so many kilometres in the past year they could have ran all the way to Africa.

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BH lead levels remain unsafe

Originally published: Monday, 5th November, 2018

The results of a University of Macquarie analysis of levels of lead exposure in Broken Hill have just been released and they don’t make for pleasant reading.

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BH FIRES UP

Originally published: Monday, 5th November, 2018

Hundreds of people answered the call and marched on Saturday to save the Darling River and Menindee Lakes.

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Menindee Lakes Plan ‘illegal’

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd November, 2018

The Menindee Lakes Project is illegal because it cannot be done without damaging the river, the lakes and the natural environment, the SA Royal Commission has been told.

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We are not alone: River fight

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd November, 2018

A Queensland irrigator is coming to today’s protest rally with a message - we are not alone in the battle for the Darling River.

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Property owners left in the lurch

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd November, 2018

A property owner hanging on with the bare minimum of water wants to know why more provisions weren’t put in place for stations along the Wentworth to Broken Hill pipeline.

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They’re stopping at Wilcannia again

Originally published: Saturday, 3rd November, 2018

The Millward family has just clocked 1000 days of cross-country travel and arrived in Broken Hill.

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Time to take a stand

Originally published: Friday, 2nd November, 2018

Everyone who cares about the Darling River and the Menindee Lakes should join Saturday’s protest rally and bring their children because they are who we are fighting for, says the Darling River Action Group.

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Prisoner bolts

Originally published: Friday, 2nd November, 2018

A prisoner caught everyone by surprise yesterday when he jumped the dock and bolted from the Local Court.

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Read all about it

Originally published: Friday, 2nd November, 2018

Newsxtra Newsagency at the Broken Hill Village celebrated its official grand opening yesterday.

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Chalk it up to experience, son

Originally published: Friday, 2nd November, 2018

The fourth annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Colour Run will take place in Sturt Park this Sunday. 

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Art for Don’s room

Originally published: Friday, 2nd November, 2018

Marg King is the BDT’s winner of the Breast Cancer raffle, which saw her win a mineral artwork created by Laurie Pace.

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Champion night

Originally published: Thursday, 1st November, 2018

The PCYC Night of Champions had all the right ingredients - a packed hall, Rocky-Balboa tunes blaring from the speakers, a proven champion and a plucky underdog, a buzzing crowd anticipating what was to come.

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Unsocial media: Breach probe costs $8,400

Originally published: Thursday, 1st November, 2018

A councillor has received a reprimand after breaching a Code of Conduct matter in terms of social media usage.

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South pub sale

Originally published: Thursday, 1st November, 2018

The Alma Hotel will go up for auction this month.

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Society to stay put

Originally published: Thursday, 1st November, 2018

Council have agreed to develop a new lease agreement with the West Darling Machinery Preservation Society for their property in Crystal Street.

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Robbie shows his style

Originally published: Thursday, 1st November, 2018

Sculptor and photographer Robbie Rowlands is holding an exhibition at the West Darling Machinery Preservation Society on Friday evening.

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